So for you braver folks out there, here are the deets on some upcoming events:
Midtown Wine and Spirits has two tastings coming up on Feb. 17. They'll be tasting five excellent Burgundies along with light appetizers at the Bound'ry Restaurant starting at 6 p.m. for $25 per person. Call 321-3043 for reservations.
Also, don't forget about the Amrut Single Malt tasting at The Standard at 167 Rosa Parks Blvd. starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 — your $15 entitles you to taste five unique single-malt scotches from Indian producer Amrut. Call 254-1277 to check availability.
Finally, Midtown wants you to know that it's a presenting sponsor of the new East Nashville Beer Festival, coming up noon-5 p.m. April 9 on the East Bank Greenway, next to LP Field facing the river. More than 25 unique craft breweries, several of which are not yet in the Nashville market, have already signed on for this event, including the latest addition, Abita out of Louisiana.
Now's the time to buy tickets, which are $35 per person, with 50 percent of the profits going to Ride for Reading, a national charity started in Nashville, whose mission is to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income neighborhoods. In fact, they will be hosting a book drive at the event, so every car that brings two lightly used or new children's book will receive a discount on parking.
Get your tickets at EastNashvilleBeerFest.com as soon as you can, since only 1,500 will be made available.
Amerigo, Del Rio WIne and Spirits and Bellaterra Ranch are teaming up to present the Strings & Stories wine tasting/dinner/songwriter event 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 19 at The Red House at 138 Third Ave. N. in Franklin.
The event will cost $150 per person, $600 for a table of four and will feature a wine tasting, dinner from Amerigo an entertaining songwriter's night featuring artists Ed Hill, Tony Haselden, Leslie Satcher and friends.
To make reservations phone 277-2835
The event will benefit High Hopes, an Inclusive preschool and pediatric therapy clinic whose mission is to equip children and youth with the skills necessary to achieve success through education, rehabilitation and loving support.
Last up this week are two interesting wine dinners being presented by Village Wines. First is a dinner at Watermark featuring the Piedmont reds of Paulo Scavino on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 6:30. The cost will be $55 per person plus tax and gratuity, so call the restaurant to hold your spot.
Also coming up 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 360 Bistro will be a tasting tasting of Hand Picked Selections wines with Dan Kravitz. No word on the cost of this event, so drop by Village Wines to pick up a few bottles and get the skinny directly from owner Hoyt Hill. (But don't drop by during the Vandy/Kentucky hoops game on Saturday if you're wearing blue.)