What did we say a couple of weeks ago? That wine dinners are coming out of the woodwork this time of year. Here's a new batch, starting with Bin 36's Wine 103, the third in its series of "Bin School" classes. Wine 103 is about pairing cheese and wine; wine director Brian Duncan will show you the basics of food and wine pairing and then break out the cheese to show how wine and cheese can enhance each other. The class and everything you'll eat and drink in it is $60, it's on Tuesday, June 19th, and you go here for tickets. Now on to more wine dinners.
The Winemaker: Paul Hobbs, Russian River maker of chardonnay and pinot noir.
The Restaurant: Chicago Cut Steakhouse.
The Details: June 11, 6:30 p.m. 5-course meal, $250; call 312-329-1800 for reservations.
The Winemaker: Domodimonti Winery, natural winemaker in the Marche region of Italy.
The Restaurant: Gioco.
The Details: June 14, 7:00 p.m. 5-course meal, $75; call 312-939-3870 for reservations.
The Winemaker: Caymus Collection.
The Restaurant: Agio Italian Bistro in Palatine.
The Details: June 18, 6:30 p.m. 5-course meal, $90; call 847-991-2150 for reservations.
The Winemaker: Assorted "French Masters."
The Restaurant: Mon Ami Gabi.
The Details: June 19, 6:30 p.m. 5-course meal, $65; call 773-348-8886 for reservations.
The Winemaker: Franciscan Estate, maker of Cabernet and Bordeaux varietals, Napa Valley.
The Restaurant: Phil Stefani's 437 Rush.
The Details: June 26, 6:30 p.m. 5-course meal, $85; call 312-222-0101 for reservations.
The Winemaker: Penfolds, with tastings of their 2007 Penfolds Cellar RSV Pinot Noir, their 2009 Bin 389 Shiraz/Cabernet blend; then their 2009 Bin 28 Shiraz; representative John Hartford will be in attendance.
The Restaurant: Geja's Cafe.
The Details: July 9, reception at 6:30 p.m. 4-course meal, $55; call 773-281-9101 for reservations.
The Winemaker: Silver Oak Cellars, cab makers for 40 years in Napa and Alexander Valley, which is what these dinners will celebrate, with someone from the winery in attendance.
The Restaurant: Gibsons, Chicago, Oak Brook and Rosemont.
The Details: July 10, 6:00 p.m. 7-course meal, wine pairings, a portion of the $225 all-inclusive cost will go to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.