Starting 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 10, Chef John will join with Omni Beverage Company's Damian Serong to explore French-inspired foods supplied by local providers, matched with affordable French wines. Tickets are $30 per person, plus tax and tip. The menu:
Caramelized vidalia onion tart, herb salad, hazelnut crust
2009 Cinquante Cinq Viognier, Languedoc
Tennessee freshwater prawn, beurre blanc, pommes anna
2009 Saint Leocadie Dry Rose, Minervois
Ratatouille, zucchini, tomato, eggplant, noble goat cheese, basil
2009 Saint Leocadie GSM, Minervois
Cheese plate, Kenny’s barren co blue, bloomin' decandence camembert, sweet grass lumiere goat cheese, almond, local honey
2007 Chateau Beaulieu, Bordeaux
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The following week, Nov. 17, the French will retreat from Fido and the Germans will take their place as Thomas Haehn of Von Schleinitz Estates brings some of his fine German wines to our neck of the woods. Using two wines per course, Thomas will discuss different effects that food and wine have on each other. This event is also $30 per person, plus tax and tip.
Caramelized vidalia onion tart, herb salad
Von Schleinitz Riesling dry
Von Schleinitz Riesling sweet
Apple-cinnamon bratwurst, butter broth, warm pretzel
Von Schleinitz Pinot Noir Dry Rose
Von Schleinitz hd Riesling
Venison schnitzel, potato, beer sauce
Von Schleinitz Riesling Dry, Weissenberg
Von Schleinitz Pinot Noir
Von Schleinitz Auslese Weissenberg
• Also in the Village will be The Belcourt's Wine, Food & Film event on Monday, Nov. 15, from 5:30-7 p.m. The cost is $20 for Belcourt Members and $25 for non-members and includes wine tasting from Village Wines (4-6 tastings); a Thanksgiving sampling from Whole Foods (and you can even order your Thanksgiving turkey on site) and a screening of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. It sounds like a great evening.
• Speaking of Village Wines, they are sponsoring several other tastings this month. The first is a tasting of the wines of Merryvale Napa Valley 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 360 Bistro. Only $15 per person and you'll receive a 10 percent discount on your food if you stay for dinner!
Also coming up on Monday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. at 360 Bistro will be a wine dinner with 2009 Cru and Single Vineyard Beaujolais of Georges Duboeuf. The evening is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call Hoyt at 383-2102 if you'd like to attend either or both.
• If you're looking to find some gift wines this weekend, drop by Miel for their Holiday Wine Tasting 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. For $35 you'll have the chance to taste twenty different wines focused on great values for your holiday entertaining while enjoying hors d'oeuvres from Miel's Catering menu.
Call 298-3663 to hold your space.
• Two of our favorite steak houses are having Fall wine tastings over the next few weeks. First off is Ruth's Chris on Monday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Four small production California wines will be paired with their signature hors d'oeuvres. Bandwagon Chardonnay, Monterey; Bandwagon Pinot Noir, Monterey; The Rule Cabernet, Napa Valley; Volunteer Cabernet, Napa Valley. Hors d'oeuvres will include Seared Ahi Tuna on Cucumber; Filet Sandwiches on Silver Dollar Rolls, Tomato Bruschetta and more. Cost is $25 per person inclusive and reservations are recommended. Please call 615-320-0163 to reserve your spot.
A week later, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Morton's of Nashville will partner with Riedel, the world's premier wine glass manufacturer, for a special wine tasting event to benefit The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Tickets are $60 and Morton’s will donate $5 to Toys for Tots for each guest who brings a new, unwrapped toy. Guests will also receive a special parting gift, a four-piece Riedel Vinum wine glass tasting set, valued at $116. Two Marines from the Toys for Tots Foundation will be in attendance to collect the donated toys to take to children in need this holiday season. Call 259-4558 for reservations.
Morton's will continue their partnership with Toys for Tots through December with Monday "bar nights." Morton's Bar 12-21 asks guests to bring a toy or small donation to gain access to the bar on Nov. 22, 29 and Dec. 6. Participating guests will enjoy Bar Bites along with a holiday drink courtesy of Morton's.
• If there's any room left on your social calendar with all of these soirees going on, Midtown Wine and Spirits is continuing their "Wine Wednesday" series with 1808 Grille in the Hutton Hotel next Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 6-7 p.m. It's strictly casual, so no reservations are necessary. Here are the details from the official invitation:
Sonoma Post Crush Wine Tasting
Notes provided by 1808 Grille Wine Director
Patz & Hall 2008 Chardonnay
One of the great houses for classic Russian River Chardonnay. Full of complex layers of flavor, starts off with floral and bosc pear notes then moves to that sort of honeyed brulée on the midpalate and finishes with nice rich honey mouthfeel.
DuMol 2008 Pinot Noir
This is one of the best producers in Russian River year after year. Although 2008 was a tough vintage, they still made great Pinot that is more approachable than normal, so drink 'em young and have some fun! Tasting this blind I would definitely think Burgundy, not California!
Seghesio 2009 Zinfandel
Look out Ridge, there's a new Top 100 Zinfandel in town! Quintessential Sonoma Zinfandel that has loads of ripe red fruit and finishes with pepper and Indian spice. ¡Viva Zinfandel!
Roth 2006 "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon
I can assure you this monster is decanted two hours before our tasting! Big earth components come to your nose and mouth directly, then subtle dark fruits finishing with twists and turns of tobacco, anise, leather, and rich mushrooms!
Until next week, remember to hydrate.