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Wine calendar: Vaccaro’s ‘wallet-friendly dinner’, The Wine Spot tastings, more

March 20, 2018 GMT

Wine calendar: Vaccaro’s ‘wallet-friendly dinner’, The Wine Spot tastings, more

CLEVELAND, Ohio - BVaccaro’s has a ’wallet-friendly dinner planned, The Wine Spot has a ton of tastings, and many other events are set thrhoughout Northeast Ohio in our weekly win calendar. Deadline to submit info is Thursday; email me. Cheers!

MARCH

Tuesday, March 20: Veranda Bistro and Bar will hold a dinner featuring Fiddlehead Cellars and owner/winemaker Kathy Joseph at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $65. Veranda is at 32045 Detroit Road, Avon. Wines to be served: 2014 Gruner Veltliner, 2013 Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 728 Fiddlestix Pinot Noir, 2012 Oldsville Pinot Noir Reserve, 2011 Lollapalooza Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Tuesday, March 20: Cru Uncorked will hold a Pahlmeyer tasting at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $60 (includes tax and tip). Cru Uncorked is at 34300 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills.

Wednesday, March 21: North Coast Wine Club will hold its wine-of-the-month tasting featuring Nebbiolo 6:30-8 p.m. Tastings occur on the third Wednesday each month. Cost is $20 and include snacks. The club, at 30700 Bainbridge Road, Solon, welcomes new members.

Wednesday, March 21: L’Albatros will hold a Champagne Collet dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $125. L’Albatros is at 11401 Bellflower Road, Cleveland. Call 216-791-7880. Champagne Collet wines to be served (all non-vintage unless noted): Blanc de Blanc Premier Cru, Brut Rose, Brut Vintage 2006 Collection Privee, Esprit Couture, Brut Art Deco Premier Cru.

Thursday, March 22: Heinen’s will hold a six-course Piedmont wine dinner 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is $35. It’s at 20 Shopping Center Dr., Chagrin Falls.

Thursday, March 22: The Galaxy Restaurant, Steakhouse and Wine Room will hold a seven-course Piedmont Italian wine dinner 7-9:30 p.m. Cost is $85. The Galaxy is at 201 Park Centre Dr., Wadsworth. Call 330-334-3663. Wines to be served: Spumante Brut, Gavi Grifone Delle Roveri, Roero Riserva Porello, Carema Riserva, Giacosa Barbaresco Montifico and Fenocchio Barolo Bussia.

Thursday, March 22: Cork and Barrel Wine Bar will celebrate Women’s History Month with a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $47. (Wines will be available at retail cost the night of the dinner.) To be served: Domaine Montrose Viognier, Domaine de Pajot 4 Cepages, Les Volets Pinot Noir, Palazzi Nero D’Avola and Domaine de Cristia Côtes Du Rhône. Cork and Barrel is at 35800 Detroit Road, Avon. Tickets can be purchased via eventbrite.

Thursday, March 22: L’Albatros will hold TerrWars at 7 p.m. It will pit Domaine Drouhin vs. Joseph Drouhin wines. A pair of wines (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from France and Oregon) will be served for each of five courses, and two wine representatives will attend. Cost is $125. L’Albatros is at 11401 Bellflower Road, Cleveland. Call 216-791-7880.

Friday, March 23: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature French-style Chilean wines at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Friday, March 23: Rozi’s Wine House will hold a tasting featuring Simi and Estancia wines 6-8 p.m. Five wines from each winery will be poured. Cost is $25. Click here for tickets. Rozi’s is at 14900 Detroit Road, Lakewood.

Friday, March 23: West Point Market will hold a Tour of Europe tasting at 7 p.m. Twenty wines will be poured. Cost is $40. Call 330-864-2151 for reservations. West Point is at 33 Shiawassee Ave., Akron.

Friday, March 23: Heinen’s will hold a Reds, Whites, Rose and More tasting 6-8 p.m. Cost is $15. It’s at 18300 Royalton Road, Strongsville.

Friday, March 23: Lilly Handmade Chocolates will hold Wine About It - wine, chocolate and cheese - at noon. Includes four 2-ounce pours paired with three cheeses and three chocolates, along with roasted nuts, dried fruit and crackers. Cost is $30. No reservations needed. Lilly is at 761 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland.

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.

Saturday, March 24: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature French-style Chilean wines at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Saturday, March 24: Western Reserve Wines’ weekly tasting is themed Welcome Spring. (Spring officially starts Tuesday, March 20.) Vanguard Wines’ Whitney DeJohn will host. Tasting is 2-5 p.m. and costs $10. WRW is at 28300 Miles Road, Solon.

Saturday, March 24: Heinen’s will hold a Welcome Spring! tasting noon-3:30 p.m. Taste sunny whites and crisp rosés paired with light cheeses. Cost is per taste. It’s at 20 Shopping Center Dr., Chagrin Falls.

Thursday, March 29: Western Reserve Wines will hold a seminar on Sherry 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $30.Three certified Sherry specialists will lead the sit-down tasting, explore the drink, and break the myth that Sherry is mostly sweet. Reservations are required. Email info@westernreservewines.com or call 440-498-9463. WRW is at 28300 Miles Road, Solon.

Thursday, March 29: CLE Urban Winery will hold a Wine Components and Enhanced Tasting Class 7-8:30 p.m. Learn terms like tannin, residual sugar, acidity and body, American vs. French vs. Hungarian oak, and more. It’s a “hands-on / palate-on” class. Class is $20 and includes samples. CLE Urban Winery is at 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Friday, March 30: Heinen’s will hold Bubbles Because: It’s Cava Time! 6-8 p.m. Taste six Spanish sparklers. Cost is $15. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. It’s at 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Friday, March 30: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature In Like a Lion/Lamb tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir at 5 p.m. (Weather will dictate.) Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Saturday, March 31: Western Reserve Wines will feature wines for Easter or Passover. Private Reserve’s Rick Tanski will guide the tasting 2-5 p.m. Cost is $10. WRW is at 28300 Miles Road, Solon.

Saturday, March 31: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature In Like a Lion/Lamb tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir at 11 a.m. (Weather will dictate.) Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Saturday, March 31: Wines from CLE Urban Winery will be offered for 25-cent sample charge 1-4 p.m. at Heinen’s, 115 N. Chillicothe Road, Aurora.

Saturday, March 31: Wines from CLE Urban Winery will be offered for 25-cent sample charge 1-4 p.m. at Heinen’s, 16611 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights.

APRIL

Monday, April 2: The Wine Spot will hold a tasting and bottle signing with Vincent Jaboulet of Domaine Philippe 6-8 p.m. Five of the wines – in Ohio for the first time - will be available for tasting. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Tuesday, April 3: Salt+ will host a pairing dinner with winemaker Robert Biale of Biale Vineyards in Napa Valley, California. Biale was named 2018 Winery of the Year by the American Fine Wine Competition. Salt+ is at 17625 Detroit Road, Lakewood.

Thursday, April 5: Ruth’s Chris Steak House will hold its second of six TasteMaker Dinners with wine pairings. The second five-course dinner will feature Belle Glos wines of California. Seating is limited; call 216-539-8404 for reservations and price. (There is a fee if cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the event.) Ruth’s Chris is at 200 Public Square, Cleveland.

Friday, April 6: Amy’s Arbors will hold a tasting of four wines perfect for spring and paired with a menu. Cost is $35. Amy’s Arbors is at 6735 Center Road, Valley City. Call for reservations, 330-483-9463.

Friday, April 6: Heinen’s will a Pinot Noir Blind Tasting 6-8 p.m. Tasters will guess the origin of six Pinots. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cost is $15. It’s 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Friday, April 6: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature a Zinfandel tasting at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Saturday, April 7: CLE Urban Winery will hold a Red Wine Sensory Class 3-4:30 p.m. Learn about flavor profiles in a “hands-on and nose-on” way. Class is $20 and includes samples. CLE Urban Winery is at 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Saturday, April 7: Heinen’s will hold Bubbles Because: American Bubbles! 2-4 p.m. Celebrate the start of the Cleveland Indians season with six different American sparklers. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cost is $15. It’s 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Saturday, April 7: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature a Zinfandel tasting at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Tuesday, April 10: Cru Uncorked will hold a Sauvignon Blanc from Around the World Wine Tasting at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $35 (includes tax and tip). Cru Uncorked is at 34300 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills.

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.

Thursday, April 12: Heinen’s will feature food and wine of Camino, Spain, 6-8 p.m. Cost is $35. It’s at 20 Shopping Center Dr., Chagrin Falls.

Friday, April 13: Heinen’s will hold Taste Tuscany 6-8 p.m. Taste six wines from the famous Italian wine region. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cost is $15. It’s 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Friday, April 13: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature a Malbec tasting at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Saturday, April 14: M Cellars will hold a tasting from its upcoming vintage in its barrel room. Tastings are 12:30 and 3 p.m. It is limited to 20 people per session and requires pre-paid $15 reservations ($10, members). RSVP via email to tara@mcellars.com. M Cellars is at 6193 S. River Road W, Geneva.

Saturday, April 14: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature a Malbec tasting at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Wednesday, April 18: Pat O’Brien’s Fine Wines and Spirits will host Newton Vineyards of Napa Valley, California, at Sara’s Place at 7 p.m. Winemaker Alberto Bianchi is scheduled to attend. Taste unfiltered wines as well as three new single-vineyard Cabernets from Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain and Yountville. Seven wines will be paired with food. Cost is $140 (includes tax and tip). Seating is limited. Sara’s Place is at 1501 Chagrin River Road, Gates Mills. For reservations, email finewines@patobriens.net or call 216-831-8680.

Thursday, April 19: Grapes under Glass wine event kicks off its four-day run with a dinner at Heinen’s and the Metropolitan at the 9 in downtown Cleveland. It will be at the Heinen’s rotunda, adjacent to the Metropolitan at the 9 at Euclid Avenue and E. 9th Street in downtown Cleveland.

Thursday, April 19: Vaccaro’s Trattoria will hold a wallet-friendly wines dinner – five wines and five courses for $55 at 6:30 p.m. No wine is priced more than $15. Call 330-666-5158. Vaccaro’s is 1000 at Ghent Road, Akron.

Thursday, April 19: The Wine Spot will host Wine Trends Executive Vice President Brent Wagener, who will guide a tasting of four small California producers. It’s at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 plus tax and tip. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Friday, April 20: Grapes under Glass wine event’s second of four days will feature a California Blue Chip wine dinner at Heinen’s and the Metropolitan at the 9 in downtown Cleveland. It will be at the Heinen’s rotunda, adjacent to the Metropolitan at the 9 at Euclid Avenue and E. 9th Street in downtown Cleveland.

Friday, April 20: The Wine Spot will feature the wines of Bonny Doon and winemaker Randall Gram 6-9 p.m. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Friday, April 20: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature a Cabernet Sauvignon tasting at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Friday, April 20: Wines from CLE Urban Winery will be offered for 25-cent sample charge 4-7 p.m. at Heinen’s, 20 Shopping Center Dr., Chagrin Falls.

Saturday, April 21: Grapes under Glass wine event’s third of four days will feature educational and tasting seminars at Heinen’s and the Metropolitan at the 9 in downtown Cleveland. It will be at the Heinen’s rotunda, adjacent to the Metropolitan at the 9 at Euclid Avenue and E. 9th Street in downtown Cleveland.

Saturday, April 21: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature a Cabernet Sauvignon tasting at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Sunday, April 22: Grapes under Glass wine event’s finale will feature a Champagne brunch in downtown Cleveland. It’s a joint event between Heinen’s and the Metropolitan at the 9 in downtown Cleveland. Tickets prices and details are in the works.

Thursday, April 26: Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern is planning a Highway 12 Winery wine dinner. The winery is in California. Cost is $50. Blue Canyon is at 8960 Wilcox Dr., Twinsburg. Call 330-486-2583 for time and wines.

Friday, April 27: The Culinary Institute at the Chef’s Garden will hold Uncorked: Discovering Sake 6:30-9:30 p.m. The folks at the institute they recently tasted Sakes that “shattered” their pre-conceived notions. The six-course dinner will be guided by Jonathan Edwards, a Sake specialist based in Chicago with importer-distributor Vine Connections. Doors open at 6:30, presentation begins at 7, dinner is served by 7:30. Cost: Dinner with pairing is $144. Without pairing is $84. Tips are included. CVI is at 12304 Mudbrook Road, Milan. It’s about 57 miles from downtown Cleveland.

Friday, April 27: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature a tasting of blends at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

Saturday, April 28: The Olde Wine Cellar will feature a tasting of blends at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 and includes samples, notes and cheese. The Olde Wine Cellar is at 7932 Main St., Olmsted Falls. Call 440-427-1222.

MAY

Wednesday, May 2: CLE Urban Winery will hold a White Wine Sensory Class. 7-8:30 Learn about flavor profiles in a “hands-on and nose-on” way. Class is $20 and includes samples. CLE Urban Winery is at 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Thursday, May 3: Ruth’s Chris Steak House will hold its third of six TasteMaker Dinners with wine pairings. The third five-course dinner will feature Freemark Abbey wines of California. Seating is limited; call 216-539-8404 for reservations and price. (There is a fee if cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the event.) Ruth’s Chris is at 200 Public Square, Cleveland.

Thursday, May 3: The Wine Spot is celebrating Oregon Wine Month with a tasting 6-9 p.m. every Thursday in May. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Thursday, May 10: The Wine Spot is celebrating Oregon Wine Month with a tasting 6-9 p.m. every Thursday in May. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Friday, May 11: Heinen’s will hold Bouquet of “Roses” 6-8 p.m. Sample a dozen roses. Call for reservations and price, 440-449-4478. It’s at 860 Som Center Road, Mayfield Village.

Saturday, May 12: The Wine Spot will feature 2017 Rosé wines 4-7 p.m. at its annual tasting. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Saturday, May 12: Heinen’s will feature wines for mom noon-4 p.m. Several wine representatives will pour whites, reds and roses. It’s at 8482 E. Washington St., Bainbridge.

Thursday, May 17: The Wine Spot is celebrating Oregon Wine Month with a tasting 6-9 p.m. every Thursday in May. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Thursday, May 24: The Wine Spot is celebrating Oregon Wine Month with a tasting 6-9 p.m. every Thursday in May. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Thursday, May 31: The Wine Spot is celebrating Oregon Wine Month with a tasting 6-9 p.m. every Thursday in May. The Wine Spot is at 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

JUNE

Friday, June 1: The opening night of the two-day WVIZ Grand Tastings and Seminars is scheduled. Main tasting is 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets include hearty apps, desserts, souvenir glass and plate, silent auction and subscription to Wine Spectator. Tickets are $75; designated-driver tickets are $50. Ideastream is at 1375 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Saturday, June 2: The second of the two-day WVIZ Grand Tastings and Seminars are scheduled. Main tasting is 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets include hearty apps, desserts, souvenir glass and plate, silent auction and subscription to Wine Spectator. Tickets are $75; designated-driver tickets are $50. Five educational and topic-focused seminars are at 1 and 4 p.m. and range from $40 to $100. Chef Jacques Pepin will host a food demonstration at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $100. A limited number of tickets are available for a VIP dinner with Pépin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $300. Ideastream is at 1375 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Saturday, June 2: CLE Urban Winery will hold a Food and Wine Pairing Basics Class 3-4:30 p.m. While there is no art to pairing wine with food, there is a science underlying certain matchups, for good and not-so-good. Class is $25 and includes wine and food. CLE Urban Winery is at 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Saturday, June 23: North Coast Wine Club will hold its third annual summer garden party. Email info@northcoastwineclub.net for details.

Thursday, June 21: Ruth’s Chris Steak House will hold its fourth of six TasteMaker Dinners with wine pairings. The fourth five-course dinner will feature Caymus Vineyards of California. Seating is limited; call 216-539-8404 for reservations and price. (There is a fee if cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the event.) Ruth’s Chris is at 200 Public Square, Cleveland.

JULY

Friday, July 13: CLE Urban Winery will hold a Grapes to Glass Class 7-8:30 p.m. This Wine Made Fun 101 session will give an overview of principles and practices used to grow grapes and make wine, and their impact on appearance, aroma, flavor and taste. Cost is $20 and includes a glass of wine. CLE Urban Winery is at 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Friday, July 20: Uncorked Medina Wine Festival is 3-9 p.m. at Buffalo Creek Retreat. Cost: $25 (advance online), $30 (at the door), $10 (designated driver), $150 (four-course dinner). Event includes wine and craft-beer tastings, food trucks, entertainment and marketplace. Proceeds benefit Friends of Medina County Parks. The fest is at 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Medina.

Saturday, July 21: Uncorked Medina Wine Festival is 1-9 p.m. at Buffalo Creek Retreat. Cost: $25 (advance online), $30 (at the door), $10 (designated driver), $150 (four-course dinner). Event includes wine and craft-beer tastings, food trucks, entertainment and marketplace. Proceeds benefit Friends of Medina County Parks. The fest is at 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Medina.

Thursday, July 26: North Coast Wine Club is planning a three-day field trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries in Canada. Email the club for itinerary and details.

AUGUST

Thursday, Aug. 23: Ruth’s Chris Steak House will hold its fifth of six TasteMaker Dinners with wine pairings. The fifth five-course dinner will feature Veuve Clicquot of France. Seating is limited; call 216-539-8404 for reservations and price. (There is a fee if cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the event.) Ruth’s Chris is at 200 Public Square, Cleveland.

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.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Ruth’s Chris Steak House will hold its sixth of six TasteMaker Dinners with wine pairings. The sixth five-course dinner will feature Stag’s Leap of California. Seating is limited; call 216-539-8404 for reservations and price. (There is a fee if cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the event.) Ruth’s Chris is at 200 Public Square, Cleveland.

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