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Wine calendar: 2 master somms at tasting, ‘Touchdown Tuesday’ event, wine club parties, Napa vs. Sonoma showdown, more

January 30, 2018 GMT

Wine calendar: 2 master somms at tasting, ‘Touchdown Tuesday’ event, wine club parties, Napa vs. Sonoma showdown, more

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Our weekly wine calendar is loaded with dinners and tastings, like a Napa-vs.-Sonoma showdown at Don’s Pomeroy House, Champagne dinner at Nuevo Mod Mex and many others. Have an item you want in the calendar? Deadline to submit is Thursday; email me. Cheers!

JANUARY

Tuesday, Jan. 30: LockKeeper’s will hold a wine dinner with winemaker Jacopo di Battista. Reception is at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. Cost is $75. LockKeeper’s is at 8001 Rockside Road, Valley View. To be served: Brachetto cocktail, Querceto di Castellina L’aura Chianti Classico DOCG, Querceto di Castellina Podalirio IGT Toscano, Querceto di Castellina SEI Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione and Averna hot chocolate.

Tuesday, Jan. 30: 750ml Wines will hold Touchdown Tuesday 6:30-8 p.m. It will feature eight wines. Cost is $29 ($19, club members). 750ml is at 8903 Brecksville Road, Brecksville.

Wednesday, Jan. 31: Ken Stewart’s Lodge will hold a Caymus Wine dinner with Roger Blottenberger of Wagner Family of Wine at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $145 (plus tax and tip). Ken Stewart’s Lodge is at 1911 N. Cleveland Massillon Road, Akron. Call 330-666-8881 for reservations. Wines to be served: 2016 Conundrum Sparkling, 2015 Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Emmolo Merlot, 2015 Caymus Suisun Petite Sirah, 2015 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wednesday, Jan. 31: Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern will hold a one-hour wine class at 6:30 p.m. The third class features a blind tasting and will teach you how to identify what’s in the glass. Instructor is Traci Ezzo from Vintage Wine Distributor. Cost is $40 per class and includes a menu item. Blue Canyon is at 8960 Wilcox Dr., Twinsburg. To reserve, go online or call 330-486-2583.

Wednesday, Jan. 31: Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern will hold a five-course Spire Collection wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $60 (plus tax and tip). Call to reserve, 330-486-2583. Blue Canyon is at 8960 Wilcox Dr., Twinsburg. Wines to be served:

• Galerie Equitem Knights Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California.

• Wind Racer Chardonnay, Anderson Valley, California.

• Gran Moraine Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon.

• Chateau Lassegue St. Emilon Bordeaux, France.

• Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California.

Wednesday, Jan. 31: L’Albatros Brasserie will hold a California Natural Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Five courses will be paired with five wines. Cost is $90 (plus tax and tip). Wines to be served: Dashe Les Enfants Terribles Grenache Blanc, Arnot-Roberts Watson Ranch Chardonnay, Dirty and Rowdy Familiar Mourvedre, Cruse Monkey Jacket Valdiguie-Carginan-Tannat and Bedrock Cuvee Karitas Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc. Call 216-791-7880 for reservations.

FEBRUARY

Thursday, Feb. 1: Heinen’s will hold an Exploring Bordeaux tasting 6:30-8 p.m. Taste six wines and discuss differences between Bordeaux’s Left Bank and Right Bank. Each wine will be paired with French-inspired cheeses or small plates. Cost is $20. It’s at 20 Shopping Center Dr., Chagrin Falls.

Thursday, Feb. 1: Tartine Bistro will hold a Hungarian wine dinner paired with assorted dishes of the region at 7 p.m. Cost is $95 (tax and tip not included). Tartine Bistro is at 19110 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-331-0800.

Friday, Feb. 2: Heinen’s is featuring Wines that Rock, as Cleveland Playhouse celebrates the “Godmother of Rock and Roll” with the show “Marie and Rosetta.” Sample six unusual wines from around the world. Cost is $15. It’s at 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Tuesday, Feb. 6: 750ml Wines will host two master sommeliers – Larry O’Brien and Thomas Price - showcasing four wines each 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is $59 ($49, club750 members). Call to reserve, 440-526-8100. 750ml is at 8903 Brecksville Road, Brecksville.

Tuesday, Feb. 6: 750ml Wines will hold Bubbles, Ice Wine and Desserts, a Valentine’s Day tasting with cheese and chocolates 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $39 ($29, club750 members). To reserve, email lauren@750mlwines.com or call 330-794-5754. 750ml is at 2287 West Market St., Akron.

Wednesday, Feb. 7: Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern will hold a one-hour wine class at 6:30 p.m. The fourth and final class will focus on wine trends for 2018. Instructor is Traci Ezzo from Vintage Wine Distributor. Cost is $40 per class and includes a menu item. Blue Canyon is at 8960 Wilcox Dr., Twinsburg. To reserve, go online or call 330-486-2583.

Thursday, Feb. 8: Mallorca and Brasa Grill will hold a three-course Wine and Dine in the Dark event. There will be limited seating in the dark for this event, featuring liquor and food pairings. Cost is $75 (plus tax and tip). It’s at Mallorca, 1390 W. 9th St., Cleveland. Call 216-687-9494 or 440-463-4192 for details.

Thursday, Feb. 8: Don’s Pomeroy House will hold a five-course “Napa vs. Sonoma” wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the differences between the two American wine regions. Cost is $75 (plus tax and tip). Call 440-572-1111.

Wines to be tasted:

Reception wine: Sparkling Wine, Steorra, Russian River Valley, Sonoma.

• 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Mauritson, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

vs. 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Emmolo, Napa

• 2015 Chardonnay, MacRostie, Sonoma Coast

vs. 2015 Chardonnay, Rutherford Ranch, Napa

• 2014 red blend, Besieged, Sonoma County

vs. 2014 red blend, Carne Humana, Napa.

• 2014 Cabernet, Simi Landslide, Alexander Valley, Sonoma

vs. 2015 Cabernet, Quilt by Caymus, Napa

(Dessert will be paired with 2016 Moscato, St. Supery, Napa.)

Friday, Feb. 9: Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s Adult Swim series will feature winter wines and chocolate. Cost is $40 ($30, aquarium passholders) and includes light hors d’ouevres, 20 tasting tickets and souvenir tasting glass. Event is expected to sell out. The aquarium is at 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland.

Friday, Feb. 9: Heinen’s will hold a Ten for Ten tasting 6:30-8 p.m. Taste reds and whites from the store’s fine-wine collection along with cheeses and artisan breads. Cost is $10. Reservation requested; call 216-382-4144. It’s at 2180 S. Green Road, University Heights.

Friday, Feb. 9: Wine importer Tony Marchetti of Cleveland Heights will be pouring wines at The Wine Spot 5-8 p.m. The bar-store is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Friday, Feb. 9: Heinen’s will feature Rosé & Brie for Valentine’s Day 4:30-6:30 p.m. to highlight the substance and complexity of Rosés. Assorted Bries will be served at the casual tasting. Pay per taste. It’s at 20 Shopping Center Dr., Chagrin Falls.

Friday, Feb. 9: Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s Adult Swim series will feature winter wines and chocolate. Cost is $40 ($30, aquarium passholders) and includes light hors d’ouevres, 20 tasting tickets and souvenir tasting glass. Event is expected to sell out. The aquarium is at 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland.

Saturday, Feb. 10: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve will hold “Improves with Age - Collecting Fine Wines with Cris Drugan” 1-4 p.m. The presentation will offer an introduction to fine wines, covering factors that influence a wine’s unique taste, differences between collecting and investing, and what appraisers look for. It will be followed by a wine tasting courtesy of Vintage Wine Distributor. Presentation is free; tasting is $10. Register via eventbrite or call 216-721-9020 for reservations. Artists Archives is at 1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland.

Saturday, Feb. 10: Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar will offer a five-course dinner paired with Champagne. Tickets are $60. Call for reservations, 216-737-1000. Nuevo Mod Mex is at 1000 E. 9th St., Cleveland.

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Guests who buy dinner at The Capital Grille on Valentine’s Day Eve will receive a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé NV Champagne and hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries. The restaurant’s wine list has more than 350 selections. The Capital Grille is at 25389 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst.

Tuesday, Feb. 13: TownHall will hold a four-course Benzinger wine dinner featuring Chris Benzinger. Cost is $40. Door prizes include bottles of Benzinger and a drawing for a bottle of Tribute, valued at $150. TownHall is at 1909 W. 25th St., Cleveland.

Wednesday, Feb. 14: Amy’s Arbors will feature four Valentine’s Day Wines paired with a menu 7-9 p.m. Cost is $35. Seating is limited; call 330-483-9463 (wine) to reserve. Amy’s Arbors is at 6735 Center Road, Valley City.

Wednesday, Feb. 14: CLE Urban Winery wine club members meet 6-9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to join, just a commitment to buy two bottles per month. Details here. The winery is at 2180B Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Wednesday, Feb. 14: Bier Markt & Bar Cento will hold Love Always, Bubbles at 7 p.m. European sparkling wines will be served. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a three-course tasting menu and four wines. Cost is $50 (plus tax and tip). Bier Markt is at 1948 W. 25th St., Cleveland.

Thursday, Feb. 15: Rhone Valley wines will face off against those from California’s Central Coast 6:30-8 p.m. at Heinen’s. It’s France vs. the United States in a terroir smackdown. Each wine will be paired with food. Cost is $20. It’s at 20 Shopping Center Dr., Chagrin Falls.

Friday, Feb. 16: Heinen’s will feature Port 101: Discover the Various Styles of Port! 6-8 p.m. Cost is $15. It’s at 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Thursday, Feb. 22: Heinen’s will hold an In the Style of Alsace wine dinner 6:30-8 p.m. with cuisine from the Northern French winemaking region and Alsatian-style wines from France and the United States. Cost is $35. It’s at 20 Shopping Center Dr., Chagrin Falls.

Thursday, Feb. 22: The Wine Spot will hold a tasting of Kermit Lynch wines 6 p.m.-close. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights. Call 216-342-3623 for price and details.

Thursday, Feb. 22: Adega will host a wine tasting hosted by sommelier Michel Emerick at 6 p.m. Small food offerings will be paired with each taste. Three-ounce pours of Mannequin, Palermo, Abstract, Mount Peak Rattlesnake, Talbott Sleepy Hollow, J Brut Rose and White Haven will be served. Click here for tickets. Adega is at 2017 E. 9th St., Cleveland.

Saturday, Feb. 24: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Bubbles excursion will depart at 7:30 p.m. from Rockside Station. The two-hour tasting will introduce you to five sparkling wines. Chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres and commemorative tasting glass are included. Ticket start at $60 plus delivery and preservation fees. Seating is assigned.

Saturday, Feb. 24: North Coast Wine Club is holding its first sensory evaluation workshop 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Solon. Cost is $100. Lunch included. Email info@northcoastwineclub.net for details.

MARCH

Saturday, March 3: The 14th Annual Ice Wine Festival is noon-5 p.m. This is the first of three Saturdays for the progressive tasting, which covers Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards and St. Joseph Vineyards. Each winery will provide a sample of their ice wines. Cost is $6 at each winery and includes samples, an ice-wine glass at each winery, appetizer and special events. Donate a canned-food item to support food banks and receive $1 off. Call 440-298-9838.

Tuesday, March 6: The Twisted Olive’s Twisted Tuesday will feature Gervasi Vineyard wines 5-7 p.m. Enjoy featured drinks, complimentary appetizers and giveaways. The Twisted Olive is at 5430 Massillon Road, North Canton.

Thursday, March 8: Stonehedge Family Fun Center will hold a Cupid Wine and Chocolate tasting 6-8 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes five samples and appetizers. Learn about each wine’s origin and how it is made. The center is at 580 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron. Reservations required. Call 330-928-2161.

Saturday, March 10: The 14th Annual Ice Wine Festival is noon-5 p.m. This is the second of three Saturdays for the progressive tasting, which covers Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards and St. Joseph Vineyards. Each winery will provide a sample of their ice wines. Cost is $6 at each winery and includes samples, an ice-wine glass at each winery, appetizer and special events. Donate a canned-food item to support food banks and receive $1 off. Call 440-298-9838.

Wednesday, March 14: CLE Urban Winery wine club members meet 6-9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to join, just a commitment to buy two bottles per month. Details here. The winery is at 2180B Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Saturday, March 17: The 14th Annual Ice Wine Festival is noon-5 p.m. This is the third of three Saturdays for the progressive tasting, which covers Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards and St. Joseph Vineyards. Each winery will provide a sample of their ice wines. Cost is $6 at each winery and includes samples, an ice-wine glass at each winery, appetizer and special events. Donate a canned-food item to support food banks and receive $1 off. Call 440-298-9838.

Saturday, March 24: Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s Adult Swim series will feature whiskey and bourbon. Details to be announced. The aquarium is at 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland.

Saturday, March 24: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s A Tuscan Getaway will depart at 7:30 p.m. from Akron Northside Station. Gervasi Vineyard will present wines on this two-hour excursion through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Appetizers and commemorative tasting glass are included. Tickets start at $60 plus delivery and preservation fees. Seating is assigned.

Saturday, March 24: Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s Adult Swim series will feature whiskey and bourbon. Cost is $40 ($30, aquarium passholders) and includes light hors d’oeuvres. Event is expected to sell out. The aquarium is at 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland.

APRIL

Wednesday, April 11: CLE Urban Winery wine club members meet 6-9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to join, just a commitment to buy two bottles per month. Details here. The winery is at 2180B Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

JUNE

Friday, June 22: North Coast Wine Club will hold its third annual summer garden party. Email info@northcoastwineclub.net for details.

JULY

Thursday, July 26: North Coast Wine Club has organized a Niagara-on-the-Lake field trip. Email info@northcoastwineclub.net for details.

SEPTEMBER

Friday, Sept. 21: Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s Adult Swim series will feature fall wines. Cost is $40 ($30, aquarium passholders) and includes light hors d’oeuvres. Event is expected to sell out. The aquarium is at 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland.

Saturday, Oct. 20: North Coast Wine Club is holding its third annual Hobo party. Email info@northcoastwineclub.net for details.