May 25-28 The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience presents a grand opportunity to revel in this historic town, with more than 1,000 wines from around the world to sample and an abundance of dishes to try. Guests can take in the atmosphere at promenade evenings in the French Quarter, as well as enjoy tastings and seminars. For more information, visit New Orleans Wine & Food Experience's website
July 18-23 The Annual Tales of the Cocktail invites you to celebrate mixed drinks over their five-day event in the French Quarter. A series of seminars, mixing competitions and luncheons and dinners will be featured. Popular and up-and-coming liquor brands will also be showcasing their latest products. For more information, visit the official website
Ongoing Commander's Palace offers the option of private dining in the "Little Room." The private room seats 12 in the wine cellar. Sommelier Dan Davis selects wines to pair with an exclusive tasting menu created by executive chef Tory McPhail. Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-899-8221.