Wandering Wino: Rhone Ranger Edition



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Hi-yo Silver, kemosabes! Or rather, hi-yo reds and whites, because it's time to learn about some Rhone wines with Chef John Stephenson and the staff at Fido Nashville. Even though the wines are French, there's no need to be intimidated. Other than a few obscure varietals, most of the wines of the Rhone are completely recognizable, with Grenache and Syrah being the most prevalent red grapes, and Viognier dominating the white crop. In fact, there are many great wines that feature a blend of two or three of these grapes or occasionally a Mourvèdre. Then there's the famous Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape, which can contain up to 13 different varietals in the mix to create incredibly complex and drinkable wines.

So with all this great wine coming out of the region, you can see why it would be great to have a knowledgeable instructor lead you through the valley, especially with accompanying food pairings from Chef Stephenson. If you want to be a part of it, clear your calendar for this Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.

The class plus dinner costs only $40/person, and RSVP to events@fidocafe.com. Chef John was nice enough to forward the menu to get your taste buds tingling:

2010 Little James Basket Press White (Viognier)
roasted pumpkin soup, cinnamon sausage
arugula pesto, fried sage, toasted seeds, brown butter

NV Little James Basket Press Red (Grenache)
sweet potato dumplings, crawfish, cream
crispy country ham

2010 Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone (Syrah)
fondant potato, tomme fritter, caramelized veal demi,
onion, mache

2010 Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone (Syrah)
seared pork tenderloin, sauce lyonnaise, thyme
dates, pistachio, honey

These classes fill up quickly, so just in case, go ahead and mark your calendar for next month's class on Dec. 15 that will focus on the wines of Bordeaux.

If you're more of an Iberian fan (especially when it comes to soccer), Miel is offering a spectacular Spanish Wine Dinner this Monday, Nov. 14. The dinner will feature the portfolio of De Maison Selections who offer some of the best Spanish wines in the United States.

De Maison's Steven Alexander be at the dinner to lead attendees though the portfolio and answer their questions about their wines and all the wines of Spain. Check out this menu:

Bacalao (Salt Cod) with House-made Cracker
Ameztoi Txakolina 2010

Shrimp & Mussel Paella
Do Ferreiro Albarino 2010

Braised Pork Shoulder with Lavender & Figs
Amizade Mencia 2010

Sweetbread and Wild Mushroom Ragout
Vina Sastre Tinto 2009

Crisp Pork Belly, Butternut Squash, Roasted Cippolini
Conde de Hervias Rioja 2004

Almond Cookie
La Garrocha Amontillado Sherry

De Maison Selections Wine Dinner
Monday, Nov. 14, at Miel Restaurant
6 to 9 p.m.
$49 per person for 6 wines paired with 6 courses
RSVP to Miel at 615-298-3663

Midtown WIne and Spirits invite you to the Nickel & Nickel and Far Niente Estate Dinner benefiting The Predators Foundation at The Bound'ry on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. In addition to several Preds players, the dinner will also honor Nashville's Beth Nickel, owner and winemaker of Nickel & Nickel/Far Niente Estate. For $200, patrons will enjoy a delicious six-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Michael Kidd paired with some of the finest wines California has to offer. Here's the third awesome menu of the week:

1st course: Far Niente Chardonnay 2010 served w/ pork rillette, crostini, parsnip apple mostrada

2nd course: En Route Pinot Noir 2009 served w/ chinese five-spice yellow fin tuna, exotic mushroom, black vinegar gastrique, cilantro peanut pesto w/ roasted chili

3rd course: Nickel & Nickel CC Ranch Cabernet 2008 served w/ veal cutlets, sage, prosciutto, caciovallo, Marsala, rapini

4th course: Nickel & Nickel Sellenger Cabernet 2008 served w/ heart of ribeye, boulangere potatoes, sauce bernaise

5th course: Far Niente Cabernet 2008 served w/ chef's selection of cheeses & accoutrements

6th course: Dolce served w/ orange blossom burnt custard, puff pastry, walnuts

Call The Bound'ry at (615) 321-3043 to reserve your seats.

It looks like a great week of eating and drinking, so go ahead and spend a little extra time on the treadmill this weekend to get ready!

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