But first a quick reminder of the Brew at the Zoo event tonight at the Nashville Zoo. (Which will still always be Grassmere to me ...) The party starts at 6:30 and will run until 11, with over 30 breweries showcasing their wares. There will also be an official after-party at M.L Rose Craft Beer and Burgers. Head there for a snack and additional enjoyment. Additionally, all Brew at the Zoo guests can return to M.L Rose tomorrow with their ticket stub or wristband for a buy-one-get-one deal on pints and pitchers, limit one per guest.
Rhizome Productions will be putting the party together, so you know it will be a good time and well-organized. These are the same folks behind the Winter Warmer and the East Nashville Beer Festival. They recently made a donation of more than $11,000 to the Ride to Read program, as promised, from the proceeds of the ENBF. Kudos to them for their good work and generosity!
Also tonight is the Frugal MacDoogal Team Chad Tasting at Richland Country Club starting at 5:30. You can enjoy great wine, delectable foods, great people, while contributing to the Chad Welch Memorial Fund and the fight against Leukemia. The wine list includes Ladera, Stags' Leap, Etude, Rodney Strong, Ferrari-Carano, Merryvale, Mount Veeder, Drouhin, Hakutsuru, and many more great wineries.
Call (615) 243-0214 for reservations.
Ferrari-Carano is one of the premiere wineries in all of Sonoma County. We are very excited to be pairing with Mad Platter to do this dinner and tasting with these fantastic wines. Part of the proceeds will be going to Thistle Farms, a great organization dedicated to helping women get off the streets and into a better life through teaching valuable job skills.
Chilled Cantaloupe Soup - cantaloupe, coconut milk, orange marmalade, cream & spiced pecans
**Paired with Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc**
Fried Avocado - cornmeal crusted; tomato, cilantro, lime, scallion & queso fresco
**Paired with Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay**
Heirloom Capri - Farmer's Market heirloom tomato, smoked buffalo mozzeralla, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic & garden basil
**Paired with Ferrari-Carano Merlot**
Hangar Steak - house smoked; local fingerlings, Heirloom carrots & rosemary port reduction
**Paired with Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon**
"Ruby Redbird" - homemade grapefruit ice cream, ginger snap cookies, grilled grapefruit & mint syrup
**Paired with Ferrari-Carano Eldorado Gold**
Where: Mad Platter Restaurant
1239 Sixth Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37208
When: Wednesday, June 20, @ 6:30 p.m.
How much: $75/person
To make reservations call Mad Platter: (615) 242-2563
I'm a big fan of Ferrari-Carano and their unbelievably beautiful estate in Sonoma. In fact, it was a server at Mad Platter who first turned me on to the winery and encouraged me to visit. Take their (and my) advice and try it out!
Brinkmann's Wine and Spirits invites you to join them at Sperry's Cool Springs for a tasting of Francis Coppola Wines this Monday, June 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Appetizers will be served to accompany these wines:
Sofia Blanc de Blanc
Director's Cut Pinot Noir
F. Coppola Claret
Director's Cut Zinfandel
$25/person plus tax, gratuity
Call (615) 778-9950 for reservations.
100% Italiano Inc and UE United estates wine imports present a Southern France wine dinner on Wednesday June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Miel Restaurant to taste through an exclusive collection of artisanal wines from South of France with special guest Patrick Allen from UE.
They'll be serving five wines with four paired courses:
Brut Chardonnay — Blanc de Blancs — Domaine Jean Louis Denois
2009 "Le Malivert" Blanc — Domaine Camp Galhan
2008 Carignan — Domaine Des Terres Falmet
2009 Cotes de Thongue "Cuvee des Cingales" Domain Mas Des Brunes
Maury — Clos Serre Romani
$60, plus tip and taxes
For reservation call: 615 298 3663
343 53rd Ave. N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
This weekend Red Dog Wine and Spirits will taste some standout wines from Chile's Colchagua Valley, one of Chile's best-known wine regions, in the southernmost portion of the Rapel Valley. The area is known for full bodied Cabernet, Carmenere, Syrah and Malbec.
The soil is deeply influenced by its location, as it is surrounded by the Tinguiririca River and the Chimbarongo Creek—two large waterways that once brought sediments from the Andes. Today, they act as pathways for cool coastal breezes that help moderate the warm Colchagua summers, contributing to the intensity and fruitiness of the wines.
This weekend we'll taste wines from this area from Calcu, meaning Magician, in reference to the winemakers who are expert blenders of grapes from the Calchagua Valley including Calcu Rose, Calcu Cabernet, Maquis Lien, Maquis Carmenere, and Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon.
And on on Friday Alejandro Joffre, winemaker for Maquis winery, will join us at the tasting from 4:00 until 7:00. If you can't make it by on Friday, you can still taste the wines on Saturday without Joffre from 2:00 until 6:00.
Red Dog Wine & Spirits
1031 Riverside Drive