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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. Prices exclude tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. ON THE PLATE April 9–10 Join Caleb and Nina Foster of Buty Winery for a sumptuous wine dinner at Earth & Ocean. Chef Maria Hines and sommelier Marc Papineau will prepare a multicourse prix-fixe supper pairing Washington wines with seasonal dishes. $45 for dinner, $20 for wine flight (3-oz. pours). 5 p.m. 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6060. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE IN THE CUP April 14 Did you know that India is the world's largest producer of tea? Sample and compare teas from the growing regions of Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri. If you don't fancy wine tastings, drop in at the Perennial Room and tickle your palate with tea. Free. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 1910 Post Alley, 206-448-4054. PIKE PLACE MARKET THE GRAPEVINE April 7–18 Willows Lodge is hosting a variety of tasting events this week, with a different winery featured each day. Participating winemakers include Chateau Ste. Michelle, J.M. Cellars, McCrea Cellars, and Three Rivers Winery. Five pours for $10. 5–7 p.m. 14580 N.E. 145th St., 425-424-3900. WOODINVILLE April 8 Upscale Italian eatery Troiani has already made its mark on the fine-dining landscape of Seattle. Now Paul Mackay's newest restaurant is showcasing red table wines and Meritage blends from Washington boutique wineries. The tasting is a fund-raiser for FareStart. $25. 5–7:30 p.m. 1001 Third Ave., 206-526-1992. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE Daniel's Broiler hosts Doug Gore of Columbia Crest, who will present a sampling of the Washington winery's wares as part of the restaurant's ongoing "Behind the Wine" series. Free. 6:30–8 p.m. 809 Fairview Pl. N., 206-621-8262. SOUTH LAKE UNION Name this wine: full flavor, deep complexity, ranges from mellow and mild to hearty and rich. Hone your Wine Jeopardy! skills at Esquin Wine Merchants, where you can taste various American cabernets and become a cabernet genius! Free. 5–6:30 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO April 10 Taste wines of Spain at the Red Apple Wine Bar. Be sure to try the 1999 reserva from the La Mancha region, just one of a wide range of bottles from prominent wine-producing parts of Iberia, and fall in love with España all over again. Free. 10 a.m. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-FOOD. FREMONT The first fledgling wines were brought to Australia aboard ships in 1788. Now every state and territory of Australia produces wine. Come taste the new wines that the Land Down Under has to offer at Esquin Wine Merchants. Free. 1–4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374. SODO April 16–18 Taste Washington! This three-day festival showcases and celebrates foods and wines of the Pacific Northwest. Friday brings the auction of large format bottles, restaurant gift certificates, and Washington wine country trips. On Saturday, attend educational wine seminars; on Sunday, experience the amazing pairing of 150 wineries with 90 restaurants as chefs go all out in cooking up dishes to perfectly complement their wine partner. Proceeds from the weekend support FareStart and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. Go to for registration info. $400 for a three-day pass; prices of single events range from $75–$225. W Hotel, 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6000. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE; Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center, 800 Occidental Ave., 206-667-9463. SODO BACK TO SCHOOL aPRIL 7 Tonight Sur La Table hosts chef Katie Hill, who specializes in gourmet dishes en français. At a class titled "Spring Delights from the French Kitchen," Hill's curriculum includes tourte aux poireaux et champignons (leek and mushroom tart) and asperges de vétou (green asparagus sauté with bacon, spring onions, garlic shoots and mint). $55. 6 p.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND April 8 Who doesn't love chocolate? Meet Christopher Kimball, the founder and editor of Cook's Illustrated for a chocolate tasting and discussion of the magazine's new compendium, Baking Illustrated, which features 350 recipes both sweet and savory including both American and European classics. Free. 6:30 p.m. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333. BOTHELL April 13 At a "Thai Delight" course offered by South Seattle Community College, learn how to make your favorite dishes, including phad Thai, beef salad, and thom kha kai (chicken coconut soup). Learn all about the exotic spices that make this cuisine unique, then cook up a storm—a Thai-phoon in your very own kitchen! 6–9 p.m. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE As spring approaches, expect romantic meals al fresco to be on the rise. In a hands-on class titled "Cooking for Beginners: Evening on the Terrace," let instructor Hope Sandler of Sur La Table teach you how to concoct the perfect outdoor meal. Dishes like filet mignon with red wine sauce, wild mushroom sauté, steamed asparagus with Parmesan and aged balsamic, and crème brûlée with berries should make a nice accompaniment to nightfall. $65. 10 a.m. 90 Central Way, 425-827-1311. KIRKLAND

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