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Tonight: Montinore Estate wine dinner at Strings

Montinore Estate Winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon, is one of the few wineries in the country to produce biodynamic wines certified by the Demeter Association. What does that mean? Find out tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., when Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, is hosting a Spring Wine Dinner that will pair five courses with wines from Montinore.

Keep reading for the menu and pairings:

First course: Blinis with creme fraiche, lobster and American caviar; pinot gris-poached langoustine, yuzu-chive gelee with lobster essence, paired with the 2008 pinot gris.

Second course: Char sui-braised pork belly, togarashi-garlic aioli, mache lettuce with rice-wine vinaigrette, paired with the 2006 gewurztraminer.

Intermezzo course: Black pepper lime sorbet.

Third course: House-made ricotta agnolotti pasta, braised duck and braising jus with cranberries, paired with the 2008 pinot noir.

Fourth course: Roasted lamb rack, lamb sweetbreads, Haystack Mountain "buttercup" whipped potatoes, morel mushrooms, fava beans and pinot-noir reduction sauce, paired with the 2007 pinot noir.

Fifth course: Orange financier and roasted pineapples with buttermilk sherbet, paired with 2008 sweet riesling.

Hungry yet? Tickets are $70; call 303-831-7310 or go to

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