As most of us discovered in our college years, learning and alcohol often go hand in hand. It turns out you can actually learn about alcohol, too, especially if you attend the informative and tasty series at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe. Tuesdays feature Understanding Your Palate, at which special guests share knowledge that you will be sure to drink up. Wednesdays feature Evenings with the Winemaker, including an October 17 visit by up-and-comer Brad Lowman of Waltzing Bear. Later Wednesdays will star heavy-hitters like Jaffurs, Beckmen, and Cargasacchi. For no more than 15 bucks, you can to taste, learn, and live it up.
Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe (2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos; 688-7265; losolivoscafe.com). Tuesdays, Understanding Your Palate, 5pm; Wednesdays, Evenings with the Winemaker, 5-6pm. Both evenings: $15, includes all wine and hors d’oeuvres.