Where to Celebrate National Wine Day 2017

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Happy National Wine Day! Where are you celebrating? Our National Wine Day roundup below will help you find some of the best deals and grapes in town. As always, details are subject to change: Make sure to contact the restaurant beforehand to confirm everything. Cheers!

3030 Ocean

3030 Ocean, located inside the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, offers an extensive wine list with wines from around world to please every palate. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply looking to enjoy a glass with friends, look no further than this iconic Fort Lauderdale restaurant to celebrate National Wine Day.

White wine selections include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio and Rosé. Red wine selections include Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Try a glass of the Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California with the Grilled Beef Tenderloin, or pair the Smoke Tree Chardonnay, Sonoma, California with the Whole Roasted Local Snapper. The restaurant also offers cabernet blends, bubbly and Shiraz-Syrah.

3030 Ocean is located at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa (3030 Holiday Drive).

Big Easy Winebar & Grill

Take it easy at Big Easy Winebar & Grill on National Wine Day, where oenophiles can experience the flavors of the Western Cape region of South Africa at Easy Hour from 4PM-7PM. The restaurant, located in Miami’s Brickell City Centre offers a trio of two-ounce flights of select white and red South African Wines ($12) and half-off wines by the glass (regularly priced at $10-$18).

Diners can also enjoy customizing their Easy Hour bites with the Too Easy Plank ($10), a selection of two items from the appetizer menu including the Fried Green Tomatoes; Oyster Gazpacho Shots; Boerie Bites; Pork Belly “Lollipops” or Mini Cauliflower Samosas.

Big Easy Winebar & Grill is located at 701 South Miami Avenue, Suite 339 in Miami’s Brickell City Centre.

Bulla Gastrobar

National Wine Day is Thursday, May 25 and what better way to celebrate than heading to Bulla Gastrobar, which offers an extensive selection of wines for any palette. Exclusive only at Bulla Gastrobar, guests can choose to celebrate the holiday between a very special red or white wine: Serras del Priorat (red) or Avancia Godello (white).

– Serras del Priorat – dark, full, red wine from the prestigious region of Priorat
– Avancia Godello – rich, full, white wine from the region of Valdeorras

Essensia

For a more mindful way to imbibe this National Wine Day, head to Miami Beach’s local and farm-to-table mainstay, Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel & Spa.

An oceanfront, inspired-by-nature oasis, everything at The Palms is good for you and good for the environment, including Essensia’s extensive list of 100% sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines. Not only do biodynamic wines leave a smaller carbon footprint — the missing chemical additives are the ultimate hangover helper, so you’ll spare yourself the morning headache, too.

Essensia offers happy hour everyday from 6:00pm-7:00pm, when you can score 50% off all wines. Pro tip: score yourself a spot on the outdoor lounge terrace, which is surrounded by exotic tropical gardens, for an only-in-Miami ambiance while you sip your vino.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Celebrate National Wine Day in style at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach with a variety of wine experiences to please wine enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. The Miami Beach landmark invites guests to enjoy its grandiose wine selection and pair it with delectable dishes from Hakkasan, Scarpetta by Scott Conant or StripSteak by Michael Mina.

Revelers can forgo the indoors and indulge in a bottle of Château Miraval Cotes de Provence ($80) at La Côte, an al fresco two-level restaurant with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and pool area. For a quick glass and people watching, head to Bleau Bar in the hotel’s lobby where the tables are the ideal spot to meet, mix and mingle.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, on Miami Beach, FL 33140.

Glass and Vine

The garden oasis in the heart of Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park, Glass and Vine, is offering a special discount for National Wine Day. In addition to their regular happy hour deal from 4PM-7PM for half-off all wines by the glass, wine lovers can enjoy half-off bottles of wine all day.

Star chef Giorgio Rapicavoli is at the helm, with modern Floridian cuisine to be paired with the expansive wine selection like the Florida Stracciatella with garlic confit atop Zak the Baker bread and drizzled with California olive oil or the refreshing Watermelon Salad with lime crema, cotija, toasted corn, and cilantro. Glass and Vine is located at 2820 McFarlane Road in Coconut Grove.

Lolo’s Surf Cantina

Within the Marriott Stanton South Beach, Lolo’s Surf Cantina is a Mexican restaurant with Chef/Partner Richard Ampudia known as the “Godfather of Mexican Street Food.” Lolo’s is a relaxed, authentic spot with a Baja California inspired menu and awesome Happy Hour specials from 3-7pm available on the wine “holiday” such as Côtes de Provence Rosé by the glass for $6.

This crisp wine pairs perfectly with signature seafood dishes like the Pescado Frito (Whole Snapper Platter) or Tostadas de Pulpo (Spanish Octopus). Grab a seat on the outdoor deck for sun and sea breezes to top off the experience.

Meat Market Miami Beach

Meat Market Miami Beach, the iconic Lincoln Road steakhouse, offers one of the finest selections of wine in town. Whether you’re in the mood for white wine, red or rosé, this acclaimed steakhouse has it all. Sip on a glass of 2014 Far Niente Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California while dining al fresco on Lincoln Road, or take your taste buds on a trip to Argentina with a glass of 2013 Chento Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina.

If you’re looking for something more full-bodied, try the 2013 Faust by Quintessa Cabernet, Napa Valley, California. Pair your choice of wine with one of the delectable menu items, like the fan favorite White Truffle “American Style” Kobe Tartare, Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs or one of Meat Market’s flavorful signature steaks. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road on South Beach.

Oceans 234

Oceans 234 is inviting wine enthusiasts to their beautiful seaside bistro to celebrate National Wine day with half-priced bottles of wine (under $100) all day long. The restaurant offers an extensive wine list featuring imported wines from around the globe and nationwide. Enjoy a selection of light and delicate white wines, bold reds or elegant rosés, paired with any of Oceans 234’s contemporary seafood dishes.

Bring your friends and share a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, Clifford Bay, New Zealand with the Scottish Salmon; or Malbec, Ruta 22, Patagonia, Argentina with a juicy Center-Cut Filet Mignon. Oceans 234 is located at 234 North Ocean Drive in Deerfield Beach.

Red, the Steakhouse 

Those who appreciate fine wines and rare reserves should head to Red, the Steakhouse in South Beach for National Wine Day, as the restaurant is known as one of the best wine restaurants in Miami with 500+ wine selections. Chef Peter Vauthy maintains an impressive collection of high-end reserves from classic bordeauxs like Petrus and Margaux from France and the California classics, Caymus, Harlan, and Bond, to Frank Baroudi’s Puro Uno – a high-end Malbec from the Mendoza, Argentina region.

Ask for Chef Peter’s wine and dish pairing recommendation of the day and you won’t be disappointed. Plus, since it is a Thursday night in South Beach after all, Red leaves you within steps from great SoFi bars & nightclubs like Story, Radio, South Pointe Tavern, etc. for those who want to keep the party going.

The Rusty Pelican

Key Biscayne’s iconic waterfront dining destination, the Rusty Pelican, now boasts a world-class wine selection of over 300 bottles, curated by internationally renowned Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.

For National Wine Day, patrons can take advantage of special wines by the glass in limited supply on “The Coravin Captain’s List” such as: Chardonnays — Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley 2014 ($30) and Kistler, Les Noisetière, Sonoma Coast 2014 ($35); reds including a Pinot Noir — Gran Moraine, Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley 2013 ($20); Cabernet Sauvignon — Caymus 2014 ($48) and Mt. Brave, Mt. Veeder 2013 ($35) both from Napa Valley.

The stellar wine selection pairs perfectly with menu items by Chef Jimmy Pastor including a wide array of fresh seafood and raw bar selections. Along with signature dishes like 16 oz. bone-in rib eye and Niman Ranch bone-in 20 oz. pork chop, new dishes like the Braised Boar Shank accompanied by rosemary rainbow potatoes and a Port and cherry gastrique; Prime Beef Tartare layered with foie gras, quail egg and black garlic; Crusted Lamb Rack with boniato, minty pea puree, and exotic mushrooms; and Sea Bass Crudo topped with smoked coconut vinaigrette and bacon sand are now available.

The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne.