Housekeeping: Wine + Swine, Father's Day and wrapping up Sicily

If you've yet to grab your tickets for WINE + SWINE, the pig roast we're throwing with Butcher on Butler to kick off our second annual Summer of Rosé, you might want to get on that. It's going down at Bayardstown Social Club (3008 Penn Avenue in the Strip) one week from tonight  — Tuesday June 21 —  and it promises to be a blast. Tickets are $45 and include:

  • 2 glasses of rosé (cash bar for additional glasses)
  • pork + two sides from Butcher on Butler
  • ice cream from Millie's Homemade
  • tunes from J. Malls
  • unlimited stump, cornhole and all the other questionably named tomfoolery you can normally get up to at Bayardstown
  • tax and gratuity 

We may have a handful of tickets available for walk-up sales the night of, but we highly recommend you pre-purchase your tickets for this event — which you can do at

Come join us at Bayardstown on June 21 and help us, as they used to say in the early days of MTV, paint the mutha pink!

WINE + SWINE tickets would make a great Father's Day gift, but on Father's Day itself, why not bring him down to AWM? Upper Lawrenceville will be rocking the 10th 3rd block party, which means we open at noon, and we'll be pouring off all the wines from our spring focus on Sicily ... and there may even be an impromptu showing of a famous flick about a certain Sicilian-American patriarch. Cannoli may also be involved.

As much fun as Summer of Rosé is, we're a little sad to say goodbye to Sicily, whose wines continue to surprise and delight us. There's still plenty on the list at the moment, including Tenuta della Terre Nerra's 2010 Etna Rosso "Feudo di Mezzo" — a single contrada (sort of the Etna equivalent of a grand cru) bottling that we're pouring via Coravin for just $15/glass. (Trust us, that's a bargain.) We've noticed a tendency with higher-end Nerello-based reds from Etna to adhere either to a Barolo or a Burgundy template, and Feudo di Mezzo definitely favors the former with tightly focused aromas of strawberries, balsamic, rosehips, nutmeg and loamy earth, fine-grained tannins and exquisite balance. It's the sort of wine that makes us sad we can't serve it to you alongside a dry-aged porterhouse, but que sera sera. DJ's beef jerky will do in a pinch.

Again, buying dad a glass on Father's Day would show him he raised himself one classy kid.