The next Winefest Des Moines event will be at Cowles Commons, featuring wine tastings and pork cuisine. Photo: Catch Des Moines
Pork + Pinot (6 p.m., Sept. 24 at Cowles Commons)
Local professional pork competitors will serve swine-centric cuisine while attendees sip on paired wines. Tickets are $70 (plus fees) and include food samples, wine pairings and dessert. There also will be live music.
The Unexpected Cellar (6 p.m., Sept. 25 at a downtown location to be announced)
It takes a password to enter this not-so-secret speakeasy event. But once you enter, you’ll get a glass of sparkling wine and a tasting with high-end, yet approachable, pours. You also can enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and live music. Attendees will have the option to purchase bottles and take them home. The event location will be revealed a week before. Tickets are $110 plus fees.