Friday, August 3, 2012

Wandering Wino: Ready for the Next Happy Hour Edition

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 8:21 AM

  • (I know, I was suprised it still exists, too!)
Does anybody remember the band Bada Bing Bada Boom that used to play at Guido's and Wolfy's? This swinging jazz combo used to have a song called "Ready for the Next Happy Hour" that perfectly expresses where my head is after another long, hot week. Fortunately, the good people at West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart continue to come through with fun Fridays.

This week's Happy Hour Friday in-store tasting features Wollundry Road Cabernet, Yalumba Viognier, Choya Fume Blanc and La Marca Prosecco. And don't forget my oft-repeated mantra, more people would have more fun if more meals started with more prosecco.

Here are WMWLM's tasting notes on the first two:

Woolundry Road Cabernet: $9.99 / (Reg: $12.99)
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers intense black currant and dried Mediterranean
herb aromas with whiffs of loam and tree bark. Medium to full-bodied, it gives just enough cassis and
herbal flavors, with chewy tannins, refreshing acidity and a medium-long finish. - The Wine Advocate

Yalumba Y Series Viognier: $11.99 / (Reg: $13.99)
Pale straw in color, the 2011 Y Series Viognier has aromas of honeysuckle, poached quinces and
mandarin peel so evocative of this exotic variety. The palate is rich in texture and body thanks to
wild yeast fermentation and ageing on lees, yet retains a refreshing quality that make it a pleasure
to drink. Flavors to be found on the palate include grapefruit peel, lemongrass and stonefruit,
while the texture adds layers of fruit persistence.

They also offer up a nice recipe to use up that prosecco if you don't want to drink it straight up.

Cocktail Selection of the Week:
The Rising Sun
2 Parts chilled Prosecco of your choice
1 Part Choya Ume Blanc
1. Combine chilled Prosecco and Ume Blanc into a champagne flute.
2. Garnish with a lemon peel twist if you wish. Enjoy!!

The hours of happiness run from 4 to 7 p.m. today.

Hoyt Hill at Village Wines dropped a quick note to invite you all to a tasting of some lovely Chilean and Argentinian wines.

Join him on Thursday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m. at 360 Bistro, for some Domus Aurea wines with winemaker Jean Pascal Lagaze — the tasting is $15 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Amerigo West End continues their popular Farmers Market Wine Pairing Dinner series later this month. I've spoken with several folks who attended the last edition and they said it was fantastic.

By popular demand, we've added a third night to our monthly Farmers Market Wine Dinners! Join us on Monday, Aug. 27, or Wednesday, Aug. 29, for a special five-course dinner prepared with local foods from the Franklin Farmers Market. Each course is then paired with wine or a specialty cocktail, all for just $45 per person, plus tax & gratuity. Reservations are limited, so call (615) 377-7070 today to secure your spot.

It's not often that I get notice of a wine dinner at Fleming's, but since I really like their steaks, it made me sit up and take notice. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m., they will be hosting a Rombauer Wine Dinner. If that last name looks familiar to you, Koerner Rombauer, the winery owner, is the great-nephew of Irma who wrote The Joy of Cooking.

So between that and the fact that it's Fleming's, you know the food will be excellent. Don't believe me? Check out the menu:

Sushi Trio: Spicy Tuna Roll, Smoked Salmon Roll,
Vegetable Maki Roll, Ponzu and Eel Sauce
ROMBAUER, Chardonnay Carneros, 2010

Arugula Salad, Spiced Bacon, Cedar-Roasted Shiitake
Mushrooms, Sundried Tomatoes, Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette
ROMBAUER, Merlot Carneros, 2008

New Zealand Lamb Chops, Porcini Risotto,
Braised Turnip Greens, Tarragon-Mustard Demi Glace
ROMBAUER, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 2009

Butcher's Cut New York Strip, Asparagus,
Potato Leek Hash Browns, Truffle Butter
ROMBAUER, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Diamond Selection, 2007

Chilled Chocolate Macadamia Soufflé
Warm Black Cherry Compote
ROMBAUER, Zinfandel California, 2010

The dinner will be $85 per person. Call 615-342-0131 to hold your spot.

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