What a week: We need wine

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Tonight, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.,Morton's in the Denver Tech Center, 8480 East Belleview Avenue, is uncorking five different Argentinian Malbec wines for oenophiles willing to fork over $45 for plenty of sips, plus hors d'oeuvres, including cheeses, sliced tenderloin with chimichurri sauce, broiled sea scallops and miniature hot chocolate cakes. Reservations can be made by calling 303-825-3353.

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On Saturday, June 27, Balistreri Vineyards, 1947 East 66th Avenue, and Dream Italia, are hosting grape gurus, movie buffs and foodniks for a private screening of the superb cult classic Italian flick Cinema Paradiso. But the film, which will be shown on a big screen, won't come with the comforts of reclining armchairs, cup holders, Diet Coke or buckets of Jimmy crap corn.

No, this is a film event under a tent, complete with local wines poured straight from the vineyard and food that goes way beyond Junior Mints and Red Vines. Instead, you can sink your teeth into wood-fired pizzas, antipasti, frou-frou popcorn (lemon-pepper, truffled and with Parmesan) and gelato made with Balistreri wines. Wine time begins at 7:30, and the movie starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include one glass of wine (there's a cash bar if you want more), the film and enough sustenance to keep you satiated through the subtitles. For more info and to purchase tickets, call 303-287-5156.


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