Wine dinners, wine tastings and the Big Beers Fest this week

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Resolve to eat more great food this year. The Monday night wine dinners are back at Frasca Food and Wine, and tonight's edition will feature a flight of deep red wines presented by Mike Joyce of the Natural Wine Company, located in Denver. Joyce, along with Frasca's Bobby Stuckey, will pour the wines of French winemaker Eric Texier, including the delicate Cote Rotie-ish St. Alban (his sole property on the west bank of the Rhone River), Gour de Chaule Gigondas and Boi de Boursan Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Wines will be paired with a seasonal, four-course meal prepared by chef/co-owner Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson. Tickets are $50 per person, not including optional wine pairing for an additional $45 to $50 per person. Call 303-442-6966 for a reservation, and find a full schedule of the dinners on the Frasca website.

Keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week....

See also:Top ten culinary events for January -- so far

Also tonight, January 6, Strum & Sip guitar classes at Park House allow musicians of all levels to learn or hone guitar skills while sipping some great brews and enjoying small bites. The lessons run from 6 to 8 p.m. and include various levels of instruction at each hour. Tickets range from $69 to $120, depending on the lesson type, and can be purchased online.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 On Tuesdays in January, Rioja will host various wine tastings from 5 p.m. until closing. The tasting includes four samples of wine from the weekly theme -- on January 7, it's Champagne -- paired with four bite-sized snacks from the Rioja kitchen for only $15 per person.

Rioja's sibling, Euclid Hall, will host beer tastings every Tuesday in January from 3 p.m. until closing. The tasting features three, two-ounce pours of selected beers paired with three bite-sized snacks for $12.50 per person. Tonight's pours will include AleSmith IPA, Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red Ale and Hitachino Nest Dai Dai IPA.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8 At 7:30 p.m., Wine & Whey, located at 3559 Larimer Street, will host its thirty-minute Mozzarella cheese class. Not only will students be able to watch a batch be made, but they'll create their own. Tuition is $35 per person and includes Mozzarella balls and recipes to take home; make reservations online.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 The fourteenth annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival will start today and run through January 11 at the Vail Cascade Hotel and Club. This three-day event will feature educational seminars, two brewmaster dinners, a commercial tasting, a homebrew competition and other tastings and pairings. The festival will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with the president and brewmaster of Avery Brewing in Boulder, Adam Aver,y as well as his co-host for the evening, Sam Calagione: founder and president of Dogfish Head Brewing in Milton, Delaware. The beermasters will introduce the traditional Calibration Dinner that features a double-pairing with brews from both of the hosts' breweries, along with dishes prepared by executive chef Todd Bemis of the Atwater. Although tickets for the dinner are sold out, there are still tickets available for the remainder of the festival. Check out the event website for more details.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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