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Fido Wine 101, Class #2 – The Vineyard

August 12, 2010

Had the pleasure of getting back over to Fido this week for class #2 in their Wine 101 series. This class keeps getting better and if you’re in Nashville, it’s something you should – no you need to go to. The night is really casual and you get to eat awesome food prepared by Fido Chef John Stevenson, drink great wine, and make some new friends. (and…it’s only $20!)

Yesterday’s class was all about The Vineyard specifically what happens in a vineyard, how climate/weather affect wine, and a discussion about some of the good and not so good places to grow wine.

Here was the menu:

Sparkling Wine: NV Conde de Subirats Cava Rosado, Spain ($12.99)

Food Course #1: Parmesan, Watermelon, Country Ham, Champagne, Basil, Mint, Black Pepper – whew, a laundry list of ingredients, but delicious nonetheless. What was particularly interesting was the use of a more savory yellow watermelon (yeah..not the red watermelon we are all used to having at picnics). It was a beautiful surprise that was not as sweet as red watermelon, nor as texturally grainy. Here are a few pictures (they may be a bit hazy as I took them with my phone – next time i’ll remember to bring a camera!)

White Wine #1: 2008 Ameztoi Txakolina, Spain ($19.99) – A very interesting white pronounced “choc-o-lina”. It exemplified the minerally quality of wine, so it’s  wine thats not really sweet nor a lot of fruit character.

White Wine #2: 2008 Alkoomi Dry Riesling, Australia ($24.99) – A nice, refreshing riesling which is very well balanced. Nothing like those super sweet rieslings that may be more common.

White Wine #3: 2008 Alkoomi Late Harvest Riesling, Australia ($16.99) – A wine from the same vineyard, same year as the previous one, but picked 6 months later. Because it is picked later, the grape has more residual sugar, which means a sweeter wine. Imagine if you had a fresh green grape and let it age, it would be like a raisin, which is noticeably sweeter. Same kinda thing going on here.

Food Course #2: Lemongrass chicken, rice, pobalano sauce, smoked peach, carrot

Food Course #3: Housemade focaccia, manchego, rosemary, red pepper – This was an awesome dish, which I sadly didn’t take a picture of, because I was immersed in a conversation with our wine guru and teacher, Damien. It was really good.Focaccia bread with a layer of manchego and red pepper in the middle. I could’ve eaten a whole loaf of this stuff.

Red Wine #1: 2005 Villiera Pinotage, South Africa ($14.99) – I was loving the reds in this tasting. This one was particularly smoky, so it would go great with any kind of grilled food. An interesting grape that is grown in South Africa, it’s a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

Red Wine #2: 2008 Arenal Carmenere, Chile ($11.99) – Carmenere is the long lost grape of Bordeaux. The wine itself has a great texture and is very earthy.

Red Wine #3: 2007 Chateau Beaulieu Bordeaux, France ($19.99) – A great example of Bordeaux at a pretty reasonable price. We drink a lot of Bordeaux at the Surti household so this was a nice way to end the tasting.

Food Course #4: Chilean Humitas, local corn, beef, chorizo, gruyere – Humitas are like tamales and this was served with a mexican mole sauce.

That was about it for the night. The next class focuses on The Winery and if you’re free come on out to Fido. RSVP by emailing John at You’ll have an awesome time.



6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2010 1:37 PM

    So happy that you’re enjoying the wine classes! I’ve taken both 101 and 102 previously, and think that John and Damien both do an excellent job. In fact, I’ve been hyping them for over a year to anyone that would listen! It truly is one of the best values offered around town. The fact that I’m taking a couple of the classes AGAIN should say something about how awesome they are 😉

    As for last night– that focaccia was SO delicious that I too could have eaten a whole loaf of it. My favorite wine of the evening was the Pinotage. I got hints of smoky meat and tobacco…which probably doesn’t sound too appealing to some, but it worked for me! (enough that I ordered a bottle)

    Hope to make it again next week so we can actually meet face to face~

  2. August 12, 2010 6:03 PM

    Pinotage was my favorite too! Can’t wait for next week – I may have to go to all the Fido classes after 101.

    Ever tried out the Mafioza tastings on Saturdays?

  3. August 13, 2010 1:07 PM

    I agree with both of you. However, for Indian ladies I recommend wine #3 because the wine is sweeter that compliments their taste bud.

  4. August 16, 2010 2:48 PM

    This post in making me thirsty…for white wine!

    Thanks for sharing all of the fun food & wine you had, I can’t read about your next class!



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