Friday, March 12, 2010

Wandering Wino: Luck of the Irish Edition

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 2:32 PM

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If you remember my review of Speaker's Bistro at the Downtown Sheraton, I forgot to mention how attractive the downstairs lounge/bar area is. If you want a chance to check it out and enjoy some affordable bites and drinks, you might want to consider the next installment of their Spring Wine Series.

Their co-sponsor is West End Discount Liquors & Wines and this month's theme is "Southern Hemisphere Excursion." Selections to be tasted include Trivento Torrontes, Palo Alto Sauvignon Blanc, Natura Syrah, Palo Alto "Red" and Trivento Malbec. Enjoy some urbane urban wine tasting.

Thursday, March 18

5:30-7 p.m.

Sheraton Nashville Downtown

623 Union St.

Tickets are $15 plus parking. Please RSVP to Kim Colvar at 742-6045

September's Restaurant in Hendersonville off Vietnam Veteran's Parkway has two upcoming events you might want to look into.

First is an Argentine Wine Tasting featuring Michel Torino wines on Tuesday, March 16 at 6 p.m.


Don David Torrontes

Spicy Orange Shrimp Seviche

Don David Tannat

Goat Cheese & Sausage Rolls

Don David Malbec

Chicken with Asian BBQ Sauce over Andean Quinoa Salad Don David Cabernet Sauvignon

Beef tenderloin, blue cheese & caramelized onion empanadas with Bacon Chimichurri

$20 per person (excludes tax and gratuity)

The following week on Tuesday, March 23, September's is hosting a "Scotch, Tequila, Port & Cigars" dinner featuring Riedel glasses. You'll be surprised what good stemware can do for the aromas and flavors of Scotch.

September's Restaurant

300 Indian Lake Blvd., Bldg. B


RSVP to 822-5323

100% Italiano Inc. continues their introductory class to Italy and its wines. This month they are travelling to the region of Marche.

Join this event hosted by:

Cafe Coco's Italian Market

411 51st Ave. N.


On Thursday March 18

Dinner starts at 6.30 p.m., but people are welcome to arrive a little early (6 or so) and have a glass of wine or a beer and some special appetizer nibbles.


Antipasto w/ roasted vegetables, cured & smoked meats, house smoked fish & artisan bread

Wine: Macrina Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2008


Endive al forno -- braised endive & crispy pancetta with pulled, roasted chicken

Wine: Podium Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2006


Five-cheese cannelloni -- with ricotta, provolone, asiago, fontina &

shaved pecorino tuscano baked in our house marinara

Wine: Piancarda Rosso Conero 2006

Seating is limited.

For reservation please call 783.0114 or email Jessica at

Cost of this event is $20.

Hoyt Hill at Village Wines remids you about their upcoming tasting of the wines of Arcadian Vineyards, some of California's finest Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Syrahs, with owner/winemaker Joe Davis at F. Scotts on Wednesday, March 24 at 6 p.m.

If you'd like to join them, call Hoyt Hill at:

Village Wines

2006-B Belcourt Ave.



The 1808 Grille, located at the Hutton Hotel, has launched a monthly event series. The first two were wine events (a wine dinner with Caymus and a progressive tasting with Arrington).

March's shindig will be a St. Patrick's whiskey tasting!

Wednesday, March 17

Irish Whiskey Tasting

(Jameson, Middleton, Redbreast)

$15 per person

The event runs all day starting at lunch at 11:30 a.m. into the wee hours. An incentive to go early is that the first 100 guests receive a complimentary whiskey glass.

An Irish pub food menu will also be served in the bar area especially for St. Patty's.

For more info, call 1808 Grille (340-0012).

J Barleycorn's is teaming up with ChaChah for a Spanish Wine Tasting Monday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. featuring five fabulous tapas and five fabulous wines.

See the menu below:

Tomato & Seafood Mixto "Tostada"

Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio

Baccalao (Salt Cod) Potato Fritters w/Preserved Lemon Crema

Pazo de Arribi Godello

Meditterranean Panzanella w/Castelvetrano Tapenade (Buttery Spanish Olive Tapenade) & Toasted Bread Salad w/Red Pepper, Caper & Artichoke

Unus Old Vine Garnacha

Braised Pork Belly & White Bean Salsa in Wonton Cups

Carchelo "C"

Blue Cheese Toast Point Brulee w/Chopped Dates, Marconas & Local Honey.

Lorinon Rioja Reserva 2004

$25.00/person (including tax and gratuity)


2013 Belmont Blvd.


Call 837-8500 to get your place at the table.

Fido coffeehouse is following up their always successful "Wine 101 and 102" series with a new set of educational seminars based around Italian wines.

The Italian Series

Everything you wanted to know about Italian wines (but have never dared to taste!)

Join Fido, 100% Italiano and Vinea Wines as we bring you the incredible diversity of Italy's wines.

Wednesday March 17, 7 p.m.

• "Undress" the Italian wines

• Decoding wine with your senses

• Italian versions of international grapes

• Six wines

Wednesday March 24, 7 p.m.

• Natural and human factors in Italian Wine style

• Mysteries of Italian wine labels

• Six wines

Wednesday March 31, 7 p.m

• Indigenous grapes: 2,000 ways to drink Italian

• Variety of native grapes and territory

• Six wines


$20 per class

Fido, 1812 21st Ave. S., Nashville

Miro District at 1922 Adelicia St. is excited to have the opportunity to host two very special wine dinners over the next couple of weeks

On Thursday, March 18, they will have Carr Vineywards and Winery here to host a dinner that will include 5 courses paired with Carr wines. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 30, Victor Hugo Winery will be there to host a dinner that will include five courses paired with Victor Hugo wines. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Below you will find both menus, which Chef Joe Shaw will prepare.

RSVP is required and space is limited. Call 320-1119. Click on the menus below to blow them up and make them legible.

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