If Old Man Winter lays the hammer on us this weekend, it might be a good time to open up a bottle of Courvoisier and sit in front of the fire while you add these upcoming drinking events to your iPhone calendar.
First off, how the hell didn't I know about this? September's Restaurant in Hendersonville offers a "Bottomless Glass of Wine" for $6 all day, every day with the purchase of an entrée. I don't care what kind of wine it is, that there is a deal!
September's is also having a tasting of several Eau de Vies and food pairings on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Eau de Vie, or "water of life" in French are brandies made from fresh fruits that are often served after rich French dinners. From the menu, it looks like September is bringing the richness. Check out the menu after the jump:
September's Eau de Vie Tasting
Douglas Fir Eau de Vie
(Pink Fir Slipper cocktail with Douglas Fir, Rum & Cranberry)
Smoked Mushrooms with grilled Eggplant stuffing
Clear Creek Cranberry Eau de Vie
Chicken a L'Orange
Apple Eau de Vie
Duck, Apple & Brie Crostini
Pear Eau de Vie
Caramelized Pear Napoleon with Blue Cheese & Pecans
$25 per person(excludes tax and gratuity). Make your reservations by calling 822-5323.
On the more expensive end of the wine spectrum, the Hermitage Hotel is honoring its 100th anniversary in 2010 with a new wine list that features 100 hand-selected, notable wines, each priced under $100. With an impressive selection, The Hermitage at 100 offers a medley of bottles that complements Chef Tyler Brown's New Southern cuisine and features some boutique and cult wines at a value price.
The Hermitage 100 is available at the Capitol Grille and next door in the Oak Bar. With a selection of wine at every price point, count on the staff to provide personalized assistance in selecting wines, as well as suggestions to accompany your meal.
A while back we mentioned University School's Evening Classes. At the time, I didn't notice that one of the classes is being taught by no less than local luminary and food writer extraordinaire Jim Myers. And even better, it's a class about tequila! From the course catalog:
If the word tequila causes you to sweat and have flashbacks of sunburn and worms in bottles, it is time you tried the good stuff. Learn how real tequilas are made and aged and taste your way through all their nuanced flavors. Class includes tastings and recipes of tequila cocktails and the traditional Mexican accompaniment, sangrita. Salud! Much of Jim Myers' ill-spent youth was devoted to the exploration of Latin American culture, which included some serious research in the native elixirs of Mexico.
The class will be held from 7:00-9:00 on February 11. Go quickly to www.eveningclasses.org to register and if you tell Jim you saw it here on Bites, he'll let you eat the worm.
Finally, Amerigo on West End is having a tasting Wed., Feb. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring the Esporão wines that I gushed about a few months back.
You'll get the chance to enjoy live piano music and light appetizers alongside four wines from the Herdade do Esporão winery. The cost is $13 per person; reservations are not necessary.
Check 'em out:
Youthful palate, clean finish, well-balanced.
Esporao Reserve White
Intense, complex and elegant with good persistence.
Monte Velho Red
Good depth of ripe fruit with a soft tannic structure.
Full and rich in ripe fruit flavors with great depth.
For more information, call 320-1740.
Amerigo - Nashville
1920 West End Ave.
Keep the rubber side down out there, folks.