The trend of wine dinners has certainly taken hold on Third Street South, with local favorites including Barbatella, Sea Salt and The Continental pairing up delectable wines with divine dinners, with occasional featured guest speakers poised to opine on what marries a certain sauvignon blanc or cabernet.

A recent offering from Sea Salt, for instance, poured wines from the inestimable Chateau Montelena, which holds a place in the hearts and memories of many oenophiles for the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris wine tasting, in which California wines, for the first time, in a blind tasting, bested their French equivalents. The Continental opted for a more modern flair in a recent dinner in pairing craft cocktails with a chef-concocted meal, where diners were treated to entertaining cocktail lore and technique while enjoying a four-course dinner.

In the mood to host your own wine dinner? For more than 20 years, Tony’s Off Third has been curating the best and most interesting wines from the U.S. and all corners of the world. Sukie Honeycutt, co-owner and wine director, knows her stuff as well as anyone and is delighted to help you make your selections.