I've been singing about chestnuts every Christmas since I could warble, but I've eaten very few chestnuts. Probably because between 1940 and 1944 all but a few American chestnut trees were wiped out  by chestnut blight. I'm not THAT old.

As few as I've eaten, I've cooked even fewer. They look intimidating, as in, lots of work.

So the wine dinner tonight at the Paris, in which every course features chestnuts, will be edifying for me. It also serves as an entree to the "new" Paris, now that Eric deBonis has opened the Italian trattoria Sea Salt, the focus in the Paris kitchen is more purely French. And what's more French than Maison Latour, which is pairing its wines with all those chestnuts?

This centuries-old family-run enterprise started with the largest Grand Cru wine-growing property in the Cote d'Or. Soon becoming negociants as well, Latour now represents quality wines from all over Burgundy. But tonight is all about France, and wines are all about Burgundy, so $45 for food and the same price for wine pairings sounds like a deal. Read the whole seven-course menu here (click "newsletter.") If you can't make it, read about it here tomorrow.

Planning ahead for more wine fun: Meditrina is hosting a dinner with Susie Selby of Selby Winery featuring five courses and four of her amazing wines. (2 of which are special order not available in Utah)

-Tuesday, December 14, 7:00 pm -$40 for food and $30 for the wine pairings

This event will be limited to 20 seats and over half are already taken.

Here's the menu

1st course: Seared Sea Scallops, parsley fennel coulis, red pepper gremolata. ('09 Sauvignon Blanc)

2nd course: Butternut Squash Bisque, lemon-roasted pepitas, chive oil ('08 Chardonnay)

3rd course: Duck Fat Seared Beef Tenderloin, celerac puree, winter kale, port wine juniper pan sauce ('06 Azevedo Cabernet)

4th course: Point Reyes Bleu Cheese with candied almonds ('08 "Bobcat" Zinfandel)

5th course: Spiced Chocolate Pot de Creme ('08 "Bobcat" Zinfandel)

Call 801.485.2055.