Lots of wine events coming up for Wichita

This weekend is the Midwest Beerfest, but wine lovers have lots of options too.

Following are a few wine events scheduled at various venues in the area.

Hangar One Steakhouse Wine Flight Dinner: Radio personalities Brett Harris and Anita Cochran will be among the guests at this dinner, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday. It’ll feature four courses, each one paired with wine. The main course is beef Wellington with grilled asparagus and potato souffle. The cost is $39.99 a person, and RSVPs are required at 316-941-4900.

Grace Hill Winery’s Fall Release Party: The winery at 6310 S. Grace Hill Road in Whitewater will premiere several wines, some reformulated and some brand new, at its release party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The winery will also be serving buffalo meatballs, sweet potato hummus, turkey/cheese wraps, quinoa salad and chocolate balls. Admission is $20 a person, and RSVPs are required at 316-799-2511.

Mike’s Wine Dive Wine & Cheese Pairing: This event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, will feature five wines paired with five high-end cheeses. Admission is $30 a person, and credit card reservation are required at mikeswinedive.com.

Bordeaux Wine Tasting at aVenue Banquet Hall: This wine tasting, put on by Auburn Spirits, is at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at 13303 W. Maple and will feature seven Bordeaux wines plus snacks  plus a Riedel wine glass to keep.  Admission is $35 a person. Reservations are required by calling 316-440-1111.

Hangar One Steakhouse: Bike then eat

Hangar One Steakhouse at 5925 W. Kellogg has organized a charity biking event that will end in a free gourmet hot dog feast.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 21, and will include a 10-mile bike tour through Learjet and Wichita aircraft facilities.

Following the bike tour, which is billed a family friendly, the restaurant will put on the hot dog feast and offer live music.

The event departs at 9 a.m. July 21 from Hangar One Steakhouse. Registration is $15 by following this link or by stopping in at the restaurant.

Money raised will benefit the Kansas Humane Society.

Updated Valentine’s Day dining list

Luciano' owner Luciano Mottol has special plans for Valentine's Day diners.

As promised, I’ve updated my list of Valentine’s Day dining options and have added the special meals being offered at Luciano’s, Granite City, Hangar One and Mediterranean Grill.

There’s probably still time to make reservations if you act soon.

A full week of Scotch, wine and courses

Several local restaurants are doing their part to help you get your stomach expanded and your tolerance increased just in time for Thanksgiving.

During the next few days, three wine events and a Scotch tasting are planned at local restaurants. Here are some of your choices:

Chapada Chop House, 2142 N. Tyler Road: The new restaurant is putting on a single malt Scotch tasting with guest speaker Robert Sickler at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The event will feature five Scotch whiskeys and heavy appetizers. Admission is $35 a person. Make reservations at 316-201-4694.

Hangar One, 5925 W. Kellogg: The restaurants monthly Wine Flight Dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday and will feature five courses with wine. Admission is $39.99 a person. Make reservations at 316-941-4900.

Carrabba’s, 3409 N. Rock Road: Carrabba’s monthly wine tasting also is on Wednesday. It’s at  6:30 p.m. and will include five to six wines paired with five to six small plates. It’s $35 a person. Call 316-315-0777 for reservations.

Luca Italian Kitchen, 301 N. Mead: The restaurant’s “Terra” dinner is at 7 p.m.  on Thursday and will feature four courses paired with wines. Tickets $65 a person at 316-262-3232.

Know of any others coming up? Let me know and I”ll put them on my wine and beer events page.

Good eats at Winefest

I love Winefest. I love it so much. Look how much fun I had there last year with my friends Kim and Jill. We ate at least a pound of sushi-style ahi tuna, learned that we love SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc,  hobnobbed with Guy Bower and Brett Harris, and went out to Chester’s for Tumbleweeds when it was all over. Ahhhh. Good times.

This year, I can’t go because I’m otherwise engaged, and I’m very unhappy about missing it. This is one fun event.

You can read my story about the Grand Tasting online tomorrow and in the Go! section on Friday, but in the meantime, I have a list of all the restaurants that will be at Saturday night’s Grand Tasting and what delicious bites they’ll be serving. Organizers secured 14 restaurants this year, including a few new ones — Newport Grill and Gaslamp Grille among them.

Tell me how it is if you go. Sniff. Sniff sniff.

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