Once upon a time, in a long forgotten about space and plane, wine was the beverage to quaff with your fine viands. It came in different flavors and colors and aromas so nuanced and varied, you'd swear it was just the thing to pair with all of nature's bounteous plats du jour, cornucopias of fruits, loaves, and fishes.
But then beer came on the scene and was all: "Look out wine!" and muscled the stuff to suffer the fate of the back of the Lowboy, only to be uncorked many moons later, stale, stagnant and dank. Well, looky here. Four fine establishments are pulling wine back to the forefront, where it belongs, along with some very civilized events and dinners, to eat the way people do. Sitting down, with wine glasses and things.
Here they are.
Le Town Talk Diner is celebrating its first anniversary, not with a sloshy beer festival in the street, but with a civilized sit-down wine dinner, like they do it in the motherland. Four courses with wine for $50, to include French bistro classics like chicken a l'orange, pasta primavera and beignets with lemon curd and vanilla sugar. ($30 without wine.) Tuesday, September 22nd to Saturday, September 26th.
In case you haven't heard, Coup d'Etat has shifted from an Italian menu to more of a New Orleans feel by chef Tommy Begnaud. Not at all sure how you feel about that? Give it a whirl every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a three-course $45 prix fixe dinner with wine pairings. The menu will change on a weekly basis based on product and seasonality. ($30 without wine.)
When somebody wants to put a glass of Oregon wine in your hand, just say yes. Because Oregon wine is great, and 6Smith knows it, and that's why they're devoting an entire evening to the stuff. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, head over to Wayzata for a "guided tour" of six Oregon wines, plus a digestif. Each wine will be paired with a dish. $65 per person includes tax and tip. Tickets available here. Thursday, September 17th.
Terzo, Broders' newish sister restaurant, is presenting an Italian “Toast to the Grape Harvest," Sunday, October 4, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Terzo parking lot. The afternoon festival celebrates Italy’s wine harvest with a feast, and you guessed it, wine. And, if you gotta be that way, beer from Bauhaus. Live music by DJ Jake Rudh, Bones & Beeker, Fort Wilson Riot, and What Tyrants. Oh, and a bonafide wine stomp. Don't worry, the feet involved in this stomp belong to a bunch of local dignitaries. Clean feet, you understand: sommeliers from some of the coolest restaurants in town, including Corner Table, Tilia, Brasserie Zentral and a bunch more. Admission is free.