Miami for Wine Lovers Part 1: Top Wine Tastings and Events

Miami for Wine Lovers Part 1: Top Wine Tastings and Events

Jul 18, 2017 July 18, 2017

Who needs Napa Valley when Miami has a flourishing wine culture? This series of blogs is dedicated to all the wine lovers in Miami. In this part, we are covering events and tastings across the city that will acquaint you with wines from around the globe. With such a grand variety on show, we won’t blame you for getting tipsy.
 
EVENTS

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Where: South Beach & surrounding areas
When: February 21-25, 2018

Each February, almost 70,000 wine and food enthusiasts invade South Florida for this legendary festival. Dig into a delicious array of foods, as you educate yourself with inspiring wine and food seminars. You never know who you'll clink and cheer to either, as celebrity chefs from the Food Network and Cooking Channel and renowned winemakers attend every year. What’s even better is that proceeds of the festival go to the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.

SOBEWFF South Beach Wine and food festival Miami
Photograph : Courtesy of SOBEWFF

Coral Gables Food, Wine & Spirits Festival

Where: Coral Gables
When: November 11-12, 2017

Sample wine and other spirits along with delicious food at this colorful festival. Potentially 75 restaurants take part in an event that spans twelve blocks in Coral Gables. Each of the giant tents features a theme – and you wouldn’t want to leave without sampling the ‘Wines of the World’. You can also enjoy live music and cooking demos as you broadening your vino horizons with the wine seminars.


Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival

Where: Brickell
When: May

This buzz-worthy festival throws open some of Brickell’s finest restaurants, wines and other spirits by gourmet product exhibitors. Wine lovers can expect only a premium variety at this high-end annual event. Wine and dine with signature dishes and pairings by some of the best restaurants in Miami.

Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival Miami
Photograph : Courtesy of Brickell Food and Wine Festival

Redland Summer Fruit Festival

Where: 24801 SW 187th Avenue, Homestead
When: June

If you’re the sort to relish local flavors, then this is the fest for you. Treat your entire family to this annual event that introduces you to a world of local produce and tropical fruits. At just $8, you can enjoy local wines (they are on the sweet side, but you can go to satisfy your curiosity and show your support ;)) with a side of lip-smacking foods and exotic fruit samplings.

Redland Summer Fruit Festival Miami
Photograph : Courtesy of Redland Summer Fruit Festival

South Florida Taste Of The Nation

Where: SOHO Studios, 2136 NW 1st Avenue, Wynwood
When: May

This is your chance to feel good as you indulge. Celebrated chefs, mixologists, and wineries share a dinner to bring childhood hunger in America to an end. This sophisticated night of gourmet food and wine lets you relax in a curated lounge area as you swirl and sip. You can even bid in their silent auction and do your bit for hungry kids around America.

South Florida Taste of the Nation Miami
Photograph : Courtesy of South Florida Taste Of The Nation

The Seed Food & Wine Festival

Where: Various locations throughout Miami Beach and Wynwood
When: November 1-5, 2017

Get your veg. on at this paradise for vegetarians, vegans or open-minded meat eaters who also love their wine. This plant-based food and wine festival has everything from fancy dinners and brunches to film screenings and garden parties. The festival brings together renowned chefs, celebrities, and authors, among others, for a fun-filled week of food and wine.

The seed food and wine festival Miami Beach
Photograph : Courtesy of The Seed Food & Wine Festival

Great Taste Of The Grove Food & Wine Festival

Where: 2820 Mcfarlane Road, Coconut Grove
When: April

The Peacock Park in Coconut Grove has been welcoming food and wine lovers for over 20 years at its outdoor pop-up restaurants. Adults can savor their wine in peace, as kids stay busy with the carnival rides. A great weekend activity for the whole family, the beachfront setting and open green spaces make it the perfect spot to kick back and relax. There's also live music that will have everyone humming along.

Great Test of the Grove Festival

Wine On Harvest Moon

Where: Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave
When: October 7, 2017

This wine and food festival is an annual event organized every fall by the Deering Estate Foundation in Miami. The event pampers you with wine tastings and scrumptious food pairings, as you engage with a wide selection of artistic masterpieces. Each year features a different theme, and this year's is "Sip, Savour & Sail the Mediterranean."

Wine on Harvest Moon
Photograph : Courtesy of Wine On Harvest Moon

Abaco Wines & Wine Bar

Where: Abaco Wines & Wine Bar, 140 NE 39th Street, Suite 206, Design District
When: Weekly events year-round

Abaco is a wine store in the Design District offering selections from established or emerging producers, and specializing in international or rare wines. Certified Sommeliers can advise you on building wine collections and organizing tastings. Typical events pair wine with particular foods, such as Coyo tacos or the fan-favorite Salty Donuts. A regular feature is Farmer's Market Wednesday, where you'll walk through the Design District's Farmer's Market to select produce and other foods for a wine pairing. Every Saturday Abaco holds Wine 101 classes for those who wish to develop their wine palates.

Abaco Wines Miami
Photograph : Courtesy of Abaco Wines & Wine Bar

VeritageMiami (Formerly United Way Miami Wine And Food Festival)

Where: Locations throughout Miami
When: April

This annual event held every spring is a jackpot for wine and food lovers. The United Way Festival is one of Miami’s important charity wine and food festivals that includes distinguished chefs, sommeliers, and prominent wineries. There's no shortage of unique tastings and dinners here, which range from the ‘Best in Glass’ to an ‘Auction and Bubbly Brunch’.


 

TASTINGS AND CLASSES

Schnebly Redland's Winery

Where: 30205 SW 217th Ave. Homestead
When: Weekends

A visit here is a must on account of being Miami’s only winery. The primary tasting room sets the scene with a breathtaking bar and a detailed mural on the ceiling. Weekend tours lead you through the entire estate, showing you their wine-making process and brewery. Two tasting packages include your choice of five wines and a complimentary etched Schnebly wine glass.

Schnebly Redland's Winery
Photograph : Courtesy of Abaco Wines & Wine Bar

Wine by the Bay

Where: 888 Biscayne Blvd, Ste 112, Downtown
When: All days except Sunday

This is one of Miami's most loved wine stores that is home to top-rated wines from across the globe, exotic beers and champagne. The boutique attracts art lovers as well. “VIP" invitations are offered to events such as private dinners, wine pairings and special guest tastings from world's noted vineyards. The staff here is all fun and ever-ready to talk about wine.


Florida Wine Academy

Where: 1 SE 3rd Avenue Suite, Downtown
When: Various

If the taste and aroma of wine inspires you to explore more, then here is an opportunity to learn everything you need to know about wines. Based in Miami, the Florida Wine Academy is an approved consulting and wine education center that offers special courses for sommeliers, wine enthusiasts, and professionals engaged in hospitality industries. The Academy offers services such as corporate events, lectures, educational tastings, private tastings, advice on wine buying, and even representation at auction for wine collectors.

Florida Wine Academy
Photograph : Courtesy of Florida Wine Academy

Fine Vintage

Where: Wine courses are held at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
When: TBD

Fine Vintage is one of North America’s premier wine education providers that offer prestigious wine courses for beginners and professionals. You get to taste extraordinary wines and train under highly accomplished mentors to obtain internationally recognized certifications. All new students purchase a starter kit, which contains 6 ISO tasting glasses and a carry bag.

Fine Vintage
Photograph : Courtesy of Fine Vintage

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