Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wine dinners

Bonterra hosts an Italian wine dinner Nov. 13, with winemaker Michele Satta on hand. Satta is known for Super Tuscan varietals and Sangiovese, from the coastal region around Bolgheri. On the menu by Bonterra chef Bill Schutz: pan-roasted N.C. grouper with caramelized fennel with 2011 Costa di Giulia DOC (Vermentino/Sauvignon); fire-roasted duck breast risotto with red-wine-braised grapes and 2011 Bolgheri Rosso DOC (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese, Teraldego); rack of lamb with glazed celery root with 2006 Cavaliere (Sangiovese) and 2005 Castagni (Cabernet Sauvignon); and more. $95; the restaurant is at 1829 Cleveland Ave.; reservations: 704-332-9910.

The Palm does a Revana & Alexana Vineyards dinner Nov. 15, with five wines and three courses. Among the offerings: baby arugula, radicchio, Belgian endive and poached Anjou pears with goat cheese and 2011 Alexana Riesling, Revana Vineyard; choice of braised beef short rib or pan-roasted salmon fillet with 2011 Alexana Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Revana Vineyard, and 2010 Alexana Pinot Noir, Shea Vineyard; and more. $125; 6705 Phillips Place; reservations: 704-552-7450 or