Staff Report

Hamilton hosts wine dinner

The Hamilton Restaurant, located at 933 Conner St., Noblesville, will host its second wine dinner Thursday, Jan. 29. A four-course gourmet dinner will be prepared by Chef Clyde Worley.

Dean Mederios, the wine master for the evening, has paired four wines (from Australia and California) with each course. Mederios is currently pursuing his Master Sommelier diploma and has lectured at the Society of Wine Educators Annual Conference as well as lecturing at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival seven consecutive years.

The dinner begins at 6:30 with an appetizer of pepper seared salmon, potato and leek terrine paired with Willowglen Brut Sparkling Wine N/V. That will be followed by a field greens and goat cheese salad served with a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Medeiros has chosen a Castle Rock Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2002 for that course.

The main entrée: roasted duck with caramel Grand Marnier sauce served with sherried rice and barley and broccoli raab. Castle Rock Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2002 has been chosen to accompany the hearty meal.

To finish in perfect style, an Angle Food Cake Neapolitan served in a pool of strawberry and chocolate sauces will be complimented by Willowglen Tawny Port.

Cost for the event is $45 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or more information, call 770-4545.

The Toast of the Town

WFYI Public Broadcasting's Fifth Annual Indy Wine Festival is Friday, Feb. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. at the historic Indiana Roof Ballroom (140 W. Washington St.). Tickets are $40 per person and all proceeds benefit WFYI Public Broadcasting.

Presented by Financial Center, this distinctive celebration will showcase hundreds of fine wines from throughout the world. Local wine enthusiasts will also enjoy prestigious pours from 13 Indiana wineries, including the Butler Winery and Vineyards, Chateau Thomas Winery, Easley Winery, Ferrin's Fruit Wines, Heartland Cellars, Madison Vineyards, Oliver Winery, Thomas Family Winery and Turtle Run.

Jill Ditmire, host of Indiana Public Television's The Good Life with Jill Ditmire, will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the evening. Attendees will enjoy the smooth sounds of the Frank Glover jazz ensemble.

Reservations for the WFYI Indy Wine Festival can be made online by visiting or by calling 715-2078. Attendees will be limited to 1,000 individuals.