January is National Hot Tea Month, so take the opportunity to learn everything you can about the history, art, and preparation of tea at Tea Seminar Level I at the Tea Embassy (900 Rio Grande, 330-9991). Cost is $50, including instruction and a cream tea with scones and tea samples. Reservations necessary; 1-4pm, Saturday, Jan. 20.
Celebrate the first anniversary of Stone House Vineyards (24350 Haynie Flat Rd. in Spicewood, 512/264-3630, www.stonehousevineyard.com) with a wild-game dinner menu paired with Australian wines. The wild game for the meal comes from Martine Ranch and 7 Point Ranch. Cost is $65 inclusive, and reservations are necessary; 7pm, Saturday, Jan. 20.
Observe private chef Judd Servidio as he cooks the first of his monthly Chef's Table dinners at Gina's Kitchen (917 W. 12th). While guests relax around the tables, Judd will create and serve a four-course "home grown" wine dinner with foods and wines produced in the Austin area. Cost is $75. Make necessary reservations at email@example.com or by calling 217-4509. Seatings at 6 & 8pm, Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Friends and compatriots chef Carmelo Mauro and winemaker Paul Bonarrigo create their annual Two Gentlemen of Sicily wine dinner honoring their ancestry and the culinary and viticultural heritage of their homeland at Carmelo's Ristorante (504 E. Fifth, 477-7497). Dinner features five courses of Italian specialties paired with wines from Messina Hof Winery. Cost is $65, and reservations are necessary; 6:30pm, Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Doña Emilia's Bar & Grill (101 San Jacinto, 478-2520, www.donaemilias.com), Terra Verus Importing, and VinoVino join forces to host a Mediterranean Wine Tasting featuring appetizers paired with seven different wines of the region. Proceeds benefit Operation Comfort ( www.operationcomfort.org). Tickets are $25, and reservations can be made online or at the restaurant; 7pm, Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Five dynamic female winery owners and winemakers from the French region of Bordeaux will present minivertical tastings of their wines and discuss hot wine-industry topics over a dinner prepared by five Austin chefs at Mirabelle (8127 Mesa, 346-7900). The event is presented by the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas, and proceeds will go toward funding the 2007 Texas Sommelier's Conference to be held here later this year. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by calling Stephanie Karger in the foundation office. 6pm, Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Four collectors wines will be the focus of a wine dinner at Spicewood Vineyards (1419 CR 409 in Spicewood, 830/693-5328, www.spicewoodvineyards.com). The meal will be prepared by Amuse Bouche Catering of Austin. Cost is $70, and reservations are necessary; 7pm, Saturday, Jan. 27.