AG Pick: Clos LaChance Wines

Big in flavor but not in price, Clos LaChance wines are easy to drink and can be enjoyed at a variety of occasions.

Clos LaChance winesLocated in San Martin, in the northern part of California’s Central Coast, Clos LaChance is family owned and operated. Bill and Brenda Murphy focus on creating wines of distinction using sustainable winegrowing practices and a mix of modern winemaking technology and old world philosophy.

The grapes come from 150 acres of estate vineyards in San Martin and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Clos LaChance Sauv BlancThe 2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc is 87% Sauvignon Blanc and 13% Semillon. Fresh and floral, this white wine has flavors of lemon, lime, white grapefruit and white peach, with a hint of sweet honeysuckle and subtle grassy undertones. Gentle acidity gives the wine a pleasing mouthfeel, and the finish is clean and refreshing. Enjoy the Clos LaChance Sauvignon Blanc as an aperitif or with salads, white fish, shrimp or spicy dishes. ($11, 13.9% alcohol by volume)

Clos LaChance ZinThe 2010 Estate Zinfandel includes 11% Petit Sirah. The wine was aged for 14 months in 20% new American oak barrels.

Ripe berries dominate on the nose and palate. Flavors of blackberry, cherry and boysenberry are complemented by a touch of white pepper and thyme, with lingering spice on the smooth finish. Pair the Clos LaChance Zinfandel with grilled meats, barbecue or pizza. ($15, 15% alcohol by volume)

Clos LaChance CabernetThe 2009 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon includes 12% Malbec and 2% Merlot. The wine spent 16 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 5% new American oak barrels.

Bright and fruit-forward, this wine has flavors of black plum, blackberry, cherry and raspberry. Layers of cedar and tobacco add depth. Well-integrated tannins give the wine a velvety mouthfeel, and the finish is soft with a lingering hint of vanilla. Pair the Clos LaChance Cabernet Sauvignon with beef, lamb, hamburgers or grilled or roasted red meats. ($15, 13.8% alcohol by volume)

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New Food at Turner Field

When the Braves take the field for their season opener on April 1st there will be several new dining options for fans:

Turner FieldH&F Burger

If you’ve never been able to secure one of Holeman & Finch’s famous 10pm burgers you’ll have a much better chance at Turner Field. A limited number of burgers will be sold each game in Fan Plaza at the base of the BravesVision scoreboard and at a cart behind section 102 (near home plate). Want to skip the line? The Braves are offering 24 tickets that will let you jump to the front, making sure your craving for the double patties will be satisfied as soon as it hits. The seats are located in the outfield (sections 148L, 149R and 151L) and can be purchased online for $32 at


The Turner Field location of the upscale sports restaurant will offer crab cake sandwiches and sesame steak skewers. Located at section 216, on the Terrace Level.

Yicketty Yogurt & More

Offering self-serve frozen yogurt and slushies with a variety of flavors and toppings. Located in sections 206 and 316.

Other options to note:

The Chop House underwent an off-season renovation and will have new menu items including smoked pulled pork nachos, smoked cheddar sausage grinder and McCann’s Burger (also sold at stands near sections 216 and 231). In addition to new furniture and lighting, there is a bobblehead wall featuring more than 250 bobbleheads. The Chop House is located in center field.

Kevin Rathbun Steak, which debuted in the 2012 season, will again offer savory steak sandwiches at section 205 (behind home plate on the first base side).

Fetzer will be introducing a new line of wines that come in ready-to-serve, disposable wine glasses. The Crimson red blend and Quartz white blend come in 100% recyclable glasses developed by Zipz. Turner Field is one of seven major league ballparks to offer the single-serve wines, which are expected to hit retail stores this summer.

The Atlanta Braves open their 2013 season against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, April 1st at 7:10pm.

Game-X: Fun, Food & Drinks in Downtown Atlanta

Atlantans and visitors will soon have a new place to play in downtown’s Luckie Marietta District: Game-X, opening Friday, March 29th.

Game-XThe Amateur Gastronomer got a sneak peek at the 12,000 square-foot spot Tuesday night. Part arcade, part bar and restaurant, Game-X offers the latest in high-tech gaming along with classics like skee-ball, basketball free throw and air hockey.

Once you purchase an “X-Card” you can swipe and play. The card keeps track of how many tickets you’ve won. In addition to toys and electronics, you can redeem tickets for prizes in the Luckie Marietta District including restaurant gift cards and hotel stays. There’s even a helicopter ride for four that you can get for 100,000 tickets.

Game-X is located across from the Georgia Aquarium, with large windows that offer views of Centennial Park. In addition to beer, wine and cocktails, Game-X offers a menu of fast-casual American fare.

Game-X, 275 Baker Street Suite B, Atlanta 30313. 404-525-0728
Open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. Guests must be at least 21 years of age after 9pm.

Red Wines from the Finger Lakes

Regular readers know that the Amateur Gastronomer is a fan of Riesling from the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. But how do their red wines taste? We were invited to find out in a virtual tasting, sipping the wines while learning about them via a live online broadcast. As we discovered, French grapes and Bordeaux-style blends fare quite well, and some lesser-known grapes stand out.

Watch the winery representatives talk about the wines below:

The first wine was the 2011 Blackbird from Silver Thread Vineyard. The sustainably farmed vineyard was established in 1982 and purchased by Paul and Shannon Brock in 2011.

The Blackbird is a blend of 70% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. Each variety was harvested, fermented and aged separately; the wine spent 8 months aging in French and American oak barrels that had an average age of 6 years.

Finger Lakes red winesThough 2011 was a difficult year – it rained 70% of the days in September and October – owner Shannon Brock said they were still able to harvest good quality grapes.

The 2011 Blackbird was light to medium bodied, with flavors of raspberry, tart blackberry and a hint of spice on the smooth finish. Because older oak barrels were used there is not a lot of noticeable oak – a technique winemaker Paul Brock used to emphasize the fruit and vineyard character.
($22, 12.5% alcohol by volume)

Swedish Hill OptimusThe second wine was the 2007 Optimus from Swedish Hill Winery. The Peterson Family began planting grapes in 1969 to sell to other wineries, and started making their own wine in 1985. Today Swedish Hill is one of the largest wineries in the Finger Lakes region.

The 2007 Optimus is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in small oak barrels for one year.

Unlike 2011, 2007 was a great growing year, which came through in the lush cherry and red currant flavors in the wine. A hint of vanilla and black pepper added finesse, and the finish was soft and satisfying.
($25, 13.2% alcohol by volume)

The third wine was the 2010 Cabernet Franc from Heron Hill Winery. Heron Hill planted its first grapes in 1972 and produced its first vintage in 1977.

The Cabernet Franc contains around 10% percent Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. As winemaker Bernard Cannac explained, it is a field blend, as that is how the vines are planted. The grapes were fermented together and the wine spent 14 months in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels.

Fresh berries abounded on the nose and palate, with flavors of cherry, raspberry and cranberry layered with cedar, tobacco, violet and herbs de Provence. Good acidity and supple tannins gave the wine a silky and upbeat mouthfeel.
($25, 12.5% alcohol by volume)

Damiani Cabernet FrancNext came the 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserve from Damiani Wine Cellars. Winemaker Lou Damiani and grower Phil Davis started the winery in 2004. This wine is a standout for Damiani Wine Cellars, which makes single vineyard and single variety wines only in exceptional years.

This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc from Lou’s home vineyard of one acre. Twenty percent of the wine spent 3 months in new American oak, then 6 months in French oak barrels that were one year old.

The Cabernet Franc had mouth-filling flavors of raspberry, boysenberry and blueberry jam, with gentle notes of spice and an elegant finish with lingering vanilla.
($43, 13.9% alcohol by volume)

The fifth wine was the 2010 Lemberger from Rooster Hill Vineyards. Lemberger is another name for Blaufränkisch, a red wine grape grown throughout Central Europe, most notably in Austria. A number of Finger Lakes wineries produce wine from this grape. Lemberger is similar in taste and in style to Pinot Noir, Gamay or light-bodied Merlot.

Amy and David Hoffman opened Rooster Hill Vineyards ten years ago. Their Lemberger is made from estate-grown fruit, and aged 21 months in 100% French oak barrels. Light bodied and reddish-purple in color, this wine had flavors of red and black cherry, sweet strawberry and freshly-ground black pepper, with a touch of baked fig on the finish.
($25, 12.4% alcohol by volume)

Atwater Pinot NoirThe sixth wine was the 2010 Pinot Noir from Atwater Estate Vineyards. The 80 acre vineyard dates back to the early 1900s and was purchased in 1999 by Ted Marks.

The wine is 100% Pinot Noir, made with grapes that are grown on Dijon and Beaujolais clones. The wine spent 11 months in French oak barrels, of which 10% were new.

From the first sip, the Atwater Pinot Noir was a really lovely wine. It was more Burgundian in style and flavor (rather than Californian), with notes of Bing cherry and raspberry. Subtle cedar and sandalwood flavors emerged as the wine had time in the glass. The texture was velvety smooth, the finish soft and satisfying.
($17, 12.5% alcohol by volume)

The seventh wine was the 2011 Essence from Hector Wine Company. This winery is a little less than three years old, and opened during the 2010 harvest. It is owned and operated by viticulturalist Jason Hazlitt and winemaker Justin Boyette.

The 2011 Essence is a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. The wines were aged separately in small oak barrels for 10 to 12 months, then blended and bottled.

After tasting the Bordeaux blends it was interesting to see how Syrah can give a red blend added oomph. Aromas of red berries and black pepper introduced flavors of red cherry, plum, and violet, with a hint of baking spices on the silky smooth finish.
($25, 12.5% alcohol by volume)

McGregor Russian RedThe virtual tasting ended on a high note, with an unusual wine from McGregor Vineyard. Their 2008 Black Russian Red is a blend of Saperavi and Sereksiya Charni. These grapes originate from Eastern Europe; Saperavi is a main grape used to make wine in the country of Georgia, and Sereksiya Charni is an obscure variety from Moldova.

The McGregor family established their vineyard in 1971. They planted what John McGregor called “oddball” vinifera grapes to see what would work; through trial and error they found out which grapes did best in the Finger Lakes’ climate.

The Saperavi and Sereksiya Charni grapes were harvested by hand. After undergoing fermentation and malolactic fermentation the wine spent 26 months in American oak barrels.

In tasting the Black Russian Red you can almost visualize winemaker Jeff Dencenburg taking these rugged Eastern European grapes and taming them through the fermenting and barrel-aging process. The wine was dark purple in color, with aromas of blackberry and plum. These flavors expanded on the palate, with layers of boysenberry, red and black currant and sweet oak. Smooth tannins gave the wine a velvety mouthfeel. The finish was long with a lingering hint of vanilla.
($54, 12.4% alcohol)

Some final conclusions after tasting these red wines from the Finger Lakes:

•  In these light to medium-bodied wines, the flavors of the grapes stand out. Good acidity makes them food friendly, and the moderate alcohol and low oak exposure don’t overwhelm the delicate flavors.
•  There are talented winemakers right now in the Finger Lakes who know when and how to blend multiple grapes to produce the best wines.
•  2010 seems to have been a standout year for Finger Lakes wines, and winemakers say 2012 was a good year as well – look for wines from these vintages.
•  Don’t think that Finger Lakes wines are all white or sweet – the red wines are well worth a taste!

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AG Pick: Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 2010

Serving ham or lamb at your Easter meal or looking for a red wine for a dinner with friends? Try a bottle of the Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 2010, a red blend from Tuscany.

Tenuta FrescobaldiThis wine is what is often called a “Super Tuscan” – a red wine from Tuscany that contains Sangiovese and a blend of other grapes, most often Bordeaux varieties. The Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni contains 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Sangiovese. The wine spent 12 months maturing in barriques and additional two months in the bottle before it was released.

Red fruits dominate the aromas and flavors of the Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni. Notes of cherry, red currant, plum and strawberry are layered with gentle flavors of cedar. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ground coffee and a touch of black pepper add depth. Subtle tannins give the wine a pleasing mouthfeel, and the acidity is fresh and well balanced.

The Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni is a wine that should be served with food, rather than sipped on its own. Pair it with lamb, roasted or sautéed beef, pork or rabbit.

Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni is imported by Folio Fine Wine Partners, a Michael Mondavi Family Company. For more about the wines from Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi visit

$25, 13.5% alcohol by volume

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Buckhead Wine Fest Returns April 27th

The Andrews Entertainment District will be transformed into a hot spot for wine fans for the second annual Buckhead Wine Festival.

Buckhead Wine FestivalThe event to be held on Saturday, April 27th will include wine tastings, educational seminars, food from local vendors, live music and more. From 3pm to 6pm guests will taste wines from north Georgia and around the world. VIP guests will get to enjoy the festival two hours earlier, with 1pm entry.

Click here for photos from the first Buckhead Wine Festival

General admission tickets are $25 in advance online and $35 at the door. VIP tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets visit All guests must be 21 or older.

The Buckhead Wine Festival was created by Grape Crush Productions and comes at the end of Atlanta Food & Wine Month, which is an effort to raise awareness and drive business to local food purveyors, wine shops and restaurants.

Buckhead Wine Festival, Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 1pm to 6pm at the Andrews Entertainment District at 56 East Andrews Drive.

AG Pick: Hagafen Cellars “Prix” Riesling

Whether you’re looking for a white wine to bring to a Passover Seder or want a Riesling that’s perfect for the start of spring, you’ll enjoy the 2009 Hagafen Cellars “Prix” Reserve Riesling.

It’s not just the Amateur Gastronomer that’s a fan. Editor-in-chief Robin Austin was one of the judges in the American Fine Wine Competition who awarded the Napa Valley Riesling “Best of Show White” after blind tasting hundreds of wines.

Hagafen CellarsHagafen Prix Riesling was founded in 1979 and means “the vine” in Hebrew. Today owners Irit and Ernie Weir produce a variety of white, red and sparkling wines.

The “Prix” Reserve Riesling is fresh and aromatic, with citrus, honey and white flowers on the nose. The taste is sweet yet delicate, with flavors of apricot, Meyer lemon and orange blossom, plus a hint of wildflower honey that lingers on the satisfying finish.

The fact that the Hagafen Cellars “Prix” Reserve Riesling is certified Kosher should be considered a bonus, not something to dissuade those who don’t keep Kosher from trying a bottle. None of the judges in the American Fine Wine Competition would have guessed this Riesling was a Kosher wine; the superior taste was what made it stand out.

$36, 11.8% alcohol by volume

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It’s Time for Wine: Napa for 2013 Part 2

By Monty and Sara Preiser

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As promised, we continue to share our experiences with new finds and some old favorites. Today we touch primarily on dining, but won’t leave without some wines being mentioned as well.

Ca’ Momi is “Obsessively” Good

The old saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover doesn’t quite fit here. It is more like, “You should always take the time to read the cover before making a judgment.” We admit we had passed by Ca’ Momi more than once because we thought it was a small operation in Oxbow Center (kind of like a mall if you are not familiar with the property) where customers ordered from the counter and found a table. Boy, were we wrong!

Ca' MomiOur perception was guided by the relatively small open kitchen, which we thought limited any restaurant, but which we now know can produce some stunning food. Beyond that, owners Dario De Conti and Valentina Guolo-Migotto have acquired the bar and sitting area around which Oxbow foot traffic must flow, and have created a romantic setting on the outside walkway of the building. Even on the off season Monday night we visited, the bar was crowded with young, good looking Millennials, and the outdoor ambiance was set to receive them for dinner.

We had the good fortune that night to sit with Valentina and Dario while we dined, and their driving force was quickly apparent. It is their goal to present truly authentic regional Italian cuisine with organic ingredients whenever possible. While many ristorantes use these words, it is unusual when they are adhered to, especially in the U.S., where diners so often expect the restaurant to conform to their tastes rather than vice-versa. At Ca’ Momi, however, the motto is “Obsessively Authentic Italian,” and they lovingly stick by it.

Interestingly, Dario and Valentina also own a winery with the same name as the restaurant – Ca’ Momi. Neither they nor we will tell you these wines are designed to satisfy someone who only desires to buy expensive bottles. They are, instead, painstakingly crafted to well accompany the cuisine with which the owners expect them to be consumed. Once again, we were willing test subjects who were converted to believers, for time and again a wine that was pleasant alone, became a present with food.

Our favorite dishes:
– Pan fried sardines in white wine marinade with caramelized onions and pine nuts;
– Chickpea flower cake cooked in a wood burning oven and seasoned with pepper;
– Any of the cured meats and artisanal Italian cheeses;
– Classic Tuscan soup with veggies and cannellini beans;
– The Napoletana style (not Neopolitan) pizzas, which are actually “VPN” certified (Verace Pizza Napoletana) as to style, manner of preparation, and taste.  There are so many pizza options it would take weeks to get through them. Take a night and try a few.
– And the best: Spezzatino (beef stew) and Polenta.

We do want to call attention to the spezzatino above and the 2010 Ca’ Momi Napa Pinot Noir ($26). They are spectacular allies.

The Ca’ Momi 2011 Napa Merlot ($22) went well with our soup, and we particularly enjoyed the tropical and banana nuanced 2011 Ca’ Momi Napa Chardonnay ($22) with the sardines. Just so you know they can produce the more complex wines as well, our proprietors offer an excellent 2009 Napa Cab Reserve for $58. But they are more than happy to show off their beautifully made lesser priced wines with their beautifully spiced food. Here is a place you cannot help but be happy.

Ca’ Momi, 610 First Street, Napa, California. (707) 257-4992


Marita’s Vineyard – More then Just a Wine

We recently spent a delightful afternoon at Marita’s Vineyard as the luncheon guests of Bulmaro, Sara, and Mara Montes (for whom the winery is named – Marita is the diminutive of Mara). We went primarily to review the wines, but left with a story just as equal in richness and longevity.

Marita's VineyardWineries are born in many ways. Generations ago almost all vintners were farmers from birth while in this day and age a celebrity might simply stroke a check and purchase an ongoing brand in a heartbeat. However, there is a middle ground – the upwardly mobile vineyard worker who goes on to “make it” in business, and then turns back to his love of wines  – only this time as the boss.

As you may have gathered, Bulmaro is that very guy. Coming to California from Mexico as a teenager who spoke little English, his hard work in the vineyards saw him promoted to Vineyard Manager at the prestigious Joseph Phelps Vineyards, and, subsequently, to the organization’s Vice President of Operations. In this key position, Bulmaro helped produce some of the world’s most respected wines for decades, including the iconic Insignias.

Retiring from Phelps in 2003, Bulmaro purchased acreage east of the town of Napa, and set about planting vines and farming it to his own demanding specifications. This dedication has culminated in the two wines his family now produces – Soma and Marita’s.

Soma ($86) is named for the two daughters (So = Sofia, who is also a bank manager, and Ma = Mara, who is also in the financial world and serves as the winery’s stately ambassador). It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and evidences cassis, black plum, and raspberries, all dancing within a velvet mouthfeel.

Marita’s Vineyard ($150) is named after Mara, who was inspirational to Bulmaro. It is one of the best wines made in the Valley, and the one that inspired us to first visit the family, and then pull out a credit card so we could own some. Showing even darker plums than its sister wine, there are chocolate notes throughout. We love a layered wine that noticeably evolves in the glass, and Marita’s does just that until it explodes on your back palate.

You can taste these wines by calling the winery and setting up an appointment. The cost depends on the number of wines and types of food to be paired. With Sara’s cooking, Mara’s instruction, and Bulmaro’s wines, it is an exceptional experience.

Marita’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 4164, Napa, California. (707) 259-5313


Tarla, the Mediterranean Cuisine Napa Needs

It looks like Napa (downtown Napa at least) is turning the corner toward its acceptance of ethnic cuisines (except for the disastrous loss of Neela’s, one of the country’s best Indian houses). Thai, Southern Comfort Food, Himalayan, Japanese, and, of course, Italian, are all thriving along with the ever prevalent wine country contemporary food. Now comes Tarla Grill, a welcome addition.

TarlaLocated downtown on revitalized First Street, the menu reflects elements of the entire Mediterranean region, but is probably most influenced by Greece and Turkey, along with a fusion of these two nations. The wine list is more than adequate, and good news for all is that a full bar will soon be serving cocktails.

We truly enjoyed the meatballs with wild truffle-wild mushroom cream, and the caramelized diver scallops. Saganaki, a traditional Greek dish of flaming cheese, always pleases our palates, and this one paired beautifully with beer. The night’s clear winners for us were the mussels and clams in Calabrian chili, garlic, roasted lemon, and butter.

Service at Tarla is friendly, timely, and professional. We think this addition to the Napa dining scene will be around for a while.

Tarla Grill, 1480 1st Street Napa, California. (707) 255-5599

images from winery and restaurants’ websites


It’s Time for Wine is a column published by wine writers and educators Monty and Sara Preiser that is featured on the Amateur Gastronomer.

Monty and Sara Preiser reside full time in Palm Beach County, Florida, and spend their summers visiting wineries and studying wines on the west coast where they have a home in Napa. For many years they were the wine columnists for The Boca Raton News, have served as contributors to the South Florida Business Journal, and are now the principal wine writers for  Monty and Sara also publish The Preiser Key to Napa Valley and Sonoma, the most comprehensive guides to wineries and restaurants in Napa and Sonoma. Click here to read more columns by the Preisers.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Week at Fado

Not content to have just one day to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day? Celebrate the holiday all week at Fadó. The authentic Irish pub in Buckhead will host seven days of events.

The celebration kicks off on Monday, March 11th with the Irish Session. Beginning at 8pm guests can gather and listen to traditional Irish music.

On Tuesday, March 12th Fadó will hold a whiskey tasting with Bushmills and Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits. Starting at 7pm guests will enjoy a selection of Bushmills whiskeys accompanied by small bites and appetizers. The evening will be hosted by master of whiskey Kevin Mulcahy. The cost is $39.95 per person, and seating is limited. Click here for the menu and to purchase tickets.

On Wednesday, March 13th is the St. Patrick’s Irish Pub Quiz at 8pm. Teams will compete for prizes including passes to St. Patrick’s Day while enjoying a menu of authentic Irish food and pints of Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s.

Thursday, March 14th is Lucky Pint Night. From 8pm to 11pm guests who order Guinness will have a chance of ordering a “lucky pint” of the iconic Irish dry stout. Patrons who find a sticker on the bottom of their pint glass will receive free tickets to the St. Patrick’s Day party on Sunday.

On Friday, March 15th is the 12th annual St. Baldrick’s event. From 2:30pm to 6:30pm Fadó will host the family-friendly charity event to raise money for childhood cancer research. The restaurant will set up barber chairs and encourage “shavees” to commit having their heads shaved. The “shavees” get family and friends to sponsor their shave with monetary donations. As a company, Fadó has helped generate $700,000 in donations since 2004.

Saturday, March 16th is St. Practice Day. Day one of the two-day festival will begin at 10:30am for the final round of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby tournament. Rugby fans will have access to a reserved viewing area for all three of the day’s matches. The outdoor festival starts at 6pm with traditional Irish rock music from Paddy & Marty, U2 cover band Desire and entertainment provided by Irish dancers. A DJ will spin tunes beginning at 10pm Pre-sale tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door.

The week of activities culminates on Sunday, March 17th for the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Atlanta. Doors open at 7am for guests who want to start early. The party moves outside at noon for a street festival featuring live music, traditional Irish dancers and bagpipers. Desire, Andy Birdsall, Secret Sauce and Astral Freaks (Van Morrison cover band) are all set to perform. Pre-sale tickets, which sold out quickly last year, are available now online for $10. Tickets will also be sold for $15 at the door.

Guests can also purchase a two-day pass for Saturday and Sunday for $15 online. Click here to purchase tickets.

Fadó is also offering guests who sign up for the newsletter a chance to win a four day, three night trip for two to Dublin, Ireland. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, March 20 and participants must be 21 and over to enter. Click here for more details and to enter.

St. Patrick’s Week at Fadó Irish Pub, March 11th through 17th. 273 Buckhead Avenue, Atlanta. (404) 841-0066

images from Fadó’s Facebook page.