Friday, January 20, 2012

Wandering Wino: Any Old Port in a Storm Edition

Posted by on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Not every wine drinker drinks port, but those who do are usually fanatical. If you're one of those portheads, then you definitely need to mark your calendar for next Wednesday, Jan. 25, for a special event that the Hutton Hotel is holding in their 1808 Grille as part of their Wine Wednesday series.

Robert Bower, a seventh-generation winemaker at Taylor Fladgate, will be leading a tasting of Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca ports. Just $35 plus tax and service charge gets you 10 tastings and small plates to accompany. Here are the details from the sommelier:

We will be tasting in 2 separate rooms — the Carneros will be our Tawny Room, where we will have 5 tawny ports to taste as listed.

1) A "Century of Tawny Port" will be 4 one-ounce pours of 10, 20, 30, and 40 year Tawny Ports that when added together equal 100 years.

2) Also in this room we will have a single vintage Tawny named Taylor-Fladgate "Vargellis" vintage will be 2005 and these single vintage ports are called Colheita.

3) There will be a small plate of food to accompany these fabulous wines

Then we will go to Bordeaux room, renamed the Ruby Room, to taste all the fabulous Ruby ports, these will also be accompanied with a small plate of food that pair with ruby ports and will include as listed:

1) 2005 Fonseca "Late bottle vintage" Port

2) 2000 Fonseca Vintage port

3) 2009 Fonseca Vintage port

4) Non Vintage Fonseca "Terra Bella" Organic port

The event starts at 6 p.m., and reservations are highly recommended. Call (615) 340-0012 for more info.

Another luminary of the wine world will be in town on Tuesday, Jan. 31, when Miel Restaurant welcomes Lionello Marchesi, known for years as one of the great producers of the area of Tuscany around Montalcino. His Castello di Monastero, Coldisole and Poggio Alle Sughere wineries consistently put out some of the best Tuscan juice.

The event costs $69/person plus tax and gratuity and features five wines and four courses. Here's the menu:

First Course
Pork Charcuterie Duo
Ecotone Farm Pork Rillette and Pork Liver Mousse
2008 Castello di Monastero

Second Course
Duck Confit Ravioli with Pickled Beech Mushrooms & Farm Radish in Duck Consommé
2008 ColdiSole Rosso di Montalcino

Third Course
Seared Venison Leg Filet, Winter Root Vegetable Gratin, Sautéed Farm Greens, Local Oyster Mushrooms, Dried Cherry Demi-Glace
2001 ColdiSole Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Foie Gras Custard with macerated figs, local honey and toasted almond tuille
2003 Castello di Montastero Lunanuova

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Call (615) 298-3663 for reservations.

Finally, our friends at Midtown Wine and Spirits are continuing their "Friday Night Wines" series at the Boundr'y.

Every Friday night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., join them at Bound'ry, 911 20th Ave. S. for a tasting of different wines each week. Everything is getting started tonight with the wines of Duckhorn, when they'll be pouring:

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley Merlot
"Decoy" Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$25 per person (plus tax and gratuity), with appetizers included. Call The Bound'ry at (615) 321-3043 to reserve your seats.

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