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UPCOMING
A toast to di Paolo Di Paolo celebrates its 2002 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence rating with -- what else? -- a wine dinner. Preview the fall menu Monday, Sept. 23, and enjoy accompanying Wine Spectator-rated Italian wines. Courses include: rabbit and mascarpone pate with poached pear; buckwheat pappardelle with goose confit and black currants; and a braised veal shank paired with Gini "Salvarenza" Soave Classico Superiore; Di Majo Norante "Ramitello" I.G.T. and dei "Sancta Catharina" Montepulciano (rating of 90) respectively. $75 per person. 770-587-1051. Rivermont Square at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road at Nesbitt Ferry Road in Alpharetta.

Feast Day Bullocks Wine & Spirits teams with Trattoria La Strada to celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro Monday, Sept. 28. On the menu for the four-course five-wine dinner: pinenut scallops paired with Pighin Pinot Grigio; Caeser salad paired with Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti; choice of chicken, mixed grill or osso buco paired with both Nozzole Chianti Classico and Crognolo Toscana; and, for dessert, zuppa Inglese with Chiarlo Nivole. $50 per person, tax and tip included. For reservations, call 770-998-6151 or visit bullocks.broadband-international.com.

Wine South 2002 One of the biggest wine blowouts of the year, Wine South 2002 pops its cork Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 28-29, 12:30-5:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Civic & Cultural Center. Leading wineries will bring the wine while chefs from Atlanta, Birmingham and Charlotte provide the food -- all you need to do is show up, eat up and drink up. $50 per person per day or $95 per person for the weekend. For tickets, call 678-985-9494 or visit www.winesouth.com. Tickets sold in advance only.

Wine for Wheels There are some people who need a special new set of wheels and the Wheelchair Foundation, aided by MorandeUSA and Spice, hope to get more disabled Atlantans rolling. Partake of five different wine and food pairings for a good cause Thursday, Sept. 19, at Twinhouse Gallery (next to Garden Hills Cinema) in Buckhead. $25 per person. 7-10 p.m. For tickets, call 770-452-0619 or visit www.wheelchairfoundation.org.

Vinocity Velocity Midtown newcomer Vinocity Wine Bar and Restaurant is now open and picking up speed. Get there fast and grab a glass -- Vinocity is hosting free wine tastings every Monday in September 6-11 p.m. in the bar and lounge. 404-870-8886. www.vinocitywinebar.com.

Toulouse tasting Explore 12-14 California wines from Sonoma, including Pinot, Chardonnay and rich Zinfandels Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. $30. 2293 Peachtree St. For reservations, call 404-351-9533.



ONGOING
Canoe Wines by the River the third Thursday of every month through October in Canoe's River Garden. Next tasting: Sept. 19. $15. 4199 Paces Ferry Road. For reservations, call 770-432-2663 or visit www.canoe-atl.com.

Cavu - A Midtown Bistro Wine tastings and light hors d'oeuvres every Friday 6-8 p.m. $10 per person. 794 Juniper St. 404-875-2229.

Java Monkey Wine tastings every other Thursday on the patio. Next tasting: Sept. 19. Massage therapist on hand. $10. 7 p.m. 425 Church St. 404-378-5002.

The River Room Select wines by the glass and complimentary sushi every Wednesday 5-8 p.m. Music 7-10 p.m. 4403 Northside Parkway, suite 150, Vinings. 404-233-5455.

E-mail corkscrew@creativeloafing.com or fax information to 404-420-1402.

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