Wine and beer tastings, classes
Barefoot Wine and Dragon Boats: 6-8 tonight, Cafe Dufrain, 707 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa. Wine and champagne sampling, hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment. $15. tampabay dragonboats.com, funintampa bay.com.
Ridge & Rosenblum: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Tastings from these wineries. $25. (813) 250-9463.
Spanish Sampling: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Spanish wines with light appetizers to benefit Special Olympics of Pinellas County. $10. (727) 892-9463. uncorkedwines.com.
Worldly Wines: 7-9 p.m. Fri., American Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor, 280 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Spanish wines, Chilean cabernet franc, malbec and zinfandel, plus sauvignon blanc from California. Portion of proceeds benefits local charity. $10. (727) 895-8700.
Global Nobles: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Ten samples of reds and whites from the original family of Noble grapes. $10. (813) 879-2931. vintagewinecellars.net.
Sonoma Sampling: 3-5 p.m. Sat., North Beach Wine & Spirits, 490 Mandalay Ave., Suite 6, Clearwater Beach. Try wines from Chalk Hill, Murphy Goode and Alexander Vineyards. Free. (727) 447-1453.
Burgundy: Wine of Kings: 4-6 p.m. Sat., Tampa Wine Institute, 2009 N 22nd St. French wine class explores the Cote D'Or and terroir. $35. (813) 241-8587.
Cool Jazz, Sweet Treats: 4-7 p.m. Sat., Tarpon Springs Castle Winery, 320 E Tarpon Ave. Tasting and treats to benefit Haitian earthquake victims. $7 admission fee, plus purchase of glass of wine (starting at $6). (727) 943-7029. tscwinery.com.
Stogie and Stout: 7-11 p.m. Sat., Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. Stouts, ports and ales paired with cigars. Includes access to more than 25 beers. Benefits the Dunedin Doggie Rescue and Adopt a Platoon. $25 advance, $30 day of, $10 designated drivers. (727) 736-0606. dunedinbrewery.com.
Winter Wine Dinner: 7 p.m. Tue., Blu Figs Gourmet Lounge, 15463 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tampa Bay Uncorked event pairs wines and cuisines from France, Italy, Greece and Spain. $52. (813) 963-3447.tampabayuncorked.com.
Tequila Tasting: 7-9 p.m. Tue., Red Mesa Cantina, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Taste tequilas and Mexican spirits paired with appetizers in seminar with guest speakers. This month, tequilas from Don Julio. $40. (727) 896-8226.
Haitian Benefit: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 24, 3613 S Beach Drive, Tampa. Tasting of more than 40 wines to help Haitian earthquake victims. $25 per person, $40 per couple. (813) 837-8941.
South American Sampling: 5-8 p.m. Feb. 25, Lueken's Liquors, 944 Patricia Ave., Dunedin. Argentina's and Chile's full-flavored wines. $10. (727) 734-3068.
Stag's Leap Sampling: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Tastes from the California winery. $25. (813) 250-9463.
Savoring Santa Barbara: 3-5 p.m. Feb. 27, North Beach Wine & Spirits, 490 Mandalay Ave., Suite 6, Clearwater Beach. Explore California's Santa Barbara wines. Free. (727) 447-1453.
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: [email protected]; or fax: (727) 892-2327.