Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Friday, June 5: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse


Napa vs. Sonoma Wine Dinner. It's the biggest battle since Rocky vs. Drago. The California favorites enter the ring, with one varietal from each region complementing each of the four dinner courses. Vote on your favorite and watch the corks fly as this battle royale rages -- which region will taste victory? Dinner features chef specialties like crab cocktail, wonton crusted Ahi tuna and, of course, filet mignon. $55. 6:30 p.m., 2202 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-874-9463)


Friday, June 5: Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories


Wines of Central Italy. Try interesting grape varietals including Sangiovese, Montepulciano, White Malavasia and more. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 4th Street N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)


Saturday, June 6: Vino 100


Sippin’ Saturday. A weekly wine tasting that features a broad selection of international wines. Free. 1-7 p.m., 5056 Fourth Street N., St. Pete (727-522-8466)


Wednesday, June 10: The NoHo Bistro


Wine Wednesdays. Every week this summer, enjoy a relaxing end to each "hump day" with this tapas and wine tasting. Each Wednesday has a new theme, so don't miss out on any of these palate-pleasing pairings. This week's theme is "A Tale of Two Chardonnays" and features oaked and unoaked varieties. $15. 6-7 p.m., 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)


Thursday, June 11: Bellini Restaurant and Lounge


Giampaolo Tabarrini pairs his artisanal Italian wines with a delectable tasting menu specially created by Bellini's chefs. The fourth-generation wine-maker presents several of his unique varietals, including Sagrantino, Montefalco Rosso, Bianco Adarmando and more. $65. 7 p.m., 487 Main St., Dunedin (727-733-5449)


Thursday, June 11: Publix Apron’s Cooking School


The Shoestring Gourmet. Learn delectable, family-pleasing dishes that won't break the bank. The menu includes: marinated feta and tomato bruschetta; deviled chicken thighs with creamy orzo alfredo; grilled sirloin tri-tip steaks with balsamic pan sauce and crispy garlic grits; gingered pear gratin with homemade ice cream. $35. 6 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)


Sunday, June 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)


Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17: Armani’s


Sharpen your cooking skills in this two-day culinary course with chef, author and TV personality Nick Stellino, who is joined by Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi, Tuscany’s premier wine estate, along with Michael VonBurg, Armani’s Chef de Cuisine. This extravagant event focuses on Italian food and wine, and includes a cooking class with Chef Stellino and a VIP dinner reception featuring menu items specially created by chefs Stellino and VonBurg, all perfectly paired with select wines from the Castello Banfi estate. $50 cooking classes, noon-3 p.m.; $65 VIP reception and dinner 6-10 p.m., 2900 Bayport Dr., Tampa (813-874-1234)


Wednesday, June 17: The NoHo Bistro


Wine Wednesdays. Every week this summer, enjoy a relaxing end to each "hump day" with this tapas and wine tasting. Each Wednesday has a new theme, so don't miss out on any of these palate-pleasing pairings. This week's theme is "The Northwest Territory," and features grapes hailing from Oregon and Washington. $15. 6-7 p.m., 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)


Thursday, May 21: SideBern’s


Chef extraordinaire Chad Johnson created the menu for this upscale, down home barbeque, which includes an array of tasty treats inspired by Spain, including suckling pig, octopus brocheta, piquillo pepper rellanos and more -- finished off with a cool, creamy hazelnut float. The secret ingredient in this dessert? None other than Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar in place of boring ol' root beer. In fact, Rogue Ales are the feature brew at this shindig, which includes tasty temptations like the Morimoto Soba Ale, the Juniper Pale Ale, Double Dead Guy, Saint Rogue Red and more. $45. 6:30-8:30 p.m., SideBern’s Patio, 2208 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa (813-258-2233)


Thursday, June 18: Carrollwood Cultural Center


Wine guide Charles Visalli will cover the ins and outs of wine in this six week series of classes. This week — Aromas and Bouquets of Grape Varietals. $25. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-664-1430)


Thursday, June 25: Fine Wine and Spirits Warehouse


Try wines from around the world at this event that benefits the Abilities Foundation. Mike Kwasin of Fine Wine and Spirits invites the public into his home to taste more than 40 wines, including Chateau St. Michelle Canoe Ridge, Paul Hobbs, Louis Jadot and more. Light appetizers are also served. $25; $40 per couple. 6-8 p.m., 3613 S. Beach Dr., Tampa (813-8378941)


Thursday, July 2: Carrollwood Cultural Center


Wine guide Charles Visalli will cover the ins and outs of wine in this six week series of classes. This week — Tasting Wines from Around the World. $25. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-664-1430)


Thursday, July 16: Carrollwood Cultural Center


Wine guide Charles Visalli will cover the ins and outs of wine in this six week series of classes. This week — Dessert Wines and Sweet Treats. $25. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-664-1430)


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)

Tuesday, June 2: Publix Apron’s Cooking School

How to be Fruity. Learn to incorporate fruit into your everyday diet — enjoy what you eat while getting the healthy nourishment that you need. $40. 6:30 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)

Wednesday, June 3: The NoHo Bistro

Wine Wednesdays. Every week this summer, enjoy a relaxing end to each "hump day" with this tapas and wine tasting. Each Wednesday has a new theme, so don't miss out on any of these palate-pleasing pairings. This week's theme is "Spanish wines and tapas," and features Rioja and Albarino selections. $15. 6-7 p.m., 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)

Wednesday, June 3: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits

Wine Tasting and Cigar smoker. Sample dozens of wines and gourmet hors d'oeuvres, chat with the wine experts, try a cigar on the patio and receive a complimentary wine glass. $10. 3015 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa (813-876-5330)

Thursday, June 4: Carrollwood Cultural Center

Wine guide Charles Visalli will cover the ins and outs of wine in this six week series of classes. This week — food, cheese and wine pairings. $25. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-664-1430)

Thursday, June 4: Whole Foods Market

Rhone Valley and Rhone Rangers in Central Coast, CA. This wine class with specialty wine buyer Mark Pfeiffer includes a cheese tasting and explores Rhone Valley varietals from France and California. Please register in advance by contacting [email protected] Free. 6:30-8 p.m., 1548 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-874-9435)

Friday, June 5: Bern's Fine Wines and Spirits

Oregon Crush Hour. Sample eight wines from the Willamette Valley — which produces stellar Pinot Noirs — along with a selection of artisanal cheeses. $25. 6:30-8:30, 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)

Friday, June 5: The Grapevine at Westchase

Wines of Argentina. Taste five wines, including Malbec, Bonarda and Torrontes selections. Free. 4-8 p.m., 12125 West Linebaugh, Tampa (813-818-9463)

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