This weekend also marks Memphis' first Vintage 901 festival, a wine, food, and music event that takes place Friday, March10th through Sunday, March 12th at three different venues.
The festival, organized by Memphian Stephanie Ferreira and national wine celebrity Laurie Forster, will feature a wine-pairing dinner on Friday, a wine-tasting event Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.
"Stephanie came to see me at an event in Connecticut, and we've been working on this a long time," Forster says.
Forster is known as the Wine Coach and has appeared on Dr. Oz, Martha Stewart Living, ABC News, and Fox Morning News, and she authored the book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine. She is known for taking the snobbery out and putting humor into wine knowledge.
"It's about wine and laughter," Forster says. "I call it edutainment. We don't need our pinkies out."
Friday night's Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings event will take place at the Halloran Centre from 6 to 10 p.m. and will feature a three-course meal prepared by Restaurant Iris' Kelly English as well as a concert by jazz artist Monty Alexander.
Saturday, the festival moves eastward to the Creative Arts Building on the Fairgrounds for a Grand Tasting from 1 to 5. More than 90 wines will be available for tasting, and Forster will present a demonstration along with three area chefs.
And, since this is Memphis, a Sparkling Brunch closes out the event on Sunday at the FedEx Event Center in Shelby Farms, with bellinis, more wine tastings, food stations, and jazz gospel from Stephen Lee.
"I'm excited to be there and to share my wine talents with the area," Forster says.