Bienvenu, Beaujolais Nouveau!

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Yep, it's time for that tasty bubble-gum soda of the wine world. Just about every wine shop will be pouring samples of this year's freshest Beaujolais Nouveau, especially on release day Thursday; check your local joint for details.

VINTAGE WINE CELLARS HOLIDAY HEAVYWEIGHTS SEMINAR Vintage will be pouring10 different big wines for the holidays, including Ruinart Champagne, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Chateau Clerc-Milon Rothschild, among others. $25, 7-9:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 16, Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931 or vintagewinecellars.net). Reservations required.

BERN'S CRUSH HOUR This Crush Hour features Nadia Zilkha Wellisz, executive vice president and part owner of Laetitia Vineyard & Winery. Laetitia Vineyard & Winery is located in the heart of California's Central Coast (in the Arroyo Grande Valley) and creates Burgundian-style and méthode champenoise sparkling wines reflecting the terroir of the Arroyo Grande appellation and the typicity of each of their varietals. $25. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 16. Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits, 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463). Reservations requested.

BERN'S WINE CLASS SERIES: BEAUJOLAIS Sip, swirl and learn about the fascinating world of wine during Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits Fall Wine Class Series. Each Monday evening in November Trey Christy, Bern's Steak House sommelier and Kevin Pelley, wine merchant and SideBern's sommelier, will present four interactive, seminar-style wine classes. This week? Beaujolais! $40. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Mon., Nov. 19. Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits, 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463). Reservations requested.

THANKSGIVING DINNER COMPLETED BY WINE Vino 100 hosts a family style tasting focused on Thanksgiving meals. Vino 100 will be suggesting wines such as Mockingbird Hill Napa Valley Chardonay, Mark Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir or Campus Oaks Old Vines Zinfandel paired with festive foods for guests to choose from. Free. 5-8 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15. Vino 100, 5056 Fourth St., St. Petersburg (727-522-8466 or vino100stpete.com).

A&L FINE WINES WEEKLY TASTINGS A&L hosts weekly tastings on Friday nights (5-8 p.m.) and Saturday afternoons (1-4 p.m.). A&L Fine Wines, 35249 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor (727-781-4760 or aandlfinewines.com).

THE B-21 SATURDAY TASTINGS B-21 hosts a wine tasting every Saturday. Free. 1-4 p.m. B-21 Fine Wine and Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs (727-937-5049, ext. 210 or b-21.com).

FREE TASTING Each week, the Tampa location features a selection of four to six wines from areas around the world. Total Wine and More, 1720 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa (813-350-9601 or totalwine.com).

WINESTYLES DAILY TASTINGS WineStyles offers daily "style" tastings to help you determine your wine preferences. Free. 5-8 p.m., Mon-Sat. WineStyles, 2800 W. Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs (727-518-9463 or winestyles.net/belleair).

GRAPE CRUSH HOURS Each Wednesday, sample pre-selected white half glasses for $10 and three pre-selected reds for $12. Includes complimentary appetizers. Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. The Grape at International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-354-9463).

UNCORK YOUR TASTE Cork & Olive, a chain of wine shops in the Bay area, offers free wine tastings daily at all locations. Find the nearest at corkandolive.com.

 Got an upcoming or ongoing wine event? Send information to: The Wine List, 810 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606, fax 813-739-4801 or e-mail [email protected].

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