Things are swirling all around, and I don’t just mean ocean waves or umbrellas on rainy days.
I mean wine swirling in the glass as you pause to breathe in a wonderful nose before you sip whatever you’re drinking. Wine has been on my mind since attending the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance’s tasting in West Palm Beach on April 11, where 17 wineries showed their best bottles. While the Paso area is known best for its bold reds (my specialty), their whites also glowed, especially chardonnay (Daou) and viognier (Eberle).
Luckily for us all, there are a number of good wine tastings and wine dinners in our near future. Check these out and sign up for one—then drink some varietals or wineries you haven’t tried before, and enjoy the discovery.
Starting at 7 p.m. on April 22, this top-notch Italian restaurant offers a monthly wine dinner with five courses and wines from sparkling to white (Terlano Terlaner blend) to red (such as Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello) and more. Cost is $90 per person; reservations are required. 610 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/337-2532; restaurantsantucci.com
On April 26, this is a different kind of wine dinner. Here you’ll share the retail cost of an $1,499 bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild (a receipt for the wine will be shown at the event). You order from the menu and pay your own food bill. Never tasted wine that cost more than $1,000? Here’s your chance, plus Buccan’s terrific food. 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach; 772/485-6402; buccanpalmbeach.com
A Kenwood Vineyards wine dinner will be held April 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. You will work your way through wines from this Sonoma County winery that include sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, merlot, zinfandel and a Lillet spritz for dessert. Dishes include seared lion fish, gazpacho. Lobster fra Diablo, chicken “osso bucco” and dessert. Cost is $68 per person. 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/313-2210; bistro1001.com
III Forks Prime Steakhouse
Burgundy wine country will be highlighted May 1 at at Wine Down Wednesday here, with chef-sommelier Tommy Nevill guiding tasters through vintages from 2015 to 2016. Included will be chardonnays, pinot noir and rouge cuvee. Cost is $25 per person that includes the six pours and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are required. 4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/630-3660; 3forks.com:
West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault
The first dinner for this venue’s wine club, on May 9 diners will have a four-course meal paired with four wines from the portfolio, plus an additional guest wine. Cost is $87.50 per person, starting at 6:30 p.m. 332 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 561/619-8813; westpalmbeer.com