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Better Red Than Rouge

A good wine collection is as diverse as the United Nations -- but tastier and less likely to impose sanctions. Italian Chiantis nestle near bottles of Australian shiraz; a crisp Alsatian gewürztraminer shares shelf space with a Spanish muscatel. Nice. Happy. Peaceful.

Not anymore, suckers: The Wine & Cheese Place (7435 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton) hosts a Red Wine Showdown that pits American red wines against French ones. Will a Bordeaux be more fantastique than a California pinot noir? Will a fruity, spicy American red outshine a robust Burgundy? Find out for yourself tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This evening of tasty pugilism includes generous samples of French and American red wines, plus expert knowledge from the Wine & Cheese Place's resident oenophiles. The class costs $25, and you'll want to reserve your space soon -- the Red Wine Showdown is a very popular offering. Call 314-727-8788 or stop by the shop to secure your place. And, whatever you do, don't call the French wines "freedom wines." That's just tacky.
Mon., April 16

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