Wandering Wino: "Work is the Curse of the Drinking Class"

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Thus quoth the wise and often inebriated Oscar Wilde. If old Oscar was indeed correct, there are plenty of opportunities to get cursed over the next couple of weeks, starting with an interesting event at TPAC.

• You are cordially invited to "The Art of Jack Daniel's" presented by Brown-Foreman, Lipman and Tennessee Performing Arts Center at War Memorial Auditorium 6 p.m. Oct. 12.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is introducing a fun and educational wine, spirits and beer tasting series, sponsored by Brown-Forman and the Lipman companies.

During The Art of series, local experts will guide two-hour tastings, highlighting the history, use, and delicate, subtle flavors of wines and spirits. The series includes “The Art of Jack Daniel’s” on Tuesday, October 12, “The Art of Cordials” on Tuesday, December 7, “The Art of Boxed Wine” on Thursday, February 10, and “The Art of Beer” on Thursday, April 7.

"The Art of Jack Daniel's" on Tuesday, October 12 will include the world-famous Tennessee family of brands. The tasting experience will be led by Lynne Tolley, an official taste tester for the Jack Daniel Distillery, great-grandniece of Jack Daniel, and proprietress of Lynchburg's most famous restaurant, the famous Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House in Lynchburg. An acknowledged cooking authority, Tolley has written several cookbooks including Jack Daniel's The Spirit of Tennessee Cookbook and Cooking with Jack.

I'm trying to keep an open mind about "The Art of Boxed Wine."

• Farther down the road, the city of Franklin is gearing up for their sixth annual Franklin Wine Festival coming later this month. Kick off the festivities with the Franklin Wine Festival Boxwood Bistro & Frederick Wildman Vintner's Dinner. It's a four-course dinner hosted by the chef of Boxwood Bistro, featuring vintages from the wine catalog of Frederick Wildman.

Reservations are quite limited, so please contact Sarah Beatty for personal assistance. It's at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at Boxwood Bistro, 230 Franklin Road; call (615) 522-5659 for more info. Tickets are $85, benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

• This dinner is a prelude to the Franklin Wine Festival Grand Tasting event Oct. 22. For more info, check out the official invitation:

Please join us for Middle Tennessee’s premiere celebration of food and wine, the sixth annual Franklin Wine Festival, presented by Cool Springs Wines & Spirits and supported by Nissan, being held October 22 at The Factory at Franklin.

You will enjoy over 300 selected wines from around the world, culinary delights from Middle Tennessee’s finest chefs, as well as bidding on wonderful surprises during the auction held simultaneous with the tasting events. There will additionally be live entertainment on two stages, celebrity wine pourers, and other special surprises you won’t soon forget.

You’ll take in the sights of the beautiful Factory at Franklin as you stroll throughout the historic structure tasting and mingling, or you can choose to people watch and visit with friends while listening to some great music. The Franklin Wine Festival is truly an unforgettable evening, yet tickets are an affordable $75 with all proceeds going to serve more children with a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Don't delay - provided they are available, tickets at the door will be $85 each.

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children overcome adversity and change their lives for the better. Funding is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, and avoiding drugs and alcohol.

Don’t miss out… order your tickets today at FranklinWineFestival.com and we’ll see you Friday, October 22!

Vinea asks you to mark Oct. 12 (it's a Tuesday night at 6:30) on your calendar. They will be hosting a dinner with the winemakers from Dierberg wine in California's Santa Maria Valley at FLYTE. Ashley Quick, FLYTE's executive chef and Best of Nashville winner, will be showing off in the kitchen, and the wines are fabulous and affordable. Make plans to join them for some great food and wine. The cost to attend is $35 per person, and reservations can be made by contacting FLYTE at (615) 255-6200.

• Vinea is also holding their semi-regular tasting this Saturday, Oct. 9, featuring the rieslings of Von Schleinitz located in the Mosel River Valley. If you think you don't like riesling because they are all too sweet for your palate, they challenge you to come with an open mind and try some great rieslings and learn about the various styles of this beguiling grape.

Also, be on the lookout for the special Four Roses 12South Single Barrel Bourbon. Similar to the special edition made for Grand Cru and J Barleycorn I told you about a while back, Four Roses has crafted up a barrel to be shared among some of your favorite dining spots. 12South Single Barrel will be featured at Burger Up, Mafiaozas, Blind Pig, Watermark, and Fish and Co. starting next week. Virgil and Brad of Vinea took it upon themselves to taste through a slew of barrel samples and picked this one just for the folks on 12th South. It will also be on sale at Vinea sometime next week.

• Our favorite Saucy Sisters are holding a "Wine Not?" tasting 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Professional Bartending School of Nashville upstairs at Donelson Shopping Center. Enjoy their two-hour "crush course" and wine tasting. It's Wine 101 ... with a twist! You'll taste six fabulous wines and a few treats for nibbling. There will be prizes. Reservations: (615) 885-5800

• Then, next Saturday, Oct. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. the Saucy Sisters are holding court over The Grape Stomp at Animalia. Join them for the Grape Stomp Contest, wine tastings and bands presented by A Vintage Affair and benefiting Happy Tales Humane. It's at 3105 Boyd Mill Pike in Franklin.
www.AVintageAffair.org/events

• Speaking of happy tails, those dawgs at Fido present a German food and wine pairing 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 with special guest Thomas Haehn of Von Schleinitz Estates. (Yeah, it the same guy as Vinea's tasting. What can we say? He likes the neighborhood.)

Join them as they explore some of the best that Germany has to offer, with wine pairings by Mr Haehn, and food inspired by the best of Germany and Tennessee. Using two wines per course, Thomas will discuss different effects that food and wine have on each other.

Chef John Stephenson is putting together another of his superb menus:

caramelized vidalia onion tart, herb salad
Von Schleinitz Riesling Dry
Von Schleinitz Riesling Sweet
apple-cinnamon bratwurst, butter broth, warm pretzel
Von Schleinitz Riesling Pinot Noir Dry Rose
Von Schleinitz HD Riesling
venison schnitzel, potato, beer sauce
Von Schleinitz Apollo Riesling Dry, Weissenberg
Von Schleinitz Riesling Pinot Noir
Von Schleinitz Riesling Auslese Weissenberg

All for $30 per person, plus tax and tip. What a deal! Prost!

RSVP toevents@cafefido.com

• For a non-wine but very interesting event, try out the Inaugural Fall Fest at Miel's Garden, part of the larger farm run by Green Door Gourmet:

Sunday, October 10th
1-4 PM

7011 River Road
Nashville, Tennessee

Park on-site

Join us for Music by John England and the Western Swingers Trio
Free BBQ Lunch and Miel's Basil Lemonade
Fresh from the Farm Produce, Pumpkins, Mums & Fall Flowers for sale
Booths featuring Kenny's Cheese, Handmade Candles and more
Walk the fields, pick some wild flowers
Bee Keeping class, Fall Container Gardening class

RSVP to Miel Restaurant at (615) 298 3663

• J Barleycorn is holding another of their always fabulous wine tastings at Cha Chah next Monday, Oct. 11 starting at 6:30 p.m., and you could be on the guest list.

Executive Chef Arnold Myint will be pairing five tapas with five great wines for $30 per person (including tax and gratuity). Call (615) 837-8500 to hold your place at the table.

• J Barleycorn also has a treat for you Berry Hellions at Euro Grill on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. They are throwing a free tasting, but seating will be limited. Call the store to sign up at (615) 837-8500. Did I mention it's FREE? Euro Grill is at 1233 Antioch Pike, 615-331-7009.

• Grace's Plaza Wine & Spirits and Macke's Restaurant invite you to experience the wines of Argentina 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Macke's Restaurant located on the second floor of Grace's Plaza. The tasting will be $20 per person and features the wines of Manos Negras, where "Real winemakers get their hands dirty!" Jeff Mausbach of Manos Negras will take you through the different wine regions of Argentina, while Chef Toby Willis prepares hors d'oeuvres that pair perfectly with each of the wines.

Please RSVP to Macke's Restaurant, 4009 Hillsboro Pike Ste. 212, (615) 292-3838.

• Last, but certainly not least, your friends at 100% Italiano invite you to a tasting at Whole Foods in Green Hills next Thursday, Oct. 14, from 6:30-8 p.m.

From the official invite:

"Italian Wine: So Much Variety, So Little Time!"

Outside of Chianti, so much to taste!
Join us for some laid-back exploration of the many styles of Italian wine.
Five wines and cheese and cracker accompaniment
As usual….come, learn and drink (and do not forget to have fun)

Thursday, October 14, 6:30-8pm

Whole Foods in Green Hills-Upstairs Mezzanine
4021 Hillsboro Pike



$10 per person at the door. Please RSVP to wineshoppeevents@gmail.com or (615) 297-5220.

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