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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)

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)

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