There’s almost nothing that we love more than an excuse to sip down some of the good stuff. What that means is that when we get word of wine tastings and Champagne-soaked events, we’re all ears, or tongues, as the case may be.
When we went looking for a reason to indulge in the alcohol, nothing seemed more tempting than the Biltmore Hotel’s calendar of April events. Wine and Champagne and food, oh my!
Thursday, April 8: The Old World vs. New World Wine Tasting at the Country Club Ballroom is pretty self-explanatory, but for those of you who already dipped into the sauce and need a quick set up, this event compares New World wines to what the Europeans produced from their epic vineyards. Mmmm, I can taste the nostalgia now. With background music courtesy of DJ Guillo Cartaya to set the mood, what more could you ask for in preparation for the arrival of the gloom and doom of tax day? Event begins at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 10: We got word of this event from several different sources, indicating to us that it is one to perk up and pay attention to. Meat Market’s own Chef Sean Brasel will be tearing himself away from Lincoln Road to trek over to the Gables for a two-hour stint at the Biltmore Hotel. The Interactive Champagne Perrier-Jouet Luncheon lets guests sip Champagne while preparing a delicious lunch with fellow tablemates as the gourmand demonstrates his featured specialty dishes on stage. Pencil in noon to 2 p.m. for this one.
Wednesday, April 14: What better way to celebrate hump day than with a taste of Italy? The Piedmont Wine Theme Dinner at the Fontana will offer authentic Italian cuisine with selectively chosen red and white wines from Italy’s premier wine-producing region. The festivities begin at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20: If you want to treat not just your taste buds but your eyes as well, don’t miss out on the Champagne Perrier-Jouet & Romero Britto Art Exhibit at the Country Club Ballroom. Guests at this dinner will enjoy select wines from France’s Alsace region, complemented by delectable dishes created by native French Chef Ruiz.
Wednesday, April 28: Another hump day, another bottle of red please. The Rhone Wine Theme Dinner at Palme d’Or offers French wines from the Rhone Valley, planted with Syrah and Grenache varietals since Roman times. Guests can enjoy these with modern French cuisine.
Though the Food Network, with all its celebrity chefs, may have left town, the Biltmore is proving that this month, there is still plenty of food and wine to be had. Bon Appétit!