Monday, July 26, 2010

Wine, beer, food ... bourbon

Blue offers a Rogue beer and food pairing event July 29. Included in the lineup: crisp, pan-fried quail over grits with orange blossom honey and Somer Orange Honey Ale; pine-smoked pork kofta with John-John Ale; harissa-glazed, braised and grilled Angus short rib with Dead Guy Ale; and more. $34.95; Hearst Tower uptown; 704-927-2583.

Positano Osteria's next monthly wine dinner is Aug. 2. On the menu (for $40): Italian flat bread with prosciutto and Brie, with 2009 Villa Matilde Falanghina; farro, risotto style, with zucchini and Stracchino cheese, with 2008 Casalone "Rus" Barbera/Merlot/Pinot; grilled lamb chop with 2008 Casale del Giglio Shiraz, and more. 8625 Lindholm Drive at Birkdale Village; 704-896-2979.

Andrew Blair’s hosts a Maker's Mark bourbon tasting 6-8 p.m. Aug. 5, featuring the first new offering from the company, Maker's 46. Andrew Blair's, which offers 54 bourbons now, will serve light appetizers with the tasting, which includes samples of the original, the new 46 and two 46 signature cocktails. Cost is $15 (and you can join the AB's Bourbon Club for free). 1600 Montford Drive; 704-525-8282.