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FRIDAY

Taste Before You Buy: Christie's auction house is sampling some of the wines it has on the auction block Saturday. 6 p.m. Christie's, 360 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills. Call the RSVP line at (310) 385-2662. $60.

Then Drink While You Eat: After the tasting at Christie's, sample more wines at the auction house's winemaker dinner. Eight winemakers will converge for the event. The main course is Colorado lamb with couscous. 7:30 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel, 300 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2222. Call Christie's to reserve at (310) 385-2604. $200.

SATURDAY

Wine Auction: Christie's auctions only California wines in this Winery Showcase, which offers large format bottles, unreleased bottles and consignments from wineries and private collectors. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Christie's, 360 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 385-2600.

SUNDAY

Two Dads Signing: Times Food Editor Russ Parsons signs copies of his book "How to Read a French Fry" (Houghton Mifflin, $25) alongside Piero Selvaggio, owner of Valentino restaurant, who signs copies of "The Valentino Cookbook" (Villard Books, $34.95). 9 to 11 a.m. The Cook's Library stand, at the Hollywood Farmers Market, the intersection of Selma and Ivar avenues, Hollywood. Call the Cook's Library for more information at (323) 655-3141.

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