Friday, April 6, 2012

Wandering Wino: Masters Edition

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Your resident Wino is wandering his way down to Augusta this weekend to watch 96 of the luckiest people on the planet chase a little white ball around a track of some of the most beautiful real estate in the world. (Don’t be a hater…) So this update is actually being typed a little earlier in the week than usual, but I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed by the selection of tasting events available to you.

Perfectly dovetailing with my post earlier this week on German rieslings, Woodland Wine Merchant is hosting a free tasting of German wines from the Mosel region this Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Winemaker Konrad Hähn will be in attendance to answer your questions, just in case you didn’t learn everything by reading Bites. (Very likely.)

The Mosel River winds through some seriously steep valleys. Along its path, terraces have been carved over dozens of generations into nearly vertical hillsides, where the sloping land and porous slate soils allow for quick drainage. That's good, because this place sees heavy and regular rainfalls. The slate holds heat well too, better than most soil types, which allows the growing season to extend just long enough for the slow-ripening riesling. The result: uplifting wines that quench your thirst and sate your palate.

This Saturday we'll have proprietor & winemaker Konrad Hähn in the shop to tell you all about it. He'll offer up four wines from his very own Von Schleinitz. Come chat him up and let him pour you a tall sip of spring. As always, it's free of charge! Here's what he's popping:

VS Estate Riesling
Snappy acidity and a touch of sweet citrusy fruit balance beautifully in this lightly off-dry white.

VS Estate Dry Riesling
Supple and smooth, this riesling will convert those of you who "don't like riesling." Peachy and tropical fruit notes are, again, balanced nicely by lively acidity.

VS Rosé Pinot Noir
Pinot noir in Germany is lighter and more minerally than its riper, New World counter parts. Perfect for the light treatment of a delicate rosé.

VS Blanc de Noir sparkling Pinot Noir
This sparkler has the tannin structure and soft fruit of a pinot, a light mineral character, and all the tiny bubbles to make you smile. Perfect with creamy-savory dishes or with soft cheeses.

Village Wines has two interesting tastings scheduled over the next couple of weeks at Watermark and 360 Bistro.

Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 at Watermark - Pali Vineyards with Gary White - fabulous Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - $15 per person

Monday, April 16, 6:00 at 360 Bistro - Hecht and Bannier (the most acclaimed winery on the Cotes de Roussilon) with Gerard Hecht - $15 per person

Amerigo West End is kicking off their Italian Wine Tasting Series on Wednesday, April 11 with a selection of wines from Northern Italy.

Enjoy the following wines paired with Chef Hrant's appetizers, all for just $15 per person: Zenato Pinot Grigio, Marcarina Dolcetto, Tintero Grangia and Mascia Montepulciano. Come any time between 6-8pm and feel free to stay afterward for dinner!

Watermark and Grace’s Plaza Wine and Spirits are hosting a Spanish wine tasting on Thursday, April 12, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Gulch hot spot. For just $25 including tax and gratuity, you’ll enjoy six excellent Spanish wines, and a 10 percent discount off your dinner bill if you stay afterwards. Here’s what they’ll be pouring:

Mont Marcal Cava Rosada
Legado del Conde Albarino
Can Feixes
Carchello “C”
Lorinon Crianza
Dehesa la Granda

For reservations, call (615) 254-2000.

On the heels of last weekend’s wildly successful East Nashville Beer festival, the Inaugural Rivers & Spires BrewFest kicks off from April 19 until April 21 up in Clarksville. Here are the details of what looks like a really fun weekend:

If you are a microbrewery maniac, a craft beer connoisseur, or just love to sample some stout then you MUST attend BREWFEST at the 2012 Rivers & Spires Festival. This new event is open to all those 21-years-old and over. Tickets will be sold at the entrance and IDs WILL BE REQUIRED

There are a limited number of tickets that will be sold for Friday and Saturday admission to Brewfest.
Gates open at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 20 and 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 21.

Brewmasters from across the region will be on hand providing samples, answering questions and giving visitors a delightful peak into the wonderful world of craft beer. Sample more than 50 craft beers and go home with a commemorative mug courtesy of Old Chicago Pizza!

Events will be held throughout the weekend including:

Beer 101 - Learn from the best. What’s a Pale Ale? IPA? Hefeweizen? And why should you care?

Beer and Food Pairings – What is the best brew to sip while you devour a steak… find out here.

Entertainment - Music from some great regional artists will be performed.

Drawings for prizes donated by Brewers – Get some brew swag from your new favorite brewery!

Here is a partial list of Beers that can be sampled at Brewfest:

Sam Adams Boston Lager
Sam Adams Summer Ale
Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
Sam Adams Whitewater IPA
Sam Adams Noble Pils
Sam Adams Latitude 48
Twisted Tea
Angry Orchard Apple Ginger
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Blue Moon
Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
George Killian’s Irish Red
Blue Moon Pale Moon
Sparks Blackberry
Guinness Draught
Guinness Black
Red Stripe
Smirnoff Tropical Fruit
Smirnoff Signature Screwdriver
Blackstone APA
Blackstone St. Charles Porter
Blackstone Nut Brown Ale Blackstone Chaser Pale
Rolling Rock
Heineken Light
Amstel Light
Dos Equis Lager
Newcastle Summer Ale
Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan
Mikes Lemonade
Mikes Lite Lemonade
Mikes Margarita
Mikes Black Cherry
Mikes Cranberry
Mikes Strawberry Lemonade
Mikes Mango Punch
Cayman Jack Margarita
Four Loko Fruit Punch
Four Loko Watermelon
Four Loko UVA
Four Loko XXX Blueberry Lemonade
Old Style
Schlafly Dry Hopped APA
Schlafly Kolsch
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
Shiner Bock
Shiner Blonde
Shiner Black
Shiner Seasonal
Bridgeport IPA
Blackhorse Pub & Brewery

For the full schedule and more info, check out the festival’s website. From Schalfly to Four Loko, it looks like there's something for everyone.

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