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5 Swirl Events You Don't Want to Miss!

Beth Ribblett

This Week at Swirl Wine Bar and Market


Happenings
Happy Labor Day!
The shop is closed today, but I am still "laboring" as I sit and work on our extensive lineup of upcoming events.  We've got a whole slew of things coming up, including a special visit from Maurice Barthelme, French Winemaker of the Year, but to simplify things a bit I decided to focus on 5 key tastings in the next two weeks that you don't want to miss!

Also, many of you have been asking about details for our upcoming back to back wine dinners and I hope to have menus, pairings and reservation details coming this week.  But both are going to be amazing, so I'm not sure how you are going to pick which one to attend.  You may just have to come to both! :)

So check out my must do list, but don't forget about our Food Truck Tuesdays and Saturday Happy hours too!  To see a complete listing of events for September, please scroll down to "Upcoming Events"!

1. Wednesday Nite Flites to Espana, Wednesday 9/4, 6-8pm
Kimi and Walter are pouring an amazing, higly rated lineup from Spain this week, with the Black Slate Priorat as the star of the show.  The 2011 Pazo San Mauro Albarino (ST 90pts), 2010 Acustic Blanc (RP 90pts), the 2009 Vina Bujanda Crianza (90 pts.) 2010 Black Slate La Vileilla Alta (RP 94pts). No reservations required, $15 per flite!

2. Friday Free for All, Dynamic Duo of Italian Wine! Friday, 9/6, 6-8pm
Antonio Molesini of Republic National and Chris Noyes of Winebow Imports are pairing up for a killer tasting of Italian wines this Friday!  Republic is now the distributor for what is known as one of the most extensive Italian portfolios in the world and we'll be pouring 6 of their favorites.  Plus chef Walter promises a great Italian themed menu to pair with the wines.

3.New Orleans Wine Club Tasting & Pick Up, Monday 9/9, 5:30-7pm
Each month NOWC carefully chooses two exclusive wines for your exploration and enjoyment! These wines are hand-selected to fit the season, the right event or just for fun. Whatever they select each month is always exclusive to New Orleans Wine Club Members and not available anywhere else! These unique selections come with pairing ideas, wine descriptions and more. Check out their website for more info on membership & exclusive tastings: New Orleans Wine Club

4. Wednesday Nite Flites to Portugal w/Queork! Wednesday, 9/11, 6-8pm
Our friends Julie & Amanda from Queork will join us for a trunk show, featuring beautiful items made by hand from cork in Portugal!  They'll have dog collars, purses, ipad and phone cases and more for sale at the show.  And of course, we'll be pouring Portuguese wines during the event! More info soon, but check out their website in the meantime!

5. Domaine Albert Mann & St. James Cheese Pairing Event, 9/12, 6:30pm
Domaine Albert Mann, recently chosen as the 2012 French winemaker of the year by French wine mag heavy weight La Revue du Vin de France, will host this exclusive evening of wine and food pairing with Casey Foote of St. James Cheese.  More details soon, but this will be a small, intimate event with some of the most highly esteemed wines of the Alsace region.  Call if you'd like to be put on the list.  504.304.0635.

Upcoming Events
Food Truck Tuesdays @ Swirl! September 3, 6-8pm 
The Fat Falafel food truck pulls up at our front door every Tuesday and you can bring your food inside and let Magic Matt and El Casey pair it with our favorite wines by the glass! Theresa and Gavin do an amazing job with fresh, Mediterranean style food and in fact were named by Zagat as one of the top 10 "must try" food trucks in the country! 

Wednesday Nite Flites to Spain, September 4, 6-8pm
Kimi and Walter are pouring an amazing, higly rated lineup from Spain this week, with the Black Slate Priorat as the star of the show.  The 2011 Pazo San Mauro Albarino (ST 90pts), 2010 Acustic Blanc (RP 90pts), the 2009 Vina Bujanda Crianza (90 pts.) 2010 Black Slate La Vileilla Alta (RP 94pts). No reservations required, $15 per flite!

Friday Free for All, Dynamic Duo of Italian Wine! Friday, September 6, 6-8pm
Antonio Molesini of Republic National and Chris Noyes of Winebow Imports are pairing up for an amazing tasting of Italian wines this Friday!  Republic is now the distributor for what is known as one of the most extensive Italian portfolios in the world and we'll be pouring 6 of their favorites.  Plus chef Walter promises a great Italian themed menu to pair with the wines. Free, no reservations required!

Saturday Happy Hour, September 7, 4-6pm
Join our own dynamic duo of Erin & Kimi for our weekly happy hour where all of our 25+ wines by the glass are half off!

NOLA Wine Club Tasting & Selection Pick Up, September 9, 5:30-7pm
Each month NOWC carefully chooses two exclusive wines for your exploration and enjoyment! These wines are hand-selected to fit the season, the right event or just for fun. Whatever they select each month is always exclusive to New Orleans Wine Club Members and not available anywhere else! These unique selections come with pairing ideas, wine descriptions and more. Check out their website for more info on membership & exclusive tastings: New Orleans Wine Club

Wednesday Nite Flites to Portugal w/Queork! Wednesday, 9/11, 6-8pm
Our friends Julie & Amanda from Queork will join us for a trunk show, featuring beautiful items made by hand from cork in Portugal!  They'll have dog collars, purses, ipad and phone cases and more for sale at the show.  And of course, we'll be pouring Portuguese wines during the event! More info soon, but check out their website in the meantime!

Domaine Albert Mann & St. James Cheese Pairing Event, 9/12, 6:30pm
Domaine Albert Mann, recently chosen as the 2012 French winemaker of the year by French wine mag heavy weight La Revue du Vin de France, will host this exclusive evening of wine and food pairing with Casey Foote of St. James Cheese.  More details soon, but this will be a small, intimate event with some of the most highly esteemed wines of the Alsace region.  Call if you'd like to be put on the list.  504.304.0635.

Italia Nord & Sud - Back to Back Italian Wine Dinners, September 23 & 24!  Italia Nord @ Mariza, September 23 features wines of the Veneto winery Maculan with Angela Maculan presenting the wines paired with Chef Ian Schnoebelen's regional menu. Italia Sud @ Ancora, September 24 features wines from Southern Italy with Ann Zankin, President of Marc di Grazia Imports presenting the wines paired with Chef Jeff Talbot's regional menu! I'll keep you posted on the details!

In the works...
~Priorat, Eric Solomon Selections with Sommelier Liz Dowty, October 17, 6:30 Importer Eric Solomon is renowned for his Spanish wine selections, especially those from Priorat where his wife happens to be the winemaker for one of the top estates.  Tonight we will feature 5 stunning wines, red & white, from the region paired with regional cheeses presented by Casey Foote of St. James Cheese & Swirl fame :) $30, reservations are required, call 504.304.0635

~Antonio's Italy, Wine & Culinary Travel, July 5-12th, 2014
Travel with us and a crazy Italian guy through Tuscany while we live like locals, spending a week in a villa in Cortona and visiting Antonio’s favorite wineries, restaurants, hill towns and wine bars. Stay tuned for more details or contact me for more information at 504.304.0635.

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