Lisa’s Thirsty Thursday Wine Pick: Barahonda Barrica 2011 – A Full-Bodied and Sexy Spanish Wine Pairing with Your Weekend!

Hey Nashville! What are you drinking this weekend?

Barahonda Barrica 2011 is a sexy, full-bodied and complex Spanish Wine that is just perfect for sharing with friends or pairing with your favorite meal!

75% Monastrell 25% Syrah,  Priced around $20


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Barahonda 2011 is synergy: the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. 

The Yecla region in southeastern Spain has hot, dry summers that are ideal for the late-ripening Monastrell grape. Low rainfall and the temperature variation between night and day contribute to slow ripening, intense color, flavor and aroma concentration.

Monastrell is a rich, dark, fruit-driven red wine with meaty, herby and distinctive aromas and with strong tannins.  Blending Monastrell with another Spanish favorite varietal, robust black grape Syrah, with flavors and aromas of blackcurrant, licorice with strong tannins and distinctive black pepper on the palate creates a mouthwatering, balanced wine with all of your favorite aromas and flavors that you love in Spanish wine.

 The synergy of this blend is truly a gift for the palate! This is a sexy wine!

It is quite floral, spicy and muscular with a well-developed full body you can see in the glass and taste on the palate. Fragrances of dark, ripe blackberries rich with spiciness and a generous touch of licorice and minerality from the limestone,clay and sandy soils. A sturdy backbone of tannins with a hint of smokiness creates a wine that is big, bold, aromatic and luscious all at the same time!

A Pairing for You!

Here is a leisurely meal for the weekend with Spanish Paella filled with chicken, shrimp and mussels with bold spices including smoked paprika and saffron.  Home-smoked briny olives (ask me how!) served with Spanish cheeses are the perfect tapas to complete this wine pairing dream!

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12th and Pine

315 12th Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville’s Newly Renovated Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Expanded Bar is the Perfect Stop for a Later Night Happy Hour!

Fleming’s in Nashville recently unveiled an expanded bar and a completely renovated dining room featuring a new contemporary design and modern approach to fine dining. 

What’s new? Later Night Dining: 8 selections for $9 until 10pm!


Nashville’s night life just got better with the newly renovated Fleming’s and  late-night happy hour, the 8 for $9 ’til 10.

8 Bar La Carte Items: Quench your late night thirst with 8 wines or cocktails and enjoy the mouthwatering selections  of appetizers created by Chef Jay Daigle for $9 until 10pm!


Here are a few of the plates I sampled! Each are so tasty you will have trouble deciding which ones to choose!

Warm Baked Brie with apple slices and chutney


Lobster Lettuce Wraps and Ahi Tuna TacosLobsterwrapIMG_9555

                          Short Rib Empanadas


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Warm Cinnamon-Dusted Donuts


How cool and delicious is this?!?!??!

Drinkable Desserts such as CHOCOLATE LAVA MILKSHAKE with Bulleit Rye Whiskey


             Wines by the 100’s, really!



Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ is their award-winning custom iPad® app that’s intuitively designed to find the right wine to match your mood or your meal — because the perfect pairing is measured by its ability to create the perfect evening.

Fleming’s 100® 100 wines by the glass! From bubbly and festive to the big and bold, there is a glass of wine to match the evening!




  • Fleming’s of Nashville is located on West End Avenue, across from Centennial Park and in front of Vanderbilt Stadium.
  •  Stop in after work and choose from our collection of 100 wines by the glass, including 30 local selections by our resident Wine Manager.
  •  Stay to enjoy an exceptional menu of USDA Prime steaks and market-fresh seafood, including chef-recommended selections such as the Dry-Aged Prime New York.
  • Discover the fresh new look this evening!
  • 2525 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
  • Monday – Thursday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PMFriday – Saturday 4:30 PM – 11:00 PMSunday 4:00 PM – 9:00 P


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Lisa’s Thirsty Thursday Wine Pick: Antucura Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is an Absolutely Stunning Cabernet from Argentina

Antucura Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is brimming with voluptuous body, aromas of sensual warm spice and delicate bouquet of violets and lavender.


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$18 per bottle or 4 bottles mix and match for $15 Oh Yeah! Don’t forget to grab a bottle or two of the Antucura Malbec that was last week’s pick!

Did you know that Argentina produces amazing and unforgettable Cabernets? This is a wine that everyone will absolutely fall in love with…take a sip and you will see!

Every once in a while I am surprised by a wine and this one for sure amazed me!  Argentina’s continental climate is responsible for producing this luscious and balanced wine with ripe, concentrated flavors and intense color. By no means is this a “fruit bomb.”  Antucura 2013 is gorgeous and refined with silky but sturdy tannins that showcase the leather and tobacco aromatics with rich ripe blackberry and cherry fruits which are highlighted by the vanilla and warm baking spices from the oak barreling. Your mouth will water.

Antucura Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is the wine for sipping and for pairing too!

Bold, full-bodied and ripe Cabernet Sauvignon like this one from Argentina is just perfect for pairing with grilled and marbled meats such as thick lamb chops and a boldly seasoned ribeye or t-bone. Meats that have a high fat content can stand side by side with this wine to complement and enhance each other and not overpower the flavors of the meal.
Go by 12th & Pine and let Ed, Ernie or Gordon help you will your selections of Antucura wines!

Here is an Argentinian-style steak recipe just perfect for this wine!



Argentinian Grilled Steak
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Argentinian
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Serves: 4
This boldly flavored t-bone steak with strawberry balsamic glaze is just the right dish to serve with Antucura Cabernet 2013!
  • Salsa ingredients
  • 1 cup seeded,finely diced ripe tomato or sliced baby heirloom tomatoes
  • ½ cup or to taste with a variety of diced jalapeños and multicolored sweet mini-peppers
  • a small handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4-T-bone steaks about 1 pound and 1 inch thick
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • 4 to 6 Portobello mushrooms cleaned
  • extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
  • soy sauce,to taste
  • worcestershire sauce,to taste
  • lemon pepper and garlic seasoning,to taste
  • Strawberry Balsamic Glaze BLAZE BRAND
  • or any other balsamic glaze
  1. Combine salsa ingredients in a bowl and hold at room temperature up to an hour.
  2. Rub steaks with olive oil and seasonings and let stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. Marinate mushrooms. Place mushrooms in a bag and add soy and worcestershire sauce,olive oil,seasonings.
  4. Gently rotate bag to coat the mushrooms. The longer they are marinated the better.
  5. Prepare grill to a medium high heat.
  6. Grill steaks and Portobello mushrooms to desired doneness.
  7. Serve warm with salsa,grilled mushrooms and Strawberry Balsamic Glaze


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