A great way to spend the first weekends of spring is to travel the Back Roads Wine Trail in Northern Kentucky.
Five wineries on the trail are:
■ Camp Springs, 6685 Four Mile Road, Camp Springs, Campspringsvineyard.com.
■ Stonebrook, 6570 Vineyard Lane, Camp Springs, Stonebrookwinery.com.
■ Atwood Hill, 1616 Spillman Road, Morning View, Atwoodhillwinery.com.
■ Seven Wells, 1223 Siry Road, California, Ky., Sevenwellswinery.com.
■ Baker Bird, 4465 Augusta/Chatham Road in Augusta, Bakerbirdwinery.com.
You can pick up your Back Roads Wine Trail passport from any winery on the trail, and when all are validated, you’ll receive a complimentary coaster.
■ Superlative Coffee Roasters will have its monthly Sip and Savor from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The staff will demonstrate the new Chemex brewer from 10 a.m. to noon. Used for decades, the Chemex is a classic glass brewer with wood collar. Its manual drip process produces a medium-bodied, clear and complex cup of coffee, Jenny Super said. Organic Honduran and Peruvian coffees will be served. Superlative is at 116 Mechanic Street. Call (859) 252-5000.
■ Matt Jamie, owner of Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, will demonstrate his products at Williams-Sonoma at Fayette Mall at noon Saturday. Bourbon sauces include “Kentuckyaki,” soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Bourbon Barrel Foods are now sold at Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide. Call (859) 272-5856. The mall is at 3401 Nicholasville Road.
■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a spring beer tasting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $20. Call (859) 243-0017.
■ Soledad Aroaz from the Salentein Winery in Mendoza, Argentina will be at WineStyles of Lexington, 2535 Nicholasville Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. She will pour four different Malbecs, showing the difference in the taste profiles from this grape varietal. Cost is $10. Call (859) 278-9463.
Lunches, dinners and special occasions
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is serving a seafood fest now through Easter. The menu includes butter and garlic shrimp, coconut curry shrimp, ginger shrimp hot pot, and seafood curry rice. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Casanova Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, is accepting reservations for special events such as proms, graduations and weddings. The catering menu features Italian-style lasagna, chicken parmigiana, spaghetti and meatballs, and fettuccine Alfredo. Call (859) 309-3313.
■ Woodford Reserve Distillery will open its porch for spring Tuesday. Picnic on the Porch features sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Beginning in May, the porch will be open Mondays. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. Call (859) 879-1812.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will feature a prime rib dinner Friday and Saturday. Guitarists Ben Lacey and Bob Bryant will entertain Friday, and Saturday night’s music is by John Hedger. Call (859) 226-0300.