Friday, August 19, 2011

Wandering Wino: St. Peter Edition

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 5:58 AM

If you think that "Pietra Santa" sounds like an Italian winemaker, you'd be half correct. Alesio Carli, the head winemaker at Pietra Santa is a native of Siena, Italy, but the grapes he works with and the winery he runs are located just a little bit east of Monterey Bay in California. Their estates feature multiple microclimates which provide optimal growing conditions for a wide range of grapes. Carli uses this fruit to craft a wide range of wines using a blend of his traditional Italian expertise and modern California sensibility and technology. The result is some outstanding wine, and Nashvillians are lucky enough to have two opportunities next week to meet Alesio, taste the fruits of his efforts and discuss winemaking with him.

The first chance will be next Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at JJ's Wine Bar in Franklin. JJ's is located at 206 E. Main St., and if you're interested RSVP ASAP to 942-5033. The next night, Alesio will be hosting a wine dinner at Bombasha Brazilian Steak House in Hillsboro Village at 2000 Belcourt Ave. The event also begins at 6:30 on Thursday, Aug. 25. For reservations, call 463-0021.

If you're not going to tonight's Night Market at the Nashville Farmers' Market, then ... well, bummer because I'm not going to see you. But if you're looking for another wining and dining option, consider Whole Foods in Green Hills, where they're holding a tasting of wines from Chile and Argentina tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15 gets you in to the demo, so here's the full description:

In the last 30 years, spectacular new vineyards have developed in Chile and Argentina producing phenomenal wines. Most of the wines made in these two countries are international varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and others), but there are notable differences between the two countries, including Chile’s Carmenere and Sauvignon Gris and Argentina’s Malbec and Torrontes. Join us for a tasting and discussion on the development of these vineyards and experience for yourself the magnificent wines from Chile and Argentina.

Next Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., Amerigo on West End is taking a break from their ongoing European Wine Tasting Series to bring you a selection of wines and some delicious appetizers featuring Olivia Olive Oil.

Based in Franklin, Tenn., Olivia Olive Oil is a specialty store offering extra virgin olive oils, vinegars, jams, spreads and even kitchenware. Chef Hrant will be preparing appetizers utilizing some of their Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars. Enjoy four wines with appetizers for $15 per person.

No reservations are necessary.
1920 West End Ave.

The Cork Dorks at Midtown Wine and Spirits are at it again with another one of their Saturday tastings. This time they will be pouring some eminently affordable wines from the far northwest, the state of Oregon. Those Ducks may not know much about football uniforms, but they sure do make some tasty wines. Here's what they'll have open:

Acrobat Pinot Gris 2009

"Clean and citrusy in scent, with a soft leesy note, this brisk gris has a peppery phenolic bite that makes it ideal for pairing with whole-roasted fish." — 90 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine
$13.99 / 750 ml

The Rascal Pinot Gris

"A refreshing wine with flavors and aromatics of apple, peach and a touch of citrus. Nicely balanced with just a touch of sweetness, supported by a lively streak of acidity. An amazing example of a great Oregon Pinot Gris." — Winery Notes
$9.99 / 750 ml

The Rascal Pinot Noir 2009

"Deep ruby coloring with aromas of raspberry & dried herbs. This fruit forward wine shows focused flavors of cherry, earth, and light toast. Soft and supple texture make this a great wine for every dinner." — Winery Notes
$9.99 / 750 ml

Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009

"As bright and fruity as a Beaujolais, this youthful pinot leads with scents of raspberries and red cherries and a woodsy bottom note. The flavors are light and fresh, the fruit giving way to a mild amaro-like bitterness. A great pinot to stock up on." — 91 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine
$19.99 / 750 ml

We will have these four wines open to taste, so come by Midtown tomorrow and Saturday between 2 and 7 p.m. and we'll be happy to pour you some samples!

Enjoy those Pinots!

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