Monday, May 16, 2011

Wine dinners

Café 157 hosts an Italian wine dinner May 19 for $49. The lineup includes grilled veal roulade over roasted eggplant risotto with Rodano Chianti Classico; roasted peppered beef tenderloin with Tedeschi Amarone, and more. Reservations required at 704-844-8686. 157 N. Trade St., Matthews.

May 20 is Upstream's BYOB wine dinner: Bring out the bottle(s) you've been saving and get four courses (plus sparkling wine first) for $55. On the menu: wasabi-pea-crusted hamachi; crispy soft-shelled crab with white truffle cream and morels; a tasting of American Wagyu beef; and housemade Verona chocolate truffles. 6902 Phillips Place Court; 704-556-7730.

Savannah Red in the uptown Marriott offers "An Evening in Napa" May 25 with Ehlers Estate wines and Jason Niec of Black Chicken Wine Cellar. Among the courses: fried chicken liver pate with 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, and smoked petite medallion of beef tenderloin with 2006 St. Helena Cabernet Franc and 2007 One Twenty over Eighty Cabernet Sauvignon. $65 and reservations required; 704-363-8161.

Vivace hosts a small Italian wine dinner, featuring small plates, June 5 for $75. Among the fare: scallop risotto with Preludio No. 1 Chardonna, and speck-wrapped pork tenderloin with Sorgenti Respiro Chianti Classico; 704-548-9463.