Wandering Wino: Pinot Envy Edition

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Wow, the old Wino in-box is pretty full this week. It's going to be difficult to fit all these cool events in over the next couple of weeks, but lawdy knows I'll try. Here's why you should too:

Richard Payne, "The Wine Chap" of the eponymous wine shop in Belle Meade, has scored quite a coup by recruiting a traveling tasting of excellent Oregon Pinot Noirs to visit Nashville on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. as a benefit for the Nashville Wine Auction and their fight against cancer. The event costs $25 to taste offerings from 20 of Oregon's finest wineries, including A to Z, Adelsheim, Chehalem, Domaine Serene, Elk Cove, Four Graces, R. Stuart, Willamette Valley Vineyards and many others.

The tasting will take place at E Spaces in the Belle Meade Hill Center at 4322 Harding Pike, Suite 417. RSVP to henry@thewinechap.com to make a reservation.

This next event is not 100 percent wine-related, but it looks like fun. I'm a big fan of the CBS show Undercover Boss, though I find it hard to believe that they've been able to dupe all the workers that are being spied on by telling them that their disguised bosses are participating in a competition reality show to choose between two people applying to receive a job. Now it seems like they've converted the back-story into its own show concept with The Job.

Contestants on the job will compete to see who will be offered a position within a different company every week, and the premiere episode features the Palm Restaurant as the prospective employer. To celebrate this event, the Nashville Palm is throwing a viewing party and specials tonight (Friday, Feb. 8) from 5-11 p.m., with the Prime Bites menu available for $5.50 each, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres offered when the show airs at 7 p.m. Head on downtown and join in the fun!

This next announcement is also not a wine tasting, but it is pretty big news for wine and spirits lovers. J. Barleycorn at 5000 Harding Place across from Sam's Club has apparently lost their lease and is closing down that location. To help clear out their inventory, they are offering storewide specials on all of their products (excluding items that are already at their maximum discount). Go by this weekend and take advantage of 5 percent off all of liquor and 10 percent off wine and high-gravity beer. There will also be extended discounts for cases as well: 7 percent for liquor and 12 percent for wine. Sounds like the makings of a gold(schlager) rush to me.

Will Motley at Woodland Wine Merchant is popping open some halbtrockens this Saturday, Feb. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. If your German is a little rusty, these are half-dry Rieslings characterized by notes of stone fruit like peach, pear and apricot. They're also very food-friendly, so keep a couple bottles in the door of your fridge, providing it's tall enough for those long skinny-ass bottles.

Here's what Will be be pouring if you drop by:

J. Leitz "Leitz Out"
Rheingau

Koehler-Ruprecht "Steinacker"
Pfalz

Clemens Busch "Vom Roter Schiefer"
Mosel

Until next week, "Prost!"

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