>>J. Timothy's, 143 New Britain Ave., in Plainville, recently ranked No. 2 on the Daily Meal's list of America's 25 Best Buffalo Wings, earning the honor for its double-sauced and fried wings. Information: 860-747-6813 and jtimothys.com.
>>Food Republic recently affirmed what New Haveners have known for more than half a decade: that Caseus Fromagerie at 93 Whitney Ave.s one of the country's 10 best cheese shops. Information: 203-624-3373 and caseusnewhaven.com.
>>Mill on the River, 989 Ellington Road., South Windsor, offers seasonally inspired three-course menus Sundays and Mondays for $23.95. Information and reservations: 860-289-7929 and themillontheriver.net.
>>Max Downtown hosts an evening of champagnes, paired with decadent plates, at its Dec. 8 Champagne Classic in Hartford. The dinner starts with a reception at 5 p.m., featuring a tasting of 10 grower champagnes, passed hors d'oeuvres and raw bar.
Cost is $195, plus tax and gratuity. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Reservations and information: 860-522-2530 and maxrestaurantgroup.com.
>>Peppercorn's Grill once again hosts its annual Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The five-course menu is paired with complementing Veuve vintages. Cost is $125, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations and information: 860-547-1714 and peppercornsgrill.com.
>>Haight-Brown Vineyard, 29 Chestnut Hill Rd., Litchfield, hosts a Chocolate Decadence wine and chocolate pairing event Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. Cost is $35; reservations are required. Information: 860-567-4045 and haightvineyards.com.
>>Red Lantern at Foxwoods Resort Casino hosts a four-course prix-fixe dinner for New Year's Eve, including sushi rolls, surf and turf with skirt steak and tempura shrimp and vanilla bean crème brulee. Dinner is available for $49; a $99 deal includes dinner and admission to the attached SHRINE nightclub. Information: 860-312-8480 and redlanternfoxwoods.com.>>D&D Market, 276 Franklin Ave., Hartford. Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cindy Anschutz Barbieri, cookbook author and host of Everyday to Gourmet will be demonstrating how to make her favorite meatballs, as well as signing her new cookbook, which can be purchased at D&D Market. Free. Information: 860-296-3261, DandDMarket.com.
>>West Side Wines & Spirits, 10 Raymond Road, West Hartford hosts Barolo tasting: Dec. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.,. Explore the greatness of Piedmonts premier grape, Nebbiolo, from some of the top producers in Barolo. $10 glass fee (refundable towards a purchase of any wine featured in the tasting).
>>Super Cellar Warehouse Liquors, 332 W. Main St., Avon, hosts a wine education seminar titled “how to taste like a master of wine” on Dec. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Features a blind tasting and guest speaker Elod Adam. $25 and includes 2 bottles of wine. Information: 860-678-9777 and ctwine.net.
>>Sorella is open at 901 Main St. in Hartford. The Italian restaurant from the owners of Dish Bar and Grill serves a selection of meats and cheeses, antipasti, housemade pastas and Neapolitan pizzas. Information and reservations: 860-244-9084.
>>Cafemantic, 948 Main St., Willimantic, hosts a "Game of Rhones" dinner Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., featuring six courses of fall game dishes and Michel Chapoutier wines. Cost is $88. Reservations and information: 860-423-4243.
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