Raise a glass: It’s Winefest week

It’s one of my favorite weekends of the spring: WINEFEST WEEKEND!!!

I don’t like to miss the Grand Tasting, which this year is on Saturday. It fills Century II with around 350 different wines to sample along with food from several of Wichita’s best restaurants. (I’ll have a full story about the event up on Kansas.com by Wednesday and in the paper on Friday.)

But Winefest isn’t just the Grand Tasting. It also includes several pre-events, but it’s hard to get tickets for them. (The sold-out-in-seconds Walkabout is a good example.)

The Winefest schedule also includes several wine dinners the day before the tasting. Two of them already are sold out, but tickets for a third one are still available. It features Sean Roney, son of Pat Roney, who is the owner of Gerard Winery & Windsor Sonoma Winery.

The dinner is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Marriott Wichita, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive. Tickets are $125 a person, and part of the proceeds for the dinner benefit the Guadalupe Clinic and are a 2012 tax deduction.

The multi-course meal’s entree will be a pan seared tenderloin of beef with horseradish chips and grilled multi-colored Swiss chard.

Reservations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday by calling 316-682-5502.