Friday, September 3, 2010

Wandering Wino: What Could be More Pleasant Than a Trip to Mt. Pleasant?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 7:19 AM

The Wandering Wino can usually fill his tasting calendar with events that are within walking/staggering/crawling/cabbing distance of his Wine Cave. But occasionally, it's good to look to the hinterlands for new and exciting opportunities.

About an hour down I-65 South, between Columbia and Lawrenceburg, lies the charming town of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. And in this little hamlet, there is a very interesting eatery called the Mt. Pleasant Grille. Located right on the town square at 100 S. Main St., the Mt. Pleasant Grille is a combination of an old-timey soda shop and fine-dining restaurant. With an eclectic international menu, they seek to provide for every dining need for the whole town.

Now they want to share the experience with some of us high-falutin' city folk. They have launched a Wine Club they call "The Grape Escape" to feature the many wines they offer and offer education and discounts to budding oenophiles.They are also hosting their first ever wine dinner for Grape Escape members on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. The five-course dinner, which is $45 per person inclusive, features a French-themed menu with wine pairings.

The menu, created by Mt Pleasant Grille’s Executive Chef Carlos Garcia, is a journey through France via its traditional cuisine. The wine pairings complement the rich, classic cuisine. The menu is as follows:

Course One:
Duck Paté
Paired with Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Champagne

Course Two:
Field Green Salad with roasted eggplant and spiced pecans served with a mango-pineapple vinaigrette.
Paired with Pierre Sparr Alsace One

Course Three:
Oven Roasted Breast of Duck with Honey Pinot Noir Sauce
Paired with Bouchard Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Course Four:
Filet Mignon with Mushroom Cabernet Sauce
Paired with 2005 Chateau Rochemorin

Course Five:
Crème Brûlée
Paired with 2007 J. Vidal Fleury Muscat Beaumef dé Venise

I have to admit that it seems like a pretty impressive menu. While that's a bit of a schlep for me on a school night, if any Bites readers make the sojourn, please report back in the comments.

The Grape Escape is Mt, Pleasant Grille’s club for wine enthusiasts, which includes tastings, dinners and special events designed to celebrate the grape. There are two levels of membership, $35 for Club Members and $75 for Magnum Members annually. Club Members receive a 10 percent discount on all wines by the bottle or glass, and receive invitations to member events and tastings. Magnum members receive a 15 percent discount on wines by the bottle or glass, a free bottle of wine on his/her birthday, and preferred seating at all member events and tastings.

For membership and reservations, contact Helen Vroon at 931-379-7228 or For more info and detailed directions, click here.

Restaurant hours are Sunday and Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Grille is closed on Monday.

Closer to home, our friends at City House and 100PercentItaliano Inc. invite you to a winemaker's dinner featuring an evening of fabulous food and wines with winemaker Gianluca Garofoli.

Expect four of the multi-awarded varietals of Garofoli winery: exquisitely paired with Chef Tandy’s four culinary creations.

Monday Sept. 13
6 p.m.
City House
1222 Fourth Ave. N.

cost: $43 per person
Please call for reservation: 736-5838.

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