When: Fri., Nov. 18 2011
Just in time for your holiday entertaining, along comes tonight's laid-back wine tasting at Moxie, with a focus on Meritage blends and expert guidance from sommelier Cyrus Davarpanah. (Meritage, by the way, is just a made-up name for Bordeaux-style blends crafted in the States.) According to Davarpanah, the blends make a great accompaniment to hearty holiday fare — especially ones like Flora Springs' highly rated Trilogy. "It's a beautiful red, made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot," he rhapsodizes. "On the nose, there's traces of black plum, black cherry, fennel, cassis ... and on the palate, it's complex and dry. Plus, it goes for $120 a bottle on our wine list, and tonight, you can try it — along with seven other wines — for only $25!" That doesn't even take into account the food: cheese boards, charcuterie, and other small noshes from chef Jonathan Bennett's kitchen. It all goes down from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Moxie for your reservation. — Cicora 3355 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, 216-831-5599, moxietherestaurant.com.