Wandering Whiskey Drinker: Jewels Before Turkeys Edition

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Jimmy Russell
  • Jimmy Russell
It’s all about the grain instead of the grapes this week as your Wandering Wino will be running around this afternoon to meet one of the kings of bourbon and two of the crown princes.

First, at Brinkmann’s in Cool Springs, Jimmy Russell, the master distiller at Wild Turkey, will be hosting a tasting and bottle-signing. I was lucky enough to attend a private tasting with Russell a couple years back, and while I can’t in good taste repeat much of what he said, I can assure you that he is a hilarious representative of the old school of whiskey making. Given his more than 54 years of experience making bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Ky., I imagine he has spilled more whiskey than I’ll ever drink.

Russell will be in-store from 4 to 6 this afternoon, Dec. 14, to sign and sip, so take off work a little early and head on down to 103 International Drive in Franklin to meet the man.

Closer to town, Grand Cru on Murphy Road is hosting an interesting “Bourbon and Baubles” event this evening from 5 to 6:30. Cindy David will be showcasing her collection of jewelry in case you’re still shopping for that special person. And whether you still have gifts to pick up or you need to screw up your courage and lower your inhibitions to come off of that wallet for some sparkly things, Andy and Charlie Nelson of Greenbrier Distillery will be there to help you out. Nashville’s favorite rectifiers will be pouring some of their Belle Meade Bourbon for shoppers at Grand Cru, so pick up a bottle and get them to sign it for another great gift idea.

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