Taubman Museum of Art Presents Tastings at the Taubman

ROANOKE, Va. (Jan. 2, 2017) – The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present Tastings at the Taubman, a new series of events celebrating the art and craft of wine and spirits.

“Interest in fine wines, craft brews and artisanal spirits has really blossomed in our area over the past few years,” said Holly DiGangi, deputy director of development at the Museum. “We experienced this firsthand with the growth of our annual International Wine Festival, now in its fourth year. Building on the momentum of that festival, we decided to broaden into a series of tasting events so we can offer something for everyone.”

The Tastings at the Taubman events include the following:

Wine + Dine
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:30-9 p.m.
Tickets: $110

Enjoy the best view of downtown Roanoke from the Top of the Taubman with a uniquely curated dining experience. The evening will begin with a guided tour of the galleries, followed by a sparkling reception with acoustic music by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Featuring the culinary creations of Blue Ridge Catering’s Mark Baldwin, the intimate four-course meal will include:

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Open Faced Buttermilk Biscuit, Spicy VA Honey & Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt

Course 1:
Roasted Parsnip Soup with Black Garlic Seared Scallop, Cornbread Croutons, Chive Creme Fraiche, paired with Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris

Course 2:
Duck Confit with Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi, Spinach and Shitake Mushroom, Foggy Ridge Cider Gastrique, Shaved Manchego Cheese, paired with Catania Ribera del Duero

Course 3:
Braised Beef Short Rib with Red Wine Demi-Glace, Topped with Crispy Sunchokes, Parmesan Polenta and Broccolini with Shallot Butter, paired with St. Supery Cabernet

Course 4:
Trio of Desserts: Chocolate Creme Brulee; Lemon Bar, Blackberry Coulis, Fresh Blackberries; and Petite Strawberry Shortcake, Chantilly Cream, Grand Marnier Macerated Strawberries, paired with Ferrari Carano Eldorado Gold

This event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Beverage.

International Wine Festival
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 1-4 p.m.
Tickets: $45 in advance, $55 day of event

Now in its fourth year, this highly anticipated event’s highlights include:

  • Sampling of 30+ wines from around the globe (along with a small selection of beers)
  • Expert food and wine pairings
  • Tasting notes from seasoned wine stewards
  • “What’s HOT” spotlight talk by John Boyer, Senior Instructor, Virginia Tech
  • Live music
  • Silent auction
  • Souvenir wine glass
  • Designated driving service sponsored by Coca-Cola (15-minute radius from the Museum)

The International Wine Festival is presented by Kroger with lead sponsorship support provided by Lionberger Construction Company. Coca-Cola is the Designated Driver Sponsor. Additional support is provided by City Magazine.

Bourbon + Bacon
Friday, February 10, 2017, 6:30-9 p.m.
Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 day of event

Explore the richness of whiskey through bourbon pairings with distinctive pork dishes created by local chefs. This event is presented by BB&T Wealth with additional support provided by 101.5 The Valley’s Music Place.

The Tastings at the Taubman events will take place at the Museum, located at 110 Salem Ave. SE in downtown Roanoke.

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