Wandering Wino: Lofty Edition



Your Wandering Wino hasn't heard much from The Wine Loft in the Gulch in quite a while. To be honest, since Jimmy Carl's Lunch Box closed, I haven't had the heart to spend much time in the area.

So when I got an email from them this week announcing a new Friday wine event there tonight, I thought I'd at least give it a close read.

Vitalic Noise has teamed up with The Wine Loft as we lead up to unveil our brand new 'Wine Loft: After Hours' dance club with an incredible new weekly party, "CRAVE" showcasing the top house, electro, pop, and disco tunes from around the world with various guest DJ's each and every week.

Uh oh, I'm clearly not their demographic.

Are you a fan of Cut Copy, Miami Horror, Calvin Harris, Bag Raiders, Lykke Li, Daft Punk, M83, Fever Ray, Azari & III, Ellie Goulding, Depeche Mode, Jamaica, Twin Shadow, or Washed Out?

Maybe. Never heard of any of 'em. OK, maybe Daft Punk, but only because of that YouTube video with the girls wearing aluminum foil robot heads.

Then this night's for you.

Probably not, but I'm sure there are some of you Bitesters out there who are already clearing your social calendars for tonight just reading this. So for all y'all, here are the rest of the details:

• Vitalic Noise (Justin Katerberg + Ben Walton)

• Losici (Josiah Lester)

• Dali Drama (Jenn Harbin)



To RSVP to the event, please click below:


The fun starts at 10 tonight and goes until 3 a.m. Real college football starts Saturday morning so I'll probably be in bed before the party starts so that I can be chipper for College Game Day.

Meanwhile, Midtown Wine and Spirits has partnered with The Bound'ry for three interesting tasting events over the next couple of weeks. The first will be a Johnnie Walker Scotch Tasting and Seminar this Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.

They will have with the whiskey expert for Diageo Brands to guide attendees through an educational tasting of one of the world's finest lines of Scotch whiskies. On this night you will have the opportunity to try Red Label ($25.99), Black Label 12-year ($38.99), Green Label 15-year ($49.99), Gold Label 18-year ($79.99) and the famed Blue Label, a blend of their absolutely rarest whiskies ($199.99).

It's $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity

After that, they're throwing a Terlato Wine Group Dinner featuring Rob Carruthers and Greg McIntosh, regional portfolio managers for Terlato, who will present four stunning wines: Santa Margherita Prosecco, M. Chapoutier La Petit Ruche Blanc, Two Hands "Brave Faces" Grenache and Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District. Best of all, these wines will be paired with a four-course meal prepared by Bound'ry Executive Chef Michael Kidd.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
How much: $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity

FInally, we don't have the complete details, but there will also be a Sake Tasting and Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. Mark your calendars now for some fun. Seating is extremely limited, so call The Bound'ry at 321-3043 to reserve your seats for these three events.

If you can't wait a week to drink with the fun fellas at Midtown Wine and Spirits, drop by tomorrow between 2 and 7 p.m when they'll have these wines open for your sampling pleasure:

Fun Whites and Bold Zins at Midtown

Variety is the spice of life, and as such, we thought it would be a good idea to select the top two vote-getters in last week's poll to get a little variety at our tasting station. Leading the way were Viogner/White Blends and Zinfandel, and we'll have these four bottles open for your tasting pleasure this weekend!

Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux Blanc 2010
Bordeaux, France

50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 10% Muscadelle. "A very fresh and grassy white, with lime zest and kiwi fruit hanging on the finish. Drink now." — The Wine Spectator
$13.99 / 750 ml

Cline Viognier 2009
North Coast, California

"The only white wine I tasted is the 2008 Viognier, which displays authentic varietal character in its honeyed apricot and white peach-like aromatics. Fresh, medium-bodied, elegant, and straightforward." — The Wine Advocate
$10.99 / 750 ml

Brazin Lodi Zinfandel 2008
Lodi, California

"Zesty, with spicy dried cherry aromas and appealing smoky plum and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2015." — The Wine Spectator
$14.99 / 750 ml

Plungerhead Dry Creek Valley
Old Vine Zinfandel 2007
Dry Creek Valley, California

"Rich in cherry and berry, currant, licorice, smoked meat and pepper spice flavors. Has lots of popular appeal." — The Wine Enthusiast
$16.99 / 750 ml

In Green Hills at Grace's Wine and Spirits, they'll also be pouring at their new tasting bar tomorrow from 3 to 6 p.m. Here's the lineup:

Louis Latour 2008 Domaine de Valmoissine
Vin de Pays des Coteaux du Verdon, France
$14.99 - 750ml
It makes perfect sense that a good Pinot Noir would be grown near the village of Aups, the truffle hunting capital of Provence. This unoaked Pinot sees warm days and cool nights in the mountainous sections of the Coteaux du Verdon, giving it warm raspberry flavors with solid acidity and soft, silky tannins.

Terre Gaie 2008 Stema
Delle Venezie IGT, Italy
$14.99 - 750ml
From those who brought you one of Grace's staff favorites, the Claris Pinot Grigio, Terre Gaie (Happy Lands) also produces this wonderfully affordable Pinot Nero from the delle Venezie. The coastal influence adds just a kiss of sea breeze to the wine's juicy fruitiness and youthful character.

La Dote 2010 Pinot Noir
Central Valley, Chile
$10.99 - 750ml
Easily the best value of the bunch this week, the La Dote Pinot Noir made our jaws drop when we heard the price tag. This is a wonderful bargain for a well made, 100% Pinot Noir. Light and easygoing, this Pinot has a touch of smoke and vanilla atop its new world fruitiness.

Villa Mt. Eden 2009 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California
$19.99 - 750ml
Being the 11th bonded winery in Napa Valley, Villa Mt. Eden (founded in 1881) has had a lot of time to study the different microclimates of California. They source their Pinot Noir fruit from the cooler Sonoma Coast, and the result is pleasant and rounded wine, perfumed with earthy hints and bursting with that familiar California red fruit.

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