THIS WEEK Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. NOV. 13 Six wines from Washington's newest (and most distinctive) officially recognized viticultural area,


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THIS WEEK Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. 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., 2100 Boyer E. (St. Demetrios Cultural Center). Additional information MONTLAKE "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. 14 The wines of California's venerable Beaulieu Vineyards are featured in the last Canlis wine-dinner event of 2002. Winemaker Joel Aiken will be in attendance. $125. 6:30-10 p.m., Canlis, 2576 Aurora Ave., 206-298-9550. NORTH QUEEN ANNE NOV. 15 Wines and cheeses of France are paired at a benefit for the Alliance Fran硩se with bilingual educational comments by Campion Cellars' Emile Ninaud and sommelier Dieter Schafer. $35 (members $30). 7-9 p.m., 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. (Good Shepherd Center), 206-632-5433. WALLINGFORD 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., 10 Mercer St., 206-691-3723. LOWER QUEEN ANNE Test-drive your potent potables before you buy: the Ballard Market's new Annex tasting room will feature beers from Bear Creek Brewery and wines from Walla Walla vintners. When you're done sipping and swirling, you can march right into the Market and buy yourself some of the good stuff. Free. 12-5 p.m., 1400 N.W. 56th St., 206-783-7922. BALLARD Seven years of comida Espanola will be celebrated with a daylong fiesta at the Spanish Table, beloved source of food, wine, kitchen implements, and other cultural flotsam/jetsam from the great nations of Espa�I> and Portugal. Gourmet cheese sampling, a book signing, and a sherry tasting will occur. Bring your castanets. Free. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 1427 Western Ave., 206-682-2827. DOWNTOWN Learn to hunt the elusive chanterelle in its natural haunts, then return to the kitchen to cook your catch. $110 ($100 if registered by Nov. 2). 11 a.m-9 p.m., Culinary Communion, 206-284-8687. QUEEN ANNE 21 leading Walla Walla winemakers! 15 hot Seattle chefs! Two tables of just 10 diners each! No wonder they're charging $500 a ticket for this benefit dinner and auction for the Culinary Arts program of South Seattle Community College. 5-9:15 p.m., 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-768-6616. WEST SEATTLE COMING UP 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, 206-284-8687. QUEEN ANNE 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 host the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival, now in its 10th year and aging like . . . well, you know. Expect assorted modes of merriment, including jazz and accordion music, tarot readers, auctions both silent and live, and an awful lot of wine. Cups will runneth over. $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 boogie to the sweet sounds of accordion music. Ah, to be young and Nordic. $2/$1. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 12:30-5 p.m. Sun. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. BALLARD NOV. 30 It's the last Saturday of the month; time for Au Bouchon's Cassoulet Night. Once a month, the French bistro cooks up this traditional meat dish from southwest France. It takes three days to prepare. $21. 1815 N. 45th St., 206-547-5791. WALLINGFORD

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