It's proven scientific fact that alcohol has a lower freezing point than water and that the human body is on average 57 percent water. So it stands to reason that the more alcohol you can add to your body, the better you'll be able to handle this bone-chilling weather we've been enduring. If anybody tries to use logic or facts on me on this one, I swear I'll turn off the comments for this post.
So if you're willing to suspend rational thought like I am, there are plenty of opportunities coming up to change the titration of your bloodstream. A Nashville favorite, Jim Clendenen, is visiting from California to introduce a new line of Clendenen Family wines. The good folks at BooneDocks Distribution LLC will be squiring Jim around town for your edification and entertainment.
He has mad credentials. Clendenen is recognized worldwide for his classically styled wines. Dan Berger of the Los Angeles Times named Clendenen the "Los Angeles Time Winemaker of the Year" in 1992; Food & Wine Magazine named him "Winemaker of the Year" in 2001. Germany's leading wine magazine, Wein Gourmet, in 2004 named Clendenen "Winemaker of the World"; and in 2007, Jim was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America."
The wines range in price from $20 to $80 a bottle. Jim will be pouring his wines at 360 Bistro on Monday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. and at F. Scott's on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. Cost to attend the tastings is $10 per person. Call 360 Bistro at 353-5604 to make reservations for the Jan. 18 tasting and Hoyt Hill at Village Wines at 383-2102 for the Jan. 19 tasting. Seating at both events is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.
Last time I checked, Hoyt's tasting at F. Scott's was close to sold out, but you can still call both places to see if there's room for you to belly up to the bar. And Hoyt has plenty of other options for you to sample some outstanding wines at outrageously reasonable prices. Subscribe to his email newsletter to get the advance word.
From the latest issue:
All of our tastings are $10 per person with a 10% discount on your food if you stay for dinner.
Let us know if you would like to participate in any or all of these!
Friday, Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m. at Miel Restaurant - BYOB lunch - $40 per person + tax and gratuity and a bottle of Alsatian or Austrian wine to share with the group
Saturday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m. at F Scotts -- Mosel Rieslings of Weingut Dr. Richter with Derek Richter
Friday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m. at 360 Bistro -- Vidal-Fleury Rhone Valley wines with winemaker Guy Sarton
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m. at 360 Bistro -- von Schleinitz Mosel Rieslings with Konrad and Thomas Haehn
Thursday, March 11, 6 p.m. at F Scott's -- Chateau Reignac and some mystery wines with the winery owner
Finally, September Norman invites you to join in a couple of special tastings. The first explores exciting combinations of aged American whiskeys; the second is a Beer, Bacon & Burger event, featuring Riedel beer glasses all with matched cuisine.
The whiskeys provide an introduction to the range of taste and types available. This event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 12 starting at 6 p.m. The menu and whiskeys are listed below:
American Whiskey Tasting
Death's Door White Whiskey
Red Chile-Citrus marinated Chicken with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
Makers Mark Bourbon
4 Roses Small Batch
Lamb "Lollichop" with Bourbon Cream Corn
Portobello Mushroom Fries with Bourbon Honey Aioli
Russel's Reserve Rye Whiskey
Paprika crusted Applewood Cheddar Polenta Crostini
$20 per person (excludes tax and gratuity)
On Tuesday, Jan. 19 September's will feature their Beer, Bacon & Burger tasting. Not only will they be tasting and comparing some unique beers but they will be tasting and comparing different types of meats, to including Kobe beef and ostrich. You will also receive a Riedel beer glass to take home. The menu includes:
Beer, Bacon & Burger Tasting
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Housemade Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
September's Prime Rib Burger Slider
Dogfish Head Chicory Stout
Kobe Beef Slider
Boulder Never Summer Ale
Yazoo "A Beer Named Sue"
Bacon Peanut Butter Maple Fudge
$40 per person including a beer glass from Riedel to keep
(excludes tax and gratuity)
Events sell out quickly so make your reservations early. Call the restaurant at 822-5323 or email them from the link below for reservations.
Chef September Norman, proprietor
300 Indian Lake Blvd., Bldg. B