French Tastes

Mon. March 5

5-7 p.m.


Avondale Wine and Cheese

813B Savannah Hwy.


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For those Francophiles who need more than a good French fry to make it through the week, Avondale Wine and Cheese has got the fix. Just show up on Monday, give cheese expert Manoli Davani Grayson a fiver, and warm your little French-loving heart with samples of hard-to-pronounce beers, five wines, and artisanal cheeses from a country that’s been in business a lot longer than most. France has some serious experience in making good wines and aging cheese to perfection, but Grayson says a lot of people aren’t particularly crazy about French beer. She likes the way they taste, though. So go try Tutz, Jenlain, and Castelain beer in this laid-back, “rustic but elegant” wine and cheese shop and see what you think. MONDAY

Vertical Cab Tasting

Chef Brett McKee teams up with Jordan Winery for a complimentary vertical tasting of cabernet sauvignon at 5:30 p.m. Following the wine tasting, McKee will pair the wines for five courses including beef carpaccio, four mushroom and gruyere tart, grilled squab, and sliced Tuscan-rubbed Chateaubriand. Wed. Feb. 28, 5:30-11 p.m. $150 for dinner. Oak Steakhouse, 17 Broad St. 722-4220.

Perrin and Fils and Chateau de Beaucastel Wine Dinner

Enjoy a rare treat as fifth generation winemaker Marc Perrin of Chateau de Beaucastel in Orange, France, joins Chef Anthony Gray for an unforgettable evening complete with a five-course meal and wine matched to perfection. Reservations required. Wed. Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. $120/person. High Cotton, 199 East Bay St. 724-3815. www.high-cotton.net

Arlaana Wine Tastings

Tasting of wines from around the world accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Each Wed. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20. Arlaana Restaurant, 259 Seven Farms Dr. 471-2400. www.arlaana.com

German Wines

Exploring German wines and Azura from Carolina Wine Source. Thurs. March 1, 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 810-0088.

In Good Tastings

Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. 763-5597.

Wine Tasting at O’Hara and Flynn

Weekly wine tastings and cheese pairings selected by the staff. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. and Sat. 3-5 p.m. $5 donation. O’Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. 534-1916.

Wine Tasting

The bar varies the four wines offered each Friday, so stop by for a surprise. Each Fri. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $3. Grazi’s, I’on Square. 216-2087.


Charleston Tea Plantation Tours

America’s only tea plantation, now owned by R.C. Bigelow, is open to visitors. Take a narrated, bus tour of the fields and see how tea is made, talk to tea experts, and sample American Classic Tea. Each Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. 559-0383. www.charlestonteagardens.com

Wine Lover’s Happy Hour

Wine flights of five different wines of varying themes. Each Tues.-Sat. 5-7 p.m. $5 for 5 (2 oz. pours). Amuse, 1720 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 573-8778.

Thoroughbred Club Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea with all the trimmings; reservations strongly suggested. Each Mon.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. $22/Classic Charleston, $27/ South of Broad. Thoroughbred Club, 205 Meeting St. Charleston Place Hotel. 722-4900 x7689.

St. Supery Wine Dinner

Chef Colin Flynn teams up with Mark Fine from St. Supery wines for a five-course wine dinner that will feature three white and two red wines including Meritage blends. Seating limited. Sat. March 3, 7 p.m. $125. Six Tables, Belle Hall Shopping Center. 664-G Long Point Road. 971-8850. www.sixtablescharleston.com

Red Drum Wine Pairing

Red Drum offers an Austrian-inspired evening with four courses, four wines, and lots of information on Austria. Mon. March 5, 6 p.m. $30 all-inclusive. Red Drum Gastropub, 803 Coleman Blvd. 849-0313.

Beyond the Basics

Classes focusing on a single-subject in-depth to teach more advanced cooking techniques and concepts. A new series begins on Feb. 26. Each Mon. 6:30 p.m. Through March 26. $60/class, $240/5-classes. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com

Flight Night

Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. 853-8466.

J. Bistro Wine Tasting

Pasquale Pellicoro hosts a wine tasting of at least four wines accompanied by fun finger foods. Each Tues. 5:30-7 p.m. $10. J. Bistro, 819 Coleman Blvd. 971-7778. www.jbistro.net

Fine Art of Cooking

Chef Tarver King will provide a step-by-step demonstration of this month’s tasting menu, which is inspired by Trappist monks. The class will be followed by a three-course meal. Tues. March 6, 5:30 p.m. $54 demo and dinner, $35 demo only. Woodlands Dining Room, 125 Parsons Road. 875-2600.

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