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A calendar of wine and beer tastings, events

Wine and beer tastings, classes

Wine Country Sampling: 6-8 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 1603 N Missouri Ave., Largo. Selection of wines, cordials, spirits, paired with snacks. $10. (727) 581-4642.

Tour de Pizza: 5-8 p.m. Thur., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Sampling of pizzas, wines. Free. (727) 522-8466.

Benefit Wine Tasting: 6-8 p.m. Thur., residence, 3613 S Beach Drive, Tampa. Try more than 40 wines from Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse, including Shafer, Ferrari Carano, Cambria, plus snacks, to benefit Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind. $25, or $40 per couple. (813) 837-8941.

Singles Sipping: 7-9 p.m. Thur., Cork & Olive, 4978 Ridgemoor Blvd. at Ridgemoor Commons, Palm Harbor. Eight varieties of red and white wines in tasting for single professionals ages 30 to 5. Register by today. $10. (727) 781-9463.

Portugal Picks: Wines from Portugal include Quinta De Ventozelo Tinto Douro. Free. Noon-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. at Total Wine & More locations:

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

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

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

Ace Tasting: 4-7 p.m. Fri., Ace Liquors, 800 Chestnut St., Clearwater. Geoff Smith presents second label Auto Moto varietals from Kendall-Jackson, Picard French vouvray and more. Free. (727) 446-6754.

Strong Favorites: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fri., TJ Liquors, 4710 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Award-winning locally grown and estate red, white and blush wines from Strong Tower Vineyards. Free. (813) 995-9499.

Big Mix: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Lou's Florist & Wine Garden, 7800 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. Pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, shiraz, tempranillo and merlot among mix of varietals and wines sampled. Free. (727) 367-1921.

Value Vintages: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Find wine treasures with big flavor and small prices under $15 at tasting. $5. (727) 347-0743.

Italian Wines: 6-8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Cork & Olive, 4978 Ridgemoor Blvd. at Ridgemoor Commons, Palm Harbor. Try Italian wines on either night, including barolo and barbera, pinot grigio. Free with purchase. (727) 781-9463.

Worldwide Tastes: 7-9 p.m. Fri., American Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor, 280 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Find new favorites as wines from California, Spain and South America are sampled. Free. (727) 895-8700.

Awesome Autumn Arrivals: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. New fall wine vintages include 2007's the Scooter by Mollydooker, Caymus Conundrum 2006. $10. (813) 879-2931. vintagewinecellars.net.

Tapas and Tastes: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Wines from Argentina, Chile, including carmenere and malbec, plus savory tapas. $16 advance, $20 at door. (813) 250-1967.

Big Reds: 5-6:30 p.m. Sat., West Palm Wines/Beaune's Wine Bar, 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Full-bodied red wines from Bordeaux, Italy, and Spain, including prized 2005 Bordeaux, 2001 Barolo, 2001 Chianti Classico and more among 20 wines sampled. $20. (813) 241-8587. westpalmwines.com.

Oktoberfest Uncorked: 7-9 p.m. Sat., Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with German-style beers, wine and seasonal foods. Reservations required. $15. (727) 892-9463. uncorkedwines.com.

Bordeaux Wine and Dine: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Wine, Dine & Learn combines French cuisine dinner with Bordeaux wine, lesson. $35. (813) 250-1967.

Ladies Night Out: 5-8 p.m. Sept. 25, VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Relax with treats from Let's Eat meal preparation kitchen, wine pairings, plus chair massage. Free. (727) 522-8466.

Zins of the World: 5-8 p.m. Sept. 25, Lueken's Liquors, 944 Patricia Ave., Dunedin. Zinfandels and syrahs from around the world, plus hors d'oeuvres. $10. (727) 734-3068.

Fall Festival: 5-7 p.m. Sept. 26, Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin. International wine finds, live music, food available for purchase. $10. (727) 736-4077.

Art of Wine: 7-9 p.m. Sept. 26, Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Artfully crafted wines from Graham Beck, Crios, art by Gary English. $10. (813) 879-2931.

Compiled by Peggy Anders. 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 calendar@tampabay.com; or fax: (727) 892-2327.

A calendar of wine and beer tastings, events 09/16/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:30am]

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