Wandering Wino Wednesday: A Fine Lineup at 1808 Grille

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Regular readers know that the Wino normally wanders on Fridays, but if you can't figure out a place to drink on a New Year's Eve Friday, WW can't help you. So instead, I thought I'd tip you off to an affordable pregame event to get your liver in fighting shape before the big night.

Tonight, Midtown Wine & Spirits and 1808 Grille are teaming up for the final Wine Wednesday of the year, featuring four wines and a light appetizer for just $15. The lineup looks formidable, and maybe you can find the perfect sparkler for your own New Year's celebration:

Henriot Brut Champagne NV
"A delicate, lacy Champagne, boasting lemon, apple, mineral and light toast aromas and flavors. There's a lot of detail, and this is bracing, with moderate length. Drink now through 2012." — The Wine Spectator

Jorge Ordonez Campo Reales Tempranillo 2009
"Jorge Ordonez is the 'Man of La Mancha' as far as wine goes. This really has that ripe new world fruit that meets the underappreciated earth components of the old world wines. Dollar for dollar, one of the best wine producers year after year." — 1808 Grille Wine Director Scott Roberts

Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2007

"Dark, supple and generous with its blackberry and black currant flavors, playing against superfine tannins on an open-textured finish. Floral, savory overtones add depth. Best from 2011 through 2017." — The Wine Spectator

Hess Collection Block 19 Cuvee 2006
"Fresh and vibrant, with lively plum, raspberry and wild berry fruit that's pure, supple and full-bodied, picking up a spicy, peppery note on the finish. The tannins are firm but integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2016." — The Wine Spectator

Tenuta San Guido Toscana Guidalberto 2008
"Balanced, with blackberry, spice and mineral aromas lead to a medium body in this balanced red, with well-integrated tannins and a fresh finish." — The Wine Spectator

6-7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 29
1808 Grille - Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Ave.

No reservations necessary.

The Hutton should be far enough down West End that you don't have to worry too much about the Music City Bowl crowd that is certain to be clogging the arteries of downtown. Gooooood Ole Rocky Top!. Ugh.

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