Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wine, beer dinners

Passion8 hosts a small vineyards dinner tonight (Aug. 17) for $85. Among the courses (chosen wines came from family-owned farms, were in bottom 1 percent of wine production from Italy, were organically farmed and hand-picked): Tega Hill zucchini blossoms stuffed with taleggio cheese, wtih Le Rote Vernaccia; stuffed ravioli with Giuseppe Lonardi Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore; pork medallion with prosciutto and fontina, with Martorana Nero D'Avola Sicilia, and more. 3415 Highway 51 North, Fort Mill, S.C.; 803-802-7455.

D'Vine Wine hosts a New Holland Brewing Co. beer dinner Aug. 25. Among the courses: Full Circle, with fried green tomato, crab and corn salsa; Sundog Amber Ale with a chicken corn dog; and Mad Hatter IPA with a barbecue trio (pulled pork shoulder, smoked chicken lollipop and beef brisket). $45, reservations required: 704-369-5050; 14815 Ballantyne Village Way.