“Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.”

— William Shakespeare, from Act II, Scene iii of Othello.

Local area restauranteurs and wineries are taking that classic literary observation to heart.

Mary Stanley owner of The Turtle plan to use wine well with the new series of Wine Exploration Dinners which will be featured at the downtown restaurant. The dinners will take place every third Thursday of the month through at least December of this year, Stanley said.

The dinners will showcase the wines of W.O.W. (Way Out Wineries), a group of wineries in Central Texas. The cost for the dinners will be $65 each, which will includes two glasses of the particular featured wine.

The first dinner will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, with a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon being released by Barking Rocks winery, and its vintner, Tiberia. Tiberia will also be available for questions about wines and to take orders.

“This is a learning experience as well as a dinner and wine tasting,” Stanley said.

For the June dinner, Chef Thomas Vezina said he plans to prepare a dinner which pairs perfectly with the particular wine of the evening and includes an Amuse Bouche, a beef tenderloin, mushroom deuxelle in cabernet sauce.

The dinner will also include Terrine of Lamb, Windy Hill Organics Greens which include apples, walnuts, gorgonzola and a raspberry vinaigrette and a Veal Osso Bucco. Following the dinner will be a Gateau Noix walnut tart from Saint Paul de Vence.

“Each dinner will feature a different menu in order to match it to the particular wine for that evening,” Stanley said.

“The evenings will reflect the individual nature of the different wineries and the wines.”

The next two Thursdays after the June 18 dinner are set for July 23 and Aug. 20 For more information on these dinners call Stanley at 646-8200.