Small Bites: This week’s restaurant news

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Hill & Holler. Photo: John Robinson Hill & Holler. Photo: John Robinson

The hills are alive
Enjoy a four-course family-style dinner paired with Barboursville wines amidst the vineyards’ very vines on Sunday, September 30 at 5pm. Palladio’s Melissa Close-Hart teams up with chef husband, Matthew Hart from The Local, at this $100 dinner organized by Hill & Holler. Visit hillandholler.org/events.php to reserve. Proceeds benefit the Scottsville Center of Arts & Nature.

Tasting blind
You won’t be blindfolded at Wine Made Simple’s blind tasting class on Thursday, September 27 from 6:30-8pm, but the wines will be. For $15, you’ll get to test yourself on six different varietals while nibbling undisguised appetizers.

Going native
Get Virginia wine month (that would be October) off to an early start by celebrating Norton, Virginia’s native grape, at Keswick Vineyards on Friday, September 28 from 6:30-8:30pm. For $20 (or $15 for wine club members), you’ll get a glass of the 2011 Norton Reserve plus bites from Horse & Hound. If you like what you’ve tasted, you can buy it by the case at a discounted price. Call 244-3341 x105 for tickets.

Eat your veggies
You don’t have to be a vegetarian or a vegan to attend the 16th annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival in Lee Park on Saturday, September 29 from 11am-5pm (all 6,000 people it attracts each year surely aren’t), but don’t come expecting any meat.

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