LOCAL TASTINGS SURDYK'S TASTINGS: Introduction to Scotch Whisky 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon. $45. Cabernet -- the King of Reds, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue. $50. Register at www. surdyks.com. Surdyk's, 303 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-379-3232.

CINCO DE MAYO BEER TASTING AND DINNER CRUISE: A Mexican dinner buffet and beer, margaritas and mojitos tasting aboard the Grand Duchess. Boarding at 6 p.m., cruise 6:30-9 p.m. May 2. $54.95. Reservations required. Afton House Inn, 3291 S. St. Croix Trail, Afton. 651-436-8883. www.aftonhouseinn.com.

WINEFEST 13 -- A TOAST TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH: A benefit for the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics. Wine symposium and grand tasting. 5:30-9:30 p.m. May 9, $85-$150. The Depot, 225 3rd Av. S., Mpls. 612-626-5720; www.upf.umn.edu/news/events/winefest/wf13/index.cfm.

EXOTIC WHITE WINES: Taste and learn about lesser-known wines from France, Spain, Italy and Argentina. Light snacks will be served. 7-9 p.m. May 9. $55. The Chef's Gallery, 324 S. Main St., Stillwater. 651-351-1144. www.thechefsgallery.com.