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August 8
The “Explore Rieslings” tasting will be hosted by The Wine ConneXtion located in North Andover. On Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. guests will sip on domestic and imported versions of this varietal. Rieslings may range from dry to sweet and light to full-body, making it possible for guests to pair it with a number of recipes, including pork, poultry, fish and even spicy and zesty dishes. This event is free and walk-ins on the day are welcome. For more information, visit The Wine ConneXtion official website. Wine ConneXtion, 117 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845, 877-469-5025.
Through August
Bistro du Midi's three-part 2015 Summer Rosé Tour, which runs through August, features selections by head sommelier Todd Lipman and executive chef Robert Sisca. Bistro du Midi, 272 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-426-7878.
Vendor pours wine at the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival in Edgartown, MA October 15-18
Martha’s Vineyard celebrates its annual wine and culinary extravaganza. Some festival features include wine tasting seminars, nationally recognized chefs, culinary dinners and an auction. For more details, please 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.
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.
City Wine Tours introduces a sparkling wine walking tour on Saturday afternoons year-round from 3 to 5 p.m. featuring Champagne, Prosecco and Spanish Cava sparkling wines with food pairings at Cambridge restaurants. The tour starts at Nubar at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, moves on to First Printer in Harvard Square and ends at Finale. Tickets are $66 and may be purchased at Enter code "BUBBLES" for 20 percent off tickets. For more information, call 617-423-3184.

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