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News You Can Use About Wining and Dining

Tre Wilcox has opened his new Marquee Grill and Bar in Highland Park Village next to the Village Theatre. It’s touted as “a neighborhood walk-in restaurant…[taking] very limited reservations for special occasions and larger parties.” See what the great young chef (formerly Abacus), turned celebrity thanks to Bravo’s “Top Chef” series, is up to.

NOSH chefs Avner Samuel and Jon Stevens are offering a cooking class at the Oak Lawn restaurant on Saturday May 21st, from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. $95 includes four-course lunch with wine pairings. Call 214-528-9400 for reservations. Limited seating.

If you love kids and love drinking Champagne, look no further than the PJ for PJ’s benefit May 18th at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas. Perrier Jouet Champagne joins with ZaZa to get people to bring a new pair of children’s pajamas and a $30 donation to help the outstanding work of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. That small donation and the PJ’s get you some outstanding Champagne and appetizers. PJ for PJ’s is a nice touch. Thanks to Wendy Moss at Republic National Distributers for her tireless efforts on behalf of this fundraiser.

Domaine Serene Wine Dinner at the Mansion

Join the Mansion Restaurant and Wine and Beverage Director Michael Flynn for a special dinner featuring Domaine Serene wines. Produced in Willamette Valley, Oregon, Domaine Serene wines are designed to ensure complex, concentrated and elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah year after year. The dinner includes a reception and five-course menu created by Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon with wine pairings. View the full menu here.  The dinner is Thursday May 5th.  Call 214.443.4747 for reservations.  $175 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity

May’s Friday Night Flight at Nana Bar

Nana’s popular Friday Night Flight, a delicious trio of food and wine samplings for only $20 (excluding tax and gratuity), returns on May 6 from 6pm – 8pm.  This month’s flight features three Texan artisanal wines from the Kiepersol Estates paired with three small plates created by Nana Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci.  The Kiepersol Estates are made up of 60 acres of vineyards in Tyler, Texas that produce red and white wines that capture Old World style alongside Texas pride.  Hand-planted in 1998/99, the vineyards are the passion of the de Wet family.  Reservations are highly recommended by calling 214.761.7470 or visit www.nanarestaurant.com for complete details.  Friday Night Flights are the first Friday of every month.

There are a plethora of great wine events coming up in May around the country. Here’s a fairly extensive list we are re-printing for you courtesy of “The Daily Sip by Bottlenotes”.   Cheers!

May Wine Events

The flood of summertime wine events is officially underway.

It’s about time. We can finally emerge from hibernation, don the flip flops and head to a weekend outdoor wine event. And this month there are boatloads of them taking place all across the country. 

Of course, we’re biased in our thinking that the one can’t-miss event of May is Around the World in 80 Sips™ Chicago. If you’re keen to join us at the Museum of Contemporary Art for the third year running, click here for information.  Tickets are disappearing quickly. 

If you can’t meet us for a few glasses in Chicago, be sure to check out the list of other May wine events, below. You’re bound to find a palate-pleasing wine festival taking place near you.

Taste Washington (Portland), May 1

For the first time, Washington wines show their stuff south of the border, in Portland. More than 100 Washington wineries will pour their wares alongside food prepared by Portland’s top chefs. Click here for tickets and information.

Austria Uncorked (L.A. May 2; NYC May 4)

Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction, May 5

This was an absolute barn-burner last year. A great display of all the terrific red and white wines Austria has to offer, with a cool crowd and great food to boot. This is about as good as an after-work outing can get. Click here for tickets and information.

Philadelphia Wine Festival, May 7

You probably have to be blue-blooded to afford attending the Bluegrass Wine Auction and taste all the great wines on hand (such as Quintessa, Colgin and Charles Krug). On the bright side, though, you’re supporting a great cause, the Lexington Cancer Foundation. Click here for more information.

Sea Grapes Fine Wine & Food Festival, May 7

More than 200 of the world’s top wineries will be pouring, with food served up by many of the city’s most talented chefs. Proceeds support the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Click here for tickets and information.

Brooklyn Uncorked, May 10

Get a taste of more than 100 great wines and nibble on food prepared by local chefs as you wander the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Proceeds support the aquarium’s conservation and youth education programs. Click here for tickets and information.

Wine & Spirits Magazine Top of the List Tasting, May 10

Many of the best New York wines and restaurants show their stuff at the Brooklyn Academy of Music each year. If you’re a locavore, this is one event you shouldn’t skip. Click here for tickets and information.

Zinfest, May 14

A great reason to get thyself to Lodi, Calif. More than 50 wineries will be on hand pouring more than 250 different Zins. There are cooking classes and even live music. Click here for more information.

Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival, May 14

This is the opportunity to taste all those cool, original creations you’re unlikely to find in the local liquor store. Dozens of craft wineries will be pouring, and you can even buy a bottle and take it home with you. Click here for tickets and information.

Tiburon Wine Festival, May 14

Take in the great Bay views and soak up dozens of world-class wines at this annual outdoor tasting in San Francisco. The event supports the community projects of the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Click here for tickets and information.

National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, May 14-15

This is a great reason to stay near the Beltway for the weekend. More than 150 wines, beers and spirits will be poured alongside dozens of offerings from local restaurants. Click here for tickets and information.

Around the World in 80 Sips Chicago, May 20

We head back to Chicago for the third straight year. Join us at the Museum of Contemporary Art for this awesome event featuring more than 100 different wines from around the world. Tickets are going fast, so click here to get yours now.

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, May 20-22

Forty different producers from around California come together at the Goldeneye winery for this tasting of some truly incredible Pinots. The silent auction supports the Anderson Valley Health Center. Tickets are in short supply, so click here to get yours now.

Paso Robles Wine Festival, May 20-22

If you live within driving distance, there’s no excuse for sitting this one out. Whether it’s for the grand tasting or one of the events held at a specific winery over the weekend of festivities, there’s no better way to take in this beautiful corner of the wine world. Click here for tickets and information.

El Coto De Rioja Paella Parade, May 23

Who says Monday nights have to be boring? Come see why paella and Spanish wine is the ultimate pairing. Proceeds benefit the Culinary Studies Department at the NYC College of Technology and Action Against Hunger. Click here for tickets and information.

Austin Wine & Music Festival, May 28-29

As if you need an excuse to go to Austin, one of America’s greatest food and music towns… Hit up this event, though, and you’ll also get a taste of some of the best Texas wines. Click here for tickets and information.


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