This week, our office is buzzing as we prep for our biggest event of the year, Savor Nashville. The event takes place Friday and Saturday this weekend—and while the Friday night Chefs Challenge Cook-off is sold out, you still have time to score tickets to Saturday’s Celebrity Chef dinner. If I had to choose between the two, this would be my pick namely for the wines: All seven courses at Saturday’s dinner will be paired with wines from the Wagner Family of Wines stellar collection.
Tasting Wagner’s amazing lineup (Caymus, Mer Soleil, Belle Glos, and my personal fave, Meiomi) is a treat, but so is rubbing elbows with hot-shot winemaker Joseph Wagner himself, who is coming to Nashville for his first-ever visit to be at this event.
Keep an eye here for more details about Joseph and his wines later this week. But in the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about him, as well as a few other rock star vintners, pick up a copy of the book Rock and Vine: Next Generation Changemakers in America’s Wine Country by author Chelsea Prince. This beautiful, easy to read primer takes a look at some of the most innovative young minds in the wine business today, including Joseph Wagner, as well as Nashville-based BNA Wine Group founder Tony Leonardini. Leonardini is a volunteer-firefighter-slash-winemaker who started bottling his Napa Valley Volunteer Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006 and immediately found a following in Tennessee (the name fits!). He then partnered with two TN-based wine pros to create the BNA Wine Group, which according to the book, is on track to sell 1.2 million bottles this year.
Get to know BNA and Joseph Wagner by grabbing a copy of the book, which you can do during a signing with author Chelsea Prince this Sunday, April 14 at Parnassus Books. What’s more, a portion of the book’s proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization Wine to Water, which provides clean water to people around the world. Great wine supporting great causes? We think it’s a win-win.
Rock and Vine author signing, Sunday April 14 at 2 p.m. For more information go to parnassusbooks.net.
— Erin Byers Murray, Managing Editor