San Francisco, CA: South Bay and San Francisco Food and Wine Events – Jan. 4-27

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Wine and beer tastings: Sample local wines and brews. Must be 21 years or older to taste. 4-6 p.m. Fridays. New Leaf Community Markets, 150 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. Free. 650-726-3110, ext. 101,

Bay Area Brew Festival: Sample beer from more than 60 local, domestic and international beer companies, nosh street food from gourmet food trucks and enjoy an afternoon at San Francisco’s Fort Mason at the third annual Brew Fest. 3-6 p.m. Jan. 5. Tickets are $40, including unlimited beer; $50 for VIP admission at 2 p.m.; and $10 for designated drivers. Food available for purchase.

Chromatic Coffee Brew Classes: Learn to brew the perfect cup of coffee or tea at home. Classes are held every other Monday and are taught by baristas. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 7. Chromatic Coffee, 5237 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara. $20-$30 per class; space limited. 408-248-4500.

The World of Cabernet: Master sommelier Roland Micu will discuss the different characteristics of cabernet sauvignon, as you taste your way through eight cabernets. 2-4 p.m. Jan. 12. International Culinary Center of California, 700 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell. $95. 408-370-5500,

All about chicken: Learn to make classic roast chicken, braised adobo thighs, roulade with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and stir-fried chicken in lettuce cups. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Draeger’s Cooking School, 222 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo. $70. 650-685-3704,

Mystery Meet Dinner: Meet other adventurous foodies as you experience the city’s best restaurants. There’s a catch — you don’t find out where you’re going until 24 hours in advance. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Details,

Dishcrawl Downtown Palo Alto: Visit four University Avenue restaurants in one night. The names of the restaurants are being kept secret for now, but follow @Dishcrawlpen on Twitter and be the first to know. 7 p.m. Jan. 22. $45. RSVP

Olive curing workshop: Olive expert Don Landis will talk about the history of the olive in California as well as the Greek style of olive curing at this free workshop. Olive tasting, wine tasting and wine discounts also offered. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 6. B.R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen. Reservations required. 707-938-4064, ext. 124.