Wine, beer and spirits
Mazzaro's samplings: Weekly tasting of wines from Italy and around the world. Free. Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 321-2400. mazzarosmarket.com.
• 1-5 p.m. Friday, Northern Italian wines like friulano and merlot, plus sparkling prosecco from Veneto.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Wines span the globe, including grenache, zinfandel, lambrusco.
• 1-5 p.m. July 13, Summer wines, including refreshing roses from Provence and Sancerre.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 14, eclectic selection including California chardonnay, Italian lambrusco, barbera and dolcetto, Oregon pinot noir.
Tastings of Russia: Sample the beers, wine and vodkas from Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Try wines the first Friday of the month; beers the second Friday of the month, and an array of vodkas on the third Friday of each month. All at 7 p.m. Free, reservations required. St. Petersburg Nights, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-3832.
Summer wine school: Explore Burgundy wines. 4-6 p.m. Saturday. $55. Tampa Wine Institute at West Palm Wines, 2009 N 22nd St. (813) 241-8587. westpalmwines.com.
French and American independence wine dinner: Side-by-side cuisines paired with wines. $75. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. (727) 726-1161.
Summer wines: $10, includes wine glass and coupon. 6-8 p.m. July 12, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 14729 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 264-1881. abcfws.com.
Beer Tasting Challenge: Think you know your brews? Take the Beer Tasting Challenge every Saturday from 4 p.m. until close. Beer prizes for winners. $6 for 5 beer samples. 4 p.m. July 14, Tapping the Vine Fine Wine and Beer, 737 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 330-7514. tappingthevine.com.
Compiled by Peggy Anders. Send news of coming events at least two weeks in advance to Food File, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731; email to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax: (727) 892-2256.