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Tour France at Varanese Wine Dinner

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m.Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., is hosting a Tour de France Wine Dinner featuring six wines from different regions of France paired with a 6-course dinner. The special guest for the evening will be Jason Wyatt, Certified Sommelier and Fine Wine Portfolio Manager at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, who will be on hand to talk about the qualities and attributes of his selected wine pairings.

The menu, created by the Varanese team led by Chef Erik Abraham, will consist of chilled oysters on the half shell with smoked bacon and jalapeno mignonette, paired with Whispering Angel Rosé, from Provence;  white peach gazpacho paired with Simmonet & Febvre , a Burgundy Chablis; cold smoked duck breast with roasted sweet potatoes, served with Gerard Bertrand Pinot Noir, Languedoc; braised pork belly and house-made sausage cassoulet, served with a Rhone wine, Ogier Lirac; braised lamb neck ragout topped with sliced Spinella ribeye steak with crispy bone marrow, paired with Chateau les Trois Croix Fronsac, Bordeaux; and dessert of fried beignet with caramelized apples served with honey comb and lavender ice cream, and with Trimbach Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, Alsace

The cost of dinner and wine pairings is $65. Call (502) 99-9904 or email letsdine@varanese.com.

Rhône wine dinner at Brasserie Provence

Wednesday,  May 24 at 6:30 p.m., Brasserie Provence, 150 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., will host a 4-course wine dinner featuring all red wines from Michel Chapoutier Winery. Certified Specialist of Wines Katie Benjamin from Terlato Estates and Certified Sommelier Jonathan Kiviniemi from Heidelberg Distributing will be the guests who will discuss the wine pairings from Chapoutier, a vineyard that has been making fine wines in the peculiar soils and terrain of the Rhône Valley since 1808.

Chef Patrick Gosden’s menu will begin with duck confit ravioli,  followed by grilled merguez sausage and pearl couscous salad. The entrée will be barbecued beef spare ribs with a macaroni-smoked gouda potato wrap and radicchio spring slaw. Dessert will be a “decadent” chocolate cake.

The dinner and wine pairings will be $75.Call 502-883-3153 or go to ww.brasserieprovence.com. Wines served at the dinner will be available for purchase with 15% discount through Westport Whiskey & Wine.

Wine, beer focus of dinners at Brasserie Provence, Varanese

If you like to explore different wines with dinner, Brasserie Provence has a deal for you this Thursday, April 20. And if you are a beer aficionado, that same night you can enjoy a dinner crafted to pair with beers from Lexington’s West Sixth brewery. Continue reading Wine, beer focus of dinners at Brasserie Provence, Varanese

Tour European wines at Brasserie Provence dinner

Brasserie Provence, 150 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., will host a 5-course wine dinner on Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. Wine expert David DuBou from Vintner Select has selected wine pairings of wines made with grapes that are not used in France, but are mainstays of the wine industries in Italy, Austria, Spain and Portugal.

Chef Patrick Gosden’s menu will start with fried artichoke hearts with shaved Parmesan served with Indigenous Prosecco from Italy at the reception. The appetizer will be an asparagus goat cheese terrine served with an Austrian Gruner Veltliner, followed by lasagna made with the  Chef’s family recipe, paired with an Italian Chianti Riserva. The entrée will be a cauliflower- crusted lamb chop and pimento capsicum relish served with a Spanish Rioja Reserva. Dessert will be Tartaruga brownie and Kentucky Farm Blue Cheese served with a Portugese Kopke 10 Year Old Tawny Port. 

The dinner is $65. Call 502-883-3153.  The wines served at the dinner will be available for purchase with 15% discount through Westport Whiskey & Wine.

Rodney Strong wine dinner at Varanese

The monthly wine dinner at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave. will be tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m., and feature wines from the Rodney Strong Vineyards. Those who have been to previous such dinners know that the special menu, featuring dishes devised for the dinner to pair with the featured wines, is sure to be a treat. Continue reading Rodney Strong wine dinner at Varanese

Two wine dinners offer embarrassment of riches

Two wine dinners scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 offer adventurous diners and curious wine drinkers a dilemma: which to choose. Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., will pair six wines from the Chalk Hill and Kuleto labels of Foley Estates in California with special dishes from chef John Varanese’s repertoire. On the same night, Brasserie Provence, 150 N.Hurstbourne Pwy., will welcome Louisville native John Bojanowski, who lives now in Languedoc in southern France and makes organic, artisanal wines at his Clos du Gravillas vineyards. Continue reading Two wine dinners offer embarrassment of riches

Gargouille Collection wine dinner Jan. 15 at Brasserie Provence

The wine dinners that restaurants offer periodically are always great eating experiences, excellent values, and informative about wines that might not be on everyone’s radar. The next such opportunity for special off-menu dishes, introduction to new wine producers, and in general a fine dining night will be Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m., when Brasserie Provence introduces the Gargouille Collection, a new-to-Louisville wine micro-importer, which represents wines from small, family-run vineyards using organic and/or biodynamic methods that reveal a respect for terroir. Continue reading Gargouille Collection wine dinner Jan. 15 at Brasserie Provence

Varanese wine dinner to benefit The V Foundation

Thursday, Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m., Varanese, Frankfort Ave., will host a wine dinner featuring pairings of wines from the portfolio of Constellation Brands. Bob Valvano, sportscaster, former basketball coach and brother of the late Jimmy Valvano will be the guest to talk about his career, his brother, and The V Foundation which supports cancer research.

A portion of the proceeds from the wines purchased by Varanese, as well as $10 from the cost of the dinner will be donated to The V Foundation, and  Constellation Brands will match the donation from this dinner. Continue reading Varanese wine dinner to benefit The V Foundation

Winston’s hosts Orin Swift Cellars wine dinner

Thursday, Sept. 25. Chef John Castro of Winston’s, 3101 Bardstown Rd on the Sullivan University campus, will offer a 5-course menu paired with wines from the Orin Swift Cellars, which crafts interesting wines from California grapes, as well as from grapes grown in its vineyards in the Southwest of France. Continue reading Winston’s hosts Orin Swift Cellars wine dinner

Spanish Wine Dinner at Varanese

The wine dinners at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., give chef John Varanese and his crew a chance to branch out beyond the regular menu, and show the breadth of their kitchen skills.

The next such dinner is Tuesday, September 9, at 7 p.m., with National Wine Educator Thom Horsey on hand to comment on his wine pairings from the Spanish winemaker Torres. Continue reading Spanish Wine Dinner at Varanese