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Got an upcoming or ongoing wine event? Send information to: The Wine List, 810 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606, fax 813-739-4801 or e-mail [email protected].

BEST BET:

BORRA BORRA Steve Borra, owner and winemaker of Borra Vineyards in Lodi, California, will be hitting B-21 for a surprise tasting this week. Borra is known for zinfandel (it's a Lodi specialty), as well as single varietal wines and a slew of blends incorporating Rhone varietals lesser known grapes. Free. 5-7 p.m., Thurs., March 20, B-21 Wine Company, 43380 U.S. 19 N., Tarpon Springs (727-937-5049 or b-21.com).

DOM ME Charlie's will be pairing champagne, including Moet's big daddy Dom Perignon, with crab cakes, scallops and chocolate mousse cheesecake in this week's Friday Tasting. The supporting cast of sparklers include Duval-Leroy, Domaine Carneros from Taittinger and a bubbly Vouvray from Thomas Yves. But really now, you're probably going for the Dom. $35. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., March 21, Charlie's Wine Bistro, 533. S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-1967 or charlieswine.com).

ONGOING EVENTS:

A&L FINE WINES WEEKLY TASTINGS A&L hosts weekly tastings on Friday nights (5-8 p.m.) and Saturday afternoons (1-4 p.m.). A&L Fine Wines, 35249 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor (727-781-4760 or aandlfinewines.com).

CHARLIE'S WINE CELLAR Charlie's hosts Friday night seated tastings with food pairings, as well as bigger monthly tastings the last Friday of the month. On Saturday nights, Charlie hosts Wine, Dine and Learn seminars that include a lecture and full dinner. Charlie's Wine Cellar & Wine Bar, 533 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-1967 or charlieswine.com).

CORK & OLIVE Cork & Olive, a chain of wine shops in the Bay area, offers free wine tastings daily at all locations. Find the nearest at corkandolive.com.

FLORIDA ESTATES WINERY Both locations host monthly wine festivals and markets along with occasional wine classes. Florida Estates Winery Land O'Lakes, 25241 S.R. 52, Land O'Lakes (813-996-2113 or floridaestateswines.com); Florida Estates Winery St. Petersburg, 3101 37th Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727-526-2113 or floridaestateswines.com).

GRAPE Each Wednesday, sample pre-selected white half glasses for $10 and three pre-selected reds for $12. Includes complimentary appetizers. Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. The Grape at International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-354-9463).

TASTINGS: A WINE EXPERIENCE Tastings happen every Wednesday night between 6:30-8:30 p.m. Most are organized around a theme and include food and wine pairing, all for $15. Tastings: A Wine Experience, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727-894-2255 or awineexperience.com).

TOTAL WINE Each week, the Tampa location features a selection of four to six wines from areas around the world. Total Wine and More, 1720 North Dale Mabry, Tampa (813-350-9601 or totalwine.com).

UNCORKED Uncorked hosts Friday night tastings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every week, as well as occasional "swankier" nights. Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463 or uncorked.com).

WINESTYLES WineStyles offers daily "style" tastings to help you determine your wine preferences. Free. 5-8 p.m., Mon-Sat. WineStyles, 2800 W. Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs (727-518-9463 or winestyles.net/belleair).

VINO 100 ST. PETE Every Saturday, Vino 100 hosts a free tasting from 1-7 p.m. consisting of five to six wines. Vino 100 St. Pete, 5056 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-522-8466 or vino100stpete.com).

VINO 100 VALRICO Every Saturday, Vino 100 hosts a free tasting from 12-5 p.m. consisting of five to six wines. Vino 100 Brandon/Valrico, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico (813-654-8466 or vino100brandon.com).

VINTAGE WINE CELLARS Vintage offers weekly, Friday night tastings for $10 (from 7-9 p.m.) that usually include a lot of sipping options. Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931 or vintagewinecellars.com).

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