Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. THIS WEEK FEB. 15 Taste single-vineyard merlots from Andrew Will courtesy of McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants and maybe talk to winemaker Chris Camarda as well. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m: 6500 Ravenna Ave. N.E. (ROOSEVELT DISTRICT), 206-524-9500; 2401V Queen Anne Ave. N. on QUEEN ANNE, 206-282-8500. FEB. 17 The first of three in-depth classes in the wines of the great European growing regions. Tonight it's Italy, with Spain and Germany coming up on March 3 and 10, respectively. $75, $180 series of three. 6:30 p.m. at SeaStar Restaurant, 108th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 2nd in BELLEVUE. Registration 425-456-0010. FEB. 19 Our cookbook reviewer loved Micol Negrin's Rustico, calling it "an excellent introduction to the extraordinary range of Italian regional cooking." Now a few lucky folks can eat their way through some of Negrin's discoveries at Dahlia Lounge. $150 a couple, which includes wines from Pike & Western with each of the five courses and a copy of the $35 book. 6:30 p.m. at 2001 Fourth Ave. DOWNTOWN. Reservations 206-682-4142. FEB. 20 Whole Foods executive chef Chris Lueck dishes up Southeast Asian specialties to benefit FareStart: Green papaya-cucumber salad, curried grilled salmon in coconut-milk broth, and sticky rice topped with pomegranate seeds are on the bill of fare. $16.95. 1902 Second Ave., DOWNTOWN. Reservations 206-433-1233 ext. 10. Wine experts and chefs from Canlis and SeaStar team to present an illustrative banquet matching Asian foods and Western wines. $95. From 6:30 p.m. at Canlis, 2576 Aurora N. on NORTH QUEEN ANNE, reservations 206-283-3313. COMING UP FEB. 22 Elysian Brewery's seventh annual Winter Beer Festival is a retrospective of the best brews of the past season, chosen by the Elysian crew. No cover. 3 p.m.-midnight at 1221 E. Pike St. on CAPITOL HILL, 206-860-1920. More beer—25 breweries worth—deployed among the crop dusters and biplanes of the Museum of Flight, alongside bite-sized snacks catered by McCormick & Schmick's. $45 gets you in and puts a commemorative tasting-glass in your hand; for $75 you rate early admission, reserved parking, and a private tasting sponsored by those monks from Chimay. 7-10 p.m. at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., FIRST AVENUE SOUTH. Reservations information 206-768-7162. FEB. 24 You're in the wine-and-food game and you haven't booked your seats for the first ever Washington Wine Restaurant Awards? Shame! Call the Washington Wine Commission immediately, RSVP, and apologize for the delay: 206-667-9463. FEB. 25 Knock back a few single-malt scotches while sucking on cigars: Three samples of the former and two of the latter (along with complimentary appetizers) will set you back just $39.95. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at el Gaucho, 2505 First in BELLTOWN, 206-728-1337. FEB. 26 How about some beans with your cab? Fremont Red Apple in-house chefs Mike & Mimi whomp up a pot o' cassoulet (the bean-and-cured-meat specialty of Southern France) to accompany a tasting of what wine-steward Michael Cawdry calls "blockbuster" cabernet sauvignons. $15. 3601 Fremont Ave. N. in FREMONT, 206-633-3663. FEB. 27 Chocolate madness! Dozens of desserts created by the region's best bakers tempt you to overdose in a benefit for Washington NARAL. $35 gets you in to the feed; premium donations ($75 or $100) send you home not only stated but toting parcels for further occasions of sin. 6-8 p.m. in the Terrace Club, Safeco Field 1250 First Avenue S. in SODO. Reservation information: 206-624-1990.