To wit, Perl Catering and local wine mistress Lisa Mays are partnering with 100% Italiano Wines for a wine dinner on Feb. 20 from 6-9 p.m. to be held at Sky Blue Cafe at 700 Fatherland St. in East Nashville. If you’ve never had a chance to try the food from Perl Catering, then well, you’re just not getting invited to the right parties. So pony up your $69 per person plus tax and gratuity and just crash this one. Check out the menu of delights that will be served family-style to the lucky patrons:
Antipasto Platter of marinated vegetables, local cheeses, pate, crackers & homemade accompaniments
Seeded Rolls & Corn Muffins
Salad of mixed greens with graham cracker/walnut crumble, Noble Springs Goat Cheese Croquette, watermelon radish & mustard vinaigrette
Conte Riccati Brut DOC Prosecco, Veneto
Ricotta Gnocchi with Whispering Creek Oyster Mushrooms, Roasted Shallots & perl Bacon in Truffled Parmesan Cream Sauce
2008 Iuli Barbera del Monferrato Superiore ‘Umberta,’ Piemonte
Pan Seared Scallops over Golden Flannel Hash of sweet potatoes, fingerling potatoes, golden beets, fennel & onion with hot pepper relish
2010 Fattoria San Lorenzo Il Casolare' Verdicchio IGT Organic, Marche
Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Crunch Cake
2009 Giallo Dolce IGT Moscato, Trentino
Limited seating is available so call (615) 479-4649 for reservations.
If you’d prefer to stay on the west side, the next evening, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 those crazy folks at 100% Italiano are taking on the second half of a back-to-back with “A Night in Piedmont” wine dinner at Miel Restaurant at 343 53rd Ave. N. Nashville. Their special guest will be Summer Wolff from Iuli. You’ll have the chance to enjoy 5 wines 4 paired courses (small sized portions) including these palate pleasers:
Langhe Bianco DOC (Rhein resling/gewurtztraminer) 2006 San Fereolo
Dolcetto dogliani "valdiba'" 2008 San Fereolo
Barbera superiore "rossore" 2008 Iuli
Nebbiolo 2009 Eugenio Bocchino
Moscato Passito 2006-Cerruti
All wines are organic/ biodynamic
$69 + tips and taxes
For reservation call: 615 298 3663
Credit card request at reservation-48 hour cancellation policy.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is throwing another in their “Art of Series” with The Art of Yazoo Brewery on Feb. 23. Learn about Yazoo beer from owner and brew master Linus Hall, who will lead the guided tasting while attendees enjoy food to complement the beers.
The Art of Yazoo Brewery
6-8 p.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium
$30 All proceeds benefit TPAC Education programs.
For tickets: visit tpac.org/shows or call (615) 782-4040.
Midtown Wine and Spirits continues their weekly Friday Bound’ry tastings this week from 5 to 6:30 p.m with a tasting of four different and delicious wines from two distinct regions — Oregon and France.
Domaine de Couron Viognier
Spindrift Pinot Blanc
Jigsaw Pinot Noir
Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas
It’s a bargain at $20 per person (plus tax and gratuity), with appetizers included. Call The Bound'ry at (615) 321-3043 to reserve your seats.
Midtown also invites Nashville scotch lovers to a portfolio tasting of Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch, the most awarded single-malt cotch in the world. You’ll get the opportunity to sample several of the offerings of this famous distillery. The tasting begins at 6 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 16 at
Finally, Grace’s Plaza Wine and Spirits is opening some very nice bottles this weekend for your tasting pleasure, including the Evodia Old Vine Grenache that I named one of my wine bargains of the year in 2011. (Don’t go looking for that post here on Bites, btw. I only named it that to myself in my kitchen. My bad …)
Here are the deets:
Saturday, Feb. 11, 4 to 6 p.m.
FREE tasting here at Grace's
(at the tasting bar in the back of the store!)
The Grace's Boutique...
We may have thousands of different bottles on our shelves, but we like to think of ourselves as a little bit more of a boutique wine shop. As such, we love to find producers and importers who share our philosophy of providing good, of-the-earth wine without any of that hollow marketing language that clueless businessmen like to use in place of having a connection to a product. Needless to say, there's a reason we work around wine. We love the stuff. And we think Saturday's tasting is going to have two wines that y'all will love too.
Simonnet-Febvre 2010 Chablis
We had such a huge success tasting y'all on the Simonnet-Febvre Sauvignon Blanc that we decided to bring in their amazing Chablis. Simonnet-Febvre has been making wine since 1840, exclusively making Cremants (or Champagne without the regional designation) in their early days but moving into the exciting world of Chablis. Typical of the region, this Chardonnay has a lean attack of floral and tree fruit aromas with a bright acidity keeping you alive and vibrant.
Altovinum 2010 Evodia Old Vine Grenache
On one end of the wine spectrum are the majestic estates, producing time-honored wines that seem to cost a dollar for every year the Chateau has been around. On the other end of the spectrum lies the more fun and experimental side of things, where young winemakers and industry-types can come together to make fresh wines that are complex without that certain haughtiness. Thus describes the Evodia perfectly, a project from Grenache-maestro Eric Solomon. Grown in highly regarded schist soils, the type of earth that makes Priorat so special, this wine has the big fruit of Grenache with a powerful structural backbone. And check out that price!!
Until next week, ciao bella!