Wine

Friday, October 19, 2012

Taste the World of Wine to Help TFLI

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 8:01 AM

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Head to the W.O. Smith School on Friday, Nov. 2, at 5:30 p.m. for the 14th annual "Taste of the World" International Wine and Food Tasting to benefit the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute.

(Its mission: TFLI "strives to facilitate intercultural communication through the provision of quality language instruction, translation and interpretation services, professional development for interpreters, translators and language instructors, and cultural awareness programs, which are designed to meet the needs of the state government and its employees, the business community, foreign language educators, and the public at large.")

This event is always one of the favorites on the Nashville tasting calendar and features more than 100 international wines paired with food along with music.

Recently crowned "BON-Best Restaurant" F. Scott's will handle the catering along with their cousins at Table 3, and West End Discount Liquors and Wines will provide the libations.

Here's the ticket info:

Connoisseur ticket (general admission), $75 in advance, $100 at the door

Ambassador ticket, $150, which includes:

Event admission

Access to the Reserve Wine Tasting Room with premier global wine selections

Gift bag with Riedel wineglass

One-time F. Scott’s restaurant discount

West End Discount Liquor and Wines discount card (good for one year)

Discount for a class at the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute

Purchase tickets here, and for more information (including a list of silent auction items) visit the TLFI website.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Wandering Wino: Oktoberfest Edition

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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This week’s tasting calendar is pretty light, but I’m guessing the owners of local wine shops have a good idea of how busy this weekend will be in Nashville. With two festivals on Saturday in Germantown, the Southern Festival of Books and the second annual Battle of the Food Trucks at Greer Stadium on Sunday, there are plenty of fun events to keep you occupied.

But if you want to kick off the weekend’s festivities with a fiesta, Brinkmann’s Wine and Spirits in Cool Springs is the place to be tonight. They’ll be tasting tequilas with Eric Rubin of Tres Agaves Tequila today from 4 to 6 p.m. Eric will be serving up a tasting of his award-winning Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo tequilas, along with his all-natural Margarita Mixer.

For more information on all things Tres Agaves Tequila, visit their website.

Hoyt Hill at Village Wines sent a special note to remind readers not to miss the upcoming tasting of the Pol Roger Champagnes, including the legendary Cuvee Winston Churchill, this Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at 360 Bistro. At only $15 per person, it’s a heck of a deal. (The taste of the Winston Churchill alone is worth more than that.) Call Hoyt at (615) 382-2102 for more information or to hold a spot for this special tasting event.

Village and 360 Bistro are also teaming up on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. for a tasting of the wines from Margerum Vineyards with Doug Margerum. Based in Santa Barbara County in California, Mergerum is primarily known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and a Rhone blend called M5. They also make some really nice Rosé wines, so hopefully Doug will bring some along.

Until next week, auf wiedersehen.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wine Wednesday: No Boys Allowed Edition

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM

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I admit to occasionally making sure I've made my own reservation to an event before I post the info about it here at Bites and watch tickets disappear. Well, apparently karma is a you-know-what because today I'm going to fill you in about an event that I couldn't attend if I wanted to. (Unless I'm willing to try this again.)

Champagne and Chardonnay is a fundraiser put on by the Nashville Wine Auction that is a ladies-only event. Women band together to raise money to help fight cancer while they enjoy wine, festivities and a sparkling auction. The party is 6 to 8:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the home of Janice McCord at 6123 Hillsboro Road. (Don't worry about finding a parking spot on Hillsboro Road, as valet parking will be available.)

Sounds like the food, wine and the setting will be extra-special. From the event blog: "While guests indulge in Champagne and chardonnay provided by the Wine Shoppe at Green Hills and savory hors d’oeuvres by Miel Restaurant, they will delight in the new fall season on the beautiful terrace surrounding the pool."
Tickets are $100 per person, and of course, the event benefits the fight against cancer.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Wandering WIno: Feel Good About Yourself Edition

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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For the third year in a row, Rodney Strong Wines has chosen our own Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee as a beneficiary of their holiday promotion and donation program. From now until the end of the year, a portion of every bottle sold at a participating retailer or restaurant will go directly to Second Harvest to assist them in providing meals for over 28,000 people in Nashville.

So far Sunset Grill and Midtown Cafe have been among the first restaurants to step up to support the promotion, and the list of liquor and wine retailers who are participating is as long as your arm. Some of the most popular stores who are kicking in include:

Brentwood Wine and Spirits
Cool Springs Wine and Spirits
Mr. Whiskers Wine and Spirits
J. Barleycorn Wine and Spirits
Westside Wine and Spirits
Del Rio Wine and Spirits
The Corner Wine and Spirits
Melrose Discount Wine and Spirits
Franklin Wine and Spirits
Moon Wine and Spirits
Metropolitan Wine and Spirits
Frugal MacDoogal’s
Bud’s Liquors
Brinkmann’s
The Wine Chap
Red Dog
Radnor
RED
Grace’s Plaza Wine and Spirits
Iroquois
Woodland Wine Merchant

There are plenty of others as well, so ask your favorite grapemonger if they're part of the program and pick up a bottle of Rodney Strong for yourself and another as a gift. You’ll be buying some fantastic wine (particularly the Cabernet) and helping out a great cause at the same time.

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at being a winemaker, Fleming’s on West End is offering to give you a chance to learn how to blend varietals to create your own unique wine. Oct. 16 is Be a Winemaker for a Night! — A Hands-On Blending Experience in Partnership with Raymond Vineyards. Plus after you’re done, you’ll have a concoction that you can sample, share and celebrate with your fellow wine enthusiasts. I used to try to do that with the different flavors form the Icee machine, but I was never very good at it. There’s a reason we called them “suicides.”


The evening is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity, and each attendee will enjoy:

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Wandering Wino: Sip, Stomp and Crawl Edition

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

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It'll be a busy couple of weeks coming up for you tasting-event lovers. Whether you're a fan of grape or grain, there are plenty of great opportunities on the calendar, so fire up your new iPhone 5 calendar app and pay attention.

I told you a while back about the upcoming East Nashville Cocktail Crawl taking place this Sunday night, Sept. 30, from 7 to 9 with a special VIP event starting at 6. The organizers recently teamed up with Bites favorite Laura Wilson of Grow Local Kitchen to create some noshables using local ingredients from the Farmers Market at the "Tasting Room."

Here's more info on the event:

The Tasting Room will be an included location with all ticket purchases including an exciting new Tasting Room only-ticket option noted below. Free shuttle service will be provided throughout the event to key Crawl destinations by Grand Avenue. Nashville Farmers' Market is thrilled to be included in this first-time event on Sunday, September 30th which offers three types of Crawl options:

VIP tickets will be available through Friday, September 28th and includes an early event at Holland House Bar + Refuge from 6-8pm. After check-in & receiving their passports at Bongo Java, VIP ticket-holders will be shuttled to experience three Holland House special "Crawl-ocktails" with selected food pairings along with all other Crawl events noted below for $70/person and must be purchased in advance.

General Crawl tickets—available through Saturday, September 29th will include from 7pm-11pm this night: access to The Tasting Room which features boutique tasting of cordials, liquers, & spirits along with food provided by NFM's Grow Local Kitchen Chef, Laura Wilson; a signature cocktail created especially for Crawlers at popular East Nashville restaurants Watanabe, Pomodoro, No. 308, and Rumour's East. Free shuttle service is provided to each location throughout the event. Each ticket-holder receives a passport which makes them eligible for prizes that include home mixology kits created by Pourtaste & gift cards to Crawl locations. Bongo Java will also be offering craft coffee & mocktails throughout the evening along with a special photo-opportunity for Crawlers. $50/person with pre-purchase highly encouraged—only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $60/person.

NEW! The Tasting Room ticket option offering a Tasting Room only cocktail experience from 7pm-11pm provided by specialty distributors including: Athens, Horizon Wine & Spirits, & new-to-the-Nashville scene, Delirium, who is bringing spirits never-before tasted in this area. Food provided by Grow Local Kitchen with live music by The Dean Martinis. The Tasting Room will be hosted at The Building located at 1008C Woodland Street but all ticket-holders must check in at Bongo Java and are welcome to partake in the Crawl-tastic non-alcoholic concoctions also at Bongo Java as well!

$30/person with pre-purchase highly encouraged and a limited number of tickets available at the door for $35/person. [Get tickets here.]

NOTE: This is a 21 & up event, valid identification must be presented at time of check-in.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wine Wednesday: Wine Pairing? There's an App For That...And It's Local

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 7:46 AM

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If you're at all plugged into the Nashville wine community, then you probably know who Tom Black is. After a storied career in sales in the book publishing and banking businesses, Black is now a speaker and sales consultant with his own website dedicated to sharing his techniques and stories. He's also known for having one of the most extensive wine collections in the nation, with a cellar containing almost 30,000 bottles, including some of the rarest vintages in the world.

So it makes sense that Black should release an iPhone app that combines his two passions, selling and wine. With a price of 99 cents, it's clear that Black is not trying to add much to his fortune with this app, which is available at the iTunes App Store. Instead he's taken the opportunity to share some of his lifetime of experiences and his philosophy of wine.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Wandering Wino: Wonderful Weekend Edition

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 7:53 AM

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This is one of the Wandering Wino’s favorite weekends of the year. Not only is there the 25th annual Greek Festival that Lesley told you about earlier this week, but it’s also time for the Italian Lights Festival. Between the two of them, that’s a lot of great Mediterranean food, beer and wine. Add in the start of the Titans season on Sunday, and it should be a great couple of days.

But that’s not all, there are plenty of other events coming up to entertain you if you're not a fan of Greek or Italian culture or a pro football team with carpet brads on the sides of their helmets.

Midtown Wine and Spirits wants to invite you to the ninth annual Holly Street Rocks! fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 6:30-10 p.m. at “The Building” in East Nashville, benefiting Holly Street’s Jamie’s Fund, which for the past nine years, has helped more than 200 families allow their children to enjoy quality care. “The Building” was formerly known as Billups Art and is located at 1008-C Woodland St.

“Holly Street is one of the top-rated daycares in Nashville, but perhaps our greatest asset is our connection to the community,” said Karen Stump, executive director of Holly Street Daycare. “For the past nine years, our neighbors and businesses all across the city have helped support Jamie’s Fund, allowing us to help additional families in the community and care for many children whose parents simply didn’t have the financial means to afford child care.”

This year’s benefit will feature six tables of wine and beer tasting, conducted by the folks at Midtown Wine and Spirits. Each table will represent a different country/region and each region will have five wines, so that’s 30 different wines to choose from. Visit hollystreetrocks.org to purchase tickets and to preview auction items.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Wandering Wino: Sourpuss Edition

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

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Normally I don’t pay much attention to those emails that proclaim that “Today is National [insert obscure food or drink here] Day!!” But when I saw, “Did you know that August 25th is National Whiskey Sour Day?” my interest was piqued, because the humble whiskey sour was one of my favorite training-wheel drinks as I transitioned from Bacardi and Cokes drunk out of paper cups in the back row of Sarratt during my misspent youth. The fact that the email offered a recipe that actually makes the sour mix from scratch instead of using one of those syrupy bottled mixes compelled me to share this news with you, dear Bitesters.

Wild Turkey Whiskey Sour 101 (or The Sergeant Whiskey Sowers)
1 1/2 ounces Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice

1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice

1/2 ounce honey

1 fresh cherry

1 ounce Wild Turkey American Honey

Dollop of egg white



Slice cherry from top to bottom five times around pit, and soak in a cup of Wild Turkey American Honey. Combine Wild Turkey Bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime juice and honey in a cocktail shaker. Froth egg white and add a dollop to the mixture. Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with Wild Turkey American Honey-soaked cherry.

Recipe and photo provided by Campari America.

Go forth and pucker to celebrate this weekend. Now the rest of the Wandering Wino news:

The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills has two tastings coming up in the next week or so, one from a notable French producer and the second from one of my favorite tequilas. Check them out!

Jean Thomas Doublet of Doublet Family Vineyards
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.

Trés Agaves Margarita and Tequila Tasting
Saturday, Sept. 1, 3-5 p.m.


Midtown Wine and Spirits is also hosting two tastings, but they are doing them at the same time tomorrow.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Wandering Wino: Back to School Edition

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

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It became immediately apparent during the morning commute that the kiddies are back to school. Well, at least, that's what I heard from all you civilians on Twitter. Your Wandering Wino's commute is from the upstairs bedroom to the coffee maker in the kitchen, and the dogs don't seem to be delaying my commute any more than usual.

But since it's time for the chilluns to get back to class, then maybe Bitesters should indulge in a little book learning themselves. Fortunately, the Skillery continues to offer some great courses for you to further your knowledge of all things boozy.

First period for you should be their brewing workshop this Saturday, Aug. 18, at Brick Factory, 209 10th Ave. S., from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Kendall Joseph will be teaching the class, and he is well-qualified to be your instructor with years of home-brewing experience. As he says, "It's not hard to make good beer, it just takes practice."

Here's the syllabus for you:

Gain the knowledge needed to kick-start your personal brewing adventure. Brewmaster Kendall Joseph will demonstrate proper technique and process overview by brewing a batch from scratch using malt extract and tasting various home brews. Participants will then have an opportunity to test their skills with the bottling process.

Participants will leave with the knowledge necessary to start their own home brewing experience and an opportunity to return and taste the brew made during the workshop.

To register for class and pay your $25 tuition, visit the event website.

If you're more of a whiskey student than a beer fan, then consider Holland House mixologist extraordinaire Jeremiah Blake's American Whiskey III: The Rest of America class. I've been a student in the first two semesters of Blake's classes and can attest that he is an extremely knowledgeable and engaging teacher. The class will be held at Holland House on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $45, but you'll definitely get your money's worth in education and tastings.

Here's what to expect in class:

In this installment of our popular American Whiskey series at Holland House Bar and Refuge in East Nashville, bartender Jeremiah Blake will focus on introducing American whiskey made outside of Kentucky and Tennessee.

The night will begin with snacks, Haymaker punch (bourbon, choc/strawberry tea, citrus and champagne), and an opportunity to order food from Holland House’s bar menu. Servers from Holland House will be on hand, providing table service throughout the evening.

Our journey will begin in earnest at 6:30 p.m., with a whiskey overview, a discussion of key figures, and an exploration of how different climates and water sources affect the taste of the popular spirit. Of course, you’ll sample several classic and unique whiskeys from craft distilleries across the United States, including Hudson, High West, Stanahan's and a few surprise selections.

Class registration is available here.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Wandering Wino: Gettin' Bubbly With It Edition

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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Old favorite the Palm Restaurant downtown across from the Bridgestone Arena really wants you to come visit them and drink some wine. Why not oblige them? To encourage you, they're throwing a special dinner featuring sparkling wine and offering a nice discount on some of their high-end grape juice in the next few weeks.

On Aug. 17 starting at 6:30 p.m., they are hosting their sixth annual “Boots, Bubbles & Barbecue” dinner. The five-course dinner will showcase a menu by executive chef Lee Morris that doesn't look like what you've come to expect from the conservative steakhouse. Here's what Chef Morris has planned for you:

First course

Chilled summer corn bisque with country cracklings and queso fresco

paired with Poema Cava Extra Dry

Second course

Wedge salad with candied bacon, marinated cherry tomatoes, bleu cheese and jalapeño ranch dressing

paired with Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad

Third course

Cast iron seared scallops topped with cantaloupe and jalapeño bacon

paired with Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad

Fourth course

Applewood smoked prime rib with au jus, roasted garlic and atomic horseradish aioli

Paired with Taittinger Rosé NV

Family-style sides

White cheddar creamed spinach

Mac & cheese

Fifth course

Chocolate peanut butter tart with banana caramel ice cream

Paired with Fonseca 20 year Tawny

Wine pairings will be presented by Michelle Rubarts of Horizon Wine and Spirits.

Tickets are $115 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, so contact Paige Dixon at (615) 742-3193 or pdixon@thepalm.com.

For more information, visit http://www.thepalm.com/nashville/bootsbubblesbarbecue.

If bubbles aren't your thing or you can't make it that particular night, Pam would still love for you to drop in for some wine or a cocktail or three. From now until the end of September, the restaurant is discounting every single one of their wines by the bottle by 50 percent off on Sunday and Monday nights. With more than 70 different wines on the menu, there should be something for every palate and price point and at really decent prices.

For your late-night drinking pleasure, during the month of August, The Palm also will offer classic cocktail, signature cocktails and after-dinner drinks for $8.37 after 9 p.m. daily. More than 25 cocktails are featured at this special price, including classics such as margaritas, cosmos and martinis, as well as specialty drinks like the Honey Jack Julep, featuring Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey and the spiced cucumber Collins. Head down and discover a new favorite drink.

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