Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. THIS WEEK JAN. 22 & 24 Handcrafted Japanese sakes made by traditional methods from ancient rice

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Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most events. THIS WEEK 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. 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. 26 What did your great, great grandmother's kitchen look like? Local culinary historian and chef John Ferry (formerly of the Painted Table and Union Bay Cafe) might be able to tell you at a slide-show talk titled "The Evolving American Home: Kitchen, Dining Room, and Ancillary Spaces." $5 adults/$2 kids. 2 p.m. at Bainbridge Island Historical Society, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd., 206-842-2773. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND COMING UP 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 JAN. 30 Sample wines from Maryhill Winery, the little winery that lurks beneath the bluffs of the Columbia River Gorge. Seattle Cellars will open a chardonnay, a merlot, and maybe a sauvignon blanc and a syrah. Buy a glass ($4.99/$6.99), then it's free. 5-7 p.m. 2505 Second Ave. #102, 206-256-0850. DOWNTOWN FEB. 2 Like your wine sweet and fortified with grape alcohol? Sample four varieties of port wines, including a vintage and a late-bottled vintage, under the tutelage of sommelier Arnie Millan, and find out how it's done in Portugal. Appetizers will accompany the tasting. $39. 4-6 p.m. Oliver's Lounge (at the Mayflower Park Hotel), 405 Olive Wy., 206-382-6991. DOWNTOWN It's "Merlot Magic" at Chateau Ste. Michelle this afternoon. Taste a number of their merlots, from single vineyard to blends, in a blind tasting. $30. 1-3 p.m. 14111 N.E. 145th St., 800-267-6793. WOODINVILLE FEB. 6 Port fever! Sample more of the of the Portuguese stuff at Porto Wine Institute's second annual Seattle tasting. Over 100 portos to choose from. Light appetizers will be served. Proceeds to benefit the Boomtown Caf鮠$36. 6-8 p.m. The Arctic Building, 700 Third Ave., 206-935-7776. DOWNTOWN

 
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