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Tasting Benefit: 5-8 p.m. today, Wine Warehouse, 5571 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. California, Australian wines tasted to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. $5 donation. (727) 527-7000.

Italian Tasting: 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, Tastings, A Wine Experience, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 894-2255.

What's New in Rhone: 6-7 p.m. Thur., Tampa Wine Institute, 2009 N 22nd St., Tampa. Connoisseur Series class explores France's Rhone wines in-depth; six wines, artisan cheeses and breads. $30. (813) 241-8587.

Winemakers of Spain: 6-8:30 p.m. Thur., B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Jorge Ordonez imports include Finca Allende. $10, advance registration required. (727) 937-5049.

Washington State Wines: 6 p.m. Thur., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. $10, registration required. (727) 736-3070.

Halloween Wine Treats: West Coast wines include: Butterfield Station chardonnay, Pacific Edge Hell and Back zinfandel. Free, noon-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., at Total Wine & More locations:

• Courtyard at Countryside, 2528 State Road 580, Clearwater. (727) 431-1010.

Park St. Retail Center, 4880 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 544-6018.

Walter's Crossing, 1720 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 350-9601.

Boogie Woogie on Corey: 5-9 p.m. Fri., Downtown Corey Area, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Stroll shops, sample wine, foods, live music. Free. (727) 366-2003.

Haunted Tasting: 6-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Florida Orange Groves Inc. and Winery, 1500 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Try "Booberry" other spooky flavors, plus hors d'oeuvres; adults only. $10, registration required. (727) 347-4025.

A Taste of Good Hope: 6:30-11 p.m. Sat., grounds of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. Food and wine from South Africa, plus live music. Benefits Sub-Saharan Africa hospices. $75. Call (727) 523-3419 for more information and tickets.

World of Wines: 6-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Cork & Olive, 4978 Ridgemoor Blvd. at Ridgemoor Commons, Palm Harbor. Imported wines from Focus Wine Distributors Fri.; new and old world varieties Sat. Free with purchase. (727) 781-9463.

Fall Flavors: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. New wines for fall. $5. (727) 347-0743.

Wine Club Tasting: 6-9 p.m. Fri., Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. Wine club food pairing. Free, donations appreciated, $10 donation includes gift bag. (813) 874-9435.

American Wine Fest: 6-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Celebrate harvest of California wines from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Paso Robles and more. $15. (813) 879-2931.

Vineyard Scenes: noon-5 p.m. Sat., VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Wine tasting, art exhibit with Deborah Haeffele and her paintings and prints of vineyard scenes, wineries and wine country, both here and abroad. Free sampling. (813) 654-8466.

Best of Barolos: 2-5 p.m. Sun., B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Barolo wines from Italy, with Franco Conterno of Piedmont. $25, advance registration required. (727) 937-5049.

All Along the Rhone: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon., Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Discover distinct variations in wines grown from northern to southern Rhone Valley in Fall Wine Class. $40, registration required. (813) 250-9463.

Haunting Flavors: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Tastings, A Wine Experience, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Sample wines from spooky wine bottles in Halloween tasting. $15. (727) 894-2255.

Spooktacular Tasting: Howling good wines at Halloween tasting at VINO 100 locations:

• 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 522-8466.

5-7 p.m. Oct. 31, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Free. (813) 654-8466.

Best Friends and Beers: 5:30-11 p.m. Oct. 30, Jackson's Bistro, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. Bring your dog to "Best Friends Thursday." Featured beer this month: German beers and ales. Charge for beer, food. (813) 277-0112.

Fall Sip & Dip: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30, Cork & Olive, 4978 Ridgemoor Blvd. at Ridgemoor Commons, Palm Harbor. Mulled wine, red or white. Tasting free with purchase. (727) 781-9463.

Send news of coming events at least two weeks in advance to Food File, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731; e-mail to:; or fax: (727) 892-2327.

A calendar of wine and beer tastings and events 10/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 4:24pm]
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