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IN THE GLASS Chateau Ste. Michelle sparkling wines The Woodinville-based vintner celebrates 25 years in the business with the release of four variations on classic bubbly in the French manner: thoroughly dry brut, blanc de blanc, and blanc de noir and a somewhat rounder, but still not sweet, "extra dry." All around $11. '98 Domaine Meriweather brut Sixth-generation Champagne winemaker Jean-Louis Denois created this classic barrel-fermented vintage from Oregon chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier grapes. Around $25 at specialty wine shops. AT THE MARKET Peet's Coffee, the Berkeley, Calif.-based gourmet coffee company co-owned by Starbuck's co-founder Jerry Baldwin, is now available at in-store shops in all six Larry's Markets round Lake Washington. Peet's will sell its beans and blends to anyone, but it targets demanding customers who want to know every last thing about their steaming cup of joe. For more about Peet's, check out www.peets.com; for shop locations, see www.larrysmarkets.com. THIS WEEK 9/20 Reservations are now open through April 2002 for dinner at the Herbfarm, home of superchef Jerry Traunfeld's nine-course seasonal food fantasias. Through September, the banquet theme is "menu for an Indian summer." Prix fixe, per person (wines included): $149 Thurs., $159 Fri. and Sun., $169 Sat., plus tax and compulsory 18 percent gratuity. 14590 N.E. 145th, Woodinville. Call 784-2222 for reservations. 9/21-9/23 Thirty-five breweries, with 70 beers on tap, are expected at the three-day Fremont Oktoberfest (see related article in Sips, p. 29): $15 gets you into the tasting tent and access to five brews; additional samples are $1 each. All this and a plethora of bands, wurst, pretzels, and a chainsaw pumpkin-carving contest! It's a full life. Fremont N. and Northlake Way (just north of the Fremont Bridge). For additional info, see www.fremontoktoberfest.org/ or call the hotline, 706-9869. 9/22-9/23 Snacks, sweets, music, and wine are on the program for Chateau Ste. Michelle's 25th anniversary open house. Culinary director John Sarish will be on hand to sign his latest cookbook, and barrel samples of forthcoming wine releases will be available for the curious. $10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the winery, 14111 N.E. 14th, Woodinville. Information: 425-415-3300 and www.ste-michelle.com. COMING UP 9/30 Your only opportunity to see every single one of Seattle's Pigs on Parade in one convenient location before they're put up for auction: the parking garage of Kaspar's Restaurant on lower Queen Anne, thoughtfully strewn with clean straw for porcine comfort, is the place. And while you're there, why not head on upstairs for Kaspar's all-pork banquet to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation? Eight sumptuous courses, including bacon, lettuce, and tomato soup and a dessert surprise, for just $125. 19 W. Harrison. For reservations, call 298-0123. Add your tidbits to the Weekly's Hot Sheett! E-mail food@seattleweekly.com.

 
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