At Swirl Wine (2320 York Rd., Timonium, 410-252-7787), the wine-tasting crowd starts showing up at 3 p.m. on Fridays for freebies. At The Wine Source (3601 Elm Ave., 410-467-7777), vino lovers look for complimentary sips on Fridays and Saturdays. At
Bin 604 Wine Sellers (604 S. Exeter St., 410-576-0444), a bottle is open for gratis swigs everyday from opening to close. And that's just a sampling of the wine tastings going on around town. They give tasters a way to try various wines and also benefit stores, which sell the sampled wines. Still, there's no denying the party mood. Austin Carpenter, who owns Swirl with husband James, pictured, says, "We have great, savvy customers who like to have fun.""We have great, savvy customers who like to have fun."