April 25, 2015

Florida Life - Lifestyles

Florida Oenophiles

Wine aficionados in Florida combine business with pleasure.

Lori Capullo | 11/10/2011

The Art of Wine

Alan Kluger, 61
Founding partner / Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine - Miami

Alan Kluger
[Photo: Meg Pukel]

Once litigation and dispute resolution attorney Alan Kluger is out of the courtroom, he and his wife, Amy, like to enjoy the fruits of his labor — namely, grapes. Kluger's interest in wine began in the 1980s. "I have in my condo about 650 bottles stored in three ceiling-to-floor

Sub-Zeros, then probably another 480 bottles on top of that," he says. The collection is housed in a wine room, where Kluger recently installed a computer outfitted with software that alerts him before a vintage is about to spoil.

Wine appeal: "Wine collecting is a great hobby because you can spend a lot or not, and I love that. It's fun to find really great wines that are inexpensive."

Traveling man: Among other places, Kluger has wines from Bordeaux, where he was a guest of the Rothschilds at their Château Lafite; the Antinori vineyards in Tuscany; and Napa, where Francis Ford Coppola escorted him on a tour of Coppola's Rubicon vineyard.

Creating a buzz: "For the past four years, we've hosted events at our home during Art Basel," Kluger says. "We usually do an exhibit with a Latin American artist and serve South American wine, like a Malbec. For dinner parties with friends, I like to bring out the really good stuff, maybe do a vertical tasting of the premier crus from France."

Tags: Dining & Travel

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