Wandering Wino: Don't Forget the Whiskey Edition



It's not just about the wine here this Friday, campers. Midtown Wine and Spirits has a big announcement about an upcoming whiskey festival that I figured was big enough to lead of the ole Wino recap this week.

It's Official:
Nashville Whiskey Fest
Sept. 22, 2012!!

That's right folks, this is a big deal! On Sept. 22, the 1st Annual Nashville Whiskey Festival, sponsored by your favorite wine and spirits store, will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium. It will be one of the biggest events to hit Nashville and will be packed full of stars and gems of the whiskey world. With Tennessee being not only one of the largest whiskey consuming states in the world, it is also one of the largest whiskey producing. It's only proper to throw a festival in celebration of one of America's favorite spirits. What happens at a whiskey festival, you say? Here's just a few things we have in store for you:

Special tastings through the week leading to the event
30+ distilleries & breweries participating
Educational seminars put on by master distillers
Special VIP hour w/ rare whiskey tasting
Cigar kiosk
Barrel aged beer
Special seminar on the art of whiskey cocktails featuring Tim Laird, America's C.E.O. & cocktail guru

There's all this and so much more to come. Follow us on Twitter (@Nashwhiskeyfest & @midtownwine), Facebook and Email to get the latest information as it comes out!

When: September 22, 2012/ 1 to 6 p.m.
Where: TPAC War Memorial Stadium
**Ticket info to be released very soon

In honor of their upcoming Whiskeypalooza, Midtown Wine and Spirits are celebrating by opening three different whiskeys from Four Roses this afternoon. I'm personally a big fan of Four Roses, so you can probably expect to be in line behind me from 4 to 7.

Fido and Bounty Bev are getting together for another one of their wildly successful Beer and Food Tasting Dinners on Thursday, Aug. 2, starting at 7 p.m. the event will be $50 per person, inclusive and features what looks like a fantastic menu from Chef John Stephenson:

Fido Beer and Food Tasting

Lucky Bucket lager
braised pork belly skewers, sesame seeds, hoisin, ginger ale

Stoudts Pils
corn dawg, housemade chorizo, masa corn batter, pickled pepper mayo

Butternuts Heinneweisse Farmhouse Ale
amish butter biscuit, pickled peach, noble goat cheese, country ham

Green Flash Hop Head Red IPA
grilled corn on the cob, lime butter, habanero
Kentucky rose blue, cilantro

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout
Benton’s bacon waffle, smoked maple, caramel, orange

RSVP: events@fidocafe.com

Finally, it's time to get to the grapes with a couple of fun events. Village Wines, 100% Italiano and Miel Restaurant are teaming up for a wine dinner featuring Italian winemaker Rosalba Vitanza from Tenuta Vitanza in Montalcino, Italy on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 6:30. Vitanza is known for producing some of the finest Brunellos and other Tuscan wines available, so it should be a really special event.

Check out this menu:

2010 Volare IGT

2010 Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG
Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope Carpaccio, shaved Grana Padano, Pickled Shallot, Arugula Pesto

2007 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
Farm Vegetable Risotto with Shaved Summer Black Truffles

2005 Quadrimendo SuperTuscan IGT
Sous Vide Halibut Cheeks with Overnight Tomatoes, Carrots and Veal Demi-Glace

2007 Brunello Tradizione DOCG
Braised Lamb Shank in a Vol au Vent with Farm Eggplant, Rapini and Natural Jus

Cost: $75/person + tax and gratuity
For reservations call: (615) 298-3663. Don't dawdle; it's selling out fast.

The good folks at West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart are holding their weekly Friday Happy Hour tasting this afternoon from 4 to 7. This week they'll be sampling two nice wines from one of my favorite wineries, Ferrari-Carano, and they'll be 10 percent off for the duration of the tasting.

Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc - $17.99
Ferrari-Carano Siena Red - $19.99

The Fume Blanc, in particular, is a real go-to wine when fish is being grilled in the Wino household. Pick up a bottle and prove me right.

Amos and the boys at WMWLM must be peeking though my windows, because their cocktail of the week is also a frequent summer cooler in my house. Enjoy their recipe for that classic cocktail, the Pimms's Cup.

Pimms's Cup

2 oz - Pimm's No 1
Club soda
Lemon slice
Cucumber slice

Pour the Pimm’s and club soda into a chilled highball glass or metal cup over ice. Squeeze a slice of lemon as well as you drop it in the glass; then stir gently and garnish with a cucumber slice.

Save me one!

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