Wandering Wino: Cutter Edition


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Thanks to Bites reader and frequent commenter Terence for giving me a flash from the past — he reminded me of Cost Cutter beer, which I used to buy from the Belle Meade Kroger back in my younger days. We figured out that we got carded a whole lot less often when we bought the dollar-a-six-pack special versus when we splurged on the $1.99 Michelobs. They probably were taking pity on us …

So in honor of memories of beers past and thinking of the bicycling "Cutters" from that classic movie Breaking Away, I figured we’d lead off this week’s Wandering Wino with a really fun beer event, the return of the Tour de Fat sponsored by New Belgium Beers.

The Tour de Fat will be held on Saturday, June 2, at Centennial Park with bike parade registration starting at 9 a.m., the parade at 10 and other festivities kicking off at 11 and running until 4 p.m.

The bike parade is always a hilarious display of tricked-out bikes and barely appropriate costumes, so drop by even if you don’t ride. The event benefits local nonprofit bicycle advocates, including SoundForest.org, Nashville Bicycle Alliance, Ride For Reading, Oasis Center and Walk Bike Nashville.

New Belgium also sponsors several fun pre-TdF parties the week preceding the event, so look for one that’s at your favorite watering hole:

Today, Friday, May 25
Tin Roof
Tour de Fat Promo
Fat Tire & Somersault Beer Specials

Tuesday, May 29
Broadway Brewhouse Midtown
Tour de Fat Promo
New Belgium Beer Specials!
Free Give-aways

Thursday, May 31
12th South Taproom
Tour de Fat Promo
Win a New Belgium Cruiser!

Midtown Wine and Spirits would like you to save the date for the 2012 Wine & Swine Wine Tasting and Silent Auction coming on June 15.

The Fourth Annual Wine & Swine will be an amazing and fun filled evening! This year we are expecting a sell out crowd with 500 guests at this hip Nashville wine event. Held at the Belle Meade Plantation, one of Nashville’s treasured landmarks, the party will include incredible wine and food tastings, live entertainment, and a silent auction. All proceeds from the night will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. From wine novices to advanced enthusiasts, Wine & Swine is a casual and fun evening for all to experience! Thank you for helping us support this wonderful cause, every dollar raised will put us one step closer toward finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

To Learn More about Cystic Fibrosis: http://www.cff.org/

When: June 15th, 2012 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Belle Meade Plantation
How Much: $65
Phone : 615-255-1167 - Call for your tickets today!

Midtown will also be hosting an in-store wine tasting on Saturday, June 2, from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m., featuring Alejandro Jofre, winemaker of Calcu and Maquis wines from Chile. I’ve been a fan of Viña Maquis for awhile, and I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like.

The following will be poured for your pleasure:

-2007 Viña Maquis Lien
-2009 Viña Maquis Carmenere
-2009 Viña Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon

The Nissan Taste of Music City is coming back on Saturday June 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. for their 10th installment. Here’s the skinny:

Nashville’s largest Food and Drink Festival is celebrating 10 years! We sincerely appreciate the support of so many wonderful restaurants, sponsors, attendees, volunteers, and entertainers over the years!

This year, we are going back to the Korean Veteran’s Memorial Bridge on Saturday, June 2nd! There will be a limited number of tickets available that will include all of your food and beverage samples from some of the Nashville’s best restaurants and an opportunity to taste some of the best beverages that call Music City home!

A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Tennessee Hospitality Association.

Cost: $45 in advance includes all food and beverage samples

The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills is hosting a tasting and food pairing session at 360 Bistro at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, May 30, with Kathleen Inman to present her elegant wines grown in the heart of the Russian River Valley.

We were very proud last year to have brought Kathleen's wines to Nashville for the first time after our very own Saul Mutchnick discovered them while working at Silverado Vineyards in Napa. She makes excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from her organically-farmed "Olivet Grange Vineyard" and they even have an electric car charging station on their pretty little slice of property. Space will be very limited for this tasting! Please reserve by calling 360 Bistro at 615-353-5604.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and see you next week!


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