Wandering Wino: "Open That Bottle!" Edition

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Almost everybody has that bottle of wine they bought for a special occasion because they know it's one of their favorites. Then the occasion just never seems special enough to pop the cork on that expensive bottle. Well, Saturday, Feb. 27, is OPEN THAT BOTTLE NIGHT! Every year since 2000, people around the world have been declaring a particular night in February as the event that is memorable enough to gather some friends and enjoy that dusty bottle. Join the fun! www.openthatbottlenight.com

In other commemorative news, did you know that it is Absinthe Day on March 5? That date marks the third anniversary of absinthe being legally available on the U.S. market. The category leader in the world of the "Green Fairy" is a brand called Lucid, which is available in Nashville. It's featured in a fabulous cocktail or from the traditional absinthe fountain at Past Perfect downtown (122 Third Ave. S.) So celebrate Absinthe Day at Past Perfect and write us about your hallucinations.

Will Motley at Woodland Wine Merchant brings word of two tasting and eating events coming up over the next week:

American Whiskey Tasting

Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

$15 per person

Riverfront Tavern will be hosting a whiskey tasting highlighting a variety of styles. They'll be exploring classic Kentucky bourbons, a great rye whiskey, as well as a white whiskey from one of America's newest craft distillers.

Here's the lineup:

Makers Mark

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

Russell's Reserve 6-year Rye

Death's Door White Whiskey

Call Riverfront Tavern for reservations 252-4849

Pot-au-Feu Dinner at Marche

Wednesday, March 3, at 6:30 pm

$40 per person

Pot-au-feu (literally "pot on the fire") is one of those classic French farmhouse meals. In some version or another, this hearty dish has been served for centuries, with each farmhouse slowly simmering a pot of meats and vegetables. Join them at Marche for some French comfort food along with appropriately paired French wines.

Call Marche for reservations 262-1111.

Your paisanos at 100% Italiano Inc. invite you to an event called ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL: The Three Grapes of Valpolicella.

Celebrate Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara: 3 grapes, 1 wonderful blend, 4 different wines.

Join them at this event at Miel Restaurant at noon on Saturday, March.

343 53rd Ave. N.

Nashville, TN 37209

COURSE ONE

Madagascar prawns in a light butter sauce with a hint of spice.

Wine: CORVINA FALASCO VALPANTENA 2008

COURSE TWO

lightly smoked pork belly

Wine: VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO ACCORDINI 2008

COURSE THREE

Quail stuffed with Duxelle in a demi glace

Wine: AMARONE VALPANTENA 2004

COURSE FOUR

Chocolate Mousse

Wine: RECIOTO 2007

Seating is limited, but this sounds like a lunch I could get behind!

For reservation please call 298-3663

Cost of this event is $39.

Finally, there's big doin's up on the Mountain (or at least what passes for a mountain in these parts.) The Monteagle Inn & Retreat Center Wine Weekend will be held March 5 to 7. They promise three days of fun, food and wine. I can speak from experience that there is no better place to recharge your batteries than on top of Monteagle and the food and wine should be great.

Here's the schedule:

Friday, March 5

French Bordeaux Wine Tasting featuring six outstanding Red Bordeaux wines with a variety of French Cheeses.

Dinner at Historic High Point Restaurant with a selection of appetizers, entrees and wines.

Saturday, March 6

Monteagle Inn's Acclaimed "Mountain Gourmet" Breakfast.

A Tour of Tuscany wine tasting with six Tuscan and Brunello Wines accompanied by Italian meats and cheeses

Travel by motorcoach to Arrington Vineyards in Franklin for an in-depth tour, tasting and catered lunch.

Monteagle Inn's Napa Valley Wine Dinner of six wines expertly paired with five delicious courses featuring the wines of Domaine Carneros, Cakebread and Sequoia Grove.

Sunday, March 7

Start the day with another "Mountain Gourmet" breakfast.

Relax and enjoy the beautiful morning.

Celebrate the weekend with a "Champagne" Lunch featuring six sparkling wines from around the world and a fabulous lunch.

Relax and reflect on the weekend and plan a late checkout before returning home.

Reservations required. Cost is $275 per person plus your room and taxes and gratuities.

204 West Main St., Monteagle, Tenn.

(931) 924-3869 www.monteagleinn.com

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