Cork & Bottle Fine Wines (3700 Orleans Ave., Suite 1C, 281-2384) is donating 100 percent of profits from its sale of a special Katrina Recovery Merlot from Toad Hollow Vineyards to Friends of City Park. The wine, which will be released in New Orleans on Feb. 18, sells for $15.99 per bottle, and only a limited amount is available. The store will celebrate the release with a tasting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
International House (221 Camp St., 553-9550) will open a 2006 Mardi Gras Indian Exhibit at the hotel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, with a kickoff event that will include music from the Backstreet Brass Band, surprise guests and authentic Mardi Gras Indian costumes, which will remain on display in the hotel lobby during Carnival.
Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; www.rubensteinsfashion.com) is featured in Forbes magazine this week in a story that outlines the Rubenstein family's decision to reopen its upscale clothing store on Canal Street just six weeks after Katrina made landfall. Rubensteins has done business at that location since 1924.
Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St., 895-2665; www.savvygourmet.com) is offering market baskets every Thursday for $35 each (delivery to areas Uptown is available for a charge). Each basket will include locally grown fruits and vegetables from vendors at the Crescent City Farmers Market, organic and specialty items, and some special additions from Savvy Gourmet's Chef Corbin Evans. Basket orders can be picked up at the store on Thursdays. To order online, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Orleans Grill (522-1994) at the Windsor Court (300 Gravier St., 523-6000 or 800-262-2662; www.windsorcourthotel.com) is offering a special four-course Valentine dinner for two for about $70 to be accompanied by the romantic music of pianist Michael Pellara. The special dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. only, and reservations are required. Windsor Court also is offering a special Valentine's Package that includes a night in a suite with champagne, dinner for two at New Orleans Grill, and a special turndown that includes rose petals on the bed and other surprises for $440 per couple. Reservations are required, and the offer is valid only for Feb. 14.
R Bar (1431 Royal St., 948-7499) is making getting a haircut a pleasurable way to start the week with a special $10 haircut at 9 p.m. on Mondays. A professional barber will give you a haircut in a vintage barber's chair, with a shot of liquor thrown in for added fun.
Buy designer boots for half off the regular price at Victoria's Uptown Shoes (7725 Maple St., 861-8661)