Thursday, May 31, 2007

Corrieri’s Formaggeria in the Nashville Winepress

To find out a little bit about Brett Corrieri and his amazing cheese shop in the 12South area, please visit Nashville Wine Press

Country Music Stars at the Blackjack Tables

I heard this on the radio this morning. Gerry House and the House Foundation had Anastasia Brown on and they got to talking about going out after the ACM Awards to play some blackjack. Here are the people in the party and they were all at one table and they were shouting, laughing, high-fiving each other and everything. Can you imagine stumbling across this in the hotel? I think we would all believe our eyes were deceiving us.

The Party:
George Strait
Reba McEntire
Kelly Clarkson
Ronnie and Janine Dunn
Anastasia Brown
Irv Woolsey

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

William Gerst, Gerst Haus and the Nashville Brewing Industry

Here is a book that celebrates the life and business of William Gerst through words and pictures.

Known for country music, antebellum homes, the Parthenon, and Civil War battlefields, Nashville also has a rich brewing history that spans 100 years. Several breweries were established in the late 1800s, but the William Gerst Brewing Company alone endured into the 20th century and even survived Prohibition. Once one of the largest breweries in the South, Gerst brewed its last batch in 1954, leaving Nashvillians unable to enjoy locally brewed beer until the dawn of the recent microbrewery revolution. Nashville Brewing offers readers a pictorial account of the William Gerst Brewing Company--an important but almost forgotten part of Nashville history.

Scott R. Mertie has been interested in the brewing industry since he started collecting beer cans as a six-year-old. As he became older, Scott expanded his hobby to include brewery advertising and home-brewing. Upon moving to Nashville in 1992, Scott visited the Gerst Haus restaurant and noticed vast amounts of breweriana displayed on the walls that once promoted the restaurant's namesake a century earlier. This started his fascination with the William Gerst Brewing Company and the brewing history of Nashville.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

Nashville Brewing is now available in area book stores.
Signed copies can also be purchased directly from the author.
E-mail for more information.

Travelers Say $3.50 a Gallon is the Limit

Nashville Business Journal - May 29, 2007

A new survey shows that while Americans remain positive about summer travel, if the price of gasoline rises to $3.50 a gallon, they would reconsider.

The travelhorizons survey of 1,500 Americans, co-authored by the Travel Industry Association and Yesawich Pepperdine Brown & Russell, examined the impact of escalating gasoline prices on travel.

Other data indicates leisure travelers will likely take slightly more trips this summer....for the rest of the story, click here

Dylan Gives Rolling Stone The Blues and Others Who Wont Play Along

“Where’s the global warming?”

The 40th Anniversary edition of Rolling Stone is now on newsstands. The interview by Jann Wenner of Bob Dylan contains a lot of material that was not in the audio clips posted on the RS website over the weekend. Among other things, there is a continuing pattern of Wenner trying to get some political quotes out of Dylan, and not receiving that which he’d clearly like to receive.

As in:

Wenner: What do you think of the historical moment we’re in today? We seem to be hellbent on destruction. Do you worry about global warming?

Dylan: Where’s the global warming? It’s freezing here.

Wenner: It seems a pretty frightening outlook.

Dylan: I think what you’re driving at, though, is we expect politicians to solve all our problems. I don’t expect politicians to solve anybody’s problems.

Wenner: Who is going to solve them?

Dylan: Our own selves. We’ve got to take the world by the horns and solve our own problems. The world owes us nothing, each and every one of us, the world owes us not one single thing. Politicans or whoever.

Wenner: Do you think America is a force for good in the world today?
Dylan: Theoretically.

Wenner: But in practical fact …

Dylan: The practical fact is always different than theory.

Wenner: What do you think the practical fact is now?

Dylan: With what’s going on? Human nature hasn’t really changed in 3,000 years. Maybe the obstacles and actualities and daily customs change, but human nature really hasn’t changed. It cannot change. It’s not made to change.

The scent of desperation from Wenner is palpable. He’s doing his damnedest to pin Bob down, but Dylan just keeps stepping back and speaking on an entirely different level, at the same time dismissing the left/liberal clichés that form the premise of the questions

This next piece comes from Peter Bronson, Cincinnati Enquirer

In other words, a Who's Who of the far-out left - Jane Fonda, Jimmy Carter, Norman Mailer, George McGovern, Steven Spielberg, Bill Moyers, Michael Moore, Neil Young and the other usual suspects. It's predictable from a magazine that calls the Bush administration "a band of reckless, power-drunk ideologues" who "steal elections."

Mailer calls Bush a "spiritual terrorist," Paul McCartney says the answer is "peace and love," Fonda says, "We're fighting for ... the life of the Earth." And Rolling Stone waves its Bic lighter in a rock-concert cheer - "More, More!''

It's almost as if the clock stopped at Rolling Stone in 1967. The interviews are a time capsule - with only a few words changed. Nixon becomes Bush. Vietnam becomes Iraq. Pollution becomes global warming.

And through it all, there's the same old stubborn hippie optimism that catastrophe is just around the corner.

In every interview, the questioner eventually asks something like: "Isn't it a drag that the world is coming to an end because nobody listened to us in the '60s - and they still don't?"

But here's a bigger bummer than a dime bag of oregano: Some of the rock stars refused to play along.
"Do you think it's gloomy on the horizon," Editor Jann Wenner asks Bob Dylan.
"In what sense do you mean," Dylan replies.

"Bob, come on," Wenner goads.

"No, you come on. In what sense do you mean that?" Dylan demands.

Wenner tries again: "We seem to be hell-bent on destruction. Do you worry about global warming?"

"Where's the global warming?" Dylan asks. "It's freezing here."

As my friend Mike McCarthy said, "There's some surprising stuff in there." He's right.

Author Tom Wolfe: "Anyone who thinks that religion is bad for society is out of his mind. We are now beginning to see what happens when you don't have it."

Spielberg, on the dark legacy of the '60s: "Just narcissism, a collective and personal narcissism."

Jack Nicholson: "I'm a patriotic fella and this factionalism today isn't to my liking. I'm incapable of hating a president of the United States."

Stewart Brand, LSD tripper and inventor of the Whole Earth Catalog: "Almost everything we tried either failed hideously or didn't pan out. Communes failed, drugs went nowhere, free love led pretty much to AIDS. A lot of people thought Mao Tse Tung was a hero."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A Tasteful Pursuit by Randy Rayburn

Wednesday, June 13 2007

2001 Belcourt AvenueNashville, Tennessee

6:00 PM Cocktail Reception7:00 PM Six-Course Seated Dinner
$175 per person $250 per person to be seated at the Ten Top Chefs Table, seating is limited(75% is tax-deductible)

Guests will have the opportunity to bid in silent and live auctions.
Auction and Ticket Co-ChairsLinda Herrell and Kendra May

Visit call 615-386-3663

Can't attend, but would like to help?
Please consider making a contribution to help end childhood hunger.

Dustin Pritchett, Chef de Cuisine of Sunset Grill

Bradford Thompson, Executive Chef of Mary Elaine’s at the Phoenician Resort (Scottsdale, AZ)Brian Uhl, Executive Chef and Owner of Cabana (Nashville, TN)
Paul Ent, Chef and Partner of Midtown Café (Nashville, TN)
Debra Paquette, Chef and Owner of Zola (Nashville, TN)
Tyler Brown, Executive Chef of The Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel (Nashville, TN)

Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit is a national culinary program featuring the nation's most renowned chefs touring the country to raise funds for the fight to end childhood hunger. We partner with the culinary elite in major cities to create sumptuous, multi-course dinners paired with exquisite wines.

This past Friday

We stopped in at Las Paletas for some popsicles that were truly were outstanding.

I had a "Creamy Lime" and Andrea had a "Hot Chocolate."
The creamy lime tasted much like a perfect key lime pie and was so refreshing. The "hot chocolate" was a creamy chocolate with hot peppers in it. At first you tasted the cold, creamy milk chocolate which gave way to a lil ember of heat that would sit on the back of your tongue. It wasn't to hot but gave a nice twist to the typical chocolate popsicle.

Be sure to check them out many times this summer and enjoy the evolving and revolving flavors.

Las Paletas
(615) 386-2101
2907 12th Ave S

Horse People in Stitches Magazine

When Andrea Bobu moved her embroidery business, threadadventures, from Clovis, CA, to Smyrna, TN, early this year, she managed to bring all her customers with her.

“My customers are mostly horse people – breeders, trainers and horse associations – and although the types of horses and owners are different in both states, they share a passion for their animals and everything related to them,” Bobu says. “I own several quarter horses I take to shows. I understand horse people since I’m one of them.”

Most of Bobu’s orders are for hats and jackets, fully embroidered with at least three different designs that use different techniques, such as twill, sequins, leather appliqué and foam. The award jackets she designs and decorates usually include the horse association’s logo, award title and placing, and the year and horse’s name; the embroidery is placed on the left chest and the full jacket back

To read the rest of this article go to Stitches Magazine


Nashville Downtown

Overlooking The Honky-Tonks at 5th and Broadway

Reflection of the Ryman Auditorium

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum- Aglow

Legends Corner

US Bank Building and Country Music Television

What Makes The Nashville Skyline

Gruhn Guitars

4th and Broadway

Looking up 5th Avenue
Nashville Arena- Tower

"Batman" Building Framed

BiCentennial Park

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Nash Vegas Posters

Hatch Show Print

People in Nashville

Funky Buildings

Can You Read The Message?

Wave that Flag, Wave it High and Wide

Tennessee Flags at the BiCentennial Park

A Game of Cricket in the Park

Tonight's Billy Block show relocated after 12th and Porter padlocked

A padlock blocks entrance to Nashville music venue 12th and Porter this afternoon, and signs read, “This property has been seized for non-payment of Tennessee state taxes by virtue of a levy issued by the Department of Revenue, Tax Enforcement Division.”

The multi-artist Billy Block's Western Beat show was to be held at 12th and Porter this evening, but it has been moved to Cadillac Ranch, 305 Broadway. That show begins at 6:30 p.m., and cover charge is $5.

Visit HERE to read the whole story in the Tennessean.

Lovers of Great Wine Behold

Here is our weekly message from our "singing sommelier"

Held this Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm at Corrierie's Fromaggeria (the cheese shop), the selections for this week's wine tasting are as lovely as this beautiful weather. Speaking of spring, this week's selection focuses on freshness - young, fruity, crisp - perfect spring wine!

And speaking of young, we have three acrobatic kids (a reschedule of the goats from when the weather was colder) whose parents make cheese for a living, are joining us this weekend and featuring Tennessee Bonnie Blue Goat Cheese.

For the wine choices there is a South African wine that I thought was such a perfect spring wine, I bought it all, Stormhoek! We have two whites for pool side - a Sauvingnon Blanc and a Pinot Grigio; and two reds for the grill side, a Shiraz and a Pinotage.

And let's not forget this week's wine class at MAFIAoZA'S on Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm. It's already begining to fill up a bit, so sign up quickly (just call me at 269-6880! To start things off for Week #1 of this summer-long series, we will begin with the basics of tasting - you thought you knew how, but learn five secrets that will help you get more free wine in this lifetime.

The featured wines are Saint M Riesling, Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir, Davinci Chianti and Santa Rita Riserva Cabernet.

Stormhoek Pinot Grigio '05
$10.99 a bottle; $118.69 a case

Using this dedicated, no-compromise approach, Stormhoek is breaking new ground in the wine industry with the introduction of their label device, “Ultimate Freshness Indicator.” This clearly illustrates to the customer that the wine they are holding in their hand is at its freshest, and communicates the best time to drink it. Stormhoek wines arrive buzzing with excitement and life- – the freshness and vitality of South Africa captured in a bottle!

Stormhoek Shiraz '04
$10.99 a bottle; $118.69 a case

This elegant Shiraz is the result of a careful selection of fruit from healthy old vines in several of South Africa’s premium growing districts: the Bovlei Valley in Wellington, North Paarl and West Riebeek. These sites benefit from maximum exposure to the sun, on a land with a long history of producing South Africa’s finest red grapes.

Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc
$12.99 a bottle; $140.28 a case

Tangy, with high-toned lemon-lime, grapefruit, fig and peach flavors. Already harmonious, with a bright vibrancy that will complement food. Kenwood's at the top of its Sauvignon game. Drink now through 2007. 78,000 cases made. –JL

Monday, May 21, 2007

Nashville Kats vs. San Jose SaberCats

May 25, 2007

Ticket prices: $12 - $110

RatDog Tour

Go HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

June 17 (Sun)
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Manchester, TN

July 5 (Thu)
Milwaukee, WI

Keller Williams-RatDog Tour
July 7 (Sat)
Chastain Park Amphitheatrewith Keller Williams
Atlanta, GA

July 9 (Mon)
Central Park Summerstagewith Keller Williams
New York, NY

July 10 (Tue)
Bank of American Pavilionwith Keller Williams
Boston, MA

July 11 (Wed)
Twin River Event Centerwith Keller Williams
Lincoln, RI

July 13 (Fri)
Marvin's MountaintopAll Good Music Festival
Masontown, WV

July 14 (Sat)
Charlottesville Pavilionwith Keller Williams
Charlottesville, Va

July 16 (Mon)
Tower City Amphitheatrewith Keller Williams
Cleveland, OH

July 17 (Tue)
LC Pavilionwith Keller Williams
Columbus, OH

July 19 (Thu)
Aragon Ballroomwith Keller Williams
Chicago, IL

July 20 (Fri)
Soo Pass Ranch10,000 Lakes Festival
Detroit Lakes, MN

July 21 (Sat)
Harrah's Council Bluffswith Keller Williams
Council Bluffs, IA

July 24 (Tue)
Red Rocks Amphitheatrewith Keller Williams
Morrison, CO

July 25 (Wed)
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatrewith Keller Williams
Santa Fe, NM

July 27 (Fri)
Humphrey's Concerts by the Baywith Keller Williams
San Diego, CA

July 28 (Sat)
Greek Theatrewith Keller Williams
Los Angeles, CA

August 11 (Sat)
Seaside ParkGathering of the Vibes
Bridgeport, CT

Allmans Brothers Band-RatDog Tour
August 14 (Tue)
Nissan Pavilion with the Allman Brothers Band
Bristow, VA

August 15 (Wed)
Post-Gazette Pavilion with the Allman Brothers Band
Burgettstown, PA

August 17 (Fri)
Tweeter Center with Keller Williams and the Allman Brothers Band
Camden, NJ

August 18 (Sat)
Mountain Laurel Center with the Allman Brothers Band
Bushkill, PA

August 19 (Sun)
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center with the Allman Brothers Band
Darien Center, NY

August 21 (Tue)
Jones Beach Amphitheatre with the Allman Brothers Band
Wantagh, NY

August 22 (Wed)
PNC Bank Arts Center with the Allman Brothers Band
Holmdel, NJ

Leftover Salmon is Back This Summer for Festival!!!

This summer it's the return of...


Vince Herman Drew Emmitt Jeff SipeGreg Garrison Bill McKay Noam Pikelny

Leftover Salmon and moe. will be performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 28th. A Special Guest to be announced will open the show.

moe. is...Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan and Gram Parsons...from hard rock to melodic country, moe. can write songs and they can play the bejesus out of them live. By not limiting their songwriting to preconceived genres, moe. is a rarity in today's pop music culture. Their latest studio album, "The Conch", has already received 4 out of 5 stars from Rolling Stone, and 3.5 out of 4 stars from Paste. The Buffalo News calls "The Conch" "A Masterpiece".

Leftover Salmon returns to Colorado after their last live performance on New Year’s Eve 2004 in Boulder. Colorado will once again hear the trademark polyethnic-cajun-slamgrass sound that propelled the group from its humble Rocky Mountain beginnings to international critical acclaim.Leftover Salmon was formed by accident in 1989, when a local band, the Salmon Heads, asked members of the Left Hand String Band to fill some missing spots in its lineup. The synergy worked and the resulting quintet went on to pioneer its own genre.

The returning lineup for Leftover Salmon features Vince Herman (acoustic guitar, vocals), Drew Emmitt (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Jeff Sipe (drums), Greg Garrison (bass, vocals), Bill McKay (keyboards, vocals), and Noam Pikelny (banjo).

Catch them live at:

High Sierra Music Festival July 7 - 8, 2007 Quincy, CA
All Good Music Festival July 15, 2007 Masontown, WV
Red Rock Amphitheatre Saturday, July 28th Morrison, CO/ co-headline with moe.

Get tickets HERE
Leftover Salmon Tickets on sale 5/16 @ 10:00 am
Ticketmaster on sale 5/19 @ 10:00 am

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Saturday Night in Nashville- May 19

Nashville CityFest brought lots of people downtown and was a great time for folks of all ages and was nice to see something like that in Nashville. Come back next year Mr. Palau, we'd love to open our arms to you again.

We walked around downtown and took a few pictures of neon signs for the fun of it but we are also working on a "secret" project for later in the summer and you won't believe your eyes when the time comes. The weather was just right and we walked all over and enjoyed most of the folks enjoying Nashville.

I long for the days though when each club didn't try to outblast each other with their music blaring into the street. I prefer to walk by hear the fun sounds coming out of the door and get drawn in like that, instead of hearing the music 3 blocks away.

Okay.....that is it for now. Thanks and have a goodnight and be sure to tip your servers and enjoy the city.

The Who's Roger Daltrey on Gore's Live Earth: "Bo***cks to That!"

From The (U.K.) Sun:
Speaking exclusively to Bizarre, Roger said: "Bo***cks to that! The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert.

"I can't believe it. Let's burn even more fuel.

"We have problems with global warming, but the questions and the answers are so huge I don't know what a rock concert's ever going to do to help.

"Everybody on this planet at the moment, unless they are living in the deepest rainforest in Brazil, knows about climate change.”

The rocker, who used to sing about my g-generation, added: "My answer is to burn all the f***ing oil as quick as possible and then the politicians will have to find a solution.”

Wow, he makes a good bit of sense to me. Kinda like Sheryl Crow riding around in a huge tour bus while telling the rest of us to use one sheet of toilet paper or cut back on our oil and gas consumption.

Hey Sheryl, how about the next time you wanna ride around from place to place telling us how to live and conserve...use a hybrid car. I believe in being a good steward to this amazing creation that is our planet but I also don't believe in hypocrites being considered experts.

Neon in Nashville on Saturday Night Again

Photos courtesy of Ms. A

1 Car, 2 Car, 3 Car, 4?

Photo courtesy of Ms. A

Tennessee Capitol on a Sunny Day

Photos courtesy of Ms. A

On a German Beer Trail, One More for the Road from the NY Times

In the former East Berlin, directly across from the Marx-Engels-Forum — where immense statues of Karl and Friedrich seem to sit in stern judgment of the city — you might stumble across the Alt-Berliner Weissbierstube, a cozy cafe specializing in Berliner weisse, the city's classic local beer.

There, wide goblets of weisse are doctored with shots of syrup before serving: most commonly green, made from woodruff, a fragrant forest herb; or red, made from raspberries. Both have the effect of coloring the drink a garish jade or vermillion, and both are said to make it cloyingly sweet.

When a waitress came by to take my order, I asked if I could try the beer without the accompanying syrup.

“You could, but it's very sour,” she said.

She was right: it was bitingly sour, partly from the unusual use of lactobacillus in fermentation, the same type of bacteria that produce yogurt, in addition to the regular brewer's yeast. After a very light sweetness in the mouth, there was a sharp, yogurt-like sour finish that made the drink surprisingly refreshing.

I asked for another.

Click HERE for the rest of the story

New York Times was the source of this post

Neon in Nashville on a Saturday Night

Photos courtesy of Ms. A

Saturday, May 19, 2007

National Reining Horse Association Derby Finishes Today

Another great show in Oklahoma City with a streaming video if you wanna see some amazing horsemanship. These folks are amazing and fun to watch and I can't wait to go to another show myself.

National Reining Horse Association Derby 2007

South Street Smokehouse and Crabshack

We had a wonderful meal with the family this past Monday at South Street. We sat at the window and watched the world go by as they walked dogs, valeted cars, etc.. The wind was blowing softly on us as we talked, ate, laughed and ooh'd and aah'd over the food.

Another great experience at a really good and really cool Nashville restaurant.

Some of the things we had and absolutely loved and devoured were.

Bar-B-Que Sandwich with white potatoes **Corey** PERFECTION!

Cheeseburger with baked beans **John** JUICY AND FULL OF TASTE

Popcorn Shrimp with sweet potato casserole **Kelsey** ~mumbled that it was good~

Chicken Fried Chicken with broccoli casserole **Jean** DELICIOUSNESS

Fried Shrimp with house remoulade sauce **Denise** EXCELLENT

Cole Slaw for the entire table **Group** MORE PLEASE

No Triple Crown Winner This Year

Curlin nipped Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense on the final stride and won the Preakness Stakes in a riveting finish Saturday. Street Sense seemed to have the race tied up due to another of his famous rallies, taking the lead in the stretch. He could not hold off Curlin’s late charge thanks to an expert ride by jockey Robby Albarado.

Street Sense Might End the "Triple Crown" Drought

BALTIMORE — The time was when horses that were great at 2 were greater at 3. The time was when the 2-year-old champion not only won the Kentucky Derby, he also won the Triple Crown.

History tells us this. Before there was the Juvenile Jinx, there was Juvenile Domination. Horse racing saw that often in the 1970s.

That was the decade when six horses who won the 2-year-old championship returned powerfully the next spring and also won the Derby. Four runners added the Preakness to their resumes.

Three -- Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978) -- proceeded to flash to the Triple Crown. Being a 2-year-old champ who also won the Derby was significant stuff. I begin with a history lesson because these days a Triple Crown winner seems as outlandish as 39-cent-per-gallon gasoline. The current drought is racing's longest.

Visit the Courier-Journal Newspaper for the rest of the story by Rick Bozich.

More Country Stars in Vegas

Vince Gill and Amy Grant, attending "Spamalot" (Wynn) on Wednesday after dining at SW Steakhouse...

George Strait, tipping 55 per cent ($20 on a $35 tab) after a 4 a.m. breakfast Wednesday at Cafe Bellagio after the Country Music Awards...

Norm Clarke is the fountain of info....

Nashville Stars out in Vegas

Backstage at the VH1 show at Mandalay Bay: Gretchen Wilson, with her pals.

Toby Keith, taking in the sights and sounds at Body English nightclub (Hard Rock Hotel).

Gretchen Wilson, performing Heart's hit, "Barracuda," with Ann and Nancy Wilson on Sunday at the Academy of Country Music concert at the Fremont Street Experience.

John Rich of, Big & Rich attended the performance of Circue du Soleil show, "Mystere" at Treasure Island.

Toby Keith and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, partying at Jet (Mirage) on Monday night...

Gretchen Wilson, shopping at Nora Blue inside Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay. She dropped in Elton's Men's Clothing Store and autographed two of Elton's guitars...

At "Love": Shania Twain, with her husband Robert "Mutt" Lang and Vince Gill, with a friend...

Brad Paisley, dining at Roy's on E. Flamingo

Rascal Flatts, catching dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak (Mandalay Bay)


Toby Keith, recording Tuesday at the Palms studio. Manilow was working on tracks for his new album.

Carrie Underwood, rehearsing for the Country Music Awards on Tuesday at David Saxe Productions Studios.

At the Playboy Club (Palms) on Tuesday night: Rapper Lil Jon, arriving wih a party of two dozen, including John Legend, Big and Rich and "Paradise City" reality star J.J. The group gambled and partied at a VIP booth with Veuve Clicquot champagne, Grey Goose vodka and Patron Silver tequila...

Norm Clarke is the fountain of info....

Thursday, May 17, 2007

50 Best By Nation

From The World's 50 Best Restaurants

South Africa

Click here for numbers 51 to 100.

World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2007

From The World's 50 Best Restaurants

1. El Bulli, Spain - World’s Best Restaurant Best in Europe
2. The Fat Duck, UK - Chefs Choice
3. Pierre Gagnaire, France
4. The French Laundry, USA - Best in the Americas
5. Tetsuya’s, Australia - Best in Australasia
6. Bras, France
7. Mugaritz, Spain
8. Le Louis XV, Monaco
9. Per Se, USA
10. Arzak, Spain
11. El Celler de Can Roca, Spain
12. Gambero Rosso, Italy
13. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, France
14. Hof van Cleve, Belgium
15. Noma, Denmark - Highest Climber
16. Le Calandre, Italy
17. Nobu London, UK
18. Jean Georges, USA
19. Hakkasan, UK
20. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, France
21. L’Astrance, France
22. Can Fabes, Spain
23. L’Ambroisie, France
24. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, UK
25. Troisgros, France
26. Le Bernardin, USA
27. Martin Berasategui, Spain
28. Le Gavroche, UK
29. Le Cinq, France
30. Charlie Trotter’s, USA
31. Dal Pescatore, Italy
32. Daniel, USA
33. Rockpool, Australia
34. St John, UK
35. Chez Dominique, Finland
36. Alinea, USA - Highest New Entry
37. Bukhara, India - Best in Asia
38. DOM, Brazil
39. Oaxen Skärgårdskrog, Sweden
40. Chez Panisse, USA
41. Enoteca Pinchiorri, Italy
42. Cracco Peck, Italy
43. L’Arpège, France
44. River Café, UK
45. Oud Sluis, Netherlands
46. Combal Zero, Italy
47. Le Quartier Français, South Africa - Best in Mid East & Africa
48. Taillevent, France
49. Bocuse, France
50. Les Ambassadeurs, France

An Evening of Wine at Thoroughbred Motorcars

Tuesday, May 22
6:00-9:00 P.M.
Tickets are $50, while quantities last!

Thoroughbred Motorcars
2350 Franklin Road

Tasting over 100 various wines from around the world, live music, a cigar/cordial on the terrace and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cheese!

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My Fair Lady
October 23-28, 2007

Irving Berlin's White Christmas
November 27-December 2, 2007

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
January 8-13, 2008

Monty Python's Spamalot
February 12-17, 2008

Lerner & Loewe's Camelot
starring Lou Diamond Phillips
March 11-16, 2008

Twelve Angry Men
starring Richard Thomas
May 6-11, 2008

Vinea Wine Tasting- Saturday May 19

Now a word from the Operatic Sommelier...

Hello My Fellow Lovers of Great Wine

Just a few quick things this week...

I am starting a full ten weeks of wine classes for the summer. The schedule is posted at the bottom of this email. For anyone who hasn't taken one of my classes in the past they are easy, informative and fun, plus there is some really great juice here.

This Saturday's tasting is at the Formaggeria and is a blend of California and France. We have Jacuzzi Wines from the Central Coast, and they started making wine long before they started making bathtubs. And, because we think this weekend will be beautiful, we are popping open a couple of 90 point and up Champagnes from Montaudon, a treat you will not want to miss.

Drink Great Wine
MJ the Sommelier


~~Montaudon Brut 1999~~
$39.99 a bottle, $431.88 a case
The only true vintage Champagne at this price!
Very forward and accessible, with modest candied fruit, almond and honey flavors. Pleasant, Drink now. –BS

~~Montaudon Grand Rose M.V.~~
$40.99 a bottle, $4462.69 a case
Delicious. Red fruit, cinnamon and ginger aromas and flavors highlight this lively, medium-bodied rosé. Balanced and smooth, it ends with a lingering note of candied cherry. Drink now. –BS

90 points W.S.

~~Jacuzzi Pinot Grigio '05 ~~
$15.99 a bottle $172.68 a case
This wine shows a wonderful light orange color. On the nose it displays a strong sense of tropical fruits and just ripened peach. Would pair up nicely with pasta and seafood dishes. - MJ

~~Jacuzzi Primitivo '05 ~~
$21.99 a bottle, $237.48 a case
Here we are looking a deep garnet hue. the aromas explode out of the glass with homemade cranberry sauce and ripe strawberries. With a hint of vanilla it is pure velvet on the palate. - MJ
Here is your schedule for the summer series of wine classes at MAFIAoZA'S

Class will start at 6 pm on Wednesdays and cost $15 for five wines and a little taste of something special to bring out the best in the wines.

Also receive 10% off dinner at MAFIAoZA'S if you decide to stick around for some pasta and pizza.
For reservations call 269-6880.

May 23rd
Wine Tasting Basics (Learn the secrets of the sommeliers to exploring wines)

May 30th
Sparkling Wines (The perfect beginning to any occasion)

June 7th
Lighter Mood Swings (A collection of the perfect patio wines)

June 14th
Pinot Grigio (Soft tropical whites from Northern Italy)

June 21st
Chardonnay (Come see why she has been dubbed the queen of grapes)

June 28th
Soft Reds (Rich, rewarding and romantic)

July 12th
Tuscany's Reds (We discover why it is Italy's most famous wine region)

July 26th
Italy's Big Bruisers (Our pride and joy, only the boldest of reds from the homeland)

August 1st
Spirits and Cocktails (Learn how to be the perfect host with these cocktails, aperitifs and digestives)