Monday, March 15, 2010

Wine dinners, beer dinners, wine deals and more

  • Zink hosts an Abita beer dinner March 23. Among the courses: Louisiana bayou lasagna with Abita Amber; Turbo Dog braised pork shank with andouille and aged cheddar, with Abita Turbo Dog; and a trio of Clemson blue cheese (salad, fritter, fondue) with Abita Andygator. $48; 201 N. Tryon St.; 704-444-9001.
  • M5 offers more than 30 wines by the glass for half-price each Wednesday. 4310 Sharon Road. 704-909-5500.
  • Winemaker Jeff Priest of the Etude winery will be on hand at Blue March 24 for a five-course wine pairing. Dishes are slated to include pan-roasted sweetbreads, pork- and cheese-stuffed piquillo peppers, grilled lamb loin and more. $39.95; Hearst Plaza uptown; 704-927-2583.
  • Cosmos Cafe at Ballantyne hosts a Columbia Winery dinner March 24. $40; 8420 Rea Road; 704-544-5268.
  • Mez presents a five-course dinner paired with St. Clement’s wines March 24. Anoosh Shariat of Louisville will serve as guest chef. $65; 210 E. Trade St.; 704-971-2400.
  • Ruth's Chris at SouthPark offers a McCrorie Family Vineyards dinner March 26 with guest Hank McCrorie, featuring a vertical sampling of Burly Cabernet Sauvignon from '04, '05 and '06, paired with dishes such as grilled black tiger shrimp and double-cut lamb chops. 6000 Fairview Road; 704-556-1115.
  • Customshop hosts a Domaine Serene dinner March 30 for $75. On the menu: yellowfin tuna crudo with 2007 Rock Block Viognier, rabbit and pistachio ravioli with 2007 Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir, Painted Hills boneless short rib with 2006 Jerusalem Hill Pinot Noir and more. 1601 Elizabeth Ave.; 704-333-3396.