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A calendar of wine tastings, classes

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With and Without Bubbles: 6-7:30 p.m. today, Trinity Spirits & Wine, 3208 Little Road, New Port Richey. Class explores several varietals, along with still and sparkling wines. $10, registration requested. (727) 372-5655.

California Dreamin': 5-8 p.m. Thur., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. California wines and casual cuisine including chicken spring rolls, mini crabcakes from California Ciccio. Free. (727) 522-8466.

Sauvignon Sampling: 6-9 p.m. Thur., Casa Tina's Pan Y Vino Wine Bar, 369 Main St. , Dunedin. Charles Krug sauvignon blanc, Ferrari-Marano merlot among wines sampled. Free. (727) 734-7700.

Global Grapes: 7-9 p.m. Fri., American Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor, 280 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Try wines from California, France, Italy and other international wine-growing regions. Free. (727) 895-8700.

Tour of Bordeaux: Wines from France's Bordeaux region includes Chateau Villars Fronsac, noon-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun., at Total Wine & More at:

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

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

Park St. Retail Center, 4880 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 544-6018; totalwine.com.

Strong Tower Tasting: 4-8 p.m. Fri., Pristine Liquors, 14381 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Try red, white and blush wines, including award-winning varieties from Strong Tower Vineyards. Free. (352) 666-1088.

Sonoma & Napa Wines: 5-8 p.m. Fri.; 1-4 p.m. Sat., A&L Fine Wines, 35249 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Red and white wines from California's Sonoma and Napa valleys. Free. (727) 781-4760; AandLfinewines.com.

Wine Garden Sampling: 5-8 p.m. Fri., Lou's Florist & Wine Garden, 7800 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. California reds and whites. Free. (727) 367-1921.

South African Sampling: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Reds, roses and white wines; benefit St. Petersburg Free Clinic. $10. (727) 892-9463; uncorkedwines.com.

French "Crush Hour": 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. France's Loire Valley wines pair with cheeses from Bern's Cave du Fromage. $25. (813) 250-9463.

Summer Solstice Social: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. White, rose and reds; call to reserve. $10. (813) 879-2931.

Australian Tastes: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Try wines from Australia, paired with grilled pork, chocolate lava cake. $25, advance registration required. (813) 250-1967; charlieswine.com.

Kluge Estate Wines: noon-5 p.m. Sat., VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Taste bordeaux-inspired red blend, a rose blend, and other wines from Kluge Estate Winery in Virginia, birthplace of American winemaking. Free. (813) 654-8466.

Napa/Sonoma Wine & Dine: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Wines from Napa and Sonoma pair with wine country cuisine, wine lesson. $35, registration required. (813) 250-1967; charlieswine.com.

Mystery Varietals: 6-7:30 p.m. June 26, Tampa Wine Institute, 2009 N 22nd St., Tampa. Class explores esoteric varietals including falanghina, mencia, marsanne. $30, reservations required. (813) 241-8587.

''Sip & Dip'': 6-8 p.m. June 26, Cork & Olive, 4978 Ridgemoor Blvd. at Ridgemoor Commons, Palm Harbor. Wines from Spain, Argentina and Chile, paired with regional cuisine hors d'oeuvres and live acoustic guitar. Free. (727) 781-9463.

Strong Tower Tastes: 4-7 p.m. June 27, Spring Hill Liquors, 2660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Sample gold medal winners of recent wine competition, local estate-grown red, white and rose varieties. Free. (352) 683-0330.

Uncorking New Zealand: 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 27, Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Sample sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir from New Zealand's diverse growing areas; proceeds benefit St. Petersburg Free Clinic. $10. (727) 892-9463.

Wines Under $15: 6:30 p.m. June 27, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Tapas and other appetizers pair with wine finds under $15. $45. (813) 926-4465.

Food file is 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 calendar@tampabay.com; fax (727) 892-2327.

A calendar of wine tastings, classes 06/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2008 5:25pm]

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