Tom Laffey Makes An Appearance on Talk of the Town!

Tom Laffey, l’Eté du Vin’s co-executive director, made an appearance on News Channel 5’s Talk of the Town on July 6, 2011 to talk about Nashville Crush and share with viewers the art of purchasing affordable wine.  During his conversation with Talk of the Town anchor Meryl Rose, Laffey discussed how scary it can be to enter a wine store for the first time and what viewers could do to make their experiences easier.  When you visit a wine store, make sure the wine store employees are friendly and willing to help because it will make all the difference.  “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Work to build a relationship with the wine store employees where they will know your preferences and be willing to make suggestions when you come in again,” said Laffey.  To see the full clip, visit Talk of the Town’s website.

Laffey also brought along with him some fabulous summer wines for under $20 to share with Rose and her viewers.  The wines featured in the segment are the same wines that will be featured at Late Night Crush on July 16, 2011.  The wines include:

Santa Cristina “Campogrande” Orvieto, Umbria 2009
Santa Cristina Sangiovese, Tuscany 2009
Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore, Tuscany 2007

Pacific Northwest
Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling, Columbia Valley 2009
Erath Pinot Noir, Oregon 2009
Columbia Crest “Grand Estates” Amitage, Columbia Valley 2008

New Zealand
Villa Maria “Private Bin” Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2009
Villa Maria “Private Bin” Chardonnay, Marlborough 2009
Villa Maria “Private Bin” Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2009

Finally, Laffey reminded viewers about l’Eté du Vin’s mission to crush out cancer.  l’Eté du Vin has raised $15 million dollars for cancer research and support centers around Nashville.

Nashville Crush will be held this Saturday, July 16, 2011, from 5:30 p.m.- 12:00 a.m. at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel to raise money to CRUSH OUT CANCER! Attend the First Crush from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to taste some great wine and learn about it from the experts, Seth Box, Elise Loehr and Shelley Quick.  A Silent Auction and Wine Sampling will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. followed by Nashville Crush, the auction’s premiere event featuring a Live Auction and seated three-course dinner from 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.  Those who can stay up and want to keep the party going should also attend l’Eté du Vin’s new event, Late Night Crush, which will feature fun foods, delicious desserts, regional wine bars, speciality beers and music by the Scat Springs Band.

All in all, it’s going to be a fun Saturday night, so you won’t want to miss out!  Register today at, and we’ll see you Saturday night at Nashville Crush!