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RUN WITH THE BULLS Spanish wines and Spanish cheeses: two great tastes that taste great together. Eight to 10 wines and five cheeses tasted. Reservations requested. $25. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 21. Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits, 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463).
SOUTHERN FRANCE GEMS Taste why the French consider the South of France to be the best place to vacation: wines. $10; includes souvenir glass and hors d'oeuvres. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 21. Uncorked, 2706 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-892-WINE or www.uncorkedwines.com).
SOUTH AMERICA REVISITED Argentina and Chile strut their stuff, with malbec, tannat and cabernet on the runway. $15 in advance, $20 at door. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 21. Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-1967 or www.charlieswine.com).
BEER, BRATS & BREWHAHA Dunedin Brewery and Got Wine and Cigars are teaming up to show Tampa Bay what Oktoberfest is all about. Traditional German food, wine and music all night. Free. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri., Oct. 21 and Sat., Oct. 22. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin (727-736-0606 or www.dunedinbrewery.com).
WINE FESTIVAL Explore the fruits of our local wine at the Florida Estates Winery Festival. Event includes a variety of fresh produce, sauces, sandwiches, plants, homemade arts & crafts, live music, and, of course, wine. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 22. Florida Estates Winery, 25241 S.R. 52, Land O'Lakes (813-996-2113 or www.floridaestateswines.com).
TASTING FAVES The Bern's wine staff wants you to taste their favorite wines. Join David, Kevin, Amy, Eric and Trey as they lead you to their promised land. Reservations requested. $25. 6:30-8 p.m. Mon., Oct. 24. Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits, 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463).
LEGENDS OF THE VALLEY The winner of Best New Wine Bar hosts a tasting exploring some of the best known wineries in Sonoma County: MacMurray, Louis Martini and Rancho Zabaco. $10. 6-8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26. Tastings, 149 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-894-2255).
CAYMUS WINE DINNER Explore the portfolio of Caymus, from Mer Soleil to its famous cabernet. Highlights include Maine lobster tail, white asparagus and French bean salad with vanilla bean emulsion, served with 2003 Mer Soleil Chardonnay. $100, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations requested. 6:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26. The Maritana Grille at the Don Cesar, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg Beach (727-360-1880, ext. 2601).
AMERICAN SPIRITS WINE TASTING American Spirits hosts free wine tastings every third Friday of the month. 5:30-7:30 p.m. American Spirits, 280 Third St. S., St. Petersburg (727-895-8700).
GRAND CRU WINE CELLARS Grand Cru holds wine tastings every Friday. $10. 6-9 p.m. Second Friday of every month features live music, beer tastings and food. Grand Cru, 1724 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa (813-269-8463).
GO ITALIAN Specialties Wines features a tasting of artisan Italian producers every Friday. Free. 6-9 p.m. Specialty Wines, 11803 Martin Luther King Blvd., Seffner (813-413-2003).
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.