Upcoming Houston wine events

California wine dinner: Chama Gaúcha, 5865 Westheimer. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $55 plus tax and gratuity. 713-244-9500.
The Prisoner wine dinner: The Palm Restaurant, 6100 Westheimer. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. $125. 713-977-8180.
Introduction to Italian wine tasting/seminar: Houston Italian Festival, St. Thomas University. 6:15 p.m. Thursday; 3:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $15. houstonitalianfestival.com.
Trinity Valley Exposition annual wine tasting: TVE Fair Grounds, 321 FM 563, Liberty. 6-8 p.m. Friday. $30. 936-336-3716.
Movie and Wine Night, featuring “Bottle Shock”: Atkins Wine Bar, 8877 Cardwell. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. $45. 713-468-5030.

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Upcoming Houston wine events

Texas Wine Festival: The Empty Glass, 104 Market, Tomball. 1-7 p.m. Saturday. $35-$85. 832-698-4722.
Valley Mills Vineyards tasting: Solero Winery, 330 T.C. Jester. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. $30. 713-705-8574.
Houston’s Favorite Foods wine dinner: Atkins Wine Bar, 8877 Cardwell. 4-6 p.m. Sunday. $45. 713-468-5030.
California wine dinner: Chama Gaúcha, 5865 Westheimer. 7 p.m. Oct. 11. $55 plus tax and gratuity. 713-244-9500.
The Prisoner wine dinner: The Palm Restaurant, 6100 Westheimer. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12. $125. 713-977-8180.
Introduction to Italian wine tasting/seminar: Houston Italian Festival, St. Thomas University. 6:15 p.m. Oct. 12; 3:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Oct. 13.; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 14; and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15. $15.

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Iron Sommelier lineup set

There’s no greater showcase for Houston’s gifted and diverse sommelier population than the annual Iron Sommelier competition, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary Nov. 9, at The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa. It benefits the Periwinkle Foundation, which develops and provides programs to help children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Each of the competing sommeliers selects three wines that focus on a particular wine region, grape or style, then does his or her best to sell their theme as the “best of show.” They also pick a select wine and do the same in the VIP tasting room for the underwriters.

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