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Saturday, Feb. 14: Sojourn -- WEDU Fundraising Gala

This year's WEDU black-tie gala features chef Jose Andres -- from the PBS series Made In Spain. Enjoy passed bites and a wine tasting, followed by a gourmet sit-down meal featuring treats from around Spain. $200. Belleview Biltmore Resort, 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater (800-354-9338)

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15: San Gennaro Festa

This annual Italian festival features live music, a cafe and other exciting events. There's even a replica Tuscan village to instill some romance into the shindig. Free. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Feb. 14; Noon-6 p.m., Feb. 15, Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor (727-536-3609)

Saturday, Feb. 14: Vino 100 Brandon

Weekly Saturday tastings continue. Free. Noon-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico (813-654-8466 or

Saturday, Feb. 14: Vino 100 St. Petersburg

Weekly Sippin' Saturday tasting at the St. Pete location. Free. 1-7 p.m., 5056 4th St. N., St. Petersburg (727-522-8466)

Saturday, Feb. 14: Whole Foods

This tasting class will cover reds, whites and sparkling wines. Registration required. Free. 6:30-8 p.m., 1548 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-874-9435)

Saturday, Feb. 14: Sweetwater Organic

Spend this romantic evening out at the farm with Sweetwater's Valentine Chili Cook-off and Movie. You'll down lots of hot and spicy concoctions and watch The Princess Bride with fellow organic lovers. $5. 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)

Sunday, Feb. 15: Sweetwater Organic Workshop

This seminar covers how to grow and use medicinal herbs in Florida, featuring herbalist Bob Linde. $10. 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)

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 desgined to pamper guests with wine, massages and delicious cuisine. Free. 5-8 p.m., 5056 4th St. N., St. Petersburg (727-522-8466)

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 event 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: 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)

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 are required. $65. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 1575 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater (727-449-2988)

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: Science Center of Pinellas

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Science Center will offer music, entertainment, a silent auction and planetarium shows at its red carpet Wine Under the Stars event. $75 VIP, $45 general. 6-9 p.m., 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-289-1721)

Saturday, Feb. 28: Toast Fine Wine & Cigars

Join Toast in celebrating the national event, 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: 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)

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)

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)

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 fo your garden. $15 (or volunteer). 2-3 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)

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)

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. 12-Friday, Feb. 13: PRP Wines International

Take advantage of this Valentine's Warehouse Sale — PRP is opening its warehouse to the public for the first of only four times this year. Stock up on their all-natural, no added sulfite wines in time for Valentine's Day. Free. 5-9 p.m., 5910 Breckenridge Pkwy Suite F, Tampa (813-621-1911 ext 2017)

Thursday, Feb. 12-Saturday, Feb. 14: Avenue Cellars

Spend Valentine's Day weekend at the Pre-Valentine's Love Fest Wine Tasting. The event will feature several wines Thursday and Friday in preparation for Saturday, when Avenue Cellars invites you to share a romantic bottle of wine with your date. Free. 6:30-8 p.m., 9662 Linebaugh Ave, Tampa (813-920-9991)

Friday, Feb. 13: South Florida Museum

Celebrate food and drink from around the world at the third annual Vinology 3-Epicure Tour. Enjoy fine wines and accompanying tasting menus, food, beer, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. $75 (includes all food, wine, beer, seminars and a souvenir glass). 6-11 p.m., 201 10th St. W., Bradenton (941-746-4131 ext. 11)

Friday, Feb. 13: Vintage Wine Cellars

Sample 10 specialty red blends from around the world, along with bread and cheeses. $10. 7-9 p.m., 3629 Henderson Blvd, Tampa (813-879-2931)

Friday, Feb. 13: Uncorked

Uncorked will uncork a selection of luscious red wines for this Valentine's weekend tastin, including Petite Sirah, Zin and Syrah. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 4th St. N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)

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