CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo’s A Toast to the Wild event series, presented by Key Bank, kicks off with an exciting event – Zootini! All proceeds will benefit the Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) Guests will be able to purchase A Toast to the Wild series packages which will guarantee tickets to Zootini, all three Wild about Wine events and Zoo Brew now through March 18! Visit the Event Calendar on our website, www.cincinnatizoo.org, for a complete listing of events and to purchase your tickets on-line. Zootini is shaking things up on Thursday, March 18 with five fun martini tastings, live music, animal encounters and appetizers courtesy of Noodles and Company, Smokey Bones, Taz Lebanese and Mediterranean, Keystone Bar & Grill, Innovations Catering and more! Martinis will be shaken and stirred by our friends from EQ the cooking school @ The Party Source. Martini’s available for tasting are Lil Joe’s Manatini, Four Petal Pawpawtini, Orangatini, Tigertini, Rhinotini! This event is held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Manatee Springs. We expect this event to sell out so purchase your tickets today! Individual tickets to Zootini are $30 per person in advance, and $40 at the door. Wild about Wine un-corks May 13, June 24, and August 19. Each tasting takes place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and features a selection of unique wines courtesy of Kroger, delicious appetizers, animal encounters, music, a silent auction, and a bit of wine education. The cost for individual events is $30 per person pre-sale, and $40 at the door. Zoo Brew is on tap on October 7. The annual beer tasting event takes place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and will feature a variety of beers provided by Samuel Adams. Brew-masters will be on site to discuss the “science of beer,” provide insight on beer varieties, and answer any questions you may have. Individual tickets to Zoo Brew are $30 per person pre sale, and $40 at the door. For more information email WildaboutWine@cincinnatizoo.org. Pre-registration is encouraged for each evening as space is limited and events are expected to sell-out.