Collazzi Liberta Toscana

AG Pick: Libertà dei Collazzi Toscana IGT 2012

Somehow Tuscany is both approachable and intimidating. Approachable because it’s one of the best known wine regions in Italy, thanks to Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, “Super Tuscans” and an extremely photogenic landscape. Intimidating because of the number of wines produced and labels that may need deciphering to figure out what you’re drinking.

Today we’re sharing a Tuscan wine that doesn’t need an advanced sommelier degree to enjoy.

Collazzi Liberta Toscana 2012The Libertà Toscana IGT 2012 comes from the Collazzi estate just south of Florence in the heart of the Chianti Classico. Designated as IGT – Indicazione Geografica Tipica – this wine may be considered a Super Tuscan as it is made with non-native grapes and a small portion of Sangiovese (and thereby does not meet the stricter requirements for a DOC or DOCG designation).

Libertà means freedom, and is a reference to the Collazzi coat-of-arms. It is a blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Syrah and 15% Sangiovese. The grapes were hand harvested and the wine spent 10 months aging partly in oak barrels.

The wine opens with spiced red fruit aromas. Flavors of cherry and red currant mingle with cedar, nutmeg and balsamic. There is a hint of sun-baked tomatoes that calls to mind images of sun drenched Tuscan vineyards. Round tannins and a smooth, lingering finish make this a crowd-pleasing wine to sip with friends.

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$24, 14% alcohol by volume

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Paces & Vine Opens October 24

Paces and Vine

Paces & Vine, the new restaurant from the team at Murphy’s Restaurant, is opening this evening in Vinings Jubilee.

Here are the full details via press release from The Reynolds Group:

The team at the helm of Virginia-Highland culinary icon, Murphy’s Restaurant, is introducing its signature contemporary American comfort food to close-knit Atlanta neighborhood, Vinings. Named Paces & Vine, the restaurant aims to become Vinings’ quintessential culinary gathering place, striking an even balance of high-caliber cuisine and a sense of “home,” making Paces & Vine an extension of the neighborhood diners’ own kitchens and dining rooms.

The restaurant opens tonight at 5 p.m. for dinner service and will begin serving brunch tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Lunch service will debut Monday, October 27, at 11 a.m.

Well-respected Atlanta hospitality veteran Tom Murphy along with executive chef Ian Winslade, director of operations Dave Green and general manager Dwayne Wiseman lead Paces & Vine’s management and culinary teams, ensuring that the restaurant is a seamless expansion of the brand while developing a distinctive neighborhood atmosphere of its own. Continue reading

Krog Street Tunnel

Masked Affair: Inaugural Krog Masquerade on October 25

Kick off your Halloween celebrations on Saturday, October 25th at the Krog Masquerade. For one night only, Atlanta’s iconic Krog Street Tunnel will be transformed into an avant-garde European style masquerade ball.

The underground experience from 9pm (8pm for VIPs) to 1am will feature music from DJ Salah, cocktails and food, plus body art, burlesque and peep show performances.

Bring a mask — and leave your inhibitions at the door.

General and VIP tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at General admission tickets are $50 and include live entertainment, music, people watching, two complimentary drink tickets and more. VIP tickets are $100 and include five complimentary drink tickets and bites courtesy of 97 Estoria, exclusive interactive live entertainment, access to the VIP tent and more.

The Masquerade is open to guests 21 years and older and will be held rain or shine.

The Krog Masquerade is presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and Sean O’Keefe Events.

For more information visit or the event’s Facebook page.

Krog Masquerade, Saturday, October 25th at the Krog Street Tunnel,
1 Krog Street, Atlanta (Inman Park).

image by Lisa Windle

Diner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc Comes to Atlanta October 16

Venez, si vous voulez, à une soirée exceptionnelle sous les étoiles où vous pouvez manger, boire, et parler avec des amis . . .

Bienvenue — welcome — to Dîner en Blanc.

The international epicurean phenomenon is coming to Atlanta on Thursday, October 16th.

Diner en BlancLaunched in Paris in 1988, the evening has expanded to more than 50 cities across five continents. It’s a simple yet sophisticated concept: hundreds of diners gather at a secret location revealed at the last minute to share a meal with friends, both new and old, in one of the city’s most beautiful spots.

Guests are asked to dress head to toe in white, with stylish originality encouraged.

Throughout the evening there will be live music, dancing and celebratory moments. When the trumpet sounds signaling the end, guests will pack up everything they brought, leaving only memories of the Dîner behind.

Moet & Chandon Ice ImperialGuests will also have the unique opportunity to toast with Moët Ice Imperial, the first-ever champagne meant for sipping over ice. The official champagne of the Dîner en Blanc in Atlanta, Moët Ice Imperial is best served with three ice cubes in a large, Cabernet-style wine glass. Fresh and fruity with tropical fruit flavors, it’s perfect for any party.

Registration is now open for Dîner en Blanc Atlanta. Click here to join the waiting list. Sign up quickly as space is limited.

What else to know: guests bring a table and two white chairs; a picnic basket comprising quality menu items and china dinner service including proper stemware and flatware; and wine or champagne (beer and hard liquor are prohibited). Participants must wear white and be dressed elegantly. The event is rain or shine.

For more information on Dîner en Blanc, visit

Click here to find out more about Moët Ice Imperial.

Dîner en Blanc Atlanta, Thursday, October 16. Location to be revealed near the time of the event.

headline image: Dîner en Blanc in Paris, 2013 by Fabrice Malard