Friday, June 4, 2010

Wandering Wino: Summer of Wine Edition

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 9:17 AM

It's a busy couple of weeks coming up in the Nashville wine tasting scene, but no event is bigger than this year's edition of l’Eté du Vin. Despite having their planned venue washed out from under them as the Cumberland crested somewhere around the second floor of the Gaylord Opryland Resort, those plucky kids at have decided to switch gears and put on a show anyway. Here are the details straight from the wino's mouth:

The time has come to make your 2010 l’Eté du Vin reservations. Our sincere thanks to all of you who have already made your reservation for the 2010 events and shown your support despite the changes Mother Nature forced upon us. To those that have been putting off the phone call (615.329.1760) or visit to, I urge you to wait no longer. Our fantastic line-up of events are filling up quickly and space is even more limited than in previous years. To recap, here are the events taking place over the June 16th - 19th weekend.

The Vintners' Tasting
Hillwood Country Club - Thursday, June 17, 2010
$100 per person
The most educational, exciting and anticipated wine tasting in Nashville. Featuring the finest wines our Guest of Honor have to offer. Join our panelists as they taste and discuss these wines from Casa Lapostolle, L'Aventure Winery, Möet et Chandon, Morlet Family Vineyards and Torbreck Vintners.
Lapostolle "Clos Apalta," 2007 (93 Points Wine Spectator)
Lapostolle "Apalta Vineyards" Merlot, 1999 (90 Points Robert Parker)
L'Aventure Estate Cuvee, 2007 (95 Points Robert Parker)
L'Aventure Cote a Cote, 2007 (95 Points Robert Parker)
Möet et Chandon Brut Grand Vintage, 2003 (91 Points Wine Spectator)
Möet et Chandon Brut Grand Vintage Rose, 2003
Morlet Family "Couer de Vallee" Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 (95 Points Robert Parker)
Morlet Family "Bouquet Garni" Syrah, 2007 (95 Points Robert Parker)
Torbreck "Decendant", 2006 (95 Points Robert Parker)
Torbreck "RunRig", 2005 (98+ Points Robert Parker)

The l’Eté du Vin Guest of Honor Dinners
Saturday, June 19, 2010
$75 per person
Our fantastic local restaurants as well as the Guests of Honor have graciously offered to host these very special, very limited, Guest of Honor Dinners on the night that was to be the l’Eté du Vin Auction. Each restaurant is preparing a fantastic three course meal created especially for the wines of their respective Guest. The Auction has been rescheduled for August 28, 2010, but these wonderful dinners are filling up fast. In fact, one restaurant has only two seats remaining!

Casa Lapostolle is being hosted by Red Pony.
L'Aventure Winery is being hosted by F. Scott's Restaurant & Jazz Bar.
Möet et Chandon is being hosted by Sunset Grill.
Morlet Family Vineyards is being hosted by 360 Bistro.
Torbreck Vintners is being hosted by Watermark Restaurant

After seeing what's being poured at the Vintners' Tasting, I've already made my reservations. Since I live on the same street as Sunset Grill and within staggering distance home, there's nothing that could keep me from a Möet et Chandon dinner. And most probably a wicked hangover the next morning...

Meanwhile, Midtown Wine and Spirits is throwing a Palate Party, whatever that is.

Thursday, June 17, 2010
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Wine Loft, 503 12th Ave. S.
Tickets are $20 per person

It looks like they are pouring some crowd pleasers.
Gazela Vinho Verde
Cloudline Pinot Gris
Elsa Bianchi Torrontes
Gazela Rosé
Callabriga Douro
Root 1 Carmenere

The Aloft Nashville hotel in Cool Springs is holding a Beer Tasting & Meet the Artist Party on June 9:

Kick Off Your Summer with a Cold One
A Complimentary Beer Tasting at w xyz bar
5:30-7 p.m.
Light bites will be provided.
Enjoy a meet-and-greet with their new artist DeAnn Hebert.

(You don't have to say "complimentary beer" to me twice.)

J Barleycorn is at it again with another wine tasting at ChaChah on Monday, June 14. Check out Chef Arnold Myint's amazing culinary skills before the rest of the world finds out about him on Top Chef. You will get five amazing wines and tapas for only $25, including tax and gratuity. Call or drop by the store to sign up (837-8500).

Hoyt Hill of Village Wines has organized a tasting of the fabulous wines of Falesco in Umbria with winemaker Paolo de Carvalho. I am a big fan of Umbrian wines, so you have my heartiest recommendation.

Monday, June 7, 6 p.m.
360 Bistro
$10 per person with 10% off on your food if you stay for dinner

Seating is limited, so call soon to hold your space.

Village Wines
2006-B Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212

Finally, September's in Hendersonville continues their winning streak of interesting theme dinners as they present their "Summer Whites on the Patio" Wine Tasting.

Memorial Day is over and you know what that means, right? Yes ... now you can wear
those white shoes and pants that have been hanging in the closet and head over to
September's, where will we'll quench your thirst with a great selection of fruity
wines. This tasting will take place Tuesday, June 8, at 6 p.m. The wines and menu
are listed below:

Augey White Bordeaux (France)
Curried cauliflower & green bean salad with lemon-yogurt

Haut-Marin Cuvee Marine (France)
Lump crab and avocado profiteroles

Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose (Provence)
BBQ Spiced Shrimp with Fresh Tomato Salad

Changarnier Pinot Noir (France)
Eggplant Napoleons

$22 per person (excludes tax and gratuity)

We have several other events coming your way which We have other events coming your
way which are listed in the sidebar along with our Ongoing Food and Drink Specials.
Please make your reservations today by calling 822-5323.

Sounds like fun. Bon appetit!

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