Advance tickets are available online at www.WineDownMainStreet.com and are also available at several area businesses, including Hallmark Volkswagen, Faye Snodgrass Gallery, What’s in Store, Yarrow Acres and the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/Williamson County.
The Downtown Franklin Merchants will again host thousands of consumers during the one of the most unique wine tasting events in the area. A complete list of participating merchants is listed on the event website at
www.winedownmainstreet.com. There will be approximately 40 wine tasting stations featuring hundreds of wines and 20 area restaurants. Tickets include all wine, beer and food tastings.
Since 2001, Wine Down Main Street has raised more than $840,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/Williamson County and Fairview Boys & Girls Club. Both Clubs are United Way agencies and members of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.
• You are also invited to join Midtown Wine & Spirits and 1808 Grille for Wine Wednesdays: four wines and a light appetizer for $15. 1808 in the Hutton Hotel always has a playful take on appetizers, and the wine list looks interesting:
Clos du Val 2007 Ariadne
This is the red wine drinker’s white wine, loaded with complex layers of flavor, starts off with citrus then moves to that sort of waxy peach on the mid-palate and finishes with melonious minerality.
Luna 2007 Sangiovese
This is one of the best vineyards in Napa for Tuscan style wine. Ripe red fruits are the hero here with subtle earth flavors of mushroom and black pepper. Can you say Chianti on steroids!
BV 2007 “Rutherford” Cabernet Sauvignon
The grandfather of benchmark Napa Cabs; perfect balance of fruit and tannins that drinks great now or can hold 15 to 20 years; also happens to be one of the greatest values in Napa.
Girard 2007 “Old Vines “ Zinfandel
Ripe fruit is always the hero in this wine, but balances nicely with subtle tannins and that sort of cedar/cigar box situation going on in the finish.
No reservations are necessary.
Wednesday, Nov. 3
6 - 7 p.m.
1808 West End Avenue
• Finally, Village Wines gives us the heads up on two wine dinners next week that are worth DVRing your favorite show or skipping a World Series game for.
On Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Watermark in the Gulch, there will be a dinner featuring Champagne, white Burgundies and red Rhone Valley wines with Michael Corso of Michael Corso Selections. Corso is a rock star among French wine importers, so you know he'll be bringing the good stuff. Cost is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity.
On Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m., 360 Bistro in West Meade will be featuring Domaines Leroy, Perrot-Minot and Denis Mortet Burgundies with importer Martine Saunier. Martine has been importing French wines into the United States for more than 40 years, and I'm sure she will share a bit of her acquired knowledge with all the guests at the dinner. Cost is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity.