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Go to Monterey, Sonoma, Australia and New Zealand at Sips Bistro this week

Tour the world at Sips Bistro this week:

Wednesday and Thursday--Wines from Monterey County are featured. Bill will be pouring a 2007 J Lohr Riesling, a 2007 Talbott Chardonnay, and Morgan's 2007 Pinot Noir 'Twelve Clones' and a 2007 Syrah. 5-8 pm both days, $10 per person.

Friday Night Flights--Wines from Australia and New Zealand are poured. The selections in the flight: 2007 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, 2006 Nobilo Pinot Noir, 2008 Morse Code Shiraz and 2008 Two Hands Moscato (a dessert wine). 5-8 pm, $10 per person.

Saturday--Come back home to Sonoma County, and enjoy a 2008 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Gris, 2005 Gallo Sonoma Reserve Merlot, 2005 Trentadue Old Patch Red and 2008 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel. 2-8 pm, $8 per person.

Did you know---Sips serves Sunday Brunch! This week's featured plate is Asparagus and Scrambled Egg Bruschetta, a side house salad, and fresh fruit, for just $6 (while it lasts). They also pour a variety of champagne cocktails ($5), champagne and sparklers by the glass (prices vary). Other menu items are available, and if you purchase a bottle of wine in their shop, they wave the corkage fee on Sunday.

If you're looking for something to do after work with friends in the long period known as "midweek," Sips Bistro has a Happy Hour from 4-6 pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays. They offer $2 off all appetizers and wines by the glass, and $1 off all beer selections.

Sips Bistro and Wine Shop is located in the Crossroads Shopping Center, at Carpenter and Kansas, in Modesto. For more information, call (209) 527-7477.

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