1st Annual Andrews Wine Festival: Spring Has Offically Begun!

Despite suffering from jet lag after a ten-day South African vacation, my husband and got up and out last weekend to celebrate spring at the inaugural Andrews Wine Festival!  If you missed the 1st Annual Andrews Wine Festival, don’t make the same mistake next year!  The festival, held in the Andrews Entertainment District, was a lively affair!  With over 150 wines, beers, and spirits available to be sampled, how could one not have a great time?  The event had something for everyone from the inexperienced to the wine connoisseur.

Andrews Wine Festival

In addition to tasting outstanding wines from all over the world, attendees were also treated to a number of amazing seminars.  The seminars covered everything from wine selection to making the perfect cocktail.

Alex Sher, of Proof & Provision shared his time-honored techniques in a class titled Cocktail Mixology.  During the class, he demonstrated each technique as he prepared two cocktails: The Classic Aviation and The Manhattan.

Alex Sher: Proof & Provision
Old World vs. New World and Wine 101, taught by Master Sommelier, Michael McNeil, covered wine basics, paring techniques, and wine selection strategies.

Michael McNeill: Andrews Wine Festival Artisan Spirits, taught by Will Atkinson of Corsair Distillery (Tennessee) covered the fundamentals of producing high quality spirits.  In addition, he allowed us to sample the best gin I have ever had! Atkinson shared the secrets behind his company’s award-winning  whiskey and explained why quinoa really is a super food.

Corsair Distillery: Andrews Wine Festival

The final class of the day titled Craft Beer 101, was taught by Matt Olson, Vice President of Quality Wine & Beer’s Craft Beer Division.  During the class, Matt allowed us to sample seven beers ranging in style and taste.  He provided instruction on how quality beers are crafted and what distinguishes great beers from the rest.

Matt Olson
All of the classes were fun, informative, and highly interactive with hosts that were professional but laid back; which created an awesome experience.

Andrews Wine Festival

My personal favorites from the festival are:

Corsair Distillery – Barrel Aged Gin

Cleto Chiarli – Brut Rose Spumante

Matchbook – Chardonnay Musque

Matchbook – Tinto Rey

Bonanno – Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2014 Andrews Wine Festival was amazing and 2015 is sure to be even better!

The Andrew’s Entertainment District , in the heart of Buckhead, is a world-class regional entertainment destination, with first class dining, entertainment, and nightlife scene. The premier destination for Atlanta’s nightlife! The place to be and be seen, and it’s all conveniently located under one roof! Featuring 8 diverse and distinct venues.

What festivals prepare you for spring?

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How To Eat At A Bunch Of Awesome Restaurants On A Budget: Restaurant Week 2014! Let’s Go!

 

Want to try the country’s best restaurants for half the price?  Well then you have to get out to your city’s upcoming Restaurant Week!  stroy pic 3

Restaurant Weeks are hosted by cities all over the country. In Georgia, we host several  each year.

It works like this: a group of participating restaurants in a city offer a variety of 3 to 4 course prix fixe meals at a reduced price; for a period of time, usually seven days but some run for longer periods. Often, but not in every case, a potion of the proceeds from sales during this period are donated to a local charity. Interested diners can make reservations directly through the restaurant or by using Opentable.

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Below is a list of the popular Restaurant Weeks being offered in metro Atlanta and a few across the country.  Check with your local Convention and Visitors Bureau to find out about your specific location:

Atlanta Metropolitan Area

Inman Park Restaurant Week March 17-23 (Spring)

Buckhead : May 17-25

Downtown Atlanta-August 9-14

Midtown September 6-14

Inman Park (Fall) September-TBA

Vinings- October 5-13

 

Other Great Cities

Detroit, MI, April 11-20

Washington DC-TBD

San Diego, CA (fall) TBD

Dallas Fort Worth August 11-17

 

Check these out next year! We were too late this go round  Sad face

New York City, NY (January)

Savannah, GA (January)

San Francisco (January)

Charlotte, NC (January)

Los Angeles, CA (January)

San Diego, CA (winter) (January)

Baltimore, MD (February)

Chicago, IL (February)

Las Vegas, NV (March)

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