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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

Jeffersonville Bristol hosts Meeker wine dinner

 Wednesday, June 11 at 7 p.m., the Bristol Bar & Grille, 700 W. Riverside Drive in Jeffersonville, Ind., will host Molly Meeker, co-owner of Meeker Vineyard, who will talk with guests about the wine pairings chosen for the four-course menu.

Executive chef Richard Doering’ dinner will start with a lobster napoleon with lemon-grass aioli. The second course will be seared pork tenderloin with sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and bacon, followed by oven-roasted petite New York strip with rustic fava bean ragout. Dessert will be red wine-poached pears and Gorgonzola. Continue reading Jeffersonville Bristol hosts Meeker wine dinner

Upcoming wine dinners offer great way to explore menus and wines

We have long held that the special wine dinners various restaurants offer are among the best entertainment values in town.

Chefs try out dishes not on their regular menus that pair best with the range of wines that visiting wine reps offer, along with knowledgeable discussions of vineyards, varietals and vintages. Continue reading Upcoming wine dinners offer great way to explore menus and wines