Monday, April 1, 2013

Big Wine Happenings Coming This Month

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 5:57 AM

As I told you last week, there are some pretty notable wine events coming up in April, all of which benefit some really good causes around town. Fire up your Google calendar and clear your schedule.

The good people at Midtown Wine and Spirits help out many nonprofits around town, but one of the dearest to their hearts is the event that they are the Platinum Sponsors of, the 11th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Benefiting the East Nashville Hope Exchange. The soiree will take place at St. Ann's Episcopal Church at 419 Woodland St. on Friday April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The ticket price is a ridiculously reasonable $25 per person, which gets you access to a massive tasting of great wines from around the world, courtesy of Midtown. There is also a large silent auction that features donations from generous benefactors including jewelry, gift certificates to various restaurants, fine art and sports memorabilia. For you Lady Vol fans, there will be a basketball signed by Pat Summitt on the auction table.

To give you an idea of the scale of this event: Even with such a low admission price, last year they raised more than $20,000 for the East Nashville Hope Exchange, a nonprofit summer program that develops leadership and literacy skills for economically disadvantaged children in East Nashville. Perhaps most importantly, the program helps to prevent "summer learning loss" for the kids.

"Last year, more than half the students showed gains in reading level and comprehension, phonics, word recognition and fluency, while 85 percent either maintained or showed gains in four areas tested,” said Ed Miller, president of the Hope Exchange Board. “These results are especially significant since research has shown that particularly for children living below the poverty level, reading skills often decline two to three grade levels over the summer.”

If you want to help out this very worthy organization and have a great time doing it, buy your tickets at their website.

There's another shindig going on that same evening April 19 down in Franklin as the group behind A Vintage Affair throws a big party to raise money for Williamson County charities that benefit women and children in the county.

The evening kicks off at 5:30 in the courtyard outside of Jamison Hall in The Factory, with a Sommelier's Preview that features fine cigars, special wine tastings, champagne, and hors d'oeuvres presented by Sperry's Restaurant of Cool Springs. Reservations to attend the Sommelier Preview Party are $125 per person, and this price includes your reservation to the Main Event. Reservations may be purchased online. Dress is business casual.

At 7, the doors to Jamison Hall swing open for the Main Event. It will feature wine tasting stations, several food stations and many live and silent auction items to bid on, including hundreds of various wines. Reservations to attend only the Main Event are $75 per person and may be purchased online or at the door. There is a $10 additional charge to purchase reservations at the door. To save the ten spot, buy your tickets here.

If you can't wait until Friday to start drinking, on the night before, April 18, the Nashville Predators Foundation is hosting their eighth annual Wine Festival and Tasting on the ice (well, over the ice) at Bridgestone Arena. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and costs $75 per person, which benefits the many charities which the team has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to over the years.

This year's festival will feature more than 200 wines, beers and spirits for tasting and a silent auction with more than 200 items. There will also be some great food and opportunities to get your picture taken with Gnash, the best mascot in town. (We would totally kick Ozzy and T Rac's butts.) If you want to roll like a big shot, there's also a VIP Dinner and Tasting taking place in the Patrón Platinum Club. The special event will feature a five-course dinner with wine pairing and hand-crafted wines. This VIP event will be 6 to 8 p.m. and is $200 per person. VIP guests may attend the Wine Festival after the VIP Dinner.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Buy your tickets here.

If you're not all wined out by Sunday, April 21, there's another really special wine dinner being cooked up by the incredible chefs behind Sycamore Nashville. Tony and Caroline Galzin will be taking over the kitchen at The Catbird Seat to prepare a six-course dinner featuring locally raised rabbit and spring vegetables. (You'll notice I waited until after Easter to tell y'all about the bunny dinner. You're welcome.)

To take the dinner even more over the top, wine pairings will come from the cellar of one of Nashville's premier oenophiles, Tom Black. That alone should be worth the $130 price of admission, plus as with the previous two Sycamore dinners, proceeds will benefit Hands On Nashville’s Urban Farm. It's a small dining room, so hurry here to hold your place at the table.

Have a winetastic April!

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