This week in food and drink

More wine tastings than you can shake a stick at!

Wednesday, July 6: Cafe Dufrain
Meet up at Cafe Dufrain for their first Wednesday free wine tasting to taste four different types of vino. Free; 5:30-7 p.m. 707 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa, 813-275-9701, cafedufrain.com

Wednesday, July 6: A Taste for Wine

Indulge in wines from the family-run Castello di Neive Italian estate, including the Moscato, Arneis, Grignolino, Barbaresco and Barbera. $12; 6 p.m. 241 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-895-1623.

Wednesday, July 6: Whole Foods Market
If your budget is a little tighter these days, that doesn’t mean you have to give up healthy, nutrient-rich, and organic foods. Let Curtis Whitwam, WFM's Healthy Eating Specialist, show you cost effective ways to shop smarter while still eating healthier. Class is limited to 30 people; register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected] Free; 6:30-8 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435, wholefoodsmarket.com

Wednesday, July 6: Pour House Tampa
It's "Keep the Pint Night" at Pour House featuring Stone Brewing Co. beers. Nine different Stone beers will be available on draft — including the exclusive Double Dry Hopped Ruination — and you keep the Stone pint if you order one. Free with purchase; 7:30-11:30 p.m. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite #112, Tampa, 813-402-2923, pourhousetampa.com

Thursday, July 7: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits - Treasure Island
It's another installment of ABC's tastings featuring over 50 wine selections from around the globe and cigars. Each guest receives a souvenir wine glass and a coupon for $5 off any purchase the night of the event. $10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 204 107th Ave., Treasure Island, 727-360-6153, abcfws.com

Thursday, July 7: Whole Foods Market
Join WFM's "wine guy" Michael Palese for a journey of the taste buds featuring 6 of their Top Ten wines of the summer. Class is limited to 30 people; register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected] Free; 6:30-7:30 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435, wholefoodsmarket.com

Friday, July 8: Cafe Ponte
The Mango Hometown Tour is making a stop in Tampa this weekend, bringing mango goodness and showcasing the many uses of this tropical fruit. As part of this event, Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Cafe Dufrain and Chef Chris Ponte of Cafe Ponte will pay homage to Tampa's diverse culinary roots by competing at Cafe Ponte in an "Iron Chef" battle of sorts with the not-so-secret ingredient being, you guessed it, mango. Event participants will have the chance to taste the fruits of their labor and decide whose dish best highlights the key ingredient and captures Tampa’s local food flair. Guests will also be showered with mango-licious freebies from The National Mango Board and Sweetbay Supermarket. Spots are limited to 100 people; sign up at mangotampa.eventbrite.com. Free event; 3:30-5 p.m. 13505 Icot Blvd. Suite 214, Clearwater.

Friday, July 8: Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits
Join Bern's for this Carte Blanche and Morlet Family Vineyards Crush Hour tasting and to get the chance to meet Carte Blanche Proprietor, Nicholas Allen. Taste four new releases from Carte Blanche and six wines from Morlet Family Vineyards. The wines will be matched with five artisanal cheeses and house made breads. Call to RSVP. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1002 South Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-250-9463, bernsfinewines.com.

Friday, July 8: Vintage Wine Cellars
At this special craft beer tasting, sample 16 national treasures, including brews from Southern Tier, Blue Point, Victory and Tampa's own Cold Storage Brewery. $10; 7-9 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-879-2931, vintagewinecellars.net

Saturday, July 9: Safety Harbor
Attend this concert for a cause in Safety Harbor hosted by the non-profit group Links of Hope. Featuring musical artists — Adam Randall & Band, Between Bluffs, Heather Lynn, Hunter & Avery — as well as great food and drink. Proceeds benefit Links of Hope Network's work with deaf students in Honduras. Valet parking. $25; 3038 Fairview St., Safety Harbor, 727-492-1254, linksofhope.org

Tuesday, July 12: Carrollwood Cultural Center
Attend week one of this international educational wine series and sample wines from Tuscany. Hosted by Time for Wine and AAA of Carrollwood, this four-part series will "tour" the wine regions of Tuscany, Spain, Argentina and Australia, as well as educate participants about the area, its culture, history and special sites to visit. Series runs Tuesdays from July 12th until August 2nd. Half of all ticket sales benefit the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Contact [email protected] for more information. $25, $20 for AAA and Cultural Center members; 6:30-7:30 p.m. 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (Meeting Room 2), carrollwoodcenter.org.

Thursday, July 14: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits - Carrollwood
It's another installment of ABC's tastings featuring over 50 wine selections from around the globe and cigars. Each guest receives a souvenir wine glass and a coupon for $5 off any purchase the night of the event. $10, 6-8 p.m. 14729 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813-264-1881, abcfws.com

Thursday, July 14: SideBern's
SideBern's is firing up their "Grill & Chill" events again, and this time they're featuring Great Divide Brewing brews paired with Korean-style barbecue. This lineup of diverse beers that will challenge the spicy and sweet flavors of the Korean BBQ. See website or call to RSVP. $50; 6:30 p.m. 2208 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa, 813-250-9463, sideberns.com

Weekly Specials:

Weekdays: Wood Fired Pizza Wine Bar
Monday- College Night: 2-4-1 happy hour with college or faculty ID, 5 p.m.- close; Tuesday- Half-priced wine bottles, 5 p.m.- close; Wednesday- 2-4-1 glasses of wine. 5p.m.- close; Thursday- $12 unlimited drafts, 8-10 p.m. 2822 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa. 813-341-2900, wood-firedpizza.com

Mondays: Peabody’s
Penny pitchers! Buy one pitcher get the second for a penny, including well liquor pitchers and select draft beers. 15333 Amberly Dr., Tampa. 813-972-1725, peabodysbilliards.com

Tuesdays: Cafe Alma
Who needs a Friday or Saturday date night? Get out on a Tuesday to indulge half-priced bottles of wine and tapas all evening, starting at 4:30 p.m. Being frugal never tasted so good. 260 1st Avenue S., St. Pete. 727-502-5002

Tuesdays: Tampa Tap Room
Karaoke night! Half-priced burgers until 8 p.m., $5 domestic and $6 craft/import liters.
13150 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813- 961-BEER, TampaTapRoom.com

Tuesdays: St. Pete Brasserie
Happy hour prices, prixe fixe deals and $5 apps all night! 539 Central Ave, St. Pete. 727-823-3700, stpetebrasserie.com

Wednesdays: World of Beer (all locations)
Half-off select drafts and, if you kill one of the kegs, you’ll be the lucky winner of a $10 gift card to spend on even more beer at WOB. Open-close. www.wobusa.com

Thursdays: Red Mesa Cantina
On "Ruleta Thursdays," bar patrons call the drink, spin the wheel and win that drink if their prediction is correct. Spin to win! 128 Third St. S., St. Pete, 727-896-8226, redmesacantina.com

Thursdays: Kon Tiki at The Tahitian Inn
$5 SKYY martinis and half-priced bottles of wine. 601 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 800-876-1397, tahitianinn.com

Fridays: Taps Wine and Beer Eatery
Ladies receive $4 martinis from 5-10 p.m. 777 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa. 813-463-1968, www.tapswineandbeer.com

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