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slides: Best Winter Events For Beer, Wine + Cocktail Drinkers

Saturday, January 05, 2013


Drink up, Rhode Island. We've scouted the tundra for the best winter events for everyone who loves beer, wine and cocktails--from beer dinners and beer fests to special wine tastings and more. Winter just got a little warmer.


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Beer Dinner

Newport Storm + Brick Alley Pub Beer Dinner

Brick Alley Pub, Newport

February 20, 6pm

Join Brick Alley's Matt Plumb and Newport Storm's Brent Ryan for a feast of 4 courses, each paired with a matching Storm selection, for a dead of winter feast.

As a special treat, you'll also enjoy Coastal Brewing's hot buttered Thomas Tew Rum with dessert. That's worth the trip to Newport alone.

Tickets are $49 per person, and are limited, so reserve early. Call Brick Alley Pub at (401) 849-3664 to reserve.

Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames St, Newport.

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Red, White & Blues Party

Red, White & Blues 2

Pell Chafee Performance Center, Providence

January 12, 7pm

Trinity Rep is pleased to announce the return of last winter's premiere event: Red White & Blues, a casual evening featuring food, wine, and and dancing to The Silks, a local blues band. Red White & Blues 2 is co-chaired by Gil MacLean and his wife Michelle Collie, and sponsored by Bottles Fine Wine. The wine tasting will be complimented by delicious culinary offerings from several local restaurants.

Tickets are $70 and are available now online at www.trinityrep.com, by phone at 401-351-4242, or in person at the Trinity Rep Box Office at 201 Washington St. in Providence. A $100 VIP ticket is also available, which includes parking for the event and entrance into an exclusive champagne tasting.

Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire St, Providence.

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Chez Pascal

Bordeaux Wine Dinner

Chez Pascal, Providence

January 31

In conjunction with Town Wine & Spirits, Chez Pascal will feature special wines from Chateau Angelus, St. Emillion, Bordeaux, and Jean-Bernard Grenie from the chateau will be in the house.

The menu promises delights from a cocoa nib and corn meal crusted crispy squid with grilled polenta and sauce vin rouge all the way to a pear custard gratin with blue cheese, sea salt and caramel. Each course is paired with a Bordeaux.

Price of $145 includes menu, wines, tax and gratuity. Call (401) 421-4422 for reservations.

Chez Pascal, 960 Hope St, Providence.

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Castle Hill Beer Dinner

Annual Artisan Beer Dinner

Castle Hill Inn, Newport

January 19, 6:30pm

From the ever-creative kitchen of executive chef Karsten Hart, a five-course gourmet dinner will be paired with brews from Belgium, Scotland, and Germany. Want a preview? An entree tasting of Canadian Wild Boar, which will include roasted rack, shoulder confit, braised cheek & onion tartlet, and brusselkraut and will be paired with Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Germany, a  rich, dark selection with notes of toffee, caramel, elegant dark-malt roastiness, and pure malt.

Ready to reserve? Cost is $95 per person; tax and gratuity are additional. Call Castle Hill Inn at (401) 848-0918 x 150.

Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Dr, Newport.

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Flight Nights

Flight Nights at The Winery

Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington, CT

Wednesdays in Jan + Feb, 7-9pm

Cocktail-style evenings at the winery sampling cellared vintage of different varietals paired with gourmet small bites from a featured restaurant. Chat with the winemaker and the evening's chef, sample products from a featured purveyor or area farmer. Price include free-flowing wine from the cellar (and barrel sampling too, when available!), charcuterie and cheese table, featured farmer samples and food pairings. Space is limited to ensure an intimate gathering. $50 per person, or $175 for all 4 nights. 

January 9 Cabernet Sauvignon; Featuring small bite pairing from Daniel Packer Inne (Mystic)

January 23 Zinfandel; Featuring small bite pairing from Gracies (Providence)

February 6 Cabernet Franc; Featuring small bite pairing from Viking Hotel (Newport)

February 20 Syrah; Featuring small bite pairing from CW Chops & Catch (Manchester)

Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Maine Rd, North Stonington, CT, (860) 535-0202.

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Bourbon Dinner

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Dinner

Farmstead, Providence

April 4, 6pm

Okay, this isn't a winter event, but it will sell out so fast, you need to book it this winter and prepare. Julian Van Winkle III and Matt Jennings are collaborating on a 4-course dinner featuring tastings of special 12-, 15-, 20- and 23-year-old bourbons. Julian will be on hand to chat prior to the dinner, and guide the lucky few through the meal, along with Jennings.

Tickets are $200 each, and are limited to 4 per person. Available at Bottles Fine Wine, 141 Pitman St, Providence.

Farmstead, 186 Wayland Ave, Providence.

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RI Brew Fest

Rhode Island Brew Fest

The Pawtucket Armory, Pawtucket

February 2

Don't miss this inaugural event that is sure to put a bounce into the beginning of February. The Rhode Island Brew Fest presented by Narragansett Beer, is a celebration of American craft breweries. Look for 30+ breweries with over 100 styles of beer to sample from. The event will have two, three-hour sessions from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m and 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Each session will held in the beautiful, newly renovated Drill Hall and will feature live music throughout.

Gen'l admission $45, VIP admission $75, designated driver $15. For more information on pricing and more, go here.

Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange St, Pawtucket.

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Providence Wine Academy

Providence Wine Academy

Aspire Seasonal Kitchen Private Wine Room, Providence

February 7, 6:30pm

GoLocalProv's own wine critic, Steffen Rasch, hosts monthly tastings that are fun, delicious, and enlightening. In February, don't miss his night featuring wines from Spain and Portugal.

After a welcome aperitif, Steffen will guide you through the history, traditions and winemaking culture of these two important wine producing nations. After that, the fun really begins as the group will blind taste 10 different quality examples from both countries (4 whites and 6 reds) in 5 blind, head-to-head comparative wine tastings.

Tickets are $30 per person, all inclusive. To book a reservation, go here.

Aspire Seasonal Kitchen, 311 Westminster St, Providence.

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Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun WineFest '13

Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

January 25-27

It's the 10th anniversary for this exciting wine and food festival, and you can bet that Mohegan Sun has big things planned, including the Grand Tasting, Celebrity Chef Dine Around, Elite Cru Tasting, Bourbon Tasting and Bubbles & Bon Bons. Plus, the all-new event, All Things Food with Bobby Flay.

To get all the details and register, check out the website, here.

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Chateau Ste Michelle Family of Wines Dinner

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Winebar, Providence

January 11, 6:30pm

Part of Fleming's special winter dinners, this night pairs Chateau Ste Michelle wines with a sumptuous menu, including Lobster Salad Phyllo Bites, Crispy Duck Breast, Roasted Snapper, and more.

Tickets are $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Fleming's, One West Exchange St, Providence, (401) 533-9000.


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