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  1. Wine Down the Weekend

    Whole Foods Market Carrollwood

    Tampa : 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, 33624

    Unwind on the weekend as sommelier pours wine and beer samples, with cheeses.

    Price: Free.

  2. Crush Hour Tasting: Cakebread Cellars

    Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits

    South Tampa : 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Kick off the weekend with relaxing 'Crush Hour' sampling.

    Price: $25.

  3. Vintage Tasting: Breaking Down Bordeaux

    Vintage Wine Cellars

    South Tampa : 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 33609

    Themed tasting. Reservations required.

    Seated seminar explores the mystique of Bordeaux. $25.

  4. Wine Festival

    Florida Estates Winery

    Land o' Lakes : 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes, 34639

    Sample varieties, and see how they are crafted, with vendors on site, live entertainment. Vaccinated, leashed pets welcome.

    Price: Free, $3.50 tastings.

  5. Locations Wine Dinner

    Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium

    Brandon : 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon, 33511

    Embark on a sensory tour of wine and cuisine from around the world, including Spain, Italy, Argentina, with winemaker Dave Phinney and Orin Swift Cellars. Menu includes crab artichoke orzo salad, gnocchi, char-grilled beef tenderloin. Limited seating.

    Price: $65.

  6. Ybor Aficionado Days

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Ybor City

    Ybor City : E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa, 33605

    Stroll the streets of Ybor for cuisine samplings at more than a dozen restaurants on the Tapas Trail, including Bernini, Gaspar's Grotto, Carne Chophouse, see cigars being hand-rolled at Tabanero Cigars, and learn their history at Tampa Sweetheart Cigars. Head to the After-party at the historic  …

    Price: $25 advance, $30 day of event.

  7. Teach and Taste

    Dash of Salt n Pepper

    Tampa : 10353 Cross Creek Blvd., Suite G/H, Tampa, 33647

    Rhone Valley region of France is explored, with appetizers from Chef Ghada Jadalla, and presentation on travel to the French wine country. Must be 21 or older. Limited seating, registration required. Email to timeforwine@tampabay.rr.com.

    Price: $15 advance, $20 at door.

  8. Festa Italiana's Wines of Italy

    Italian Club (Ybor)

    Ybor City : 1731 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Festa Italiana kicks off with a tasting of 70 Italian wines, food from Carrabba's Italian Grill, entertainment by the Ken Loomer Quartet, silent auction and wines for sale.

    Price: $50 through April 9, $60 at the gate.

  9. Wine Tasting Benefit

    Cappuccino's Fine Wine and Espresso Bar

    Dunedin : 733 Broadway St, Dunedin, 34698

    Wines with fresh fruit and cheeses, benefits Pinellas County Animal Services, at outdoor tasting with well-behaved dogs welcome. Raffle ticket sales benefit Animal Service. Reservation recommended.

    Compare French Bordeaux with Italian chianti, as five wines are sampled.

    Price: $20.

  10. Festa Saturday

    Centennial Park

    Ybor City : 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The Festa Italiana preview event gives a free glimpse of things to come. Includes a bocce ball tournament, Italian Idol contests, homemade wine competition and the Ybor Fresh Market.

    Price: Free.

  11. Festa Italiana

    Centennial Park

    Ybor City : 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Centennial Park is home to the celebration of all things Italian with Italian cuisine from more than 35 area restaurants and caterers, live entertainment, children's activities and the Club Italia Party Tent with handcrafted Italian cocktails and wine pairings with small plates. Benefits the Ita …

    Price: $5, $10 after April 10; $25 feast deal.

  12. Los Vinos de Dali

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    Dance to live music as you sample tapas from area restaurants paired with rare wines. Must be 21 or older.

    Price: $75, includes admission to Dali exhibits.

  13. Taste of South Tampa

    George M. Steinbrenner Field (formerly Legends Field)

    Stadium Area : One Steinbrenner Drive , Tampa, 33614

    Savor unlimited food and drink samplings from Tampa's restaurants, and see which is voted Best of South Tampa at this festival with live music, family friendly activities and a free ticket to the Tampa Yankees game following the festival. Canned or nonperishable food donations benefit Metropolit …

    Price: $4, $30 seniors/military/ ages 10-20, 9 and younger free (advance); $75 VIP; $50 at gate.

  14. Bern's Winefest 2015

    Editor's pick

    Bern's Steak House

    South Tampa : 1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    The prime stop for wine and food aficionados, Bern's Winefest tickets have been on sale, and sell out quickly every year. Haven Restaurant, Epicurean Theatre, Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, among Bern's Steak House, host Gala Winemaker Dinner, Legacy Dinner, whiskey and wine blending seminars,  …

    Price: Events range from $100-$1,000.

  15. Festival of Chocolate

    Editor's pick

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    Chocolate lovers will be in heaven at this festival with pastry chef demonstrations, wine and chocolate pairings, chocolate game show, classes on working with chocolate, Cocoa Couture fashion show, kids activities and, of course, tons of chocolate from vendors for sale and to sample. Included wi …

    Price: $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission.

  16. Food Patch Wine Tasting

    Nature's Food Patch

    Downtown Clearwater : 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    Sample wines provided by several vendors, sign up required.

    Price: Free, but registration required.

  17. Festival of Chocolate

    Editor's pick

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    Chocolate lovers will be in heaven at this festival with pastry chef demonstrations, wine and chocolate pairings, chocolate game show, classes on working with chocolate, Cocoa Couture fashion show, kids activities and, of course, tons of chocolate from vendors for sale and to sample. Included wi …

    Price: $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission.

  18. Wine and Tapas Extravaganza

    Belleair Country Club

    Belleair : One Country Club Lane, Belleair, 33756

    Try your luck at the casino tables, enjoy wine from Luekens Liquors, tapas from Pensare Italian Bistro,  Wildflower Cafe, Marlin Darlin Key West Grill and other local restaurants, plus silent auction, at Belleair Rotary's annual fundraiser; benefits La Clinica Guadalupana.

    Price: $50.

  19. SeaGrapes Fine Wine & Food Festival

    Editor's pick

    Florida Aquarium

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Over 150 types of wine will be available to sample, and over 25 local restaurants will be in attendance. Live entertainment will change as you stroll through the galleries, taking in the view of amazing sea creatures. Silent auctions, as well. Benefits youth education programs, sea turtle rehabi …

    Price: $75 members, $85 through April 18, $95 through April 25, $105 at the door; $225 VIP.

  20. Wine and Chocolate

    Wine Madonna

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Join the Sweet Divas for a sampling of six wines paired with six chocolates.

    Price: $25.

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