Oenophiles rejoice! May 25 is National Wine Day, and it's the perfect excuse to split a bottle or two with fully vaccinated friends. The Miami beverage scene has exploded in recent years, and there are plenty of wine bars and restaurants with stellar wine programs throughout the city.
Vinos In The Grove
Coral Gables is a beautiful and luxurious place to grab a glass of wine in Miami, and Vinos In The Grove is the best spot to toast to National Wine Day in the area. The ample outdoor patio with cushy and shaded seating is reason enough to choose this spot for a glass of wine with friends. Celebrate the occasion in style with Veuve Cliquot Brut and Brut Rosé by the glass. The by-the-glass menu also features a variety of New Zealand sauvignon blanc and lightly effervescent vinho verde. Pair all of that with a Spanish meat and cheese plate to complete the celebratory meal.
Glass & Vine
The shaded outdoor seating and gorgeous park views are just two reasons to visit Glass & Vine, a space where pretense slips away, and guests can relax and enjoy good company over an exceptional glass of wine. The food menu showcases the bounty southern Florida has to offer, and the restaurant leans heavily on locally sourced ingredients. The sparkling offerings come from renowned champagne houses like Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, and Perrier Jouet. The white wines run the gamut from South Africa to Sonoma. If you come during happy hour, all wines by the glass are only $5. What a deal! Happy hour also offers a refreshing watermelon salad or chips and guacamole for only $7.
El Carajo International Tapas And Wine
El Carajo has been a Miami staple for 50 years. The house red and white varieties are very affordable (both $6) from South Africa and Italy. In the new COVID reality, El Carajo also offers wine delivery, an excellent way to get exceptional wines without leaving home. Shop by country, varietal, color, or style to find the wine you want most. If you're dining in, there's a small, curated selection of cold or hot tapas to pair with wine, including charcuterie or queso combinations, bacon-wrapped dates, croquetas, and Spanish tortillas.
What started as a wine store on Calle Ocho blossomed into a unique wine and tapas bar with live music. Happy wine, a 14-year neighborhood icon, has more than 1,000 bottles in stock for retail purchase and a smaller menu to go with the delicious snacks. Sangria is an affordable option at less than $6 per glass and under $20 for a pitcher. The house wine is similarly budget-friendly at a cool $5.50. The Spanish tapas are classic offerings, including boquerones (marinated white anchovies), croquetas, and albondigas (meatballs cooked in a rich tomato sauce with goat cheese mousse). Wines can be sipped and swirled alongside a delicious meat and charcuterie board with succulent offerings like Iberico ham and Mahon or manchego cheese.
Bunbury, a must-visit Argentinean restaurant, has more than 130 carefully selected wines on its list. Proud of its roots, the list features nearly 50 wines from Argentina, a fantastic tour of the country's versatility from the coast to the Andes. The Humberto Canale cabernet franc is a steal at under $50. The menu also features the powerfully intense wines of Spain and France or the silky wines from the Columbia Valley. Owner/Sommelier Paula Costa has made sure every menu item pairs well with each bottle on her list and is an excellent representation of Argentinean-inspired cuisine. The country is known for its incredible meats, so go for the 10-ounce steak served with truffle mashed potatoes and a chimichurri sauce. Get the cheese or "Picada Bunbury" boards, a selection of meats and cheeses, to try malbec in a whole new way, as a jelly accompaniment.
The Mediterranean is a lush environment perfect for making some of the most unique wines in the world. BarMeli69 is a Greek bistro and wine bar with live music every Friday and Saturday. Most of the wines on the list are organic, sustainable, bio-dynamic, or made with minimal intervention. They're coming from small producers, family-owned, eco-friendly, and sustainable wineries, so you can feel good about every glass. As an added bonus, bottles bought for take-home consumption can be purchased at retail price. Try a clean, elegant Vermentino from Sardinia or a complex, intense assyrtiko from Santorini, Greece. Much of the all-day menu is meant to be shared, like the vegan hummus with lemon and sumac, octopus carpaccio, and the flamed cheese saganaki.