July 15-19 The Annual Tales of the Cocktail invites you to celebrate mixed drinks over their five-day event from July 15-19 in the French Quarter. A series of seminars, mixing competitions and luncheons and dinners will be featured. Popular and up-and-coming liquor brands will also be showcasing their latest products. For more information, visit talesofthecocktail.com
Through August For the past ten years, Ralph's on the Park has offered its popular summer special of three appetizers and a glass of wine for $33. This year is no exception, with the special offer running through the end of August. This year's appetizers run the gamut from grilled octopus or oyster risotto, to a crabmeat napoleon, and even Ya-Ka-Mein (pork belly with pasta, mushrooms and a fried egg), among about a dozen others. One of those items, vadouvan (an Indian spice blend) shrimp and grits, won a silver medal at this year's New Orleans Wine & Food Experience in May. Ralph's on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-488-1000.
Ongoing Commander's Palace offers the option of private dining in the "Little Room." The private room seats 12 in the wine cellar. Sommelier Dan Davis selects wines to pair with an exclusive tasting menu created by executive chef Tory McPhail. Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-899-8221.
Mondays and Wednesdays At Vega Tapas Café, all bottles of wine are half-price on Monday evenings. Don’t forget "Winey Wednesdays," when wines by the glass are $5 all night long. Vega Tapas Cafe, 2051 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70005, 504-836-2007.