July 15-19 The Annual Tales of the Cocktail invites you to celebrate mixed drinks over their five-day event from July 15-19 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 talesofthecocktail.com
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.
Mondays and Wednesdays At Vega Tapas Café, all bottles of wine are half-price on Monday evenings. Don’t forget "Winey Wednesdays," when wines by the glass are $5 all night long. Vega Tapas Cafe, 2051 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70005, 504-836-2007.