Wandering Wino: "And then one time at Wine Camp ..."


Behold the power of Pinot Noir!
  • Behold the power of Pinot Noir!

If you're at all plugged in to the digital community in Nashville, you've probably heard of "BarCamp," "PodCamp," "HealthCamp" etc., which are all small confabs where people get together to share information about their favorite techie subjects. There's even a new alternative called "BoozeCamp," but that's a subject for a future post.

Now, the counselors at Grand Cru have started their own version of BarCamp in honor of that most persnickety of all varietals, Pinot Noir. That's right, you're invited to Pinot Camp.

Its flavors are reminiscent of sweet red berries, plums, tomatoes, cherries and at times a notable earthy barnyard or wood-like flavor, depending on specific growing conditions.What we love about pinot noir: The best examples have structure and weight combined with delicacy and an almost ethereal character.

It's an addictive combination often described as an "iron fist in a velvet glove," or as Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon calls pinot, "sex in a glass."

Pinot Camp

Saturday, March 27

3 p.m. ... SHARP!

@ dose coffee & tea


Join our Cruise Director, Jason Ross, as he guides you on a trip through most of the major Pinot Noir producing areas of the West Coast with a stop in Burgundy, as well! Taste Pinot Noir from the Umpqua and Willamette Valleys in Oregon, the Russian River, Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Barbara of California.

One fickle grape and seven very different microclimates to challenge your palate. Because of the format of this tasting we ask that you be here promptly at 3 p.m. as this will be a guided tasting. You do not want to miss this one!

If you're looking for a less educational, but even hipper event, then tonight's the night for "Mixology" at the Hutton Hotel downtown.


Mixing Music, Fashion, Art, Cocktails and Cuisine

To be held at the beautiful Hutton Hotel in downtown Nashville.

MUSIC: 107.5 The River's DJ Lunchbox will spin the hottest hits setting the vibe for the ultra-chic upbeat mood.

FASHION: A runway in the main ballroom will feature models by Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders and Advantage Models continuously showing the latest spring fashions. Clothing provided by Flavour and Flavour Men.

ART: Modern Art will be displayed throughout the event provided by Nossi College of Art and Art Attack Nashville

COCKTAILS: Consumers will have a chance to taste creative combinations that are complementary to the restaurants, including wine, spirits, and beer.

CUISINE: Nashville's best restaurants will be on hand to showcase their best cuisines.

* Tickets are $50 per person OR $90 per couple

* A portion of each ticket sold goes to the charity of YOUR choice. Click Here to learn more about our charity partners.

* There will be NO RE-ENTRY once inside

* This is a 21+ Event ONLY

* Overindulgence will not be tolerated. ... Please drink responsibly.


Finally, don't forget about the Nashville Predators Wine Festival & Tasting

to benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation

Wednesday, March 31

6-10 p.m.

Wine Festival - $75

Wine tasting and heavy hors d'oeuvres over the ice at the Bridgestone Arena, plus an extensive silent auction.

VIP Dinner & Tasting - $200

Hosted by Jerry Comfort, Stag's Leap Winery. 5-course dinner and Wine Pairing in the Patron Platinum Club.


Have fun, campers!

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