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May 4, 11, 18 & 25
Stem Wine Bar will be hosting a series of wine tastings exploring rosés from around the world. Chosen by Stem general manager/sommelier Chris McNeill, the wines will be paired with small bites prepared by owner/chef Doug Turbush. Dates are Wednesdays in May beginning at 5:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $40 per person (plus $3.19 service fee; gratuity will be added at in-store checkout). For more information, call the restaurant at 678-214-6888. Dinner Tues.-Sun.. Stem Wine Bar, Merchants Walk, 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste. 516, Marietta, GA 30068, 678-214-6888.
As Georgia is home to approaching 50 wineries, the quality and variety of wines produced has increased. Wineries have taken medals from here to California, and in north Georgia, many grow and vinify the noble Vitis vinifera grapes. On May 7, 2016, the Winegrowers Association of Georgia will gather 20 members at Habersham Vineyards & Winery near Helen for the 24th Annual WineFest. Festivities include wine tastings and music, and begin at noon, concluding at 5 p.m. Admission is $30 for a total of 15 tastings, but additional tastings may be purchased for $5 for five tastings. Non-drinkers over the age of 16 may be admitted for $10 to enjoy the music. Guests 15 and under are admitted free. Snacks, including cheese plates and barbecue smoked on-site, and beer will be charged separately. Tickets are purchased at the gate, and purchasers also receive a souvenir glass. Wear your Derby hat! Winegrowers Association of Georgia 24th Annual WineFest, 7025 S. Main St., Helen, GA 30545, 706-878-9463.
The touring Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes a stop at Atlantic Station on May 21, 2016. Enjoy unlimited samples of beer and Bourbon along with barbecue (priced separately), live music and seminars with distillers, brewmakers and pit masters. For more information, visit Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival's website
Saturdays & Sundays in June
Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery in Dahlonega, Ga., announces its annual Georgia Wine Festival starting June 4 and continuing every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of June. The 2016 edition will be the 15th. Festival hours are Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. General admission to the event is free, but admission to the Wine Garden featuring guest Georgia wineries from around the state will be presented for a $25 per person per day fee inside the festival. Different wineries will participate each weekend, so guests may want to plan repeat visits. This year, Three Sisters welcomes returning and new wineries. Atlanta chef Kent Graham of Field Dog Kitchen Food Truck and North Georgia chef Nick Alicea of Yahoola Creek Grill will have Southern-inspired foods available for purchase during the weekends. Additionally, Georgia wines by the bottle, hard cider and Georgia beer will be available to purchase. Music during the weekends includes the jazz, soul and standards of Tommy Dean and Mike Ewbank AKA Moose & Squirrel, The Jazz Whisperer Rick Harris, and others. Call 706-865-9463 or visit here for more information. Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery, 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533, 706-865-9463.
Devoted to regional Italian cuisine, Portofino presents regular monthly wine tastings on the third Sunday of the month. Longtime Atlanta wine expert Michael Gallant conducts the tastings. Reservations are required as seating is limited and can be made by calling the restaurant at 404-231-1136. All tastings feature 12 wines presented in four flights with light appetizers and begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Prices vary from $35 to $55 per person, including tax and gratuity. Portofino, 3199 Paces Ferry Pl., Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-231-1136.
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.
Watershed on Peachtree offers themed monthly wine tastings featuring 20 wines for $20 (plus tax and gratuity) along with chef’s choice light bites. Tuesday Wine Tastings are held monthly from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. The specific Tuesday changes each month, so check the restaurant's web site or add your name to its e-mail list to receive announcements of future tastings and other events. Add diversity to your wine appreciation with whites, reds and rosés from various wine producing regions around the world. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Watershed on Peachtree, The Brookwood, 1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-809-3561.
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.
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