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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MARCH 19: An expert reaches for a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon during a tasting session as more than 250 wines from some 60 Israeli wineries compete for coveted awards to be announced next week March 19, 2007 in Tel Aviv. Wines have been produced in the Holy Land since pre-biblical times, but the Muslim conquest of 636 AD forced a hiatus in the tradition. Currently Israeli per capita wine consumption has doubled but compared to European countries it remains low. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
In a continuing effort to bring you the best wine events the week has to offer, here are four don't-miss soirees where the grape is king.
Tuesday, Aug. 25: Enjoy what summer we have left on Le Colonial's lush veranda on Tuesday evening. There, the exotic French-Vietnamese restaurant will be serving a three-course dinner paired with varietals from Napa Valley's St. Supery Vineyards and Winery. The dinner will go from 6-9 p.m. and costs $50 to attend.
Wednesday, Aug. 26: Hit Tizi Melloul's Sustainable Organic Biodynamic wine dinner Wednesday night for five-course vino pairing, including grilled peach salad with Marcona almonds, candied fennel and goat cheese accompanied by Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc, and a double lamb chop with sauteed greens and cherry gastrique along with a Domaine de L'Oratoire Saint-Martin Cotes de Rhone Rouge. The dinner, which also includes a live belly dancing performance, is set to begin at 7 p.m. and is priced at $60 per person.
Or, go all Spain at Quartino's monthly Wine Bash, where you'll knock back Spanish varietals while fortifying yourself with passed apps like pizza, polenta fries, bruschetta and cheeses. And, this is one wine tasting you can actually bring your hard liquor-drinking buds to -- Quartino will also be offering samples of Skyy vodka and Campari cocktails. The event will go from 7-9 p.m. and set you back $20.
Thursday, Aug. 27: If the world of wine seems daunting to you, get your feet wet at "Wine and Restaurants-Work the System," an educational tasting at Just Grapes, a wine boutique in the West Loop. The event will host food and wine experts to help guide you through restaurant wine lists, taste food-friendly vintages and seek out BYOB spots throughout the area. The tasting will take place from 6-8 p.m. and costs $25.
Friday, Aug. 28: It's two great tastes that go great together. Attend a Chocolate & Wine Pairings tasting at South Loop Wine Cellar, which will be introducing Katherine Anne's Confections' new line of truffles, served alongside equally yummy wines from 7-8:30 p.m. It will cost you $10 to join in the fun.