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FESTA ITALIANA This year's Festa Italiana kicks off an Italian wine tasting. In addition to wines, the annual event showcases Italian cultural music, dancers, antipasti and desserts, beverages and art. $25 in advance; $35 at the door. 6-9 p.m. Thurs., April 6. Italian Club, 1731 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa (813-248-3316 or www.festaitalianatampa.com).
THE 'V' FACTOR Vernaccia, Verdelho and Viognier are versatile, veracious and just plain good. $10; includes souvenir glass and hors d'oeuvres. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., April 7. Uncorked, 2706 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-892-WINE or www.uncorkedwines.com).
BLENDS HAVE MORE FUN Taste the beauty of blended wines, from pinot noir/shiraz to malbec/syrah. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 7. Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-1967 or charlieswine.com).
WINE FESTIVAL Explore our local wine at Florida Estates Winery Festival. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., April 8. Florida Estates Winery, 25241 S.R. 52, Land O'Lakes (813- 996-2113 or www.floridaestateswines.com).
PARTY WITH A PURPOSE The Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists host their semi-annual wine tasting fundraiser, including wine, appetizers, a silent auction and raffle prizes. $15. 7—9 p.m. Sat., April 8. Spirit of Life Unitarian Church, 18412 Burrell Road, Odessa (727-375-1409 or www.spiritoflifeuu.org).
MERRYVALE WINE DINNER Dinner featuring SideBern's cuisine and the excellent wines of Merryvale. Among them are Vineyard "X" Cabernet Sauvignon. $99.91, all-inclusive. 6:30 p.m. Tues., April 11. Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits, 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463).