2003 Racchus Red Wine, Alexander Valley ($14)

WINE FIND

wine find

August 23, 2006

A blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah, this California red wine is a hearty mouthful with good balance and concentration. It displays intense flavors of black cherry, blackberry, smoked meat, black pepper and earth. While accessible now, it should age well for five or six years - with no fear of cork contamination because it comes with a screw cap. The alcohol level is a heady 14.5 percent, but it hardly shows on the palate. Serve with beef stew, lamb, lasagna.

Michael Dresser

EVENTS

Summer patio parties on the pier -- McCormick & Schmick's, 711 Eastern Ave., features live music and food and drink specials from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow. Call 410-234-1300.

Wine 101 --A basic wine-tasting class is offered from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St. Learn about popular grape varieties, wine terminologies and techniques of tasting. $29; advance ticket purchase required. Call 410-576-0444.

SITE DU JOUR

VEGCOOKING.COM

If you are a vegetarian, or just inviting an herbivore over for dinner, check out this Web site run by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It offers an eclectic list of ethnic, meat-free recipes. Don't miss the section on dining out for tips on ordering vegan at your favorite restaurants.

Lia Gormsen

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