For its annual series of summer wine dinners, GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com) is featuring pairings designed to highlight seafood and wine from one region or explore a type of seafood across the globe. The first dinner is scheduled for June 26 with a focus on the Pacific Northwest, and will include wild salmon, halibut and wines from Oregon and Washington. A pair of dinners scheduled for July 10 and 24 will feature crab, while Australia and New Zealand will take the spotlight for the following month's dinners on Aug. 7 and Aug. 21. The dinners will be held in GW Fins' private dining room with one seating, at 7 p.m. One of the restaurant's chefs and a wine educator will join the dinner group throughout the meal. Reservations are necessary; space is limited. The cost for each five-course dinner is $50.
Cork & Bottle (3700 Orleans Ave., 281-4384; www.cbwines.com) is taking its show on the road to host a wine tasting with more than 75 wines and artisanal cheeses on Friday, June 20. The event will be held at the downtown loft offices of wine distributor Purveyor of Fine Wines (1040 Magazine St., 523-5230; www.winepurveyors.com) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The deep list of wines available includes some rare and reserve bottles, as well as single malt scotches. In addition to a cheese selection, appetizers will be provided by the Que Crawl, a barbecue catering truck. Tickets are $65 per person and must be purchased in advance at Cork & Bottle.
Dan Stein, avowed beer fanatic and proprietor of Stein's Market and Deli (2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net), is co-hosting a dinner and beer pairing with chef Miles Prescott at the Country Club Restaurant (634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com) in the Bywater on Monday, June 23. It's part of an informal series of events Stein is conducting at restaurants around town as he builds the specialty beer selection at his own Uptown deli. Brews from England, Belgium and America will share the billing with a creative four-course menu of dishes that follow the evening's beer theme. Smoked hops will join a carpaccio of lamb loin, for instance, while sausage made with Covington's own Heiner Brau beer will be the stuffing for a soft-shell crab. The cost is $55 per person, and the dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.