As the gentle rains of summer give way to the gentle rains of fall promising the gentle rains of winter, you know you want to get out of the house. Why not seek out a new favorite vintage at one (or more) of these wine events?
Grand Cru is sponsoring a Daedalus Wine Tasting at Tin Angel next Monday, September 28th, from 6:00-8:00 pm and offering the opportunity to meet Pam Walden, the owner of Daedalus Cellars. Pam is known for producing a classic Oregon Pinot Noir in very small batches. The chance to try them out and hear Pam's winemaking philosophy should be a treat.
Wine & appetizers
$20 all inclusive
Call Grand Cru for Reservations: 627-3900
If you're looking for a more raucous affair and the opportunity to support a really great cause then maybe you'll want to check out the Holly Street Rocks sixth annual Tasting benefiting the Holly Street Tuition Subsidy Fund.
Midtown Wine and Spirits & Holly Street Daycare are offering a tasting of fifty wines, heavy appetizers, silent auction, live entertainment. Don't feel the need to taste them all, BTW.
When: Saturday, October 3, 7:00 pm
Where: Limelight in East Nashville, near LP Field
$60 per person
- Silent and Live Auctions
- Live Entertainment by Brian Langlinais
This event promises to be one of the best value wine tastings of the year!
More information: www.hollystreetrocks.org or call 615-227-8252.
Slightly tonier in tone is a benefit for my alma mater, University School of Nashville. Midtown Wine and Spirits and Watermark present the artclectic Collectors Party. (Small "a"=big fun) Plan for an evening of fine wine and spectacular art with renowned featured artist Pinkney Herbert. Plus you get to see the view from the penthouse.
When: October 1st, from 6-9 pm
Where: The Penthouses of Terrazo in the Gulch
Cost: $250 per person
Enjoy cocktails provided by Midtown Wine and Spirits and hors d'ouevres courtesy of Watermark while taking in the sunset view. Then stroll down the hall for a seated catered dinner with fine wines provided by Midtown Wine & Spirits, featuring Reynolds Family wines. Steve Reynolds, owner/winemaker of Reynolds wines, will fly in (during harvest no less) specifically for this event. This affair is limited to 60 people and the ticket price includes admission to the popular artclectic Patrons Party on October 22.
- Crab cakes with lemon aioli
- Seasonal ceviche on grilled flatbread
- Corn bread muffins with sweet pepper chow chow
An Autumn beet salad with arugala, goat cheese and spiced walnuts
Red wine braised boneless beef short ribs with cauliflower puree and haricot vert
Pumpkin crème brulee
Reynolds Family Napa Chardonnay
Reynolds Family Persistence (Napa Bordeaux blend)
Reynolds Family "Fourteen" (Napa Bordeaux blend)--800 case production
artclectic 2009 celebrates the 13th anniversary of University School of Nashville's fundraising event. artclectic has established a unique place among the city's various art festivals and benefits, living up to its name by showcasing a diverse assortment of artists in a lively setting.
If you just adore a penthouse view, but beer's your thing consider the 3rd Annual Octoberfest, a benefit for the W.O. Smith School of Music. W.O. Smith provides music instruction and instruments for children who have a talent for music but can't afford professional instruction. Volunteers from the Nashville Symphony and studio musicians donate their time and expertise to make it possible to further the music education of these kids. It's a great cause that deserves Nashville's continued support.
Taste over 65 beers from around the world enjoy the view from one of Nashvilles coolest new digs, Rhythm on Music Row.
Saturday October 3rd
Rhythm on Music Row
If you aren't feeling particularly philanthropic, but still want to get your wine on, Vinea is continuing their semi-regular Saturday tasting series with some organic Cabernet Sauvignons this Saturday September 24 with their friends at Corrieri's Formaggeria, from 2:00-4:00 PM.
Here's what they've got on tap:
2006 Jason Stephens Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Pisoni San Siro Rosso
2006 Pargua II
2007 Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon
It looks like a nice offering of cabs from all over the world, most of which are less than $20.00/bottle. Vinea is also offering a 10% discount on any of the selected wines the day of the tasting. At $5.00, it's a steal.
Finally if it's book-learnin' you seek, the grandaddy of Nashville wine classes continues next week, but with a slight twist. Sunset Grill has conducted a Wine Class 101 for the past fourteen years. This year they are moving across the street to their sister restaurant Cabana.
Craig Clifft, originator of the class will again teach this year's classes. This class is for those who want to learn the basics of wine and can be fun for those more familiar, after all, it is drinking wine with friends and perfect strangers!
The class starts at 5:45pm
You may sign up for the class at http://www.sunsetgrill.com/wineC
or by calling Cabana at 577-2262.
This weeks class combines two of my favorite things.
"Wines for Grilling" September 30
It could only be better if they taught it on the sideline of a Titans game.
Now get busy drinking.