Gourmet Meals, Great Deals

These days, we’re all looking for bargains — and not just at the supermarket or shopping mall. So we did some digging. Here are seven of our favorite restaurants that offer prix-fixe menus, and three well-priced wines to celebrate the arrival of spring. And don’t forget Restaurant Week returns this month. Who says you can’t eat well in a down economy?

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Spring is In the Air

Winter is (thankfully) on the wing. After this year’s bitter cold and ice, there’s nothing better than kicking back and enjoying a glass of wine in the gradually warming sunshine. Here, Tim Buzinski of Beacon’s Artisan Wine Shop suggests three wines — all under $15 — that are perfect partners in celebrating the arrival of spring on March 20. So shed your down jacket and raise your glass — here’s to a whole new season of sipping

Some Valley wines




Latitude 50° Riesling ►

Kabinett Feinherb
Rheingau 2007
From industrious importer Savio Soares.
“This crisp, lively wine will work extremely well with the delicate flavors of spring,” says Buzinski.


Buitenverwachting “Beyond”

Sauvignon Blanc
Coastal Region 2007
“This also offers the gentle flavors of lemon and grapefruit, with loads of refreshing acidity,” he says.


Château de Pizay

Beaujolais AOC 2007
“Lighter reds also work with delicate flavors,” notes Buzinkski. “This Beaujolais has delicate red fruit and none of the bubblegum flavors of its ‘nouveau’ cousin.”


Visit www.artisanwineshop.com for more great picks, and click on to read more Small Bites including a farm-fresh dinner and Restaurant Week news »



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