Friday, September 24, 2010

Wandering Wino: Enjoy Wine and a Meal at Miel (and more)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Bartholomew Broadbent (x3)
  • Bartholomew Broadbent (x3)
Wow, another busy week for the Wino. Let's get cracking, starting out with a visit by an industry favorite. On Wednesday, Sept. 29, Bartholomew Broadbent (son of legendary wine critic Michael Broadbent) will be the honored guest of Miel Restaurant for a five-course dinner to be paired with wines from his portfolio, including his own Broadbent Auction Reserve.

Your Wino has never met the man, but by all accounts Bartholomew is quite a hoot, known for his enigmatic personality. He will share stories from his adventures behind the scenes in the world of fine wine, as well as the history behind the wines to be featured with dinner: Chateau Musar from Lebanon, Quinto do Crasto from Portugal, Spy Valley Pinot Noir from New Zealand, Montsarra Cava from Spain and of course, his own Broadbent Auction Reserve.

This special evening promises to be fascinating, and the festivities will will begin at 6:30. Dinner and wine is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more details, check out, and to make a reservation, call 298-3663.

The menu that Miel is pairing with Bartholomew's wines looks spectacular:

Montsarra Cava, oysters on the half-shell

2009 Spy Valley Pinot Noir, veal sweetbread terrine

2008 Quinto do Crasto Douro Red, duck breast with roasted figs

2008 Cuvee Musar, pork belly with foie gras demi-glace

Broadbent Auction Reservet, hazelnut-chocolate mousse

For more information on the vineyard and the wines, visit

Due to some sort of latent anti-alphabetical bias I apparently have, it seems like any event at Amerigo usually ends up near the end of the Wandering Wino's list of places to get your drink on. It's time to rectify that, because Amerigo on West End is teaming with West End Discount Liquors and 100% Italiano Distributors to present a five-course 'Taste of Italy' Wine Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 28, starting at 6:30. The cost is $90 per person, all-inclusive. I've had a sneak peek at the menu and the wines and the pairings look really special.For more information or reservations, call Ali Gensert at 298-2986.

If that price tag is too steep for you, consider attending a more low-key Italian Wine Tasting on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lounge. Join them for a sampling of wines from the Veneto, Chianti Classico, and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia regions of Italy. You'll learn about the history and techniques used in producing the major varietals out of each region while enjoying four wines and light appetizers for just $13 per person.

Featured wines include Nardi Rosso di Montalcino D.O.C., Caposaldo Prosecco, Pighin Pinot Grigio and
Nozzole Chianti

It's still a few weeks out, but the annual Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Fund International Wine and Food Tasting is always worth planning ahead for.

Join them Friday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. as they sample over 100 international wines paired with foods from the wine regions of Italy, Spain, France and Napa. Enjoy the jazz of Teri Reid as you browse the silent auction, with wine lots and merchandise from generous supporters of TFLI. Proceeds will be used to further the philanthropy and community outreach of TFLI. Recent funds have supported language translation for Nashville flood victims and need-based scholarships for language study.

Tickets are $50 in advance ($40 for current "Friends of TFLI") and $75 at the door.

The TFLI International Wine and Food Tasting will be held at The University Club, 2402 Garland Ave. on Vanderbilt's campus.

Finally, if you didn't get enough beer tasting at the Music City Brewer's Festival downtown last July, you've got another chance to get your swill on, hopefully in cooler weather, at the Tennessee Beer Festival. The event will be held from noon until 5 on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the historic Two Rivers Mansion, 3130 McGavock Pike.

There will also be an after-party starting at 5 p.m. at Scoreboard Sports Bar and Grill, 2408 Music Valley Drive across from Opryland Hotel, where the taps will flow late into the night.

The pricing is a little complicated, so pay close attention to the official invitation below:

Your 2010 Admission INCLUDES…
• 3 oz. samples from the best local, regional, national, and import breweries in the world. You'll taste beer here that isn't normally available in Nashville and take home your commemorative glass!
• Plenty of FREE parking!
• 25 different Breweries including a selection of 90-100 different beers!
• Location, Location, Location - Beautiful Two Rivers Mansion grounds
• Mad Dog Productions will provide rockin' music from Noon to five!
• Get Educated - Learn how to brew your own beer and learn food pairings with special beers. More to be announced!
• Artisan booths will be available as you stroll the beautiful shaded grounds.
• First Beer is FREE at the TBF AFTER-THE-FESTIVAL PARTY at Scoreboard. Join us on Music Valley Drive and enjoy 50% off your first appetizer when you wear your wrist band.

$30.00 + $3.00 — with FREE Parking
$15.00 + $2.00 for Designated Driver (non-drinking admission) with FREE Parking
$35.00 + $3.00 convenience fee AT THE GATE with FREE Parking
Convenience fees will be added at time of purchase.

Artisan booths and entertainment will be available for your enjoyment!

Tennessee Beer Festival Important INFO for Ticket Holders :
— TBF is a 21 and up event
— You must have a valid photo I.D. with ticket for entry.
— No one under 21 will be permitted, including children.
— There will be NO RE-ENTRY once inside the gates
— NO outside food or beverage allowed
— Please feel free to bring your own lawn chair.
— NO canopies, tents, umbrellas, or any shading structures with stakes allowed.
— NO pets will be allowed other than those for ADA Assistance.
— Please drink responsibly…over indulgence will not be tolerated.

A portion of the proceeds for 2010 will benefit Exchange Club Family Center, Nashville.

Now, I'm not a big fan of "convenience fees," but as long as "entertainment will be available for your enjoyment!" I'm ready to get my Donelson on. For a list of participating brewers, visit the festival website.

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