Like the nutritional value of fruit Roll-Ups, an 80-degree day in April may be misleading, but it tastes so good. Take advantage with this free vino/alcohol tour de force for Saturday:
3:30pm: Formaggio Kitchen (2-5pm)
244 Huron Avenue, btw Appleton and Royal; 617.354.4750
As author Lucy Saunders patiently explains the virtues of grilling with beer, enjoy gratis cheese and St Botolph's Town Dark Ale from Pretty Things Brewery made w/ "eclectic yeast", sadly, also your GF's sorority pledge nickname.
4pm: University Wine Shop (2-5pm)
1739 Massachusetts Avenue, btw Prentiss and Forest; 617.547.4258
This Harvard-area shop says they'll be making a "Game Time Decision" on which wine they'll be pouring, so hopefully they don't go with an '09 Kevin Garnett
4:30pm: Ball Square Fine Wines and Liquors (2-5pm)
716 Broadway, btw Josephine and Willow; 617.623.9500
Enjoy a selection of Vermont's Long Trail beer and several summer white wines, including Wishing Tree Chardonnay and Graham Beck Gamekeeper's Chenin Blanc -- a crisp South African white, as if there were any other type.
5pm: Liquor World (4-7pm)
13 White Street, in Porter Square; 617.547.3110
Come to LW to get your fill of New Amsterdam Gin, named for what they called New York before all the Starbucks owners got sick of people coming in and asking for shrooms
6pm: Downtown Wines & Spirits (6-8pm)
225 Elm Street, btw Grove and Cutler; 617.625.7777
Round out your tour with some Canton Ginger Liqueur, a VSOP Congnac-infused with baby ginger, which that jealous, litigious Posh'll surely find a way to sue over.