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March 17 & April 17
Monthly wine tastings will begin March 17 at 6 p.m. at Babette's Café and last a little more than an hour. Community tables in the restaurant's heated deck in the rear will be set with candles and flowers. Each of four wines for the tasting is introduced by Kevin O'Sullivan from Prime Wines and Spirits and paired with a small appetizer. Cost is $25 per person including tax and gratuity. Reservations and pre-payment are required and payment is nonrefundable. Look for the second tasting on April 17 featuring Ventana Vineyards from Monterey, Calif. Babette's Cafe, 573 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-523-9121.
A "Sparkling Soirée" dinner at 4th & Swift will feature a four-course prix-fixe menu prepared by chef de cuisine Jeb Aldrich, who happens to be the son of chef/owner Jay Swift. Selected sparkling wines from around the globe have been chosen by general manager and wine director Julie Williams, while bar manager Chris Gianaras has prepared a special Champagne cocktail for the event. Hors d'oeuvres will be served with the cocktail to start at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Cost is $110 per person including tax and gratuity. Tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com (service fee $4.84). For more information, call 678-904-0160. 4th & Swift, Southern Dairies, Bldg. B, 621 North Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 678-904-0160.
Georgia’s craft brewers will convene at the Georgia Craft Beer Fest from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate the state’s flourishing craft beer community. More than 25 Georgia breweries have been confirmed to take part in this all-day event, which will offer informative tours, food trucks, live music, and the best craft beer Georgia has to offer. Benefiting the Georgia Craft Brewers’ Guild, a non-profit organization that works to support the brewing community, the event will be hosted by the state’s oldest craft brewery, Red Brick Brewing Co. VIP opening is at noon. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP admission. For more information, a complete list of breweries and to purchase tickets, visit www.gacraftbeerfest.com.
Through March (Mondays)
Restaurant Eugene announces no corkage fees for two months on Mondays at dinner (until the end of March 2014) to celebrate its tenth anniversary. This is a great opportunity to dust off some of those wonderful old bottles you've been gathering to open with a special meal. Restaurant Eugene, Aramore Condominium, 2277 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-355-0321.
The Buckhead Wine Festival will return to Andrews Entertainment District this spring with an even more impressive selection of wines, spirits and craft beers. The Buckhead Wine Festival is well regarded for its extensive offering of wines and the intimate and informative seminars. Guests can expect to taste 150+ wines from over 50 vineyards. Five seminars will be held throughout the day including: Wine 101, Old World vs. New World (both hosted by Master Sommelier Michael McNeill), Craft Beer 101 with a Cicerone, Picking the Perfect Wine Glass... A Riedel Seminar, and Introduction to Cocktail Mixology. In addition, Cellar 56 Wine Bar & Bistro will host two special Winemaker dinners. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Giving Kitchen whose mission is to provide crisis grants to members of Atlanta's restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship. Advance tickets are available at www.andrewsdistrict.com. VIP Tickets cost $60 and include early entry at 1 p.m. General Admission tickets cost $25. Doors open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bantam + Biddy has debuted a monthly wine tasting series, co-hosted by nearby Ansley Wine Merchants. The tastings will take place at the restaurant from 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m., when the wine store will pour six different wines for guests to sample. Cost is $10 per person, and includes complimentary appetizers by Bantam + Biddy. Guests who stay for dinner will have the wine tasting fee applied to the cost of their meals. The wines will be available for purchase that evening at Ansley Wine Merchants, and special discounts will be offered. For more information, call Ansley Wine Merchants at 404-876-6790. Bantam + Biddy, Ansley Mall, 1544 Piedmont Rd. NE, Ste. 301, Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-907-3469.
At Sandy Springs' Hearth Pizza Tavern, a family-friendly establishment, bottles of wine are half price on Mondays. The tavern features a variety of inventive pizzas plus diners have the option to craft their own designer pies. Check for other daily and weekly specials. Hearth Pizza Tavern, The Exchange at Hammond Square, 5992 Roswell Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, 404-252-5378.
Eclipse di Luna hosts ongoing wine tastings featuring tapas and a bottomless glass of wine on the first Tuesday of every month. Guests may taste six to eight varieties of wine. The tasting lasts from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. and costs $10. For more information, visit www.eclipsediluna.com. Eclipse di Luna, Miami Circle Design District, 764 Miami Cir., Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-846-0449.
On Wednesdays from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., sommelier Robert Ardinger leads a tasting of five wines paired with five different cheeses at Linger Longer Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. The cost is $15 per person. Linger Longer Steakhouse, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, One Lake Oconee Tr., Greensboro, GA 30642, 706-467-7135.
Every Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Vino 100 in Alpharetta holds a wine tasting that benefits a given charity. Each month the charity changes, but typically it has a local focus. A variety of wines will be explored at the tastings, and wine knowledgeable staffers are present to answer questions. Light snacks will be available. Live guitar music by Tim Price, guitarist with Banks & Shane, adds to the experience and the atmosphere. For more information, visit www.tinderboxvino100atl.com or call 770-343-8010. Vino 100, Shops at Main Street, 131 S. Main St., Alpharetta, GA 30009, 770-343-8010.
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