Events around the city

Wine tastings and dinners

TAMPA WINE INSTITUTE This lesson: Old World vs. New World. Compare and contrast wines from different areas of the world. $30. 5-7 p.m. Sat., March 17. West Palm Wines, 2009 N. 22nd St., Tampa (813-241-8587 or www.westpalmwines.com).

SPRING FLING Tastings invites you to spring clean your wine collection with refreshing whites, roses and light reds. More details and other tastings at www.awineexperience.com. $10. 6-8 p.m. Wed., March 21. Tastings, 149 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-894-2255).

WINES FOR ENTERTAINING Always be ready for an impromptu get-together. Vino 100 shows you what to have in stock. Free. 5-8 p.m. Thurs., March 15. 5056 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-522-8466 or vino100tampabay.com).

TEMPRANILLO TEMPEST Spain's darling baby grape is all grown up and making its mark on the world stage. Taste tempranillos from around the world. $10; includes souvenir glass. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., March 9. Uncorked, 2706 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-892-WINE or www.uncorkedwines.com).

SOUTH AMERICAN WINE SAFARI Taste a variety of wines from Chile and Argentina, including their wine stars Malbec and Carmenere. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 16. Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-1967 or charlieswine.com).

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 x 210 or www.b-21.com).

WEEKLY WINE WORKOUT Every Wednesday, Tastings has wine adventures to different parts of the world. $10. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Tastings, 149 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-894-2255 or www.awineexperience.com).

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 www.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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