Apropos of nothing, your Wandering Wino wanted to remind all you fine people that Dana, Nicki and I will be hosting an evening of "Dining Out for Life" this Tuesday, April 26, at Tayst. Chef Jeremy Barlow has promised that he has a few special treats up his sleeve for diners who choose to join us for dinner.
Don't forget that it's all for a good cause: a portion of your bill will be donated to Nashville CARES. Chef Jeremy also tells us the reservation book is still not full for that evening, thus the plea for your involvement. It's the easiest fundraising donation you'll ever make. Just eat and drink and have fun. I know you have it in you!
Now back to your regularly scheduled drinking.
Moscato d'Asti Villa Giada Andrea Faccio 2009 DOCG
Barbera d’Asti Superiore La quercia Villa Giada 2007 DOC
Barbaresco Govone 2005 DOCG
and a vertical tasting of Barolo Bricco Gattera Cordero di Montezemolo DOCG 1998 and the same wine from the 2005 vintage!
You can also expect some classic dishes like roasted heritage pork from Sequatchie Cove Farms and spring truffle risotto. It's $75++ (that's plus tax plus tip for the uninformed).
343 53rd Ave. N.
Call for reservations: 298-3663
Speaking of Tayst (we were, weren't we?), they have partnered with The Wine Chap to bring an extraordinary wine dinner featuring Brian Nuss, owner and winemaker of Vinoce, Twenty Rows and Wall Cellars wines.
The five-course event begins at 6:30 this Thursday, April 28, and is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The menu will be as follows:
Vinoce Savignon Blanc
pickled ramps grapefruit jelly, lemon balm
Wall Cellars Chardonnay
salted caramel, fiddleheads, strawberries
Twenty Rows "Grappler" Zinfandel
Twenty Rows Cabernet Savignon
coffee, garlic, chive bread pudding
Smoked Chocolate Tobacco Torte
Call for reservations at 383-1953. But only after you make reservations for Tuesday with us for Dining Out for Life.
Next on the social calendar is an invitation to join Midtown Wine & Spirits and 1808 Grille for a tasting of five wines from Louis Dressner Selections, one of the finest importers of French, Italian and other Old World wines, presented by national sales manager Josefa Concannon.
Louis/Dressner Selections is a portfolio of over 60 vignerons in the Burgundy, Mâconnais, Beaujolais, Loire, Bugey, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, Southwest and Champagne regions of France; in Piedmont, the Friuli, Veneto, Tuscany, Sicily and Puglia regions of Italy, and in the Douro of Portugal.
At just $15 per person, including some small bites from the kitchen of Chef Charles Phillips, this looks like a real bargain:
Peiollot Montagnieu Brut
We start things off with a little bubbly!
Lunea Papin Clos des Allees Muscadet
"Uncommonly lush not to mention luscious for its genre, with scents of honeydew melon, mint, and licorice setting the tone for the entire vinous performance. Fresh lime and salt enliven the palate while hints of nut oils and coffee add further richness." — 91 points, The Wine Advocate
Damien Coquelet Chiroubles
"Purple plum and dark cherry mingle with beef marrow, smoky black tea, and a chalky mineral hint in Coquelet’s 2009 Chiroubles, another outstanding value every bit as intensely-fruited as the others in his 2009 collection, but with an underlying sense of fine-grained tannic structure and sheer density — paired to formidable grip — that suggest a candidate for several years of cellaring." — 91 points, The Wine Advocate
Renee & Agnes Mosse Anjou Rouge
"Waves of bitter-edged, ripe, herb-, salt-, peat-, and nutmeg-tinged cassis and blackberry lusciously coat the palate, and this finishes with such vivid fruit presence — underlain by nut oils — and such a synergy of textural density with alcoholic lightness that one wants to drink it by the tumbler." — The Wine Advocate
Quintado Ruby Port
And we close out the night with some luscious Port!
When: Monday, April 25, 6 p.m.
Where: 1808 Grille at the Hutton Hotel
Call 1808 Grille at 340-0012 for reservations.
Amerigo-Cool Springs has decided to take a week off from their regular wine tastings and kick up the proof a little bit as they switch the drinks menu to cocktails. Here's the skinny:
Spring Cocktail Tasting
Tuesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m.
In lieu of next week's Wine Tasting, we will be sampling cocktails from our new Spring Drink List! Come get a sneak peek at the new list with these featured cocktails:
St. Germain Cocktail: Prosecco, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Club Soda
Morning Glory: Death's Door Gin, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and honey syrup
Florida Punch: Prichard's Crystal Rum and Castarde Armagnac with fresh grapefruit and orange juices
Blood Orange Martini: Thatcher's Blood Orange Liqueur and Vodka
Chef Stephen will be serving appetizer bites with the cocktails, all for just $15 per person. We'd love to have you stay for dinner afterwards too! Our regularly scheduled Wine Tastings will continue on Tuesday, May 10.
Until next week, see you next week at Tayst. Next Tuesday. Dining Out for Life. Be there. Please. Thanks.