One of the most exciting aspects of the Alibi’s April 6 Fine Wine and Art Fest is that, in partnership with a company called Secondglass.com, we’ve designed a dynamic mobile phone app that will allow you to see all the wines from participating wineries on your smart phone as you cruise through the event hall. Wines will all be neatly organized by booth, winery and wine category within the application. You will also be able to access information about wine prices and where bottles are available for purchase. And you can comment on the wines and rate them as you sample them, so that all your thoughts are recorded for future use. This information will all be shared and shown in live time on large television monitors at the event. Those that don't have an iPhone or Android can direct their mobile browser on their Blackberry or Windows phone to Secondglass.com and use the mobile website.
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Stellar South American wines at Alibi’s Fine Wine and Art Event
Due in part to the success of Alibi’s first wine event, Swirl, Swish and Swallow, which created quite a stir among beer and wine aficionados around the city, many wineries that heard we were planning a second event (Alibi’s Fine Wine and Art Event—April 6, 2012 at Hyatt Regency Downtown) immediately came on board to offer samplings for our charity fundraising gala.
Of course we have a huge assortment of breweries returning such as Oskar Blues—that garnered attention with their Old Chub offering and the immense assortment of free schwag they gave away—as well as Ska, Anderson Valley, New Belgium, Sierra Blanca and New Mexico’s own Marble, La Cumbre and Blue Heron breweries.
Among all the products that will be available to sample, some of the most impressive are in the wine lineup offered by TGIC Importers, who won Wine Importer of the Year last year from Wine Enthusiast Magazine (the equivalent of an Oscar in the wine biz). TGIC, which specializes in South American wines, which are quite the rage today, will be offering most of the wines in their portfolio for sampling.
You can taste their fabulous Argentine and Chilean offerings that are among the best in the industry, not only due to the excellence of the wines themselves, but also due to the incredible dollar value these wines present. TGIC’s flagship wines are from Montes Winery out of Chile, and include the fabulous Montes M, Folly, Purple Angel, Alpha and Cherub Rose. Also from Chile, they will sample the lineup from Santa Ema winery, which are all outstanding.
TGIC’s Argentinean wines are stunning, beginning with Achaval Ferrer Winery, which is one of the most exclusive and pricey labels in the industry. For those not in the know, Argentinean wine makers have managed to take grapes such as Malbec and make out-of-this-world juice with a grape that was until recently considered worthless except for blending. Torrontes, a grape used for making super aromatic and refreshing whites, is native to Argentina and considered a gem among experts and will be among the wines TGIC will offer samples of. They also will offer products from wineries such as Pascual Toso, Norton, Kaiken, and Che Gaucho.
If you are a wine aficionado, you are probably aware that these wines are not to be missed and if you are an amateur or dilettante and decide to attend this benefit for Wemagination, you will soon find out that these are all solid wines that you will most likely rank among your favorites.
Sample Irreverent Wines from the Land Down Under, plus Tennessee’s Finely Crafted Artisan Bourbon from Benjamin Pritchard
You’ve probably seen advertised within Alibi’s hallowed pages or here on our website, the celebratory charity wine and art event the paper is hosting on April 6 at the downtown Hyatt Regency. This is going to be a stellar and fun event with offerings from 30 or more microbreweries and 50 or more wineries. We will also have some surprise craft distilleries handing out samples of and assortment of luscious spirits. If you would like to get a preview sampling of some of the fun and exciting products being offered at thus Bacchanalian event, stop by Quarters Wine Shop this Thursday March 15th between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., where representatives from a couple of the distributors will be handing out free offerings of fine wine and whiskey.
Pritchard’s Distillery out of Kelso, Tennessee will be doling out tastes of their hand crafted small batch bourbons, which are some of America’s best and certainly not to be missed. Vine Street Imports will be offering tastes of the wines from the artisanal small production family wineries they import from Australia. Vine Street prides themselves on representing boutique wineries with and eclectic attitude – “serious wines with not so serious labels”. Come by and taste the offerings from some of the “Land Down Under’s” most irreverent wineries - Engine Room, Boxhead and Shinas (owned by and Australian judge the offerings include “The Innocent” Viognier, “The Guilty” Shiraz, “The Verdict” Cabernet Sauvignon, “Sweet Justice” Moscato, and “The Executioner” Cabernet/Shiraz Reserve – described by wine critics as worth dying for).
So if you are a lover of fine Bourbons or boutique wines or if you are just a curious sensualist who would like to get involved in wine tasting but has always been to intimidated by the stuffy and condescending attitude of most wine experts, come taste some exceptional examples of today’s finely crafted wine and spirits in a festive and laid back atmosphere. Join Quarters wine shop’s resident expert Anthony Speers, Australian wine expert Aaron Meeker as well as many Alibi staff members to taste the free preview samples being offered.
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