Friday, April 29, 2011

Wandering Wino: It's A Marathon, Not a Sprint Edition

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

No, really. It is a marathon. At least half of one that your favorite Wino is going to attempt to wander on Saturday. I have my sports bottle filled with Pinot Grigio and some friends have promised to hand out Jello shots and cookie dough on Belmont Boulevard, so I'm raring to go. So ready, set, drink!

Midtown Wine and Spirits takes the early lead in this week's tasting news with tonight's St. Ann's Wine Tasting & Silent Auction benefiting the East Nashville Hope Exchange.

East Nashville Hope Exchange is a summer literacy and enrichment program for disadvantaged children in the East Nashville Community. The tuition free program, which is held for five weeks each summer at St. Ann’s, develops local children’s literacy and leadership skills while strengthening caregiver and community involvement in children's education.

When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, April 29
Where: St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 419 Woodland St.
How much: $25 per person or $45 per couple

Get your tickets in advance at

After the drinker's high of getting out of the blocks fast with St. Ann's begins to fade, you can hit your stride at Flyte World Dining and Wine as they present a tasting of South African wines led by an expert in the region, Peter Koff. Mr. Koff is one of only two people in the world to hold the titles of both Master of Wine and Cape Wine Master.

They will be accompanying the wine tasting with a light dinner from Chef Ashley Quick. The event will feature the wines of Villiera and Delheim, imported by Fairest Cape and distributed by Omni Beverage. Here's the menu:

Villiera Chenin Blanc

Delheim Gewurztraminer
Sous Vide Octopus
cilantro, basil, kaffir lime

Delheim Pinotage Rosé
Cured Beef Salad
arugula, celery root, miso, mustard seeds

Villiera Pinotage
Eden Farm Pork Cheek
cola-braised peanuts, ramps

Delheim Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz
Braised Lamb
Sea Island red peas, fennel frond pesto

Here's the nitty-gritty:

Where: Flyte's Dining Room
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
What: Five wines and 4 courses
Cost: $45 per person

Call 255-6200 to make your reservation.

Finally, make the turn for the home stretch with a tasting of four lighter white wines that should be perfect for the upcoming summer months.

Amerigo on West End will be offering a tasting of three Italian whites and a Bordeaux Blanc for just $15 on Wednesday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Chef Hrant will prepare a nice pairing of appetizers to accompany these crowd-pleasers so you won't go home too hungry. No reservations are necessary, so just lace up your Nikes and get on over there.

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