Mary Tutwiler

100 wines, four hours, you do the math

by Mary Tutwiler

So many wines, so little time. Marcello’s Wine Market Cafe is hosting a tasting of 100 wines at their Kaliste Saloom restaurant on Sunday. Wine specialist Nicole Jordan, formerly of Republic Distributing, says the event will be a small scale Food & Wine Experience, modeled on the popular New Orleans blowout. There will be wines from all over the world, Jordan says. “Lots of bubbly — not just French champagne, Burgundies at great prices, two new vintages from La Crema Winery and of course lots of Italian wines. Doors open at 1 p.m. At 2, Antonio Molesini will conduct an Italian wine seminar, followed at 3 by a talk and tasting of rieslings by Jared Cocke. Marcello’s kitchens will cook up a sampling of Sicilian dishes like their arancini, fried rice balls stuffed with meat sauce, to help counterbalance the extravagance of vino. And after a few glasses, if you think you’re in Italy, via New Orleans with a stop over in Vegas, you’ll be halfway right, the sound track is going to be vintage Louis Prima. The party is Sun. Nov. 23, 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Call 235-1002 for more info.