1. Cheryl Burke's Dance Studio, Laguna Niguel
"Dancing with the Stars" made her famous, but the tango has been the dance of the Argentine people for hundreds of years. Said to be invented by prostitutes in the back alleyways of Buenos Aires, the sultry style of dance transcended its surly roots and has taken place on the center stage, and in a TV near you. 28221 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel. (949) 297-3840, www.cherylburkedance.com. Locations in San Francisco and Mountain View as well.
2. Viader Winery, Deer Park
Save your frequent-flier miles and still taste the tango on your lips. Wine is an aphrodisiac, is it not? Napa Valley's famed Viader Winery (founded by an Argentine) delivers tantalizing flavors, hot enough to drag Hernando out of his illustrious Hideaway, and rev you up for any sultry dance. 1120 Deer Park Road, Deer Park. (707) 963-3816, www.viader.com.
3. Tango Restaurant, Seattle
The name says it all. Seattle's "Tango" serves up Latin inspired cuisine like the traditional Argentine steakhouse you might find in Buenos before or after a big night on the dance floor. Piquillo rellenos and tapas - with an item named "cheap dates" - it is difficult to go wrong. 1100 Pike St., Seattle. (206) 583-0382, www.tangorestaurant.com.
4. Spanish Language Center, San Diego
The only language is the language of love - or so he told you. Learn Spanish at the Spanish Language Center of San Diego and finally know how to dolci niente sussurrati secondo me (whisper sweet nothings) into your dance partner's ear. Some things are just better said in words and it's so close to Latin America you can almost taste the Asado. 2835 Camino del Rio South, San Diego. (619) 284-8636, www.spanishlanguagecenter.com.
5. Tango Boutique at La Pista, San Francisco
It's all about the shoes: Felina, straight from Buenos Aires, is a leading maker of fine leather tango shoes for men and women. While you bat your eyes at your Latin soon-to-be lover, and dance at a local Milanga (that's tango dance center, to you), shop for the finest footwear the subequatorial climate has to offer. 768 Brannan St., San Francisco. (415) 893-0020,www.lapistatango.com/felinashoes.html.
This article appeared on page M - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle