The quaintly cool Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in San Marcos Plaza hosts a Tuscan evening with four sangiovese wines picked by sommelier Carlos Mascherin being paired with Italian meats, cheeses, and more from Via Maestra 42 on Saturday, November 8, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60. Call (805) 770-5912 or see armadasantabarbara.com. · Prepare for the holidays by attending The Winehound’s November 15, at noon, tasting at SOhO with lots of grower-producer champagne (Agrapart and R.H. Coutier, to name but two) and California stars like Jaffurs, Sans Liege, Cold Heavn, and Far Niente. Tickets are $35. Call (805) 845-5247 · Get your Barolo on at S.Y. Kitchen with a vertical of Giuseppe Rinaldi’s rare Piedmont wines paired with a four-course dinner on Thursday, November 13, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $275. Call (805) 691-9794.