Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. THIS WEEK DEC. 18 The brewer may be Californian, but the hops are courtesy of our

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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. THIS WEEK DEC. 18 The brewer may be Californian, but the hops are courtesy of our very own Evergreen State. Join the Mendocino Brewing Company, "a traditional small batch brewer" with a penchant for Yakima Valley hops, at a special dinner whose menu will feature shrimp ceviche, chipotle-seasoned pot roast, and several ales named after birds. $20. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. ROOSEVELT DEC. 21 Spain and Portugal produce some of the most affordable sparkling wines available. Sample a selection of these cavas at the Spanish Table's Market Shoppers morning tasting. In the afternoon, cookbook author Cherie Hamilton will be in-store to sign her cookbook surveying Portugal and its island satellites. Tasting 10a.m.-noon; signing 2-5 p.m. 1427 Western Ave. below the PIKE PLACE MARKET, 206-682-2827. Shop for your holiday party at a party! Esquin Wine Merchants turns its regular Saturday tasting into a multivendor, multitable sampler of vinous beverages, from inexpensive stocking stuffers and hostess gifts on up! 1-4 p.m. 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374.SODO DEC. 24 Swing to the stars of Sicilian cuisine at Brad's Swingside Caf鮠The funky little Fremont joint is putting together a lovely Christmas Eve dinner that includes bagna cauda (a.k.a. Italian fondue) as well as various specialties from Sicily. Among the featured items: venison osso bucco and rabbit with polenta. 5:30 p.m. 4212 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-4057. FREMONT Get your fancy on at Kaspar's unbelievable four-course Christmas Eve dinner. Apps like garlic rock prawn and mashed potato martini with lobster sauce and three mushroom cream soup lead into entr饳 along the lines of grilled ahi tuna with curry coconut sauce and squash gnocchi with exotic mushrooms and creamed blue cheese spinach. Mmmmmm. $43. 5-9 p.m. 19 W. Harrison St., 206-298-0123. DOWNTOWN Bandoleone and Tango, two powerhouses of Spanish cuisine, are teaming up this Christmas Eve to give you a taste of comida latina like you've never had it before. Nothing ushers away the Christmas blues faster than seasonal Iberian fare paired with a killer wine selection. Feliz Navidad, people. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Bandoleone, 2241 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-329-7559. EASTLAKE. Tango, 1100 Pike St., 206-583-0382. CAPITOL HILL DEC. 25 Earth & Ocean is offering a remarkable holiday repast featuring a grand selection of starters, entr饳, and desserts. Main course options include squab with chestnuts and oxtail shepherd's pie, which really ought to be called oxherd's pie. $46-$58. 4-8 p.m. 1112 4th Ave., 206-264-6060. DOWNTOWN THROUGH DEC. 30 Your Christmas goose is cooked. Chef Hanspeter Aebersold is slow-roasting the goose in question and making it a meal with spaetzle and red cabbage on the side. All of this can be yours for a mere $24, or you can opt for the deluxe treatment and get a four-course holiday feast (including soup, salad, and apfelstrudel) for $40. Geneva Restaurant, 1106 Eighth Ave., 206-624-2222. DOWNTOWN COMING UP JAN. 9 Morton's Steakhouse—the first name in Spanish wines? Perhaps not, but to get 2003 off to a rousing start, the popular steakery is putting a Barranc Priorat in the company of a Palacio de Menade Rueda for a tasting that will also include complimentary steak sandwiches. Other wines from Iberia are sure to make an appearance, and so should you. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. 1511 Sixth Ave., 206-223-0550. DOWNTOWN JAN. 11 Experience "the sunny flavors of Latin America" at Fandango's winter cooking classes. The first course, entitled "The Perfect Tamale," will be repeated on Jan. 25. Watch for subsequent classes dealing with chile sauce. Fee includes lunch and "a selection of Spanish wines." $55. 10:30 a.m. 2313 First Ave., 206-441-1188. BELLTOWN JAN. 14 Are you "pairing impaired"? Does the thought of matching up wines and entr饳 frighten you to bits? Lisa Dupar Catering intends to transform culinary outcasts like you into food yentas capable of marrying wine and chow like a pro. Chef Jonathan Zimmer will put you through the pairing paces, and you even get a recipe packet and "aroma wheel" to aid you in future matchmaking endeavors. $55. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 17825 N.E. 65th St., 425-881-3250. REDMOND JAN. 29 Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today at Hotel Vintage Park to witness "the marriage of grapes," which also happens to be the first topic in the hotel's new series of winter wine classes. Come learn about the incredible results of grape husbandry. $10. 6:15-7 p.m. 1100 Fifth Ave., 206-624-8000. DOWNTOWN

 
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