The tasting scene is still a little slow as all the retailers climb down off of the Scrooge McDuck-sized pile of money that you and I dropped on their establishments over the holidays. But fear not, there is a lot of good wine, beer and booze news fermenting in the barrel, and when we knock the bung out of this thing, your cups will overflow with cool upcoming news. In the meantime, here are a few events to whet your appetite and wet your whistle.
What better way to start the new year than by enjoying some fine craft beer at Midtown Wine and Spirits on Church Street? Swing by after 4 p.m. on Friday or Saturday, Jan. 6-7, and they'll have some great high-gravity ales open for you to sample and take home. They'll be pouring:
Crispin "Honey Crisp" Natural Hard Cider — $6.49
BridgePort Stumptown Tart — $6.99
BridgePort Raven Mad Imperial Porter — $6.99
Rogue Double Chocolate Stout — $12.99
All prices are for a 22-ounce bottle.
Hoyt Hill of Village Wines continues to entertain me every time he sends out one of his highly informative but wacky YouTube videos that feature liberal use of green screen technology and the occasional use of the focus adjustment. I laughed. I cried. It was better than Cats. And darned if I haven't learned something from just about every one in the series. You should definitely check them out to be informed about various wines and important talents that everyone should master like how and when to decant a bottle of wine, how to carve a turkey and how to tie a bow tie. But this one is my absolute favorite:
If you want to meet and learn from the man himself, join him on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. at 360 Bistro, when importer and master sommelier Fran Kysela will present Domaine de Grand Veneur and Domaine de la Mordoree Rhone Valley wines.
The tasting is only $15 per person, so call Hoyt at (615) 383-2102 if you're interested.