Friday, October 22, 2010

Wandering Wino: Enjoy Wine in Some of Your Favorite "Haunts"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 6:50 AM

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Sure, it's pretty easy marketing to come up with a "spooktacular" or "haunted" promotions at this time of year, but somehow around the beginning of the last decade Halloween was turned into a big drinking holiday. So why not take advantage of the opportunities being offered by your local wine sellers to try something new?

The Wine Loft in the Gulch is hosting a Haunted Loft Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 29 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Just drop in or call 891-2967 to get your tickets. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Your ticket includes one "creepy" drink, one "spooky" appetizer and a live DJ with laser show. That's right, I said laser show. (I just removed all the exclamation points from the press release. You're welcome.)

I shouldn't poke fun at The Wine Loft. They are trying something new on Tuesday nights with their "Out and About in The Loft" on Tuesday nights from 7-10 p.m. in partnership with Out and About magazine.Enjoy a half-price bottle of wine. No tickets or reservations are necessary for this event.

The Wine Loft Gulch
503 12th Ave. S., 891-2967

F. Scott's Restaurant has chosen to go a little more suave with their idea for a Halloween party. How does an evening with James Bond grab you?

You are Invited to a Special Halloween Treat
The James Bond 007 Halloween Spy-tacular

At F. Scott's Restaurant and Jazz Bar
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Live Music Provided by
Dara Tucker Band featuring Music from James Bond Films

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Monte Carlo Style Casino Games and Champagne Reception

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Four Course Dinner featuring menu items associated with Ian Fleming and James Bond

9:00pm - 10:00pm
Casino Games and Prizes

$100 per person without wine pairings
$150 per person with wine pairings - selected by #1 Bond Girl - Elise Loehr

Tax & Gratuity Not Included

Reserve your spot by calling 615-269-5861
(credit card numbers will be taken at the time of reservation to secure your place)

Come as you'd like - many will be dressed as their favorite Bond Villian, Bond Girl
or as the 007 Man Himself

Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and casino winners

Despite the new dogs on restaurant patios ordinance, you'd be best advised to leave your pussy at home if you come dressed as Ernst Blofeld. Pussy Galore will be welcome, though.

Getting away from the Halloween theme, there are still a few other good tasting opportunities coming up in the next week. September Norman is hosting a wine event next Tuesday, Oct. 26 featuring Heron Wines. Laely Heron is one of the few female winemakers in the world producing distinctive, delicious wines using grapes from some of the best places on earth. The wines and food pairings are listed below:

Heron Wine Tasting
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.

Sauvignon Blanc - Napa
Spicy shrimp with cranberries, citrus & chilies

Merlot - Vin de Pays, France
Tomato and caper braised chicken

Pinot Noir - Sonoma
Filet with mushroom ragout & potato tiles

Pinot Noir - California
Mediterranean orzo salad

$24 per person (excludes tax and gratuity)
Please call for reservations - 822-5323.

September's Restaurant
300 Indian Lake Blvd., Bldg. B, Hendersonville

Grand Cru is partnering with the Mad Platter Restaurant to throw an Italian Wine Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 28 starting at 6:30 p.m.

$65 per person plus tax and gratuity

Check out the menu that Chef Shane Autrey has put together:

Prosciutto wrapped smoked oyster - pear, arugula, Pecorino
Mastro Colombo Prosecco

Primi: Frito Misto - shrimp, market vegetables, fine herbs, horseradish foam
Villa Calcinaia Comitale

Secondi: Ricotta Gnocchi, duck sugo, fresh cranberry, parsley, balsamic reduction
Piegaia Chianti Classico

Carni: "Vitello Tonato" - veal osso bucco, tune crudo, marinated cipollinis, boquerones
Ferrari & Perini Gutturnio

Formaggio: Telligo, tomato gelee, Wedge Oak fromage d'tete, fried capers
Colombo Montelpuciano d'Abruzzo

Dolce: tiramisu, amaretto mascarpone mousse, lady fingers, toasted almonds,
orange gastrique, dark chocolate, white chocolate
Gianni Doglia Moscato d'Asti

Reservations: Call Jena 242-2563

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