First off, let me fairly disclose that I'm totally in the bag for Tandy Wilson and City House. The wine dinners I have enjoyed there over the past couple of years have been some of my favorite dining experiences anywhere in Nashville. When Will Motely at Woodland Wine Merchant challenges Tandy to match rustic Italian food with a particular vintecultural region, magic happens.
So the only reason I wouldn't recommend the upcoming Rosenthal Wine Dinner at City House is because I don't want you to take my spot at the table. But for you, fair readers, I'll take my chances.
This dinner also offers an opportunity to talk about the concept of "buying the back of the bottle" when choosing wines. Face it, sometimes choosing Italian wines can be intimidating. All those denominaziones, DOC, DOCG, IGT, a buncha names all ending in vowels: Barolos, Brunellos, Montalcino, Montepulciano. I'm getting confused just typing it.
That's why it's usually important to depend on quality importers and your local wine merchant to assist you in selecting the best value in wines. These great people scour the wineries to discover those hidden gems that few mere mortals get the opportunity to discover in the wild. Some of the more popular importers that offer exceptional wines at affordable prices are Winebow, Kermit Lynch, Michael Skurnik, Terry Theise and Polaner. Check the back of the bottle for the names you can trust.
Uber-importer Neal Rosenthal has been hunting down gems from France and Italy for over thirty years, acting as you own personal wine buyer. You'll get to taste some of his favorites on September 16, paired with Tandy's vision of each wine's terroir. As a bonus, Trey Stevenson of Rosenthal Wine Merchant will be on hand to tell all about the wines and the people behind them. It promises to be a special evening. Don't miss it. Or do...I can always use the elbow room.
Reserve your spot now by calling City House (615-736-5838).
Details after the jump:
Rosenthal Wine Dinner
Wednesday, September 16
$69 per person
Grilled Octopus, Ceci, Peppers, Oregano, Garlic
Luigi Ferrando Erbaluce di Caluso "La Torrazza", Piedmont
Croxetti, Pesto Genovese, Potato, Green Beans
Bisson Cinque Terre "Marea", Liguria
House Cured Lardo, Savoy Cabbage, White Beans
Grosjean Freres Gamay, Valle d'Aosta
Carpaccio, Hazelnuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano
De Forville Dolcetto, Piedmont
Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Contorno
La Torre Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany
Gorgonzola Dolce, Panforte
Bruno Verdi Sangue di Giuda "Vigna Paradiso"