THIS WEEK NOV. 7 Lovers of art, fine French wine, and tender steak sandwiches: Unite at Morton's of Chicago's First Thursday wine tasting. Try a


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THIS WEEK NOV. 7 Lovers of art, fine French wine, and tender steak sandwiches: Unite at Morton's of Chicago's First Thursday wine tasting. Try a 2000 Cahors Matayac, an Alsace Jean Urdelupsen of the same year, a 1999 Languedoc Lurton Pinot Noir, and don't forget the sandwiches, grilled by executive chef Gary Borneman. Then totter down to the galleries. Free. 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-0550. DOWNTOWN NOV. 9 The lively wines of California's Bonny Doon come to Fremont, not excluding the notorious Cigare Volante. $5. 3-6 p.m. at the Fremont Fresh Market Wine Bar, 3601 Fremont N. (Did we mention it's in FREMONT?) Two local humanitarians get their due as Seattle Central Community College honors culinary power couple Chris and Alice Canlis (yes, those Canlis) at their annual Harvest Dinner. The menu will feature ahi tuna spring rolls, porcini mushroom soup, and roast tenderloin of beef with ginger calvados and roasted shallots, all prepared by students of the Seattle Culinary Academy. $150. 6 p.m. SCCC Fine Dining Room, 1701 Broadway, 206-587-6945. CAPITOL HILL NOV. 9-11 Visit the wineries of the Wet Side in this year's Winery Loop Association open house: Port Angeles to Bainbridge, Sequim to Whidbey, they all open their doors to you for a mere $15. And that includes a cool commemorative glass. Plus fall foliage! 360-683-5229 and NOV. 11 Some of the fine village vintages of Beaujolais to hold you until the release of this year's Beaujolais nouveau on Nov. 22. $18. 6-7p.m. in the Brasserie Margaux, 401 Lenora in the Warwick Hotel DOWNTOWN. Registration 425-865-9907. NOV. 12 A bumper beaker of Belgian-style beers on tap and accompanied by classic Belgian grunts (mussels and leeks, fries, Flemish stew) in the semiannual celebration at Elysian Brewpub. 5-10 p.m., 1221 E. Pike St., CAPITOL HILL. COMING UP NOV. 13 Six wines from Washington's newest (and most distinctive) officially recognized viticultural area, Red Mountain. Wines from Sandhill, McCrea, and Hedges Cellars will be sampled at this program sponsored by the Northwest Enological Society. $20 (members $15). 7 p.m. at 2100 Boyer E. (St. Demetrios Cultural Center), MONTLAKE. Additional information "Sex in a bottle": That's what Serafina owner Sue Kaufman and Chef John Neumark call the Vignalta Gemola 1998 they're unveiling at their St. Martin's Festival Dinner, a celebration honoring the patron saint of drunkards (seriously!). The five-course feast will feature two additional Vignalta vintages and other assorted vinos. $85. 7 p.m. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E. 206-323-0807. EASTLAKE NOV. 15 Wines and cheeses of France are paired at a benefit for the Alliance Fran硩se with biligual educational comments by Campion Cellars' Emile Ninaud and sommelier Dieter Schafer. $35 (members $30). 7-9p.m. at 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. (Good Shepherd Center), WALLINGFORD. Registration 206-632-5433. NOV. 16 Six wines from California's Wild Horse Winery matched with a hearty fall menu prepared by Ten Mercer chef Peter Maurer. $65. 7:30-10 p.m. at 10 Mercer St., LOWER QUEEN ANNE. Reservations 206-691-3723. Test-drive your potent potables before you buy in the Ballard Market's Annex tasting room. The mid-November event includes premium beers from Bear Creek Brewery and wines from Walla Walla vintners. Free. noon to 5 p.m. 1400 N.W. 56th St., 206-783-7922. BALLARD NOV. 19 Six champagnes and sparkling wines from the House of Heidsieck accompany hors d'oeuvres and three courses in the Dahlia Lounge's private dining room. $50. 6:30 p.m. at 2001 Fourth, DOWNTOWN. Reservations 206-682-4142. NOV. 20 Fancy, fancy, fancy. Learn how to leave your holiday guests panting for more at Culinary Communion cooking classes. You too can whip up such delicacies as duck confit with blackberry chutney and roasted pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sauce; best of all, the registration fee includes a full meal! $60/$70. 6-9 p.m. Culinary Communion, QUEEN ANNE. Registration 206-284-8687 NOV. 22 Two indulgences rolled into one elegant event: sip some bubbly and chow down on nori at the upcoming Champagne & Sushi shindig at Fremont Fresh Market and Wine Bar. Neighborhood favorite Chiso will be supplying the sushi, and Spiegelau champagne flutes will be available to take home with you—no need to smuggle them out in your purse this time. $30. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT Friends of the grape, save the date: Four Seasons Olympic Hotel will be hosting the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival, now in its 10th year. Expect jazz and accordion music, tarot readers, auctions both silent and live, and an awful lot of wine. $90. 6-9 p.m. 411 University St., 206-443-4703. DOWNTOWN NOV. 23-24 Satisfy your craving for hot gl�and tasty 梬eskiver at Yulefest, an extraordinary display of Scandinavian ingenuity, dancing, and baked goods. The annual festival will also feature a wide assortment of crafts: Pick up some heirloom sweaters and matching clogs as you snack on rmmegrt and boogy to the sweet sounds of accordion music. Ah, to be young and Nordic. $2/$1. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. BALLARD NOV. 28 Don't feel like cooking at home this Thanksgiving? The Salish Lodge is serving dinner, complete with whole roast turkeys carved tableside, in their dining room for $75 per person ($35 for kids 12 and under). Or feast from a Northwestern buffet in the ballroom with live entertainment for $59 per person ($29 for kids). 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 425-831-6582. SNOQUALMIE

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