Clearly we love a good cocktail here at Drink Music City, but we don’t discriminate against any form of ethyl alcohol. Although there may have been that one occasion when one of us got a little tongue tied trying to pronounce “Pouilly–Fuissé” and might have gotten his face slapped, that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate good wine. Luckily, the Nashville Wine Auction is around to bring some of the greatest vintners in the world into town to teach and taste with Music City oenophiles.
Every summer, the Nashville Wine Auction puts on a huge event to raise money for cancer research and treatment. The 34th Annual l’Eté du Vin is themed “Pour de France” this year and features winemakers from three of France’s famous wine-making regions, specifically Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux. Here’s the official announcement of the week’s events in case your invitation got lost in the mail:
As attendees “pour” their way through the wine regions of France, they will be joined by three guests of honor: Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, Martine Saunier and Nicolas Glumineau.
Pierre Emmauel Taittinger is the president of The Taittinger Estate, which is the third-oldest wine producing house in Champagne and one of the few remaining Champagne houses that is family-owned. Distinguished for its extensive vineyard holdings of 752 acres, Taittinger is recognized worldwide among connoisseurs for its delicate and natural flavor.
Martine Saunier, founder of Martine’s Wines, Inc., is commonly referred to as a “rock star of the wine world.” Martine has dedicated her life to bringing French wines to America and is the first woman to establish a wine importing company in the United States. Martine has earned an excellent reputation for her ability to recognize the most exceptional burgundies.
Nicolas Glumineau is the Chief Executive Officer of Chateau Pichon Langueville Comtesse de Lalande. Nicolas has spent time in some of Bordeaux’s greatest vineyards, including Chateau
Margaux, Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau Montrose. Chateau Pichon Langueville Comtesse de Lalande has been run by only three families whose work has made this Chateau and its Pauillac wines world-class.
The schedule of events is as follows:
A Year in Burgundy, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – $30/person, $100/VIP
Vintners’ Tasting, Thursday, July 18, 2013 – $135/person
Patrons’ Dinner, Friday, July 19, 2013 – $1000/person
l’Eté du Vin, Saturday, July 20, 2013 – $275/person
A Year in Burgundy will be hosted by guest of honor, Martine Saunier, who will showcase her documentary, A Year in Burgundy, at The Franklin Theater. Guests can sample white and red burgundies and nibble on truffle popcorn as they learn about the French wine-making process. VIP guests will be able to attend a pre-event reception with Martine, taste premium wines, and have special seating.
The following evening will feature a unique selection of French Wines. With the guests of honor, the Vintners’ Tasting will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about the highlighted wines in depth.
The Patrons’ Dinner is an exclusive opportunity for the gourmand. James Beard Award winning chef, Sean Brock (McCrady’s Restaurant and Husk, Charleston, SC), will return to the Hermitage Hotel with Chef Tyler Brown (Capitol Grille, Nashville, TN) to prepare an exquisite night of wine and food.
At l’Eté du Vin, guests will enjoy a superb selection of wines, indulge in an impressive dinner, and bid on the wines, dinners, fine gifts, and travel featured in both Live and Silent Auctions. Great music and dancing conclude a celebratory evening all in support of a great cause!
Looks like a fun week! Time to clear out some space on the calendar for a trip to the beach afterwards to dry out a little bit.