The wine scene in Miami
By: Kara Franker
Where to sip wine in Miami.
Calling all wine connoisseurs! Miami’s wine scene promises a a variety of options from relaxed vibes to beautiful people-watching. Taste classic and new chardonnays, roses, merlots, blends and more from across the globe – even Florida.
Lagniappe near Midtown and the Miami Design District
Hidden in the Miami Design District, Lagniappe is a New Orleans-style wine bar known for its idyllic, light-strung terrace, nightly live music, hundreds of bottles of wine, and a menu of nothing more than cheese and charcuterie. It’s a taste of the Big Easy, right here in the Magic City. 3425 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137.
The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar on Miami Beach
There are few Miami restaurants as iconic as The Forge. In addition to its beautiful people-watching and A-list clientele, The Forge houses millions of dollars of wine in its expansive wine cellar, and has an Enomatic system of one-, three-, or five-ounce glass pours that lets wine lovers choose from 80 bottles of the restaurant's valued collection. 432 W 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140.
La Cave D’Azur on Miami Beach
Miami’s own taste of St. Tropez, Villa Azur, has a wine cellar and delicatessen and it goes by the name of La Cave D’Azur. The perfect date spot, reserve a seat in a private dining room, soak in the romantic vibes, and choose from 190+ handpicked wines and champagnes from around the world. 309 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Cibo Wine Bar in South Beach and Coral Gables
With two locations, one on Miracle Mile and another on South Beach, Cibo Wine Bar is a sophisticated take on Italy’s most historic tradition: drinking wine. In addition to an extensive (and delicious) Italian food menu, it houses over 2,000 bottles of wine, and even has a “wine angel," -- a woman hooked to a harness who will swing through the air to select the perfect vintage for you. 200 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 and 45 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134.
Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant in Coral Gables
Tucked amidst the shops and restaurants along enchanting Miracle Mile, this intimate, dimly lit spot is known for its impressive menu of small-production wines. Only open in the evenings, Uvaggio invites guests to listen to live music, find their new favorite vintage, and “taste backwards” – choose a wine based on its aromas, flavors and textures, and then pair their meal with it. 70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134.
Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery in Homestead
Located way down south, Schnebly’s boasts vintages and beers made from Florida’s wealth of exotic fruits – like lychee, guava, carambola and passion fruit, to name a few. On the weekends, bring your own food, grab a seat at one of its wooden tables, listen to live music and take in the gorgeous scenery. It's located in the heart of a lush tropical garden with coral waterfalls and large Tiki’s dotted throughout. 30205 SW 217th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030.
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