Wing wine Former Red Wing and professional winemaker Igor Larionov is coming to visit. He'll be in town Oct. 5-7 to present his newest California wines. Papa Joe's sommelier Bill Schwab says, "These wines make great holiday gifts for the wine lover and hockey fan!" After a special Friday night dinner, Larionov will be at Papa Joe's markets in Birmingham and Rochester Hills, fielding questions and signing bottles, hoping to cater to the hockey fan-wine lover in all of us. Join the fun 12:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 6, at Papa Joe's Gourmet Market (34244 Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-723-9400) and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 7, at Papa Joe's Gourmetrion (6900 Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-853-6263).
Road trip Aspiring home brewers can take a trip out to a resort nestled in the Sleeping Dunes National Lakeshore to learn the tricks of the trade from brewmaster Kevin Lewis. A former beer maker with Sam Adams, Lewis has been home-brewing for more than a decade. The idea is, after a presentation from Lewis, guests will enjoy a five-course brewmaster dinner with beer pairings from Kalamazoo's renowned Bell's Brewery. It sounds yummy, with mushroom strudel, seafood salad, herb-coated roasted pork loin and tiramisu. What beer goes with tiramisu? Find out by reserving your spot for the Michigan Micro-Brew Weekend; $99 per person, per night (based on double occupancy); space limited to 60 individuals. For info, call 231-334-5100 or see thehomesteadresort.com.
Eat the Page
When the gang comes over to watch football, you don't have to serve potato chips and Slim Jims not that they aren't tasty. Kick it up a notch, as the legendary TV chef reminds us daily. With a little help from the Culinary Institute of America you'll find the inspiration and know-how to build a better football spread. Hors d'Oeuvre at Home with The Culinary Institute of America (Wiley, $29.95) gives detailed instructions, with photos giving the play-by-play for all sorts of bite-sized treats, whether filled, stuffed, layered, rolled or skewered.
A Tasty Beverage
Distilled out of grapes from Chilean wine growing regions, Alto del Carmen pisco is a brandy marked by pleasing aromas of gently caramelized sugars, tropical fruits and wetland vegetation. Quite smooth when taken straight, Alto del Carmen really shines when shaken over ice with lemon juice, simple syrup, a dash of Angostura bitters and a dollop of egg white to create the classic pisco sour cocktail. Both Chile and Peru claim pisco as their national drink and you'll find two distinct versions of pisco history depending on which side of the border you're drinking.
Is it a coffee cup or a sculpture? The Ultimate Coffee Cup looks as good as its ergonomic design renders it a comfortable mug. Made of fine porcelain, it is lead-free, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. The saucer doubles as a lid. Designer David Pier says, "The form flows from the shape of hand and mouth, the weight and volume of the contained fluid, and the relations between these. The undulating rim fits the lips better and prevents spills on the side opposite the handle." Check it out at www.lux-delux.com; $22 delivered.
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