I understand the frustration. Commercially, it is true there rarely are spirits-pairing dinners in the Capital Region. That's what makes an upcoming event at Mio Vino Wine Bar & Bistro in Altamont so interesting.
Mini-cocktails will be paired with an ambitious eight-course meal, priced at a reasonable $75 per person, plus tax and tip. The event begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, October 26. Reservations may be made by calling 595-5095. Mio Vino is located at 186 Main Street.
First CourseLobster cocktail with lemon, tarragon and extra virgin olive oil over Boston bibb lettuce
Mini Lillet Twist: Tanqueray, Lillet, Triple Sec and lemon juiceIntermezzoLime sorbet infused with Boodles London Dry GinSecond CourseCucumber, celery, tomato, onion salad with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Mini Prairie Cucumber Vodka martiniThird CourseCreamy orzo risotto with Meyer lemon and wild mushrooms
Mini Hangar One Citron lemon drop martiniFourth CourseTrout meuniere amandine with brown butter and almonds
Amaretto DisaronnoFifth CoursePollo relleno -- chicken breast stuffed with manchego cheese, mushrooms and spinach
Chilled Patron AñejoSixth CourseSpiedies -- Tangy pork kebabs, dried herbs, vinegar on Italian hoagie roll
Mini-Manhattan with Maker's Mark, Aixa vino vermouth, Angostura bitters and a maraschino cherrySeventh CourseCrusted Hereford filet with black peppercorn crust with a mashed potato dollop
Remy Martin VSOP CognacEighth CourseMini cannoli
Mini-chocolate martini: Godiva, Stoli Vanilla and Bailey's