Wine List

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].

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TBPAC BOTB 23 Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's 23rd annual Best of Tampa Bay Party is this weekend (not to be confused with CL's Best of the Bay blow-out at Tampa Theatre a few months ago). Stroll along downtown's "Riverwalk" — yeah, it still deserves air quotes — while sampling food from over 50 restaurants and wine, beer and spirits from a plethora of retailers and distributors. There's a vague 50s theme to the shindig this year, so be sure to wax up the pompadours and shimmy into some poodle skirts. Proceeds benefit the TBPAC. $80, 7-11 p.m., Fri., April 18, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-7827 or

KOSHER SIPS There's no reason not to have fine wine at this year's seder, thanks to Pasadena Liquors and Fine Wines. They're bringing in Golan Heights Winery rep Yosef Vinas to pour 10 of Israel's best Kosher vino — and suggest food pairings that'll put your previous seders to shame. Free, 5-8 p.m., April 17, Pasadena Liquors and Fine Wines, 1100 Pasadena Ave. S., South Pasadena, 727-347-9607 or


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

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

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

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; Florida Estates Winery St. Petersburg, 3101 37th Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727-526-2113 or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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