Wine and beer tastings, classes
ABC Tastings: More than 50 wines, delectable hors d'oeuvres. $10, includes wine glass, $5 coupon:
• 6-8 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 14248 U.S. 19 N, Hudson. (727) 869-3003.
• 6-8 p.m. Thur., ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 14729 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 264-1881.
Bordeaux Classics: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Try highly rated 2005 vintages, including Saint-Emilion Grand Crus and petite Chateaus. $25. (813) 250-9463.
Wine, Chocolate & Jazz: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., Tarpon Springs Castle Winery, 320 E Tarpon Ave. Sip wine and enjoy chocolate creations and jazz music at themed tasting party. Admission benefits charity that helps Haitian earthquake victims. $7 admission fee, plus purchase of glass of wine (starting at $6). (727) 943-7029.
''Paint Your Glass Off": 1-3 p.m. Sat., Wine Loft, 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Trinity. Release your inner artist as instructors show how to hand-paint a wine glass and wine charms for a valentine or yourself; plus sample wine. $20. (727) 375-9424. To register, send an e-mail to dan@ thewineloft.com.
Bordeaux Basics: 4-6 p.m. Sat., Tampa Wine Institute, 2009 N 22nd St. Explore Margaux, Pauillac, St. Julien and other areas of Bordeaux in French wine class; eight wines and artisan cheeses served. $35. (813) 241-8587. westpalmwines.com.
Spain & Portugal Wines: 2-5 p.m. Sun., B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Winemakers from Bodegas Muga and Emilio Moro Estates present wines and sign bottles; sampling includes highly rated 2007 ports. $25 advance, $30 at door. (727) 937-5049. b-21.com.
ABC Valentines: Fall in love with wines from around the world (more than 50 for sampling), plus hors d'oeuvres. $10, includes hors d'oeuvres, tasting glass:
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, 2855 66th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 345-6149.
• 6-8 p.m. Feb. 10, ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, 3110 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 839-7167.
Long Island Wines: 5-8 p.m. Feb. 11, VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. TAG Wine Group's varieties from New York's Long Island. Free. (727) 522-8466.
Valentine Wine Sampling: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 11, Harr's Surf and Turf Market , 3235 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. More than 50 wines, plus hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. $15. (727) 785-8873 or (727) 787-6758.
Unique Italian Wines: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 11, Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Tasting of highly rated and unique wines from Vincenzo Protti and others, plus hors d'oeuvres. $30, registration required. (727) 321-2400.
Valentine Wines: 5-8 p.m. Feb. 12, Pasadena Liquors & Fine Wines, 1 Pasadena Ave. S, South Pasadena. More than 75 wine and spirit selections from around the world, plus hors d'oeuvres. $10. (727) 347-9607.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax: (727) 892-2327.