September 7, 2012 | Around the World in 80 Sips at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse

Usually, a trip to the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse (1 Courthouse Way, Boston) is preceded by night sweats and frantic phone calls to a cousin’s friend at Harvard Law. But we expect the courthouse to cultivate a far more relaxed vibe when it hosts Around the World in 80 Sips, a titanic tasting of grapes from across the globe. Starting at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. for VIP ticketholders), oenophiles can sample from more than 80 wines while nibbling on iGourmet’s artisanal cheeses and choice charcuterie from Creminelli. Steel your liver and reserve your spot ($75–$125) at eventbrite.com.