Wandering Wino: The Acorn Doesn't Fall Far From the Silver Oak Edition

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If you ever go to a wine tasting event that has a whole lot of people in attendance, you might notice three distinct groups of tasters. One group is the inexperienced tasters who start at the first station and progress clockwise (or anti-Nascar if you were born in the age of digital-only watches) around the room tasting every bottle until they are too plastered to continue. Then they somehow get home, hopefully with assistance.

Then there are the most knowledgeable drinkers who scan the list of wines offered and make a beeline to the ones they know they would like to try, either because they are already favorites or because they aren't liable to be able to get them anywhere else. These tasters usually have a happily satisfied look on their face.

The third group are the winos who know just enough about wine to know which ones are supposed to be good, especially the really expensive ones. They can usually be found around the Silver Oak table, boxing out like Charles Barkley at the Shoney's breakfast bar.

I will admit to sometimes being in each of these groups. And if Silver Oak is available, I'll be throwing elbows to get at some of that delicious ruby Cabernet. Now you have an opportunity to meet, talk and drink with the acorn of the Silver Oak family, Matt Meyer.

BooneDocks Distribution is bringing one of California's most prestigious winemakers, Matt Meyer, of Meyer Family Cellars, to Nashville for the charity event, A Vintage Affair. Matt Meyer is the son of Justin Meyer, founder of Silver Oak. Matt grew up in the Silver Oak Vineyard watching his father grow world renowned Cabernet Sauvignon. From an early age, Matt's goal was to be a winegrower like his father. The passion he developed for wine led him to the University of California, Davis, where he was awarded a Master's in Viticulture in 2002.

"We have had great success with the Meyer Family wines. A number of the best restaurants in town pour the Meyer Syrah like Sunset Grill and Fleming's Steak House" said Jeanne Boone, co-owner of BooneDocks Distribution. "Matt Meyer is a world renowned winemaker and his boutique production of the Meyer Family wines are the type of wines that inspired us to start our distribution company."

For decades the Meyer family has created red wines that express a sense of where they have been grown. With each subsequent vintage you learn something new about the character of a vineyard. They produce Syrah, Zinfandel Port, and Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet. The Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet was one of the country's first and deservedly best examples of a single vineyard designate wine. Over thirty years ago these precious four acres stood out among thousands that Justin Meyer cultivated in the heart of the Napa Valley's Oakville Appellation. The three wines produced at Meyer Family Cellars are as diverse as the vineyards in which they are grown.

The wines range in price from $25 to $155 a bottle. Matt will be pouring his wines at 360 Bistro on Tuesday, April 13, and at Boxwood Bistro for A Vintage Affair's Meet the Vintner event on Thursday, April 15.

The Downtown Sheraton is planning another one of their fabulous tastings for April 8 from 5:30-7 p.m. featuring the wines of Francis Ford Coppola. FFC makes some really good affordable wines and the food pairings look like fun. I'm especially partial to the Claret for the money.

Sofia Coppola Bianco

Diamond Series Chardonny

Director's Cut Pinot Noir

Diamond Series Claret

Pairings menu:

Sofia

Formaggio di Campionamento

(Cheese Sampling)

Bianca

Fritto Misto

(Mixed Fried Platter)

Diamond Series Chardonnay

Filetti di Branzino in Crosta

(Sea bass filets en croute)

Rosso

Involtini di Vitello

(Rolled veal)

Diamond Series Claret

Agnello alla Griglia con Rosmarina

(Grilled Lamb Chops)

If you're interested, RSVP to Kim Colvard at 742-6045.

$15.00 per person

1808 Grille is also celebrating Francis Ford Coppola's wine and films

with a Wine Social on Wednesday, April 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Diamond Series Sauvignon Blanc '08

Asian Pear, Grilled Radicchio & Pink Grapefruit Salad

Edamame & Soy Nut Salad

Director's Cut Chardonnay '08

Gingered Scallops ~ Crispy Thai Basil

Chilled English Pea Soup ~ Garlic Chive Foam

Directors Cut Pinot Noir '07

Nicoise Cured Tuna ~ Mustard Fingerlings

Bronzed Quail Breast ~ Kohlrabi Nest

Directors Cut Cabernet Sauvignon '07

Espresso BBQ Pork Belly ~ Spiced Shallot Crisps

$40 per person (not including tax & gratuity)

340-0012 for reservations

Limited spaces available

Amerigo Cool Springs invites you to a Crios Wine Tasting on Tuesday, April 6 from 6-8 p.m.

From the invite: "This tasting features four Argentine wines by female wine maker Susana Balbo. In a country dominated by male winemakers, Susana stands out not only for her gender, but for her incredible skills and expertise. She has over 25 years of experience, and has made wine in 7 different countries around the world. Her wines display ripe fruit flavors and excellent balance, and are meant to be enjoyed at their vibrant youth."

Go sample four Crios wines, accompanied by live music and light appetizers. The cost is $13 per person; reservations are not necessary.

Featured wines include:

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

Malbec, 2008

Syrah-Bonarda, 2008

Torrontes, 2009

Amerigo - Cool Springs

377-7070

Amerigo West End would also like to invite you in this weekend to try their special Chef and Sommelier Pairing. The chef is featuring a braised short rib in red wine and herb sauce, served with celery root and horseradish mashed potatoes.

Enjoy this succulent dish with a glass of Eremo Barbera e Nebbiolo for the perfect combination. This Italian wine is sweet and smooth on the palate, offering flavors of red currant and blackberry with nuances of chocolate and toasted coffee.

Have the braised rib and glass of Nebbiolo together for $24, or a la carte: $15 for the braised rib; $9 for the wine. Reservations are not necessary, but accepted. I've had both the wine and the rib and can vouch that they are outstanding.

Finally, Midtown Wine and Spirits is sponsoring the Eighth Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction for East Nashville Hope Exchange.

Friday, April 16

6-9 p.m.

St. Ann's Episcopal Church

419 Woodland

Purchase tickets at the door or online: $25 for one, $45 for two

Silent auction ends at 8:30 p.m.

East Nashville Hope Exchange is a five-week summer program for disadvantaged youth that focuses on literacy, leadership and personal responsibility. Midtown will feature wines from around the world along with silent auction merchandise, from dining certificates and original art to sports memorabilia and special wines.

To purchase tickets online or to make a donation, please click on the link below. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, there is a "donate" button.

http://www.stannsnashville.org/hope_exchange/wine_tix

Have a winey weekend.

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