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Saturday, Feb. 21: San Rafael Wine and Live Music Series


Stop by Jackson's Bistro for a tasting of Mairena Wines from Argentina, artisan cheeses and music by Half Circle and Friends. $10. 6-8 p.m., Jackson's Bistro, 601 S. Harbour Island Dr., Tampa (813-277-0112)


Saturday, Feb. 21: Taste of Tampa Bay


This year's "Passport to the Tropics" themed event will feature live music, cigars wine and food from numerous Bay area restaurants. Taste of Tampa benefits Mission of Gift of Life Intl. $100 (advance), $115 (door). 7-11 p.m., Lowry Park Zoo Safari Lodge, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa (813-541-3248)


Saturday, Feb. 21: Dunedin Brewery


With the Best Florida Beer Championships, Dunedin presents its 9th annual Stogie and Stout Night. It will feature a slew of dark brews, including many made by Florida brewers, plus some fine cigars. $25. 7-11 p.m., 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin (727-736-0606)


Saturday, Feb. 21: Sweetwater Organic Workshop


Listen to Sweetwater founder and director Rick Martinez discuss water testing, irrigation sources and options covering drip and micro irrigation methods, with examples at the farm. $15 (or volunteer). 2-3 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)


Saturday, Feb. 21: Sweetwater Organic Workshop


Sweetwater co-farm manager Daniel Bouvier teaches you everything you ever wanted to know about how worms can help your garden, especially in the compost heap. $15. 3-4 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)


Saturday, Feb. 21: MOSI's Einstein on Wine


MOSI will offer food, wine, music and a silent auction fundraiser at its 14th annual Einstein on Wine. Varieties of wine include red, white, champagne, domestic and imported. $60 for MOSI members, $70 for non-members. 6-9 p.m., 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813-987-6000)


Saturday, Feb. 21: Vino 100 Brandon


Sample wine selections from California and Australia, found exclusively at Vino 100 retail stores. Free. 12-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico (813-654-8466)


Sunday, Feb. 22: Datz Deli Wine Tasting


Celebrate the opening of this new deli at its first wine tasting, featuring Heller Estate Wines. Imported cheeses will also be served. $19.50 in advance, $22.50 at the door. 5 p.m. 2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-831-7000)


Sunday, Feb. 22: Sweetwater Organic Workshop


Zen Buddhist priest Ed Brown will show you how to cook for both your body and spirit through the lens of Zen. $45 (volunteer options available). 3 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)


Tuesday, Feb. 24: The NoHo Bistro Beer Tasting


Five tapas-size meals will be served alongside various beers, including some from Cigar City Brewery. Also featured at the event will be guest speaker Joseph Redner, owner of Cigar City Brewery, and microbrew representatives. $32. Reservations required. 7-9 p.m, 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)


Wednesday, Feb. 25: Belleair Grill and Wine Bar


Enjoy a five-course meal paired with select wines at the Legends of Sonoma and Napa event. Featured Merlots, Chardonnays and Cabernets come from Arrowood Vineyards, Freemark Abbey and Matanzas Creek. Reservations required. $65. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 1575 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater (727-449-2988)


Thursday, Feb. 26: Mise En Place


Monthly meetings at Mise En Place include seminars, demonstrations and tastings that feature light appetizers and cocktails. This month's cocktail is the Manhattan. $35. 6-8 p.m., 442 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa (813) 961-8388


Thursday, Feb. 26: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar


Women on Course is hosting a happy hour inspired by the golf lifestyle. The event offers networking oppurtunities, food, wine and tips on how to select the perfect wine. $25 for guests, $10 for members. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 4322 West Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa (703-268-5078)


Thursday, Feb. 26: Bern's Fine Wines


This six-course wine dinner features Terra Valentine Winery from Napa, with winemaker Sam Baxter on hand to discuss his creations. $125. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave, Tampa (813-250-9463)


Friday, Feb. 27: Toast Fine Wine & Cigars


Join Toast for their monthly wine tasting, featuring appetizers and 15-18 different wines. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 14921 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa (813-632-3105)


Friday, Feb. 27: Last Friday Concert Series-Mardi Gras Festival


This monthly outdoor music festival at Historic Williams Park in downtown St. Pete features New Orleans music, gumbo, beer and wine. $25. 6-7 p.m., 299 1st Ave., St. Petersburg (770-401-6410)


Friday, Feb. 27: Vintage Wine Cellars


At the Breaking Down Bordeaux Wine Seminar, sample varieties of wine produced from different kinds of Bordeaux. Reservations required. $25. 7:30-9 p.m., 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931)


Saturday, Feb. 28: Vino 100 Brandon


Weekly Sippin' Saturday tastings offer a selection of Vino 100's finest wines. Free. 12-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. (813-654-8466)


Saturday, Feb. 28: Ybor Fiesta Day


Fiesta Day is a massive street party featuring free Spanish cuisine for the first 1,000 visitors, a parade of flags, an arts and food marketplace, and family activities. Don't miss the 3rd annual Black Bean Blowout and Flan Fest cooking competitions. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Ybor



Saturday, Feb. 28: Science Center's Wine Under the Stars


This benefit for the Science Center of Pinellas features a wine tasting, food from a slew of Pinellas restaurants and dancing. $45 ($75 VIP). 7-9 p.m., 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-544-7166)



Saturday, Feb. 28: Toast Fine Wine & Cigars


Join Toast in celebrating national Open That Bottle Night 10. Bring a bottle of wine to toast with your friends, or purchase one from Toast. Free. 6-9 p.m., 14921 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa (813-632-3105)


Saturday, Feb. 28-Sunday, Mar. 1: Bay Area Renaissance Festival


Local wineries will offer free samples of their wine at the Outdoor Wine Festival. Selections include reds, whites and fruit wines. $16.95. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., 11315 N. 46th St., Tampa (813-983-0111)


Friday, Mar. 6: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


Join Dr. Julie Gatza at the "Five Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger" seminar and learn how to eat and live healthy. Free. 6 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Friday, Mar. 6: Andrea's Sip for Life Wine Tasting


Sample tapas from The Columbia Restaurant and over 250 wines from Spain, California and South America at the third annual Sip For Life tasting. Proceeds from the event at the Tampa Bay History Center go to support finding a cure for pediatric sarcoma. $100 donation. 7-10 p.m., 801 Old Water Street, Tampa (813-248-3000)


Saturday, Mar .7: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


Chef Debby DeGraaff will host the "Wonderful Wild Rice" cooking class, featuring a wild rice and vegetable salad paired with wild rice with mushrooms and tofu. Free. 11 a.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Sunday, Mar. 8: Tampa Rotary Pig Roast


Come see if Team "Sir Pigs A Lot" will take top honors for the fourth year in a row in this whole-pig roasting competition to benefit local charities. $25. 2-5 p.m., St. Mark's Catholic Church, Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa (813-765-0707)


Wednesday, Mar. 11: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


Explore ways to cope with your physical, mental or emotional challenges at Dr. Anthony Calandro's seminar "Creating a Health Body through Cultivating a Positive Mind." Free. 6:30 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Thursday, Mar. 12: The Grape


The Tampa Alumnae Panhellenic Association hosts the 6th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, featuring gourmet food, wine and music. $25 advanced, $35 at the door. 6-8 p.m., 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. Suite B217, Tampa (239-272-8281)


Thursday, Mar. 12: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


In the "Gut Connection" seminar, Dr. George Springer will explain how imbalances in the body's digestive system can cause health problems. Free. 6:30 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Friday, Mar. 13: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


Nutritionist Barbara Lee will explain how to get all you can for your health dollar in the "Spending Money Wisely on Health" seminar. Free. 6 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Saturday, Mar. 21: Toast Fine Wine & Cigars


Listen to some of your favorite records while drinking fabulous wines at Toast's Vine and Vinyl event. Free. 6-9 p.m., 14921 Bruce B. Downs, Tampa (813-632-3105)


Saturday, Mar. 21: Sweetwater Organic Workshop


Listen to Sweetwater founder and director Rick Martinez discuss the most common weeds and pests in the area, and how to keep them out of your garden. $15 (or volunteer). 2-3 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)


Saturday, Mar. 21: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


At "Living Foods Made Easy," Chef Joseph Custer will teach guests how to prepare puddings and creams from raw foods. Free. 11 a.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Sunday, Mar. 22: Sweetwater Organic Workshop


This workshop covers how to handle stress and depression with herbal medicine, featuring herbalist Bob Linde. $10. 3-4 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)


Thursday, Mar. 26: Italian Club of Tampa


Join the Italian Club for the Wines of Italy, featuring 65 wines from different regions in Italy, Italian antipasta and desserts. $45 before Mar. 20. 6-9 p.m., 1731 E. 7th Ave., Tampa (813-248-3316)


Mar. 26-28: International Rum Festival


The largest rum festival in the U.S. will feature three days of tastings, dinners and festive events in Ybor.


Friday, Mar. 27: Toast Fine Wine & Cigars


Toast's monthly wine tasting will offer 17 wine selections and appetizers. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 14921 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa (813-632-3105)


Saturday, Mar. 28: Polished Palate International Rum Festival


Come to the Ritz Ybor to sample dozens of rums from around the world and rum-infused treats. A silent auction and various seminars by rum aficionados will also take place. $50 VIP, $40 general. 7-10 p.m., 1503 E. 7th Ave., Tampa (727-947-3522)


Sunday, Mar. 29: Sweetwater Organic Workshop


Julie Barreda Bruyn will show kids and parents the basics of cooking, using crops fresh from Sweetwater's fields. Ages 9 and up. $10. 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)


Tuesday, Mar. 31: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


In this "Health by Numbers" seminar, Susan Bucci will talk about body statistics we need to know in order to achieve optimum health. Free. 6:15 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Apr. 3-5: Cajun Cafe on the Bayou Crawfish Festival


Lots of music, lots of crawfish, lots of people saying "suck the head!" 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park (727-546-6732)


Friday-Monday, Apr. 17-20: Bern's 12th Annual Winefest Weekend


Bern's big annual event includes tastings, dinners, seminars and more. Check the event website for full details.


Sunday, Apr. 19: B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits


Join B-21 for their annual Bordeaux vs. Cabernet wine tasting and sale. $25 before Apr. 17, $30 at the door. 2-5 p.m., 43380 US Hwy 19 N., Tarpon Springs (727-937-5049)


Sunday, Jun. 14: B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits


B-21's Tour of Italy tasting and sale will feature Italian wines such as Barolo, Chianti Classico and Supertuscans. $25 before Jun. 12, $30 at the door. 2-5 p.m., 43380 US Hwy 19 N., Tarpon Springs (727-937-5049)


Saturday, Aug. 8: Vino, Java and Jazz


This event at the Florida Aquarium will feature wine samplings, special dishes, desserts, coffee and jazz music. Proceeds from a silent auction will go toward the Tampa Bay Region of the Easter Seals Florida organization. $65 in advance, $80 at the door. 7-11 p.m., 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa (813-769-5915)


Sunday, Aug. 16: B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits


Celebrate selections of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at the Best of Burgundy and Beyond tasting and Sale. $25 before Aug. 14, $30 at the door. 2-5 p.m., 43380 US Hwy 19 N., Tarpon Springs (727-937-5049)

Thursday, Feb. 19: St. Petersburg Wine and Food Festival

Stroll through downtown St. Pete and experience fine wines and spirits, food samplings and jazz music. $75 VIP, $50 general. 5:30-9:30 p.m. (727-347-6133)

Thursday, Feb. 19: Vino 100 St. Pete

Hosted by Vino 100, Massage Envy and Let's Eat, "Ladies Night Out" is designed to pamper guests with wine, massages and delicious cuisine. Free. 5-8 p.m., 5056 4th St. N., St. Petersburg (727-522-8466)

Friday, Feb. 20: Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits

Come to Bern's for Crush Hour, featuring seven different Japanese sakes paired with small, Japanese-inspired side dishes. $25. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)

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