Dining Calendar

Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. JAN. 6-19 Start the new year with a culinary visit to Italy's Alpine Trentino region, where freshwater fish like trout rule the menu, and white wines like pinot grigio fill the glasses. Executive chef Maurizio Mazzon designs the menu for this first of 12 monthly special regional menus at Il Fornaio, 600 Pine St. (Pacific Place), 206-264-0994. DOWNTOWN JAN. 9 Morton's Steakhouse—the first name in Spanish wines? Perhaps not, but to get 2003 off to a rousing start, the popular steakery is putting a Barranc Priorat in the company of a Palacio de Menade Rueda for a tasting that will also include complimentary steak sandwiches. Other wines from Iberia are sure to make an appearance, and so should you. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-0550. DOWNTOWN JAN. 12 Talk about a taste-test! Chateau Ste. Michelle presents a "vertical" tasting of every vintage of its top-of-the-line red wine Col Solare, then challenges attendees to come up with their own blend of red-wine varieties to compare with the stuff Ste. Michelle winemaker Ron Bunnell and his pal Marchese Antinori come up with year after year. $75. 1-3 p.m. at the Chateau, 14111 N.E. 145th St., 800-267-6793. WOODINVILLE JAN. 14-28 Beginners' tips for would-be wine-mavens: Get beyond "red" and "white"; learn how to read a label and other essential information in a three-evening, nine-hour crash course in sipping. $80. South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE JAN. 16 All syrahs aren't alike: Some winemakers turn them out big and bumptious, others like them lithe and fruity. Sample right across the range and discover which approach suits you best. Free. 5-7 p.m. at Seattle Cellars, 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN

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