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PARTY WITH A PURPOSE Fine Wine and Spirits hosts a tasting with over 60 excellent wines. Hors d'oeuvres included. $30 per person, $50 per couple; proceeds benefit Phoenix House of Florida. 6-8 p.m. Thurs., July 21. Mike Kwasin's Residence, 3613 S. Beach Drive, Tampa (813-837-8941).
ALL IN THE FAMILY They have similar names, but very different personalities: taste why Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are only cousins. $10; includes souvenir glass and hors d'oeuvres. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., July 22. Uncorked, 2706 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-892-WINE).
BEAT THE HEAT Come taste 10 cool reds and whites to beat the summer heat. $10. 7-9 p.m. Fri., July 22. Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931).
CAJUN AND WINE? See how wines like Renwood Viognier pair with spicy Cajun fare. $12 in advance, $15 at door. 7:30 p.m. Fri., July 22. Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-1967).
NAPA CABS David Black of Bern's Fine Wines and Spirits hosts a comparison of the famed 2001 and 2002 vintages of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. $50. 6:30-8 p.m. Mon., July 25. Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits, 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463). Reservations requested.
WINES WITH 'CUE The Florida Orchestra and Vivo, its affiliate organization, present the first of two educational wine tastings at Pelagia Trattoria: "Overview of Wine Varietals - Spotlight on Wines to Pair with Barbecue." Price includes wines, appetizers, live music by members of The Florida Orchestra. $15. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wed., July 27. Pelagia Trattoria, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa. R.S.V.P. at 813-313-3235. BEER TASTING DINNER Café Alma and Ommegang Brewery are teaming up to present something Tampa doesn't see very often: a beer tasting dinner. Four courses. $55, excluding tax and gratuity. 7 p.m. Wed., July 27. Café Alma, 260 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg (727-502-5002).
GO ITALIAN Specialties Wines features a tasting of artisan Italian producers every Friday. Free. 6-9 p.m. Specialty Wines, 11803 Martin Luther King Blvd., Seffner (813-413-2003).
UNCORK YOUR TASTE Cork & Olive, a chain of wine shops in the Bay area, offers free wine tastings daily at all locations. Find the nearest at www.corkandolive.com.