Thursday, November 6, 2008

Breaking news: Atlanta's top restaurants compete in Riding Dirty wine pairing challenge

Everyone's favorite local wine blogger, Dirty South Wine has set up an exciting wine pairing challenge and gotten some of Atlanta's hottest restaurants signed up to compete.

Why didn't I think of something like this? Really must think a bit harder about fun foodie events I could orchestrate!

Here's the scoop:

Fifteen of Atlanta’s top restaurants will prepare a wine and food pairing to be served at their bar for under $25. The goal of the challenge is to showcase the restaurant’s skill and creativity in wine pairing, while presenting incredible, affordable combinations for the Atlanta dining public.

Restaurants must choose a glass of wine from their current list of by-the-glass
wines, and the food may be either a small plate or appetizer from their standard menu. The pairings will be served to the judges at the participating restaurants and will be evaluated based on three criteria: taste, creativity and value. All pairings will be chronicled and written up on Dirty South Wine.

At the end of
the challenge, an overall winner will be named, and the 2008 “Riding Dirty” award presented. Along with the overall winner, several subcategories will be announced as well.

The following Atlanta restaurants have agreed to participate:

  • Holeman & Finch Joel
  • ARIA
  • ENO
  • Woodfire Grill
  • Toulouse
  • VITA
  • Repast
  • La Tavola
  • Top FLR
  • VINE
  • Canoe
  • Dogwood
  • ONE. Midtown kitchen
  • And the ISAW charity (International Society of Africans in Wine)
The tastings will occur throughout the month of November, and winners announced on December 3, 2008. Progress in the “Riding Dirty” Challenge can be followed at, and updates and news can be followed on Twitter under #dty (for Dirty.

I'm always up for a return trip to Holeman and Finch, so perhaps I will try the pairing out for myself there. Go try these pairings out for yourself!



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