Wandering Wino: Procrastinating Can Be a Good Thing

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If you're a long-time reader of the Wandering Wino, you probably notice a lot of the same listings in here week after week. It's not necessarily because they are Wino personal favorites; it's usually because they know when my deadline is and send their e-newsletters out ahead of that.

For example, I have really enjoyed the tastings that Vinea puts on most Saturdays at Mafoizas, but I rarely get to tell you about them in advance because their email usually goes out late Thursday or early Friday. If you don't have your drinking planned for the weekend by then, you're just stuck wandering. Luckily, thanks to a combination of an earlier notice by Virgil, Bradley, Josh and Gordon from Vinea and the fact that I'm a little late writing up this week's post, they beat my deadline.

In honor of this harmonic convergence, we'll lead the column with their event:

Well, here at the shop we're tired of snow, but c'est la vie, right? If you're tired of it, we want you to come out to our wine tasting this Saturday, Jan.29, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mafiaozas. Bradley's cooking up a wonderful tasting of organic reds from around the world that retail for less than $20 per bottle. A word of caution though: Get there early. As some of you are aware, the number of people at our tastings are multiplying — this is a good thing — but we only have so much wine; so first come first served.

Apparently, they've been growing more popular without my help. Good for them! On to more upcoming tastings after the jump:

Midtown Wine and Spirits has a nifty new website. Go here to see it and sign up for their special announcements. The gang at Midtown also has two intriguing tastings coming up, but you'll have to make a choice since they're both on the same night, Feb. 17. First is a tasting of five burgundies along with some light appetizers at the Bound'ry Restaurant at 911 20th Ave. S. starting at 6 p.m.

Admission is $25 per person, and you should call 321-3043 for reservations.

If you prefer malt over grapes, also on Feb. 17 Midtown is presenting a tasting of five unique single malt whiskeys from Indian producer Amrut. The selections will include the Amrut Fusion, which received 97 points from Jim Murray’s 2010 Whisky Bible and was the No. 3 overall "Whisky of the Year." The event will be hosted by Raj Sabharwal, import representative from Amrut. It promises to be a unique opportunity to try whiskeys from an unexpected source.

Thursday, Feb. 17
The Standard
167 Rosa Parks Blvd.
6:30 p.m.
$15 per person

There are only 40 seats available, so call 254-1277 for reservations.

The Wine Wednesday series at the 1808 Grille in the Hutton Hotel wants to give you a little love with their February tastings. All wines will be paired with a chocolate dish — some sweet, some savory — specially designed by executive chef Charles Phillips. Wine and chocolate ... how can you go wrong?

All Wine Wednesdays feature four tastings of specially collected wines from a single winery, chosen by sommelier Scott Roberts, and a paired small chef’s plate.

More information and reservations: www.1808grille.com/promotions or call 340-0012.

Tastings are 6 to 7 p.m., $15

This Wednesday, Feb. 2: Bertani (Veneto, Italy)

Wednesday, Feb. 9: Benziger (Sonoma, Calif.)

Note: The Feb. 9 evening highlighting the winery’s certified-sustainable, organically grown and Biodynamic wines will be hosted by Mike Benziger and will cost a little bit more. ($20/person)

Finally, Amerigo in Cool Springs is holding an Italian wine tasting on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Join them in the bar for a selection of wines and appetizers for $13 per person. Next week's wines include four Italian wines from various regions:

Turlo Tenuta di Salviano
Torcalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Terre Al Monte Sauvignon Castel del Monte D.O.C.
Caposaldo Moscato

For more information, call 377-7070, but reservations are not necessary.

Amerigo-Cool Springs
1656 Westgate Circle
Brentwood

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