A couple of years ago, I wrote a story about wines and learned a lot. A year or so before that I was in Atlanta and went to the Atlanta Wine Festival. I learned even more there. I even met the Italian minister of wine. Can you believe that? Minister of wine?
That said, I really don't know much about wine because I don't drink. I kind of know what they're supposed to taste like because I did taste the wines in Atlanta.
Thank goodness for those of you who do drink wine and know about what's good or not that Faye Simmons, who owns Meritage Cafe, recently got a certification as a sommelier. That's wine steward or wine expert for those of you who are wondering what that means.
Faye's one of those women who is modest, but get her talking about wine and you realize quickly that she knows what she's talking about.
And luckily for you, she schedules wine tastings at her restaurant.
The first is 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 6. The wines you'll get to sample are the Saxon Brown Semillion and Zinfandel; Robin K Chardonnay, Cabernet and Pinot Noir and Petit Batard.
You won't be just drinking. Faye will offer cheese and wine-friendly appetizers.
I just realized Faye didn't tell me how much it costs for this one. I'll call her tomorrow and find out and I'll add the price to this post.
At 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 12, Prestige Wines representative Warren Barnes will bring a selection of wines, including Rombauer Chardonnay and Zinfandel, Cartlidge & Brown Pinot Noir, Emeri Pink Moscato, Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul, Santa Ema Reserve Merlot and Borsao.
Again, cheese and wine-friendly appetizers will be offered.
This one will cost $29 plus tax and gratuity.
On Oct. 20, from 6:30-9 p.m., 20 people will be able to taste wines from Molly Dooker, an Australian winery.
Faye says these wines are "highly rated and extremely allocated." I think that means it's a limited number of bottles made.
The wines include the Boxer (Shiraz), the Maitre 'd (Cabernet Sauvignon), Two Left Feet (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot), Scooter (Merlot), Blue-Eyed Boy (Shiraz), Enchanted Path (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon), Carnival of Love (Shiraz) and Velvet Glove (Shiraz).
Like I said, only 20 people are allowed for this tasting. Faye says the tasting will be two ounces of each wine with light wine-friendly appetizers.
This tasting is $75. I guess she's not kidding that this one is highly rated and extremely allocated.
Meritage is at 1350 13th St., in the Village on 13th.
You can go to https://meritageonline.com/Home_Page.html for more information.
To make a reservation, call 706-327-0707 or e-mail Faye at firstname.lastname@example.org For the Molly Dooker event, I'd go ahead and make a reservation right away.