New Year's Eve is another good excuse for corks to pop. On the tasting agenda this weekend at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa are three events with 10 bottles per session. The store's wine staff favorites from California (Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.); a Te^te de Cuvee showdown (Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m.) and "people's choice Merlots (Sunday, 2 to 8 p.m.).

Hi-Time Wine Cellars, 250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa. (714) 650-8463. Cost varies, $20 to $45.

More wine events in Datebook, H2.

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