Circle City Bar & Grille is hosting complimentary weekly wine tastings Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy a 3 ounce sample of the featured red or white wine from a different distributor each week. Should he or she find a favorite wine, limited bottles will be available for purchase. Complimentary hors d"oeuvres will also be offered including: truffled wild mushroom mini bouches; warm brie tarts with candied walnuts; roasted duck breast with a mini wild rice cake; cherry compote and sherry wine reduction lump crab and melon ceviche on butter lettuce. Experts from the different distributors will be on hand to answer questions about the select wines. This event, open to the public, is perfect for wine connoisseurs as well as amateur wine drinkers.
The restaurant is located at 350 W. Maryland St., inside the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Complimentary valet parking is available.
Big Red Fall Festival of Wines
This Thursday, Oct. 24, Big Red Liquors will be hosting its 10th annual Fall Festival of Wines at the convention center in downtown Bloomington. Available for tasting will be over 350 wines from around the world. The tasting runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, or $50 for the connoisseur"s room, which features many hard-to-find and more sought-after wines. Tickets are available by contacting Rob Williamson at (812) 332-9495, ext. 12, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australia and New Zealand tasting in Columbus
On Friday, Oct. 25, join Jay Youmans of Rock Creek Wine Merchants for a tasting of outstanding wines from Australia and New Zealand. The tasting is to be held at Smith"s Row restaurant in historic downtown Columbus. Featured will be many highly-rated and much feted wines from top producers, such as Tatachilla, Balnaves and T"Gallant in Australia, and Nga Waka and Jackson Estate in New Zealand. Tickets are $10 in advance per person for the tasting and hors d"oeuvres. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. For a complete list of wines to be tasted, and for reservations, please call Rob Williamson at (812) 332-9495, ext. 12, or e-mail email@example.com.
Scoliosis fund-raiser rocks
Last week"s scoliosis fund-raiser at Chalkie"s Bar and Billiards was a huge success, attracting a full house of celebrities, amateurs and professionals alike. The Black Widow and Dr. Cue did their thing with aplomb, while Chef Richard laid on a spread worthy of an army of gourmets. The staff at Chalkie"s have asked me to pass along their thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event.