Wandering Wino: Ladies Night Edition

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This week I'm going to tell you all about a wine event that I'm not even invited to. Since it's for a good cause, I'm always happy to share information about l’Eté du Vin and their efforts to help fund cancer research through entertaining wine events.

This Tuesday, Nov. 1, l’Eté du Vin is throwing a party for the distaff set with their Champagne and Chardonnay event. Here's the official invite:

Ladies mark your calendars for Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, and save the cocktail hour, 6-8:30 p.m., for some girl time.

We’ll enjoy Champagne and Chardonnay, compliments of The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills paired with fine cuisine from Miel at the home of Teri Worthington, 202 Deer Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205.

Our Sparkling Silent Auction will feature a tempting vast array of white wines and you’ll be among the first to see the new ‘love george’ handbag designs by Katherine Capps.

Join us as we band together to support the fight against cancer.

$100 per person. ($75 is tax deductible.) Valet parking.

Click here to make your reservation.

Fortunately, there's another event tonight that all of us can enjoy together. Saffire Restaurant in Franklin is throwing a Fall Harvest Dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Executive Chef Vinny Tardo has created a seasonally inspired five-course tasting menu of locally grown and harvested ingredients which he will pair with five small-production wines from around the world that have been specially selected as a perfect match for each of the courses. Saffire's wine buyer, Lou Vargo, will talk about the wine/food pairings for the evening.

FALL HARVEST DINNER

Menu:

Pumpkin bisque, roasted squash, maple creme fraiche

Wine: Kuentz-Bas Gewurztraminer

Roasted roots, watercress, lamb lardons, sherry vinaigrette

Wine: Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Braised pork cheek, local chard, celeriac, root beer reduction

Wine: Steele Pacini Vineyard Zinfandel

Intermezzo — Bonnie Blue goat cheese ice cream

Bear Creek Farm beef, charred corn succotash, broccolini, gastrique

Wine: Steele Stymie Syrah

Apple spice cake, whiskey caramel, coffee bean, spiced cream

Wine: Broadbent Madeira Malmsey 10 Year

If you're interested, call the restaurant for more information and to make a reservation.

Fall Harvest Wine Dinner
Saffire Restaurant
6:30 p.m.
$70
The Factory at Franklin
(615) 599-4995
saffirerestaurant.com

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