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Seminar Speakers

Nicole Ciani

Haus Alpenz

Chris Fletcher

Jack Daniel's

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      From humble beginnings behind the cheese counter at Whole Foods while attending The University of Central Florida, Nicole Ciani moved to New York City after attaining a degree in finance. 

     In her early days in New York she worked at Rosenthal Wine Merchants and Chamber Street Wines, some of New York's premier wine retailers.

     Ciani then entered the restaurant world, holding wine-focused positions at Gramercy Tavern, Gotham Bar and Grill and Terroir Wine Bar. After moving to Miami in 2012, Ciani joined the Haus Alpenz team, eager to branch into the world of fine spirits and the culture of cocktails.

Chris Fletcher is the assistant master distiller at the Jack Daniel Distillery and a native of Lynchburg, Tennessee. Chris comes by his passion for Jack Daniel’s naturally as he is the grandson of retired Master Distiller Frank “Frog” Bobo (1966-88). After earning a degree in chemistry, Chris joined the Jack Daniel Distillery as a tour guide in 2001 and gained a complete knowledge of production at Jack Daniel’s including milling, mashing, fermenting, distillation, mellowing and maturation, all passed down first-hand by his grandfather.


Tom Johnson

Aroma Academy

Tom Johnson is a writer and consultant based in Louisville, Kentucky, the home of Bourbon. He got his formal training in tasting and nosing from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust in London. He is a regular contributor to several print and online publications dealing with the business and enjoyment of drinks. 

Aroma Academy training is based on a system developed in Scotland and used around the world to educate drinks professionals in the sensory assessment of fine spirits and wine.

Greg Roshkowski

Coopers' Craft

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Ambassador Greg Roshkowski has worked in the spirits industry for over 20 years with dedicated expertise in crafting barrels and sourcing wood. He has held various roles with Brown-Forman Cooperage including General Manager overseeing all barrel production at two cooperages, operations at four company-owned stave mills and the sale of used barrels. Greg currently serves as Director of Wood Resources to lead all aspects of supplying white oak to the company’s cooperage operations. He works directly with the four company-owned mills that produce materials for barrel assembly, and Greg manages the sourcing of wood as well as the sales of used barrels. Greg has extensive knowledge about crafting barrels and using wood to impart unique flavor characteristics to bourbon.


More Seminar Presenters Coming Soon!

Whiskey Festival Concert

Love & Theft

featuring Lilly Hiatt


At the Nashville Whiskey Festival

8:30pm - October 1st, 2016

The Omni Hotel - Nashville


Performing their new single
"Whiskey On My Breath"
as well as their #1 hit
"Angel Eyes"




Lilly Hiatt


Most Likely




Parking is available in the Music City Center paid garage, as well as throughout the downtown area. Visit parkitdowntown.com for more information.


The Corkdork Cup

Bartender Competition feat. Corsair Distillery

Monday, September 26, 2016; 7-9pm

Master of Ceremonies: Wells Adams


Come witness the clash of Nashville's finest bartenders as they battle for the Corkdork Cup and eternal glory! The contestants will mix together Corsair Distillery spirits, juices and ice from Nashville Ice Lab, and a bevy of other fine ingredients to create the most ingenious concoctions Nashville has ever seen! 

Entry to the contest includes a signature cocktail from each bartender, as well as a glass of the winning mixture! Also, attendees may fill out a contest bracket, and those with the best predictions will win extraordinary prizes!


Nicky "Booze" DeLorenzo - Acme Feed & Seed

Jeremiah Blake - The Green Hour

Joey Dykes - The Patterson House

Ryan Yamada - The Thompson Hotel

Jen Gregory - Alleia (Chattanooga, TN)

Taryn Breen - City Winery

Matt Jernigan - Bar Luca

Peyton Sullivan - Holland House



Limited to 200 tickets


Cigar and Scotch Pairing Event

Primings Cigar Lounge and Bar

Thursday, September 29, 2016; 6-8pm

No pairing is more legendary, yet so difficult to perfect, as the pairing of scotch and cigar. Let the experts guide you through a series of premium cigars accompanied by an array of premium scotches. The Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Alec Bradley Cigars present this one-of-a-kind event at Primings Cigar Lounge and Bar.




Includes a selection of cigars paired with premium Scotches

Limited to 30 tickets


+ What are the dates and hours of the Festival?

The Nashville Whiskey Festival will be held on October 1, 2016 from 6:30pm-10:00pm. VIP admission is from 5:30pm-10pm.

+ Where is the festival being held?

The Nashville Whiskey Festival 2016 Grand Tasting will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Omni Nashville Hotel at 250 5th Avenue South in downtown Nashville. The Grand Tasting only will be held at the Omni Nashville Hotel. For other events, please contact us: corkdorkevents@gmail.com.

+ Who should I contact with press inquiries?

All press inquiries should be directed to Christina Raines

+ How much do tickets cost?

Saturday, October 1st, Grand Tasting – $100/person General Admission (6:30-10:00pm) $150/person VIP (5:30-10:00pm)

+ Is there parking available near the event space?

There is plenty of parking available for the festival. Attendees can use the paid parking facility at the Convention Center or other local parking venues. For more information about parking availability, please visit Parkitdowntown.com.

+ I will be attending Nashville Whiskey Festival but I do not live in Nashville. Where should I stay and what should I do in town when I am not at the Festival events?

The Omni Nashville Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Nashville (very close to the famous Honky Tonk Strip) and rooms are available at the Omni along with the many nearby downtown hotels. If you’re looking for some daytime activities to keep you occupied between whiskey tastings, the Nashville Guru has some excellent tips and visitors guides.

+ If I feel I cannot drive after the event will there be a shuttle or taxi service to take me home?

If after the Nashville Whiskey Festival you feel you are unable to get home safely, Uber Nashville is sponsoring a free ride for new customers (up to $25) and will be available to all. Taxis will be available to call as well. Please do not drive intoxicated!

+ Can I volunteer or help out at Nashville Whiskey Festival 2015?

There will be an opportunity for volunteers for the Grand Tasting on Saturday. If you are interested, please e-mail: corkdorkevents@gmail.com.

+ Can I bring a camera or a video camera to Nashville Whiskey Festival?

Sure! In fact, we would like you to encourage you to take as many photos and videos as you please, and we hope that you will be generous enough to share them with us! Please feel free to tag your posts with #nashvillewhiskeyfest on Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, or send us a link on Twitter (@NashWhiskeyFest).

+ Will there be any rare and ultra premium whiskeys at the event?

Absolutely. Check out our whiskey list on the homepage to see who will be there.

+ Will there be anything to eat or drink at Nashville Whiskey Festival 2015 other than whiskey?

Yes. There will be complimentary drinking water and food during Nashville Whiskey Festival on Saturday.

+ Where do I purchase tickets?

You may purchase tickets here. You will get an e-ticket with purchase that must be printed out and brought to the festival.

+ Are children allowed at the festival?

Sorry, no children. All attendees must be 21-yrs or older. Everyone will need a valid ID to enter the festival.

+ May I bring a backpack with me?

Backpacks, briefcases, tote bags and the like are not allowed at the Nashville Whiskey Festival.

+ Are pets allowed?

We love our animals, but no pets will be allowed at the Nashville Whiskey Festival. Dogs, cats, birds and goldfish must be left at home…sorry.

+ When I find a bottle I love at the Nashville Whiskey Festival, can I buy it there?

Unfortunately, no, there will not be any whiskey for sale at the Whiskey Festival. If you find something you love, you certainly may purchase a bottle at your favorite local retailer (and by that we mean Midtown Wine & Spirits of course!). Please be aware that some bottles are very limited and don’t forget that the friendly staff at Midtown Wine & Spirits delights in entertaining special product orders.

+ Do I need to bring my own glass?

No, there will be glassware provided at the event.

+ How will I know where to go on Saturday to taste my favorite whiskies?

There will be a comprehensive tasting booklet with numbered table assignments in the Grand Tasting room, making it easy for you to make a beeline directly to your favorites.

+ Are there drink tickets or tokens at the event?

No, because we want people to enjoy their evening and drink at their leisure. Remember, this event is conducted for educational tasting purposes. Take your time, taste what you wish, but please drink responsibly.

+ How can I stay in touch?