Friday, May 20, 2011

More wine dinners!

Blue does a "Best of the Northwest" wine and food tasting May 26. Five dishes (among them frog legs, soft-shell crab and bison strip loin) and more than 40 wines will be offered. You can do the wines for $20, the food for $75, or both for $85. Reservations required: 704-927-2583; Hearst Tower uptown.

Passion8 plans a Napa Valley winemaker dinner May 28 with Bryan Gallagher of Croze and Smith Wooten. $65 for five courses; 3415 Highway 51 North, Fort Mill, S.C.; 803-802-7455.

The Ritz-Carlton's Urban Sip hosts a Smith-Madrone wine dinner June 22, with commentary from what the Ritz calls "renowned mountain vineyardist" Stu Smith, managing partner for Smith-Madrone. Among the fare: 1995 Reserve Cabernet and 2008 Chardonnay, and courses ranging from truffled chicken salad on brioche to parmesan-crusted lamb. $125; 201 E. Trade St.; 704-547-2244.