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June 19, 2002|Christy Hedges


Wine Dinner: Alberto Chiarlo appears at a dinner featuring the wines of Michele Chiarlo Winery. Located in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, Michele Chiarlo produces Gavi, Barbera d'Asti, Barbaresco and other wines. Wines accompany a dinner of Italian dishes. 7 p.m. Il Tiramisu, 13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 986-2640. $65.


Winemaker's Dinner: Bruce Cakebread of Cakebread Cellars previews wines and explains Cakebread Cellar's winemaking process. Dinner includes Muscovy duck and Kobe-style beef. 6:30 p.m. Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 W. Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 281-2919. $95.


Temecula Wineries: Visit the area's wineries and sample new releases, special-collection and limited-release wines and a progressive food menu. Winery owners and winemakers will be on hand to chat. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (800) 801-9463. $55.


Asia Pacific Fusion Food and Wine Festival: Los Angeles chefs and restaurateurs pair Asian flavors with wines from Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties and Oregon in this event by the Asia Society Southern California Center. Chefs representing restaurants including Chinois on Main, Sushi Roku, Crustacean, Hamasuku, Joss, Chaya Brasserie, Max and Five Feet prepare food. Wines featured include those from Clos du Val, Grgich Hills, Trefethen, Au Bon Climat, Roederer, Handley and Navarro. The festival, which also features entertainment, is at 20th Century Fox Studios. 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Noon to 4 p.m. For reservations, call (213) 624-0945. Singles, $75; couples, $120.

Fund-Raising Dinner: A Bollinger Champagne reception and a four-course dinner with specially selected wines, hosted by restaurateur Andy Nakano and textile artist Teena Leonardi, raises funds for Special Equestrian Riding Therapy. 5 p.m. Jozu, 8360 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (323) 655-5600. $150.


Give Me Ganache: Sherry Yard, pastry chef at Spago, discusses different kinds of chocolate and the basics of making ganache. She demonstrates recipes including caramel milk chocolate truffles, baked whiskey torte and chocolate souffle. 6:30 p.m. Let's Get Cookin', 4643 Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village. (818) 991-3940.

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