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Glasshalfull (in the former Trading Post space at 106 S. Greensboro St.) is downtown Carrboro's new wine bar, wine shop and kitchen, serving dinner Monday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., with a late-night menu until midnight. With the enthusiastic response to their evening tapas-style small plates, Glasshalfull is now featuring a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, unique grilled pizzas and some items from the dinner menu. Lunch starts at 11 a.m.

Enoteca Vin Restaurant and Wine Bar (410 Glenwood Ave., Suite 350, Raleigh, 834-3070, will pair eight of the top 1999, 2000 and 2001 premier crus from Meursault master Francois Jobard with oysters, scallops, crab and lobster on Thursday, April 19. Multiple seatings available between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. $79 per person.

You can celebrate spring and support the Susan G. Komen For The Cure N.C. Triangle at the Great Grapes Wine Arts & Food Festival on April 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Koka Booth Ampitheatre (101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary, 462-2025, (800) 830-3976, Admission is $20 onsite, $18 in advance, group discounts available and children under 12 are free. All admissions include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited wine sampling, gourmet cooking demos and live music.

The 12th Piedmont Farm Tour is this weekend, April 21-22, from 1 to 5 p.m. both days as 34 local and organic farms in Orange, Chatham and Alamance counties open their fields for thousands of visitors to celebrate Earth Day weekend by learning how local farmers produce healthy and fresh local food. Farm Tour buttons (admission for a full carload for all farms) can be purchased in advance for $25 or the days of the tour for $30, or each car can pay $10 per farm on the days of the tour (paid at each farm). Info: 542-2402 or

On April 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. the Hillsborough Wine Company (118 S. Churton St., Hillsborough, 732-4343) will host a free food and wine tasting featuring samples from Hillsborough's new restaurant, Panciuto (110 S. Churton St., Hillsborough, 732-6261, The food samples from Panciuto will focus on Italian and Southern inspired cuisine with emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, just as found on the restaurant's menu. Hillsborough Wine will also provide tastes of wines matched to the Panciuto food samples.

Il Palio (1505 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 918-2545, will feature members of the Choral Society of Durham as they sing solos from the traditional and contemporary stage and screen songbook for their Sunday brunch, April 22.

Acme Food & Beverage (100 E. Main St., Carrboro, 968-1884 ) hosts a wine dinner Sunday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. The $65 fee gets you everything from grilled squid with olive salad to seared beef tenderloin with truffled polenta.

Bloomsbury Bistro (509-101 W. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh, 834-9011) hosts a wine dinner on Monday, April 23, when Mac MacDonald, owner/winemaker from Vision Cellars, will pair his wines with a five-course dinner. $85 per person.

The Grape at Cameron Village (403 Daniels St., Raleigh, 833-2669, presents a California wine dinner Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. Five wines will be paired with a four-course menu. $50 per person.

Zely and Ritz tapas restaurant and wine bar (301 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh, 828-0018, chef Sarig Aqasi is preparing a special menu in honor of Israeli Independence Day on Tuesday, April 24. His Mezze Menu will be an assortment of classic Israeli foods from his childhood on a kibbutz.

The Chapel Hill Wine Company (2809 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, 968-1884) will host a special tasting featuring the Pinot Noir wines from Vision Cellars from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. As a special treat, the well-known winemaker from Vision Cellars, Mac McDonald, will lead the tasting.  $5 per person.

Herons (at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond, Cary, 447-4200, begins its wine dinner series with a five-course wine-paired dinner on Wednesday, April 25, featuring the wines of Clos Pegase Winery ( and a multimedia presentation from Clos Pegase owner Jan Shrem. His informal seminar will offer a look at the romance and history of wine as seen through the eyes of Bacchus. The five-course dinner will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., and is $150 per person.

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