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RUM RUNNERS Put down the grape juice and spend the weekend hitting the hard stuff at the 3rd Annual Polished Palate Rum Festival. It kicks off with a five-course dinner and rum tasting at Island Way Grill, where you can rub elbows with "rum celebrities" (whoever that may be), continues with "Rum on the Bar-B-Q" at Gaspar's Grotto on Friday, then concludes Saturday with a massive rum tasting at the Cuban Club in Ybor. Oh, and part of the event benefits the Abilities Foundation. What a surprise. Check polishedpalate.com for tickets and info.
ICE WINE La Casa Dolce is holding one of its regular wine and gelato tastings, where they pair five creamy delights with five tasty wines and somehow, against all hope, make the flavors work. $10, 7-10 p.m., March 27, La Casa Dolce, 406 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-383-5413 or lacasadolce.com.
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).