Thanks to Charlie Patel, owner of Stones River Total Beverages, the wine lineup for the second annual Wine Around the Square (WATS) promises to exceed the wonderful wine offerings sampled at last year’s event. Ann Davis the St. Thomas Rutherford Foundation Director, tells us a VIP party will be held before the actual event...
Tickets for the VIP party are still available. You can learn more by visiting WGNSradio.com. By the way, the event that takes place on Friday, September 20th will benefit the Power of Pink, a Foundation program offering screening mammograms, breast cancer diagnostic treatment and education to Rutherford County women who are uninsured and underinsured.
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“We couldn’t be more excited about the variety and quality of the wines and liquors we will have available for sampling at this year’s event,” said Anne Davis, Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation Director. “Charlie has really outdone himself to help us grow this great event even more!”
In addition to more than 50 wines to be enjoyed Friday, Sept. 20 by WATS guests at 16 locations around the downtown Square in Murfreesboro, the celebration will also include 20 new, unique and highly sought-after whiskeys, rums, liquors, cognacs and bourbons.
These additional liquor tastings will be available on the north side square at The Humidor, which will feature scotches like Glenmmorangie 10-year Scotch, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban; and at the law firms of Burger, Scott and McFarlin, which will feature Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum, Eagle Rare Single Barrel and Sweet Lucy Bourbon Liquor; Rucker, Rucker and Gilley, which will feature Tres Leches Triple Cream Liquor, Slow & Low and Captain Morgan Sherry Cask; and Cope, Hudson, Reed and McCreary, which will feature Charred Oak Rye Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s TN Honey, Cruz Tequila and Chambord Raspberry Liqueur.
White wines will be featured at a number of shops and businesses. Stop by Encore for crisp, white and refreshing wines like Kung Fu Riesling and Pighin Pinot Grigio; Funtiques for wines like Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc and Four Vines Naked Chardonnay; Sugaree’s for wines like Hubert Brochard Sancerre and Oak Knoll Pinot Gris; Bink’s Outfitters for a full array of premium beers and also wines like Starling Castle Gewurztraminer and Risata Moscato di Asti; Bella’s Boutique for wines like Kono Sauvignon Blanc and Bila Haut Cotes Du Rousillon Blanc; and Trendy Pieces for wines like Decoy Chardonnay and Barone Fini Pinot Grigio.
Red wines will be featured at even more shops and businesses around the Square. For sips of elegant, robust, smooth or buttery red wines during the evening, be sure to visit McCarter Catron and East to enjoy red wines like Apothic Red, Pedroncelli Zinfandel and Casillero Privada Cabernet Sauv; Urban Image, which will serve Ca’ Momi Pinot Noir, Ca’ Momi Merlot and Ca’ Momi Cabernet Sauvignon; Rick G. Mansfield, Attorney, which will serve wines like Cryptic Red, Stark Raving Malbec and Four Vines Biker Zinfandel; The Write Impression, serving wines like Van Ruiten Pinot Noir, Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon and Eppa Sangria; Henry’s Florist, serving wines like Cline Cashmere, Toad Hollow Merlot and La Merika Pinot Noir; and Hagan and Farrar, serving wines will Villa Puccini Toscana, Franco Serra Barbara D’Alba and Pigmentum Malbec.
“We are so glad to be a part of this year’s event,” said Angela Lacy, Stones River Total Beverages Manager. “When my daughter was born, I began thinking about how important early detection is for women and how necessary it is for women to maintain breast health. The Power of Pink is making that possible for women who don't have easy access to mammograms through the Saint Thomas Rutherford Center for Breast Health and the “Our Mission in Motion” mobile mammography unit. We at Stones River Total Beverages are so happy to be able to help support the cause!”
In addition to regularly priced tickets to the Wine Around the Square Event ($75 each at winearoundthesquare.org) event organizers are also staging a VIP Party at Maple Street Grill. Tickets to the VIP Party are also available at winearoundthesquare.org at $250 each.
Co-Chairs for the VIP Party are Deb Thompson with State Farm and Roy Snipes with Vaisala, Inc. The VIP Party begins at 5:30 p.m., and guests may come and go unti 9 p.m., enjoying the full bar. VIP Party guests can check in beginning at 5:15 p.m.; please be sure to bring your emailed and printed ticket and valid driver’s license; both must be shown for entrance.
The VIP Party will offer an additional 12 wines and appetizers, including Mer Oliel Silver Chardonnay, Conundrum Red Wine, Mummm Cuvee M and Moet Brut.
Lacy describes Mer Soliel Silver Chardonnay as “an unoaked chardonnay, which means it is aged in concrete or stainless-steel barrels, so you taste more of the grapes, nectarine and peach fruit and less oak.”
She describes the Conundrum Red wine as “slight sweet, rich and velvety. It is approachable to someone who does not typically drink red wine and an excellent progression from white to red,” she said.
Lacy added “the two VIP bubbles, Mumm Cuvee M and Moet Brut with their pink color were specifically chosen for the Power of Pink event.”
In addition, local resident Ted LaRoche will be on hand to pour some of his favorite wines. Ted is a partner in the vineyard that produces Lola wines and is excited to share these selections with his friends and neighbors.
Sweet bites will be served along with many savory items. Granny’s Gourmet owner Halley Neal will serve the VIP guests an assortment of tortes, squares and cookies, including chess pie, bourbon pecan pie and raspberry almond squares, all prepared fresh ingredients and juices.
VIP Party in-kind donors include Lori Sain Smith; The Peddler Gifts & Interiors, Stones River Total Beverages, Lipman Brothers, Horizon, Ted LaRoche, Stewart’s Special Events; Karen Ford with Goodness Gracious, Mike and Debbie Zelenak with Maple Street Grill and Halley Neal with Granny’s Gourmet.
Food for Wine Around the Square Main Event
Along with the full complement of wines, progressive wine tasting guests will enjoy tasty snacks, courtesy of the following local restaurants:
- Five Senses, serving roasted vegetable skewers;
- Slick Pig, serving smoked chicken wings and drummettes;
- Jim 'N Nicks, serving bar-b-q on grits;
- Peter D's, serving Reuben fritters and Nutella chocolate mousse;
- Gondoliers, serving pasta-lasagna and chicken tortellini alfredo;
- the food truck Broad Street Eats, serving fried macaroni on a stick;
- Bar Louie, serving bruschetta pomodoro;
- Kirkenburt's Smokehouse, serving smoked brisket on a biscuit;
- Rooster’s, serving brisket wraps; and
- Positiffitea, serving hot and cold organic teas blends.
Peter D’s, a new restaurant concept being launched by Peter Demos, owner of Demos’ restaurants, will be sharing a Reuben fritter, a new and delicious preview of their upcoming menu.
“The Reuben fritter is a Reuben sandwich with our special sauce, breaded in panko breading and deep fried,” said Peter Demos, owner of Peter D’s. Peter D’s will also offer a delicious Nutella chocolate mousse, which includes Nutella chocolate made into a mousse and topped with cream.
Guests will enjoy Five Senses’ Grilled Veggie Skewers with local squash, zucchini and eggplant marinated, grilled and served with fresh, homemade pesto.
Mitchell Murfree, Five Senses owner, especially selected this item for the event: “All of the ingredients will be local, fresh and healthy. The Mediterranean flavors will pair well with many of the wines, and the food on skewers will make it easy for the guests to walk around tasting while enjoying,” he said.
The St. Thomas Rutherford Foundation’s second annual Wine Around The Square, benefitting the Power of Pink, is Friday, Sept. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Murfreesboro around the historic Square. The Power of Pink provides funds for screening mammograms and education for Rutherford County women who are uninsured and underinsured, as well as providing a portion of the nurse navigator’s salary and funds for the “Our Mission in Motion” mobile mammography coach.
Tickets may be purchased at winearoundthesquare.org for $75 each; $250 for a VIP Party Ticket; $40 for a Designated Driver (DD) ticket. DD tickets are available for $40 each, which includes food offerings and music, but does not include a wine glass and wine tastings.
Wine Around the Square will proceed rain or shine, with check-in located in the inner loop of the Courthouse on the south side. Parking will be in the City parking garage. Guests drinking wine must present photo identification at check-in for age verification before receiving an admission bracelet. To insure a safe ride home, event organizers will alert local cab companies to make cabs available in a central location for those guests who prefer to take a cab home at the end of the evening.