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May 28-31
Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has become one of the city's premier food-and-wine events. It showcases everything gastronomic about the South, defined as the region of the United States from Texas to Maryland and the District of Columbia. Within its confines, food and wine vary widely. Attendees will find representatives from the region's many restaurants, food producers and beverage producers, including beer and spirits, in the tasting tents. There will be seminars of all sorts, covering everything from wine and spirits to food. Tickets for single days cost $100 per person for admission to the tasting tents only. Single day passes, covering Friday, Saturday or Sunday, cost $185 and provide admission to the tasting tents, the learning experiences (seminars) and, for the Sunday ticket, the brunch, which is new this year. Three-day passes cost $575 and pick up the Pig Out event on Thursday evening. Connoisseur passes add even more exclusive events and cost $700 for a day ticket or $2,000 for a three-day pass. These tickets gain access to one or two of the Connoisseur Dinner Series events. These dinners also are priced separately, ranging from $55-$300. Purchased separately, the Sunday brunch ticket is $45 per person. Seminars are held in the festival headquarters, the Loews Atlanta Hotel, 1065 Peachtree St. NE (at 11th St.). Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, 1000 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-474-7330.
 
Saturdays & Sundays in June
Starting June 6 and continuing every Saturday and Sunday for the month of June, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery will present the 14th annual Georgia Wine Country Festival at its winery in Lumpkin County, near Dahlonega. While general admission is free, to taste the wines, which will be set up in "A Wine Garden," costs $25. Featured guest Georgia wineries from around the state in the past have included Boutier Winery, CeNita Winery, Chateau Elan, The Cottage Vineyards, Currahee Vineyards, The Georgia Winery, Mercier Orchards-Hard Pressed Cider and Montaluce Winery as well as Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery among others. Georgia craft brewers, among them Red Hare, Orpheus, Jekyll and Jailhouse, will sell brews, and barbecue by 2014 Georgia Champion Billy Rhodes and Dahlonega’s Hickory Prime BBQ will be available for purchase. Festival hours are Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533, 706-865-9463 (WINE).
 

Ongoing
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.
 
Mondays
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 First Tuesdays
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.
 
Linger Longer Steakhouse hosts wine and cheese tastings on Wednesdays Wednesdays
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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Sherlock's Wine Merchants
4062 Peachtree Rd.
Brookhaven Stn.
Atlanta, GA 30319
404-949-9945



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