Wandering Wino: May I Be of Assistance Edition



I'll have to admit, I'd never heard of the Assistance League of Nashville until Frugal MacDoogal sent me a notice about a fundraising wine tasting that they are throwing tonight at the Richland Country Club, with at least 50 high-end wines being provided by Best Brands. The Assistance League of Nashville was established in 2005 to "put caring and commitment into action through community based philanthropic programs."

It's an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, whose approximately 85 members "identify, develop, implement and fund ongoing community programs to serve specific needs of children and adults in the Nashville community."

In the past few years, their members have given nearly 30,000 service hours to the community and returned nearly $260,000 to the community, so clearly they're doing some good work. For more information or to buy your tickets to tonight's soiree, visit the organization's website.

Several of your favorite wine stores are pouring some intriguing wines this weekend, so gas up the car and check out these options.

Grand Cru on Murphy Road is opening up some tasty whites on Friday and three really affordable reds on Saturday for your tasting pleasure:

Friday, 3/2

Vidal Fleury, White Cotes Du Rhone, France .... $13.99

Couron Cotes du Rhone White, Viognier .... $ 12.99

Saturday, 3/3

Casteggio Pinot Grigio, Italy .... $10.99

Flaco, Tempranillo, Spain .... $10.99

Ludovicus, Red Blend, Spain .... $16.99

Grace’s Plaza Wine and Spirits will be pouring two intriguing wines tomorrow from 4 until 6 p.m., including the white blend that has essentially replaced Conundrum in my wine cellar for about 25% less money. Go try out some of that Evolution on Saturday.

Sokol Blossor Evolution
Sensing the greatness that could be found in the soils of Oregon, Bill and Susan Blossor began planting vines in 1971, the beginning of a long history of wine pioneering in the area. Sokol Blossor became the first winery to achieve 'Salmon-safe' status in 1996, while they were also the first winery to release a Pinot Noir under the 'Dundee Hills' designation. They also built the first LEED certified wine cellar. Oh, and did I mention how tasty their wines are? The Evolution is a kitchen-sink blend comprising of nine different grapes, giving a wide diversity of flavors with a very charming personality.

Henry Fessy 2009 Beaujolais-Villages
Remember all the hype surrounding the 2009 Beaujolais 'vintage of a lifetime'? Well we still remember the hype, every time we open any bottle of 2009 Beaujolais in fact. The fruit is just a little more full, the structure a little more put together. And with Spring just around the corner, nothing is going to beat a light, bistro-style quaffer like this. Fire up that grill. Throw on some salmon and asparagus. Your taste buds will thank you.

Midtown Wine and Spirits has a few nice invitations for you to taste, including two in-store events with special guests:

Friday Night Wines at Bound'ry

Every Friday night from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., we hope you can join us at The Bound'ry (911 20th Avenue South) for a tasting of different wines each week. Tomorrow night we're featuring wines from Bouchaine, one of the oldest and most consistent wine producing wineries in California.
- Bouchaine Estate Carneros Pinot Blanc
- Bouchaine Estate Carneros Chardonnay
- Bouchaine Estate Carneros Pinot Noir
- Bouchaine Estate Carneros Pinot Meunier
- Bouchaine Rockin H Ranch Syrah
$25 per person (plus tax and gratuity), with appetizers included. Call The Bound'ry at (615) 321-3043 to reserve your seats.

In-Store Tastings with
Special Guests

In the coming months, we have a number of exciting opportunities on the calendar. We've got our in-store tastings back on track in a big way as we welcome winery representatives, owners and winemakers to Nashville.

Friday, March 9 — Sales and Marketing Director Michael Young from L'aventure Winery (Paso Robles, California).

Friday, March 16 — Owner/winemaker Matt Meyer from Meyer Family Cellars (Mendocino, California)

There's no excuse for not enjoying some good wine this weekend if you go out looking for it.

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