Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. THIS WEEK JAN. 16 New arrivals and discoveries from the always dependable local importer Classical Wines

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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. THIS WEEK JAN. 16 New arrivals and discoveries from the always dependable local importer Classical Wines of Spain. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. at Esquin Wine Merchants, 2700 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-7374 DOWNTOWN. All syrahs aren't alike: Some winemakers turn them out big and bumptious, others like them lithe and fruity. Sample right across the range and discover which approach suits you best. Free. 5-7 p.m. at Seattle Cellars, 2505 Second Ave., 206-256-0850. BELLTOWN JAN. 18 Italian wine specialists Winebow Imports present bottles from the Leonardo Locasio collection. Free. 2-4 p.m. at DeLaurenti Italian Market & Deli, First Ave. at Pike Place in the PIKE PLACE MARKET. 206-622-0141. New releases from premium Northwest label Andrew Will presented by winemaker Chris Camarda and hosted by McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants. Free. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at 6500 Ravenna Ave. N.E., 206-524-9500; 2:30-5p.m. at 2401B Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-282-8500. Warm your cold January blood at the Phinney Neighborhood Center's first annual Hard Liver Barleywine Fest. Sample brews from over 20 West Coast breweries (usually bottled in cute little 6-ounce nips). Music, refreshments, and a mini silent auction will ensue. $20 advance/$25 door/$5 designated drivers. 7-9 p.m. 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. PHINNEY RIDGE JAN. 20 Northwest wines accompany a five-course banquet featuring a salad of tiger prawns, spinach, and mango, potato-crusted black cod with corn and fava succotash, lamb chops en crote with truffle sauce, wild mushroom saut頷ith goat-cheese potato crisps . . . will there be room for the pomegranate gingerbread with lemon sauce? $75. 6:30 p.m. at Brasserie Margaux, 401 Lenora St. (in the Warwick Hotel), 206-777-1990. DOWNTOWN COMING UP JAN. 22 & 24 Handcrafted Japanese sakes made by traditional methods from ancient rice varieties. Light appetizers will accompany the tasting. $36. 7-9 p.m. at Impromptu Wine & Art Bar, 4235 E. Madison St., 206-860-1569. MADISON PARK. JAN. 23 To showcase the versatility of Portugal's proudest wine, a five-course Italian banquet featuring port wine with every course. $65. 6:30-9 p.m. at Tulio Ristorante, 1100 Fifth Ave. (In Hotel Vintage Park), 206-623-1066. DOWNTOWN JAN. 24 Seven of Columbia Winery's top-of-the-line vintages meet their culinary match—roasted mussels with gewrztraminer, oyster stew with chardonnay, garlic roast chicken with merlot, and more—at 10 Mercer. $65. 7:30-10 p.m., 10 Mercer St., 206-691-3723. LOWER QUEEN ANNE JAN. 29 & 30 Eat and drink your pretty little head off two nights in a row at the 16th annual retrospective of Northwest wines at Ray's Boathouse. Selected from recent vintages by an expert panel, the wines take pride of place, but the accompanying courses by Ray's executive chef Charles Ramseyer will no doubt live up to the competition. $95 per evening. 6:30 p.m., 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-6309. SHILSHOLE

 
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