Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Be a Wine Blender Tonight at Fido

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM

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Tonight is the fourth and final week of Fido's Wine 101 class, and this one sounds particularly fascinating (and delicious, since it includes tastes of several wines and matching nibbles by Fido's chef and general manager, John Stephenson).

It's all about the age-old practice of blending different wines to achieve the perfect flavor, and the class gives students the chance to actually try their hand at blending. Class begins at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 25) at Fido in Hillsboro Village, and the cost is $20 plus tax and tip. Call Fido at 777-3436 to reserve a spot.

Here's the description:

Wine 101 Week Four — Blending

What are the key differences between a range of wines?

How can you work with these wines to produce a better “blended wine”?

Why is it best not to blend some varieties?

In this class you will get a chance to be a winemaker for the evening and make your own blends.

Check out the seven wines and luscious, locally sourced accompanying dishes after the jump.

Tonight's Wine 101 menu and wine list:

Sparkling
NV Terre Domini Prosecco, Italy - $13.99

Whites
2009 Punta Pays Viognier, Argentina - $9.99
2009 Valdelainos Verdejo, Spain - $14.99
2009 Casamatta Vermentino, Italy - $14.99

Reds
2008 Casamatta Sangiovese, Italy - $14.99
2007 Arrocal Tempranillo, Spain - $19.99
2006 Vinedos de los Vientos Tannat, Uruguay - $19.99


Menu:

Puff salad, arugula, lemon cucumber, watermelon, goat cheese

“Ratataouille,” heirloom tomato, zucchini, eggplant, pepper, Vidalias, pine nuts

Calzone, corn, pea, mozzarella, herbs,

Acorn squash, spaghetti squash, yellow squash, pork loin

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