Nice pairs — Morton's in Troy will host a wine pairing class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10. Pairings needn't be a mysterious science, but a fun way to explore wines, foods and individual palates. At 888 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy; $49 per person (including tax and tip); for reservations call 248-404-9845.
Jersey? Sure! — Want to see the one-night-only appearance of the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts? After enjoying a four-course dinner for two at the Whitney? That's the offer for "Friends of the Whitney," which gets you pre-theater dinner and a mezzanine ($220) or balcony ($160), parking and round-trip shuttle service included. It happens Friday, June 11; for reservations, call 313-832-5700.
Wine time — Ferndale's Assaggi Bistro is planning a few upcoming wine events. At 6:30-8 p.m. June 3, they'll have Erin Stine of Langtry Estate on the Tuscan patio ($20). At 6:30-8 p.m. June 10, they'll have a tasting of the white wines of northern Italy ($25). Reservations recommended at 248-584-3499.
Fans of Southern barbecue and even Kansas City 'cue will appreciate Texas BBQ : Photographs by Wyatt McSpadden (University of Texas Press, $39.95). No recipes here, but photos that are evocative of legendary, moist, slow-smoked Texas brisket. The foreword, written by Michigan author and food writer Jim Harrison, includes, "When I first looked at Wyatt McSpadden's photos, I fancied that someone had given the soul of Edward Hopper a camera and sent him off to Texas."
Romorantin is an obscure and ancient grape marked by high acidity and mineral flavors. It's planted mostly in the tiny French appellation of Cour-Cheverny. In very ripe vintages, François Cazin vinifies a portion into a demi-sec and calls it Cuvée Renaissance. The profound tropical fruit and citrus of the fat 2005 vintage is a prime example of why you should occasionally spend $20 for a bottle of wine. Snag one at Elie Wine Co. in Royal Oak.
Disposable plastic cups look OK, but they create clutter — even if and when they can ultimately be recycled. Glass breaks, and it can't be used around a pool patio where it might cause serious injury reducing the victim's summer pleasures. So now Sur La Table — and probably others — are marketing a line of shatter-resistant, unbreakable "glasses" that look like and have the weight of crystal with an ultra-clear finish. They're available in six different styles, $39.95 for sets of six. See surlatable.com.
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