COCHON 555 (five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers), a traveling culinary competition and tasting event, heads to Minneapolis. Created to promote a national conversation around the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs, each event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu from heritage breed pigs. Tickets start at $125. For more information, visit the official website
North Loop Wine & Spirits offers complimentary wine tastings every Friday from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Purchase discounts are available on featured wines. Complimentary beer tastings are offered every Tuesday 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Various classes on wine, beer, and spirits are on offer each week from $10 to $30. North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55401, 612-338-5393.
Spill the Wine hosts weekly wine tasting nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and includes a three-course dinner. Select bottles of wine are available at half price on Mondays 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Or enjoy $15 bottles, $5 wines by the glass, $3 draft beers and half-price small plates during happy hour Monday through Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Spill the Wine, 1101 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, 612-339-3388.
Wednesdays & Sundays
Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar offers flights of wine for $11 on Flight Nights every Wednesday and Sunday. Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar, 3745-3753 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55406 MN, 612-729-4200.
Fridays & Saturdays
Serving the Twin Cities since 1948, McDonald's Fine Wine & Spirits offers free in-store wine tastings every weekend and beer and spirits tastings on select days as well. For details, visit www.mcdonaldsliquorandwine.com. McDonald's Fine Wine & Spirits, 5010 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55417, 612-721-6686.
Sundays & Mondays
Tucci Benucch at the Mall of America is offering bottles of wine for half price all day on Sundays and Mondays. This promotion is only available on bottles that are also poured by the glass. Tucci Benucch, Mall of America, 114 W. Market, Bloomington, MN 55425, 952-853-0200.