Events & tastings
Making of a Meritage: 6-7:30 p.m. today, Trinity Spirits & Wine, 3208 Little Road, New Port Richey. Find out how meritage wine is blended; sample meritages. $10. (727) 372-5655.
Tasting & Pairing Basics: 6-7:30 p.m. Thur., Casa Tina's Pan Y Vino Wine Bar, 369 Main St., Dunedin. Class on basics of tasting and food pairing, with Australian, Spanish wines. $30 each class or $45 for both. (727) 734-7700.
Celebrating American Vineyards: 1-5 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 321-2400.
Out of the Ordinary: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Non-chardonnay and non-cabernet wines sampled. $5. (727) 347-0743.
Cab Alternatives: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Cabernet wine alternatives include rioja, pinot noir, chianti, barbera. $10. (813) 879-2931.
DaVino Code Pairing : 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. DaVino Code wines with Italian fare. $16 advance, $20 at door. (813) 250-1967; charlieswine.com.
Wine Picnic: noon-3 p.m. Sat., C'est Cheese, 4114 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Event pairs summer wines with fun picnic foods: aged cheddar mini-burgers and blue cheese potato salad. $25 advance, $30 at door. (941) 924-3374.
Spanish Wine & Dine: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Spanish, Argentinian cuisine, wines combine in dinner/wine lesson. $35; registration required. (813) 250-1967.
ABC Sampling: 6-8 p.m. May 28, ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, 2855 66th St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines from around the world, hors d'oeuvres. $10. (727) 345-6149.
Benefit ABC Sampling: 6-8 p.m. May 28, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 1603 N Missouri Ave., Largo. Sample domestic, imported wines, spirits, plus snacks; portion of proceeds benefits Hospice Foundation. $10. (727) 581-4642.
Central Coast Wines: 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 30, Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines from California's Central Coast growing region; benefits All Children's Hospital. $10. (727) 892-9463.
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