Wandering WIno: Feel Good About Yourself Edition



For the third year in a row, Rodney Strong Wines has chosen our own Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee as a beneficiary of their holiday promotion and donation program. From now until the end of the year, a portion of every bottle sold at a participating retailer or restaurant will go directly to Second Harvest to assist them in providing meals for over 28,000 people in Nashville.

So far Sunset Grill and Midtown Cafe have been among the first restaurants to step up to support the promotion, and the list of liquor and wine retailers who are participating is as long as your arm. Some of the most popular stores who are kicking in include:

Brentwood Wine and Spirits
Cool Springs Wine and Spirits
Mr. Whiskers Wine and Spirits
J. Barleycorn Wine and Spirits
Westside Wine and Spirits
Del Rio Wine and Spirits
The Corner Wine and Spirits
Melrose Discount Wine and Spirits
Franklin Wine and Spirits
Moon Wine and Spirits
Metropolitan Wine and Spirits
Frugal MacDoogal’s
Bud’s Liquors
The Wine Chap
Red Dog
Grace’s Plaza Wine and Spirits
Woodland Wine Merchant

There are plenty of others as well, so ask your favorite grapemonger if they're part of the program and pick up a bottle of Rodney Strong for yourself and another as a gift. You’ll be buying some fantastic wine (particularly the Cabernet) and helping out a great cause at the same time.

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at being a winemaker, Fleming’s on West End is offering to give you a chance to learn how to blend varietals to create your own unique wine. Oct. 16 is Be a Winemaker for a Night! — A Hands-On Blending Experience in Partnership with Raymond Vineyards. Plus after you’re done, you’ll have a concoction that you can sample, share and celebrate with your fellow wine enthusiasts. I used to try to do that with the different flavors form the Icee machine, but I was never very good at it. There’s a reason we called them “suicides.”

The evening is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity, and each attendee will enjoy:

An exclusive video introduction to blending from renowned winemaker Jean-Charles Boisset of Raymond Vineyards in Rutherford, Napa Valley

A rare tasting of exclusive samples from three single-varietals by Raymond Vineyards:
Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Lake County Cabernet 2011
Napa Valley Merlot 2011

A hands-on wine blending session using Raymond Vineyards varietals, with expert coaching from our Wine Manager

Plus a generous offering of Small Plates and selections from our Bar la Carte Menu to enjoy throughout the evening

Space is limited for this one-night event, and we expect all our locations to sell out quickly. Reservations are available by phone only. Call Fleming’s at (615) 342-0131 for your chance to become a master blender.

Meanwhile, Amerigo in Cool Springs and on West End are planning their final tastings of the year with a South American Wine Tasting Series.

This month, we will be featuring wines from Chile and Argentina, the largest wine-producing regions in the continent. Enjoy wines while learning about the climate and terrain of the region, as well as how the combination of new world and old world flavors make South American wines distinctive.

Wines are paired with light appetizers for $15 per person, plus tax and gratuity. We hope you will join us!

Cool Springs: October 9th and October 23rd; 5:30-8pm
Nashville: October 10th and October 24th; 6-8pm

Also in Cool Springs, Sperry’s has a couple of tasting events coming up, the first one for whiskey and the second for wine. They will host a Jack Daniel's Whiskey Tasting on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. with master taster Jeff Norman in attendance. He is the man who ensures every drop of Jack Daniel's whiskey is up to the standards that Mr. Jack himself held when he first began making whiskey in the mid-1800s, and I personally think he has one of the coolest jobs on the planet. Jeff's family has dedicated more than 70 years of service to making the world's most popular whiskey.

Tickets for the tasting are $30 per person plus tax and tip and availability is limited. Call (615) 778-9950 to make sure you get some of that good Tennessee whiskey.

Later in the month, Sperry's will host a Rombauer Vineyards wine tasting on Oct. 29 at their Cool Springs location, also starting at 6 p.m. Jeff Papa of Rombauer Vineyards will be in attendance to educate and answer questions about the Rombauer portfolio. This event costs $25 and reservations can be made at the same number as above.

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