Friday, July 1, 2011

Wandering Wino: Public Service Announcement Edition

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 8:58 AM

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This This Monday could be a rough one, Bitesters. First of all, well, it's a Monday. Secondly, you can plan on spending your day in sweaty lines or crowds waiting for hot chicken or for the fireworks to go off. And third, due to state regulations, liquor stores will be closed! So remember whatever you need to get through a long weekend in the backyard, by the pool or on the lake must be purchased by 2300 hours on Saturday night. This has been a public service announcement by your Wandering Wino network.

So while you're out shopping on Saturday, you might want to drop by Midtown Wine and Spirits where they'll be tasting four crowd-pleasers from 3 to 7 p.m.:

SUMMER FAVORITES

Cresta Azul

This refreshing Spanish white is slightly frizzante and pairs perfectly with light appetizers, salads and summer pasta dishes. Dubbed "lawnmower wine" by some of us at Midtown, it's wonderful for sipping on scorching summer days!
$9.99 / 750 ml

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc+Viognier

"Consistently a killer wine value is Pine Ridge’s 45,000-case blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier. Offers up soaring floral notes intermixed with white peaches and apricots. This delectable, fresh, crisp, light-bodied, dry white should be drunk over the next year." — 90 points, WA (2009)

We may be on the 2010 already, but rest assured this new vintage will receive another stellar rating.
$15.99 / 750 ml

Hey Mambo Sultry Red

A blend of 41% Syrah, 33% Zinfandel, 10% Barbera, 9% Petite Sirah, 7% Alicante Bouchet, Hey Mambo is "deep purple in color... aromas of warm baked berry cobbler spiked with cinnamon and nutmeg. Raspberry and wild strawberry flavors present in the mouth, which slowly meld into cedar, dark plums, white pepper, molasses, and tealeaf notes. On the finish, you experience dark raspberry flavors along with bright acidity, notes of a fresh cup of cappuccino, and rich integrated oak with hints of caramel and cloves."

One of the best, inexpensive red blends you can find, this is a fun crowd-pleasing wine!
$10.99 / 750 ml

Kenwood Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley 2009

"This Pinot combines power with elegance in a cost-effective way, making it a great buy. It will stand against many more expensive wines, with its silky tannins and dry, interesting cherry, raspberry and sandalwood flavors." — The Wine Enthusiast
$14.99 / 750 ml

Midtown is also a proud sponsor of Wine and Swine 2011 being held on July 8 at the Belle Meade Plantation from 7 to 19 p.m. This will be an amazing opportunity to taste more than 60 wines from around the world while enjoying delicious pork-based dishes from some of Nashville's best restaurants, including The Local Taco, Harding House and Finezza. Live entertainment will also be provided.

Tickets are $60 and benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information, or to buy tickets call 255-1167.

Finally, after you're through celebrating America's independence, why not celebrate La Fête Nationale of France. By drinking some Italian wines? Yeah, I admit that's a tough bunch of metaphors to mix, but roll with it or you'll miss out on what should prove to be an outstanding wine dinner. On Thursday, July 14, (Bastille Day), Village Wines and 100% Italiano will be co-hosting, along with winemaker Rosalba Vitanza, a dinner featuring the sensational Tuscan wines of Tenuta Vitanza in Montalcino, Italy.

Tenuta Vitanza makes some of the most acclaimed Tuscany wines and sought-after Brunellos in the world, including four spectacular Sangiovese-based wines which will be poured at this event.

Toscana igt VOLARE VITANZA
60% Sangiovese 40% other varieties

Rosso di Montalcino VITANZA
100% Sangiovese

VERTICAL TASTING:
Brunello di montalcino docg 'TRADIZIONE' 2006 VITANZA
Brunello di montalcino docg riserva 2004 VITANZA
100% Sangiovese

Miel will be preparing a wonderful set of plates to accompany each wine. Buon appetito.

Miel Restaurant
343 53rd Ave. N.
6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 14
$99 plus tax and gratuity
Call Miel at 298-3663 to make a reservation

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