This week in gluttony
It’s a wine-filled week, with wine tastings, dinners, and classes dominating the list appropriately leading up to National Drink Wine Day on Friday. By week’s end, bourbon and whiskey enter the scene with two high-end tastings. By the time Monday rolls around, regroup with a cooking class on a Japanese classic dish.
Monday, February 14
Bubbles & Strings at Burnett Park
As a precursor to Valentine's Day dinner, stroll over to Burnett Park in downtown Fort Worth for "Bubbles & Strings: Live Violin under the Singing Trees." From 6-7 pm, musician Armond Vance will light up the "singing trees" with his violin playing. Chateau Ste. Michelle will provide complimentary champagne sips, paired with complimentary chocolates from Neighbor's House Grocery (while supplies last). It's free to attend.
Thursday, February 17
Penfolds Wine Flights & Bites at Cat City Grill
Four of Australia’s prestigious Penfolds wines will be paired with bites from the West Magnolia Avenue restaurant during this weeknight wine tasting. Seats are expected to go fast, so call to make a reservation. The tasting is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6 pm.
Valentine’s Wine Dinner at Thirty-Eight & Vine
Didn’t get Valentine’s Day reservations in time? Not to fret. The Foundry District wine bar is hosting a post-Valentine’s Day Valentine’s wine dinner featuring four lovely courses from the even lovelier Jenny Powell-Castor of Luckybee Kitchen. There’ll be steamed mussels, burrata and greens, braised beef short rib gnocchi, and winter citrus upside down cake. Wines from Ackerman Family Vineyards will be paired with each course. Dinner is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6:30 pm.
Fortaleza Tequila Tasting at Hotel Dryce
The Hotel Dryce Lobby Bar hosts a tequila tasting with Fortaleza and Victory Wine Group from 6-8 pm. Each $30 ticket includes a guided tasting by Konrad from Victory, a Fortaleza flight (Blanco, Anejo, and Reposado), and a Blanco Margarita. Reserve tickets here and pay at the door; space is limited.
Friday, February 18
Riedel Glass Tasting at Hotel Vin
It’s National Drink Wine Day and the wine-themed Grapevine hotel is celebrating with an educational class that goes beyond wine varietals. What about the glass into which wine is poured? This class will demonstrate why glass shape matters and how the vessel affects the taste. Four wines will be poured, from Sauvignon Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon, in their varietal-specific glass from Riedel. The tasting alone is $60, or guests may take the glass set home for $125. Arrive by 6:30 pm.
Saturday, February 19
Whiskey Tasting at Off the Vine
This Grapevine wine bar will divert from its typical offerings to host a whiskey tasting featuring Speyside sherry cask whiskies — a.k.a. “the good stuff.” Guests can expect to sample Macallan, Glendronach, and Glenfarclas. The tasting is $69 per person, which includes six whiskey tastings and light bites. Reservations required. The tasting will run from 3-5 pm.
Rare Blanton’s Bourbon Tasting at Hooligan’s Pub
Prepare to pony up for a chance to experience the often hard to find Blanton’s bourbon. Tickets are $229.99 (plus around $15 in fees) for this tasting that will include five varieties of the Blanton’s brand, some of which can’t be found for sale in the U.S. Each one-ounce pour will be paired with bites ranging from meatballs to apple pie. The tasting begins at 7 pm.
Monday, February 21
Japanese Katsu Curry Class at The Table
The Near Southside market and culinary studio will show participants how to make curry sauce from scratch during this hands-on class. The menu will include crispy chicken katsu, white rice, and Japanese pickles. The class is $70 and begins at 5 pm.