Finger Lakes Wine Virtual Tasting

Join @amgastronomer and @FLXwine on Twitter Wednesday, April 29th for a virtual tasting of Finger Lakes Wine.

The tasting will feature Cabernet Franc and Lemberger from this region in upstate New York.

The wines to be tasted are Cabernet Franc from Damiani Wine Cellars, Heron Hill and McGregor Vineyard, and Lemberger from Fox Run Vineyards, Fulkerson Winery and Lakewood Vineyards.

FLX Cab Franc Lemberger

The virtual tasting is from 7pm to 8pm EST. Join us on Twitter with #FLXWineVT and watch the live web stream here.

The Finger Lakes Wine Virtual Tasting Series is organized by the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.

Biltmore Winery

Biltmore Winery Celebrates 30th Anniversary

2015 marks a milestone year for the Biltmore Winery. The iconic estate in Asheville, North Carolina is celebrating the winery’s 30th anniversary.

George Vanderbilt, who founded the Biltmore Estate in the late 19th century, was an avid wine fan. He brought back wine from his travels and would incorporate it into dinners and celebrations. In the early 1970s his grandson William A.V. Cecil had the vision to transform part of the grounds into a vineyard and winery. Cecil sought out experts in California and France to transform an unlikely location for a vineyard — North Carolina — into a place where vitis vinifera would thrive. It took more than a decade of testing and experimentation, and in 1984 its first wines were bottled: the 1983 Chateau Biltmore Merlot and Chateau Biltmore Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Biltmore Winery first opened its doors on May 11, 1985. Since then it has become America’s most visited winery, welcoming more than 1 million visitors each year. The winery produces approximately 150,000 cases annually of wines that range from still to sparkling, dry to sweet. In addition to its own vineyard, Biltmore sources grapes from partners in North Carolina, California and Washington.

Click to read about The American Series from the Biltmore Estate

On Saturday, May 16th the Biltmore Winery will host a day of events to commemorate its 30th anniversary. The winery is also offering a commemorative 30th anniversary wine, a red wine blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Here is the schedule of events on May 16th:
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STK Atlanta

Chefs, Shrooms and Champs at STK Atlanta

What could be better than steak at STK Atlanta? How about an evening of steak, mushrooms and champagne?

Four Atlanta chefs are joining forces on Tuesday, April 14th to host “Chefs Shrooms and Champs,” a night celebrating the art of cooking with mushrooms. The all-inclusive experience from 6:30 to 9:30 pm includes Veuve Clicquot pairings, an open bar, a live DJ and more.STK and Veuve Clicquot

The participating chefs are Mark Alba of STK Atlanta, Nick Leahy of Saltyard, and Timothy Magee and Joseph Ramaglia of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails.

The four chefs will take over the Bistro at STK Atlanta and offer eight dishes inspired by a mushroom foraging expedition. Guests will sip champagne and STK’s signature cocktails while mingling with the chefs at dedicated tasting stations.

Here’s a peek at the tasting menu:

Pasture Raised Chicken and Wild Mushroom Terrine with Toasted Brioche and Apricot Conserva
Grilled Hanger Steak, Wild Mushroom and English Pea
Garganelli with Black Truffle Foam
Created by Executive Chef Mark Alba of STK Atlanta

Wild Mushroom and Spring Vegetable Soup
Pan Roasted Scallops with Brown Buttered
Mushrooms and Cauliflower
Created by Executive Chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard

Fava Bean Panna Cotta, Morel Mushroom and Asparagus Salad
Pan Roasted Sweetbreads, Madeira Mushrooms and
Green Garlic Purée
Created By Executive Chef Timothy Magee of
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

Cured Mountain Trout, Vidalia Soubise, Pickled Wild
Mushrooms, Foraged Greens and GA Olive Oil
Wild Mushroom and Duck Sausage, Farro, Charred
Green Garlic, Sorrel Purée
Created by Sous Chef Joe Ramaglia of
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

The cost for Chefs Shrooms and Champs is $100 per person. Reservations are required and can be placed by calling 404.793.0144 or emailing Guests must be 21 and up to attend.

Chefs Shrooms and Champs at STK Atlanta, Tuesday, April 14th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. 1075 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, 30309 (Midtown). 404.793.0144,

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images courtesy STK Atlanta and Caren West PR

Johnny’s Hideaway Celebrates 36 Years

You know it. You love it. And you’ve likely spent more nights there than you’re willing to admit.

Johnny’s Hideaway, the legendary restaurant and dance club in Buckhead, is celebrating its 36th anniversary this month.

Johnny's HideawayOwner Chris Dauria is inviting fans to share in the celebration with a special party on Thursday, April 23rd. Enjoy the complimentary buffet and open bar from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, then hit the dance floor and party all night with Johnny’s favorite DJs.

The “nightclub for big kids” has been attracting Atlantans and visitors for nearly four decades with its retro feel and music from the 1950s to today’s top hits. The nightspot is open late seven nights a week for drinking and dancing.

Johnny’s Hideaway 36th Anniversary Party, Thursday, April 23rd beginning at 7:30pm. 3771 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, 30342 (Buckhead). 404.233.8026,

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AG Pick: Septima Malbec 2012

After paying tribute to Cahors, France, the birthplace of Malbec, it’s time to return to South America. The 2012 Septima Malbec is a great example of how well this red wine grape does in Argentina.

Bodega Septima was founded in 1999 as the seventh (septima in Spanish) winery from the Codorníu-Raventós family of Spain. The winery is located in Luján de Cuyo in the Mendoza region. The vines are planted at an altitude of 3,400 feet above sea level in deep sandy loam soils, and benefit from natural irrigation from the melting snow on the Andes Mountains. Hot days and cool nights are ideal for developing the flavors and maintaining acidity in the Malbec grapes.

Septima MalbecThe 2012 vintage is 100% Malbec. Half of the grapes came from Luján de Cuyo, and the other half came from the stony soils of the Eugenio Bustos district in the Uco Valley. Grapes were harvested by hand, and the wine was aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels.

The wine is deep purple red in color, almost black. Intense aromas of blackberries, cassis, plum and black pepper draw you in. The black fruit notes develop and expand on the palate, giving way to earthy leather, wood smoke and spice. Well integrated tannins give the wine a lush and velvety mouthfeel.

With any Malbec from Bodega Septima you get quality and consistency, and a great price. A bottle of the 2012 Septima Malbec costs $10.99.

For more information on the wines from Bodega Septima visit

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Related: Cahors Malbec and the South America Connection

Buckhead Restaurant Week Returns in April

Make your reservations for Buckhead Restaurant Week, returning later this month.

From Saturday, April 18th through Sunday, April 26th, nearly 40 restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch, brunch and dinner menus.

The menus highlight each restaurant’s specialty and are priced at $15, $25 or $35 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol.

Buckhead Restaurant WeekParticipating restaurants include 1 Kept, 10 Degrees South, Aria, Atlanta Fish Market, Bantam + Biddy, The Big Ketch, Bistro Niko, Bricktop’s, Buckhead Diner, Buckhead Tavern, The Capital Grille, Cook Hall, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Grille, Divan, Eclipse di Luna, Establishment Buckhead, F&B, Fado Irish Pub, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Horseradish Grill, Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi, KR SteakBar, Kyma, Le Bilboquet, Meehan’s Public House, NM Café, Ocean Prime, Portofino, Pricci, Saltyard, Seasons 52, Smokebelly, Southern Art, Ted’s Montana Grill, The Café & Bar at Mandarin Oriental, True Food Kitchen, Vine & Tap and YEBO.

For more information including menus visit

Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling the restaurants or by booking online at Open Table.

Connect with fellow diners and share what you’re enjoying with #BRWatlanta2015.

Buckhead Restaurant Week is presented by sponsors The Coca-Cola Company,, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Central Atlanta Progress, WABE 90.1 FM and The Reynolds Group.

Upcoming restaurant weeks include:
— Atlantic Station Restaurant Week, May 9 – 17
— Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week, July 18 – 26
— Midtown Restaurant Week, September 5 – 13

Buckhead Restaurant Week 2015, Saturday, April 18 through Sunday, April 26.


Go West for Lunch at Stationside

With its revitalized architecture, trendy eateries and all around cool feel, Atlanta’s Westside has long been the place to be. Add Stationside to the list of restaurants that are drawing diners to this part of town.

The casual modern spot is located at Terminal West at the King Plow Arts Center, a live music and special events venue that showcases Atlanta’s industrial history. Stationside offers lunch Tuesday through Friday, and food during shows at Terminal West.

StationsideSlightly off the more traveled path of Howell Mill Road, Stationside is located on West Marietta Street NW (you’ll see a helpful sign at the corner of West Marietta and Brady Avenue). Lunch crowds are warmly welcomed with Terminal Westreserved spots and validated parking in the gated lot.

The food is what makes Stationside worth the visit. Whether it’s vegetarian, vegan or gluten free you’re looking for, you’ll find it on the menu at Stationside.

It’s pretty impressive what Executive Chef Dan Brown and his team can create in that tiny kitchen. Try the Waldrep Farms BBQ Pork Sandwich, which comes with pickled jalapeño and fennel-apple slaw, or the Korean Friend Chicken Sandwich, which gets added umami flavor from Simply Seoul kimchi. La Cubana, with adobo roasted pork, ham, provolone and dill pickle, is one of the tastiest Cuban sandwiches you’ll find outside of Miami.

Stationside sandwiches

Candied ginger and citrus vinaigrette make the Kale Salad stand out. Be sure to try some of the sides including the Adobo Tater Tots, served with chipotle ketchup, or the Tempura Avocado, decadently fried and creamy, served with a sweet Thai chili sauce.

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Consider Stationside for your next lunch event. The restaurant offers a private dining area that can accommodate eight to twenty plus guests. Reservations are recommended, though walk-ups are allowed if the space is available.

Stationside is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 2pm.

Stationside at Terminal West, 887 West Marietta Street NW, Atlanta 30318. 404.876.5566,

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