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Fridays through April 25
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is offering a weekly happy hour series running through April 25. On Friday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., complimentary liquor tastings, from sponsors like Remy Martin, Ketel One and Glenlivet, will be paired up with a happy hour menu of cheap bites such as beef satay and mini crab cakes. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, 250 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210, 617-439-3502.
May 3
Ladies, don the largest and most elaborate hats to be found, and gentlemen, break out the sport coats, pastels and flashy ties because The Wine ConneXtion is bringing the Kentucky Derby to North Andover, MA. On Saturday, May 3, 2014 guests are invited to The Wine ConneXtion to celebrate the annual ”Running of the Roses” with a complimentary wine tasting of rosés from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rosés have finished last in the past when the wine market was flooded with White Zinfindel look-a-likes, but they are making a comeback, as savvy wine lovers have discovered that these light-bodied and delicately flavored wines are the sophisticated summer sister of their favorite red varietals. At this special Saturday tasting, The Wine ConneXtion staff will be dressed to the nines in spring attire and traditional derby hats. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in Wine ConneXtion’s own competition as they cast their vote for which will be named crowd favorite. Guests must be 21+ and walk-ins are welcome all day. Hats and traditional derby dress is encouraged. For more information, please contact 877-469-5025, or visit

The Fireplace's bi-monthly tasting series offers discriminating drinkers a chance to swap knowledge on wine, beer, spirits, and artisinal specialties. The libations get paired (naturally) with chef Jim Solomon's hearty New England cuisine; an expert will be on hand for educational purposes. The tastings begin at 3 p.m, and cost is $30. Upcoming sessions spotlight maritnis, tequila, and summer cocktails. The Fireplace, 1634 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02445, 617-975-1900.
Ashmont Grill hosts a Monday Night Wine Club. This weekly dinner and lecture series costs $35 to attend and includes four courses of small plates complemented by wines. At the end of the evening, guests have the opportunity to win prizes by answering trivia questions. Ashmont Grill, 555 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124, 617-825-4300.
Seasonal sips, a weekly wine tasting event, is being held on Thursdays at Meritage at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Chef Daniel Bruce and sommelier Betsy Ross will introduce you to three to four wines from selected regions paired up with tasting spoons or small bites with each wine offering. For $25, you can sample Pinots from Oregon, all-American sparklers and wines from southern Italy from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. Meritage, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, 617-439-3995.
The Watertown location of Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquors hosts free tastings from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. every Friday. Rich, the wine manager, conducts these weekly learning sessions by creating a fun and informational environment. Be sure not to miss the noteworthy selection of wines by signing up at for weekly details about the tastings. For more information, call 617-926-1119. Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquors, 51 Watertown St., Watertown, MA 02472, 617-926-1119.

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