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wine rede“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words,” the Roman playwright Plautus once wrote.

Well, here are some sweet words about even sweeter wine events happening in the area.

Enjoy some Cakebread at Las Canarias on April 4

Las Canarias at the Omni La MansiĆ³n del Rio, 112 College St., will be showcasing the wines of Cakebread Cellars during a five-course dinner set for 7 p.m. April 4.

Chef John Brand’s first course features Pacific blue marlin with avocado, lime and melon with tomatillo paired with the 2011 Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc. This will be followed by sardines with kale salsa verde gribiche on toast and the 2011 Cakebread Chardonnay. The third course will feature tamarind lacquered breast of duck with a confit of carrot and ginger paired with the 2008 Cakebread Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. Fourth course will be lamb prime rib with smoked medjool dates, braised rhubarb and salsify paired with a 2009 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon. Finally, the meal will close with Valrhona chocolate along with caramelia gelato, cake, mousse and red velvet, all paired with a 2010 Cakebread Zinfandel.

The price is $85 a person, plus tax and tip. To make a reservation, call (210) 518-1177.

Sample four Texas Hill Country wineries at one party

The Texas Hill Country Wineries, an organization that promotes what the Hill County has to offer, is trying something new this year. On the first Friday evening of each wine trail, local wineries in one area will gather together to share a sample of their wines with you.

The first of these will be 6-8 p.m. April 5 in conjunction with the popular Wine & Wildflower Trail. The tasting will be at Dry Comal Creek, 1741 Herberlin Road, New Braunfels, and will feature samples from four wineries, including Bending Branch, Kerrville Hills and Singing Water as well as the host. The kick-off allows you to take your time on the trail over the following two days.

The tickets are $25 apiece, or $15 with a Wine & Wildflower Trail ticket. They include tickets for 10 tastings and light appetizers. Wine will also be available for purchase. Plus, food trucks will be on hand for those who want a heartier meal.

For more information, click here.

Raise a glass for charity

The Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses in San Antonio are celebrating their 20 years of business in the city by offering a fundraiser for local charities.

Guests who buy a glass of a special Ruth’s Chris designated bottle of Stag’s Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at $10 apiece will be getting more than a great glass of steak-friendly wine. Two dollars from that purchase will go to the Texas Cavalier Foundation and Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives.

The wine will be available at both steakhouses, 1170 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-8847, and 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 821-5051.

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