The Nitty Gritty
- Price is for one person
- No refunds for missed event
- Tasting runs from 7-9 p.m.
- Must be 21 or over (sorry, kiddos!)
- Gratuity not included
We’ve all gotten pretty familiar with the meaty goodness at Krog Street Market’s The Cockentrice, made famous by Chef Kevin Ouzts’ meticulous charcuteries and inventive entrees involving flavors like bone-in short ribs with sesame funnel cake, or pork belly topped with beet fluid gel. But we’ve left out the most important part of a good meal- the wine. And that’s what General Manager and Sommelier Clayton Morey aims to remedy. Yes, Scouts, the first Monday of every month, Clayton is bringing his encyclopedic knowledge of wine together with tastes from around the world, and wrapping it all in bacon. Or rather, serving it with bacon (and other assorted seasonal meats and cheeses.)
Let us elaborate: The Monday Night Wine Club treats you to six tastings of wine- a sparkling, two red, two white, and a rosé - that are all regionally specific. One week you’ll take a trip to Napa, and next you’ll find yourselves in France or Spain, and perhaps even a trip to Argentina is in the books for your sippin’ sojourn. You’ll get a punch card upon entry (we like to call it a wine passport), and you’ll take that card to the bar for all your tastes. You’ll have the whole bar to yourselves, and the vibe is a casual cocktail party- no need to get black tie fancy here, folks. And no Cockentrice production would be complete without the charcuterie- and you know they love a theme, so along with discovering wines from different regions, the charcuterie and cheeses will be from the same region. In line with the casual feel, don’t worry about rushing to get there before class starts- come any time between 7 and about 8:30 p.m. to taste what they’re pouring until it runs out. (Although there are always benefits to getting there early- something about a bird and a worm?)
For the curious Scout who can tell the difference between a merlot and a cab, or someone just dipping their toes into the wine-filled waters, Clayton can teach you a little something about wine- he’s a 10-year certified sommelier from the International Sommelier Guild, an organization that’s been around for a century. He’ll be joined by Cockentrice’s regular bartender (who also happens to be a sommelier), and the distributor rep to talk about the wines as they’re poured. They can keep it simple, or give you a university-level wine education. (Winejucation?) If you find one you simply can’t live without, Hop City is on hand to help you order. So there you have it- all your oenophile dreams are coming true, thanks to our friends at The Cockentrice.