Friday, July 9, 2010

Wandering Wino: Ladies' Night Edition

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Britt K. Chavanne (image from
  • Britt K. Chavanne (image from
It's the 21st century. It is, isn't it? The Wandering Wino occasionally loses a year or two here and there. Well, it's about time that we let the women of wine and spirits lead the list of tastings for the next couple of weeks. So grab your calendars and enjoy Ladies' Night.

First off, our friends at Horizon Wine and Spirits sent an invitation to what looks like a great event. Unfortunately, your Wandering Wino and everybody else with love tackle are going to have to sit on the sidelines for this one. From the invite:

Ladies, do you like bourbon whiskey or want to learn more about it? If so, this is the event for you! Britt Chavanne, daughter of the Master Blender at the Willett Distillery and a bourbon enthusiast, will be sampling her whiskies and teaching on the finer points of America's native spirit. This event is for Women ONLY. ... Sorry guys.

Where: Mere Bulles Restaurant
When: Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 including five bourbons and appetizers

Britt K. Chavanne works with her family and husband at Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Ltd., a small independent family owned and operated distillery. Located just on the outskirts of Bardstown, Ky., it was originally the Willett Distilling Co., started by Britt’s grandfather and his brothers in the spring of 1935.

For reservations, please call 467-1945.

If any of you Bitesters attend, please report back so the rest of us can get a view behind the velvet rope.

Another of our favorite ladies, Chef September Norman, is throwing a creatively themed tasting next week at her eponymously named Hendersonville restaurant. She's presenting a "Kissing Cousins Wine Tasting" on Tuesday, July 13.

What does she mean by Kissing Cousins? The plan is to taste wines made from the same grape varietal but grown in different parts of the world, so you'll be able to learn and compare the wines' similarities and differences. Altitude, climate, soil and more can affect the final character of the wine.

The wines and small plates menu are listed below. Make reservations at 822-5323.

"Kissing Cousins" Wine Tasting
Tuesday, July 13, 6 p.m.

Pinot Grigio
Acrobat — Oregon
Maso Canall — Italy
Lobster Roll Nuevo

Wild Rock — New Zealand
Sofia — California
Grilled Tomato Tarts

Pinot Noir
Mandolin — Monterey
Latour Valmoissine — France
Grilled Ham and Gruyere Sandwiches with Pinot Noir-Spiked Strawberry Jam

$22 per person (excludes tax and gratuity)

Finally, your Wandering Wino is the first to admit that women are much better at thinking before (and after) drinking. A new premium energy drink might help make everybody's brain a little sharper. THiNQ, created by local entrepreneurs Mark Swain and Alan Wright, claims to "awaken your mind, energize your body, and exhilarate your spirit." And it's only 60 calories without resorting to artificial sweeteners.

Curious? The Aloft Hotel in Cool Springs invites you to DRiNQ ME, a THiNQ Beverage Tasting at the W xyz Bar next Thursday, July 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.

According to the invitation, "THiNQ is a delicious and refreshing all-natural beverage intelligently designed to work with your body on a cellular level to provide sustained energy, boost mental focus and promote an overall sense of well-being."

So who doesn't need help at the cellular level? Go get your DRiNQ on at Aloft W xyz bar, 7109 South Springs Dr. in Franklin.

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