May 20-23 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. On opening night, more than 40 New Orleans restaurants will host wine dinners. The Royal Street Stroll turns the city’s shopping street into one long avenue of wine tasting. Wine tents are set up along the boulevard allowing guests to sample wine and peruse the shops as they go. At The Big Gateaux Show, attendees can enjoy a pastry tasting and competition with some classic Burlesque entertainment mixed in. For more information, visit www.nowfe.com
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.