You know your favorite wine. You know the basics of pairing. You might even know certain wines by tasting alone, but there’s always more to explore—especially in Miami.
Go beyond the traditional wine tasting with fresh ways to expand your palate, and join other oenophiles and spirit lovers for local events and celebrations at the following five vino-centric venues:
Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery
Just outside the city of Miami lies the sprawling beauty of the Redlands. This pastoral farmland in the city of Homestead is home to Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery, the southernmost winery in the United States. While you already know and love the location’s wine tasting, you discover this space would be perfect for celebrations and special occasions. Weddings and anniversary parties become even more personalized when they feature signature, local wines right on the farm.
Wine by the Bay
Most tastings involve the pointed guidance of a sommelier, but you immerse yourself even further with a wine tasting class at Wine by the Bay. During a two-hour session, you sample a themed flight of up to 11 varieties with light cuisine pairings. You choose between Tuscan reds and a champagne tasting. While experiencing the selection, you discover sommelier insights and record observations on rating cards you can keep for future wine shopping. When the class is over, you bring home a surprise bottle or two.
Yup, you can taste more than just wine in Miami. Yardbird, the ultra-hot South Beach restaurant and bar, has a fantastic whiskey list that includes bourbon, trending Buffalo Trace limited editions, small batch and single barrel selections, rye, and even moonshine and flights. A menu of Southern-inspired favorites awaits perusal, too. But, let’s face it, that whiskey list might just keep you at the bar all night.
Blend Craft Wines
Miami may not be known for wine —even though it should be—but it’s definitely known for cruises, as it’s got one of the world’s busiest cruise-ship ports. Blend Craft Wines, located right in Coral Gables, takes advantage of that fact with Winery at Sea: Caribbean cruises for up to 16 guests to sample delicious wines. Once you’re on the water, you taste rare wines, try new blends, and learn pro tips from winemakers and sommeliers on board. It’s a new way to relax and take in the sights with your favorite glass of vino.
Turns out Miami is known for being a rum town—it would be hard not to at this latitude! Once you’ve satiated your wine fix, you make your way over to Rumbar in the Ritz-Carlton on Key Biscayne to taste 102 rum selections from 23 countries in a setting reminiscent of old Cuba. Take it all in as you select a cigar from the humidor to complement your drink selections. You grab your first beverage and kick back with one fascinating rum after another.