Welcome to summer! Cool down those hot June days with wine tastings, festivals and other food events happening this week.
Wine Shoe Atlanta, Tues., June 1: Special class featuring lessons on flavors, textures, acidity, tannins and the vocabulary of wine. Maximum of 12-14 guests, RSVP on the Web site. $35. 6:30 p.m. 339 Nelson St. 404-577-2000. www.wineshoeatlanta.com.
Wine Shoe Atlanta, Weds., June 2: All about the Rhone Valley of France and the wines it produces, with taste tests comparing Rhone wines to similar wines from Italy, Australia, Spain and California. Maximum of 12-14 guests, RSVP on the Web site. $35. 6:30 p.m. 339 Nelson St. 404-577-2000. www.wineshoeatlanta.com.
Wine Shoe Atlanta, Thurs., June 3: Spotlight on Argentinian wines, including the Malbec and other reds and whites. Maximum of 12-14 guests, RSVP on the Web site. $35. 6:30 p.m. 339 Nelson St. 404-577-2000. www.wineshoeatlanta.com.
Cellar 13, Fri., June 4: John Passman hosts a special tasting of wines from Frances South Rhone Valley, including Gigondas, Cairanne and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, all paired with pulled pork barbecue from Pig N Chik. Event is limited to 10 guests, please RSVP. $55. 7 p.m. 3765 Roswell Road. 404-816-4071. www.cellar13.com.
Murphys, Fri., June 4: Sommelier Nick Salpekar picks 40 of his favorite wines from all over the world to share at the Reserve Wine Tasting. Plus, appetizers, live music and special discounts on wine cases and 4-packs all weekend. Reservations required. $35. 6:30-9 p.m. 997 Virginia Ave. 404-872-0904. www.murphysvh.com.
Georgia Fine Wine Festival, Sat., June 5 and Sun., June 6: Ninth annual festival features two days of tastings from Georgia wineries, music, wagon rides and exhibitions from local artists, resorts and restaurants. Admission includes a souvenir wineglass. Rain or shine. Discounted tickets available for designated drivers and visitors under 21. Kids under 12 free. $10-$20. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 12-6 p.m. Sun. 5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega. 706-219-2789. www.dahlonega.org.
Georgia Wine Country Festival, Sat. June 5 and Sun., June 6: Spotlights 50 different Georgia wines, plus local foods, alpaca exhibit and live music. Admission includes tasting glass. Discounted tickets available for designated drivers and visitors under 21. Kids under 12 free. $10-$20. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. 706-865-9463. www.dahlonega.org.
Bakeshop, Sat., June 5: Chef Jonathan St. Hilaire hosts a cooking class featuring croissants and danishes. Bites and libations included. Reservations required. $40. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 903 Peachtree St. 404-892-9322. www.bakeshopatl.com.
Progressive Bike Tour, Sat., June 5: Experience Atlanta cuisine and see historical sights while riding on two, not four, wheels. This tour features Livingston, Vickerys on Crescent Ave., Max Lagers and Rays in the City. Meet at the Georgian Terrace hotel. Ticket price includes bike, helmet, 7-8 course meal, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity at all restaurants. $70. 4-8:30 p.m. 659 Peachtree St. 404-273-2558. www.biketoursatl.com.
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