Good for the heart and good for the soul in the dark of winter, the wine tastings and dinners around Colorado Springs are your ticket to warm entertainment and good company over the the next few weeks. While the days are getting a little longer, it's still black out there pretty early and that makes for a great time to eat out and have a leisurely visit over a glass or two. Did you promise you'd learn a little about wine this year? That you'd know what to pour at your next dinner? If you don't have a ski trip planned (and this is cheaper), sign up for one of these fun doings and bring along someone you like. Great for a work outing, birthday, anniversary, or "Ok-I promised I'd make it up to you," these need some leadtime; call as early as you can to reserve your spot.
Saturday, January 15: Warehouse Wine Dinner (every 3rd Saturday). $50. Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron, Colorado Springs, CO. 719-475-8880
Tuesday, January 18: Pizzeria Rustica Wine Dinner (Passport to Umbria)-- 6pm. 5 wines w/ 5 courses for $49 plus tax and tip. Benefits Care and Share of Southern Colorado. Reserve through Coaltrain Wine & Spirits at 719-475-9700. (Or book ahead for the February 22 dinner.) Pizzeria Rustica, 2527 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs (Old Colorado City), CO 80904. 719-632-8121.
Wednesday, January 19: Dats Italian "Flavors of Itay's Piedmont Region" dinner-- 6:30pm. Five unique courses paired with northern Italian wines. $38.95 plus tax and tip. Call 719-632-3287. Dats Italian, 2514 W Colorado Ave,Colorado Springs, CO 80904.
Tuesday, January 25: Argentina Wine Tasting at The Blue Star. $30 for 4 wines and 4 tapas. Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., Co. Springs, CO 80906. 719-632-1086. (Check website for upcoming nearly every Tuesday tastings.)
Thursday, January 27: Argentine Wine Dinner at 7pm. $50. Jake and Telly's Greek Taverna, 2616 W. Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. 719-633-0406.
Monday, January 31: Clio Wine (Jumilla, Spain) Dinner at The Blue Star. 6 courses with wines for $80. Call now. Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., Co. Springs, CO 80906. 719-632-1086.
Monday, February 14: Margarita at Pine Creek- Special Seven Course Tasting Menu with wine pairing option. $60. (Special options also available Friday, 2/11 and Saturday 2/12) Margarita at Pine Creek: 7350 Pine Creek Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919. 719-598-8667.
Every Thursday at Craftwood Inn, 5:30-7: Reserva Wine Tastings. Must sign up by phone or online. Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, CO. 719-685-9000. Friend them on fb to see each week's tastings.
Hey, Alyce: Before I go, I want to read up a little on wine:
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