Cold? So are we. But never fear -- here are some booze-filled events coming up to warm your cockles, or whatever else needs warming:
- January 21: Five at Five Fridays at Michael's presents "The Unique Expressions of Pinot Noir from Around The World". Every Friday at 5:00 Michael's sommeliers choose five wines from their wine list and offer an unlimited five glass flight for one hour at and around the bar. Chef Robert Ribant prepares hors d'ouvres for the event and there are always experts on hand to answer questions and offer suggestions. This week they're offering five pinot noir wines from around the world including California (in case you've seen Sideways lately), Oregon, Burgundy, New Zealand and Chile. Michael's, 24 West 55th Street. 212-767-0555. $30.
- January 24: Wine Tasting Featuring Rhone Style Reds at Bistro Ten 18. Owner Craig Skiptunis will present over a dozen wines produced in the Rhone Valley in southern France as well as wines from other parts of the world, like California and Australia, that are made from grapes used in the Rhone Valley region. The chef will be preparing some special dishes to accompany the tasting, which will include both Rhones and Rhone style reds. Bistro Ten 18, 1018 Amsterdam Avenue, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., $32.00 in advance. Call 212-662-7600 for reservations.
- January 25: Vino-versity's New York, New York! This tasting event features some of New York's finest wines including reds, whites & dessert wines from Lawngisland, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, & Niagara. Divine Bar West, 236 West 54th St (between Broadway & 8th Ave), 6:30-8:30. For reservations and more information call 212.265.WINE or visit Vino-versity.com.
- January 26: Spicy Club Scouting Mission - Peruvian Cuisine Wine Dinner. Mancora, a restaurant that gets its name from a small fishing village in Peru that has captured the imagination of Owner Shared Rana, who opened the first Mancora in Brooklyn. Now also in the East Village, Mancora serves a seafood-dominated menu that includes eight different ceviches, as well as inland meat dishes such as rotisserie chicken, which is marinated in a sweet-spicy sauce for over two days. The folks at the Spicy Club are holding a scout mission to explore how well they can pair Peruvian food with wine. Mancora, 99 1st Ave. at 6th Street. RSVP is required. Groups of 3 people or more must RSVP by phone only by calling John Zap at 212-255-7191. Singles and doubles can RSVP by email at dine@JohnnyTastebuds.com. For more information visit the Johnny Tastebuds website.
- January 27: Sherry Tasting Paired with Joe Coffee. Peter Seidman, Chef/Proprietor of award winning restaurant Stoney Creek in the Hudson Valley, will prepare three original recipes involving Joe coffee to be paired with Lustau sherries. Jacob Halper of Eurovin SA will be on hand to pour and discuss the 4 different Lustau Sherries. Eurovin SA is one of the most highly regarded importers of wine, handling numerous Bordeaux Chateaux as well as Lustau Sherries, La Rioja Alta and Vega Sicilia, the world famous Ribera del Duero. Joe: The Art of Coffee, 141 Waverly Place, 8:15 p.m. Cost $40, call 212-924-6750 for details.