Caution: for your own safety, always keep your wine and your wings separate 

What to do after the big day has come and gone and the relatives are still in town this weekend? Hit the wine trail. Idaho wineries throughout southern Idaho from Parma and Marsing to Eagle and Garden City will be open for barrel and bottle tastings. Tip back a new offering from 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards called Vivacious, kick it with winemaker Melanie Krause at Cinder or take a tour at giant Ste. Chapelle. For details and a map, visit idahowines.org. If your self-guided holiday wine barrel tasting tour takes you to Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, stop by Tannins Wine Bar to check out the huge overstock sale with discounts on the wine bar's inventory.

Once the Thanksgiving food coma has subsided, the post-Thanksgiving wine hangover (see the above paragraph) has cleared and you're ready to stuff yourself silly again, sign up for Rick's Press Room's first-ever wing off. Compete in one of three heat levels depending on either your wussy tolerance for heat or your mad fire-breathing skills. Heat 3, aka Fire, is open to all ages, and he or she who scarfs the most in three minutes wins a $75 gift certificate to Rick's Press Room. Heat 2, aka Blazin', is open to the over-21 crowd only; the winner gets a $100 gift card. And Heat 1, aka Insane, is also only for the over-21 crowd, and the grand prize is either a really sweet holiday gift for yourself or a re-gift to the gamer in your life: a Wii gaming system. How about we recap that for you: A $10 entry fee gets you as many wings as you can eat so long as you can tolerate some serious Scoville units for a chance at a Wii. Sounds like a decent trade for one extreme eater--possibly without tastebuds or at least willing to sacrifice them for a win--with a hankering for Super Mario. Competition is Saturday, Dec. 5, at high noon. Call Rick's to register at 208-288-0558. 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, rickspressroom.net.

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