Friday, February 4, 2011

Wandering Wino: My Heart Belongs to Cru - Valentine's Edition

Posted By on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 8:40 AM

We here at the Wandering Wino subscribe to a lot of email newsletters so you don't have to. But with Valentine's Day coming up, wine stores and restaurants are ramping up their games, so you at least have to pay attention. Scoot a little closer to the monitor and take good notes.

Village Wines leads off with two attractive tastings coming up, one high-dollar and the other a bargain:

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Watermark — Dinner with Bollinger Champagne and Angelo Gaja whites and reds — $150 plus tax and gratuity

Thursday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m. at 360 Bistro — tasting of Benziger wines with Mike Benziger — $15 plus tax and gratuity

Call the restaurants for reservations.

As an aside, I haven't been out to Bistro 360 in awhile, but I hear that Chef Sal Avila has really stepped up the game there, and some really fine food is coming out of that kitchen. Stay after the tasting for dinner and report back here.

Grace's Wine and Spirits also has two events to share with you.

On Feb. 9, they are hosting a Cliff Creek Cellars tasting at Macke's on the second floor of Grace's Plaza, pretty much right above the wine shop. They invite you to join them from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to taste Cliff Creek's Oregonian versions of big and traditional style French wines.

$20 per person.
RSVP to Macke's at 292-3838

Grace's is also a sponsor of the seventh annual Heart & Soul event on Feb. 19 from 7 to 11p.m. at The Lofts at Werthan Mills in Historic Germantown. The event benefits the American Heart Association and costs $50 in advance and $65 at the door. Taste wines from around the globe while exploring the Lofts at Werthan Mills.

Click here to purchase tickets

Woodland Wine Merchant has a more casual tasting coming up in about a week at Margot. Winemakers from Domaine Depeuble, Domaine Fontsainte, Chateau La Roque and Chateau Fontanes from France will be in town Saturday, Feb. 12, to pour their wines. Domaine Depeuble makes wonderful traditional Beaujolais while Fontsainte, La Roque, Fontanes will be pouring wines from various appellations in the Languedoc region. The winemakers are represented by Kermit Lynch in the U.S., and their wines are favorites for many of Woodland's customers and staff. They invite you to come down to Margot anytime from 1 to 3 p.m., meet the winemakers and try some great wines along with a few snacks from the Margot kitchen.
RSVP to 227-4668

Frugal MacDoogal wants to see you on Friday, Feb. 11, for the Assistance League of Nashville Wine Benefit Tasting at Richland Country Club from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is always one of Nashville's best wine tastings of the year. Tickets are $100 per person, all inclusive (food, wine, and gratuity included). There will be a silent auction and fabulous artisan jewelry sale, and plenty of parking.

The Assistance League of Nashville has two main programs that you support when you attend this tasting and purchase items in the silent auction and jewelry sale. Those programs are called Operation School Bell and Hand in Hand.
Click here for details, photos and reservations.

Those hopeless romantics at 100% Italiano invite you to a "Be my sweet Italian Valentine" tasting at Rumours East, 1112 Woodland St., on Thursday Feb. 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Read the invitation to yourself with the appropriate Italian accent. (Think Fabio from Top Chef)

Indulge yourself with a palate pleasant adventure
The right wine with the right chocolate can be a match made in heaven!
Have a tasting of an array of delightful chocolates paired with Italian fine wines

Moscato d'Asti Villa Giada Andrea Faccio docg 2009 and white chocolate

Fragolino rosso igt NV-Canevari and chocolate dipped strawberries

Recioto della Valpolicella Bonazzi DOC 2007 and semisweet dark chocolate

Cabernet Pisoni igt 2008 and bittersweet dark chocolate

Cuore di cioccolata “ Chocolate heart” grappa Pisoni

Cost: $20 per person
For reservations: call 262-5346

September's in Hendersonville wants to spread the love to the Southern Hemisphere with an Australian Wine Tasting on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. The pairings look righteously good:

Discovery Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
Crispy Wontons with gingered Shrimp

Emeri Sparkling Shiraz
BBQ Cherry Mini-Burger

Deen Vat 10 Pinot Noir
Goat cheese stuffed Mushrooms

De Bortoli Petit Verdot
Vegetable Lasagna Rolls

$22 per person (excludes tax and gratuity)

September's Restaurant
300 Indian Lake Blvd.
Call 822-5323 for reservations.

Cupid, out!

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