Here's the here, now and soon in our local food-and-drink scene:
• The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey just released 409 cases of its 2010 Colorado Syrah, which according to a press release, earned a trifecta of double-gold medals between California's New World International Wine Competition, the 2013 Colorado Governor’s Cup and Michigan's Taster’s Guild Wine Competition.
Made with Palisade-grown grapes, the wine is described as "Bursting with raspberry and black-cherry fruit on the nose ... followed by a mouthful of ripe fruits, oak, smoke and a long, fruit-filled finish."
Find it at the Abbey's tasting room as well as area liquor stores, or order it online.
Thursday, Aug. 8, then brings a Focus on the Beer "Meet the Brewer" event with Denver's Renegade Brewing and Ali Benetka (one of two female head-brewers in Colorado). She's have six specialty beers available.
• Pikes Peak Urban Gardens master gardener Larry Stebbins will join chef Kevin Campbell of Full Circle Cuisine at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Motif for a special harvest dinner that in part benefits PPUG.
The evening's menu will showcase PPUG-grown produce with a $35 vegetarian sampling; a carnivore's menu is also available for $10 more, and gluten-free options are available by request. Make reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• We'll share more on this in an expanded blog post soon, but mark your calendar for the official Ivywild School grand opening celebration on Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17.
• Finally, the Margarita at PineCreek will hold its fifth annual Clam Jam at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18. The cost is $55 to sample from "nine different regional seafood dishes with accompaniments," plus dessert alongside live music. Make a reservation at 598-8667 soon; the event did sell out last year.