I got the blues

Looking for a New Wine? Give Austria's Blaufränkisch a Try.

The wine is light, with good color and balance, and goes great with food.

10/13/2021 By Bob McGinn

Put a Bid on It

Florida Winefest Is Holding an Online Auction With Some Seriously Impressive Items

Money from the event goes to help nonprofits that assist kids and families in need.

10/06/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Back to School

Want to Learn More About Wine? Enroll in 'Wine School.'

Eric Asimov's monthly column helps wine lovers explore new varietals and examine their biases.

09/22/2021 By Bob McGinn

Vive la France!

A Unique Sarasota Club Gathers to Celebrate the Wines of Bordeaux

The local chapter of the international Commanderie de Bordeaux hosts regular dinners that highlight specific varieties of Bordeaux wines.

09/17/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Clubs and corks

The Surprising Overlap Between the Worlds of Golf and Wine

Multiple professional golfers have their own vineyards and wines, and special wines are created for some of the world's biggest tournaments.

09/08/2021 By Bob McGinn

Wine Freak

You've Got to See These Amazing Local Wine Cellars

Sarasota wine collectors go all out on custom wine cellar designs in their homes and condos.

09/03/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Booze Flash

New Liquor Store Opens in Lakewood Ranch

The new ABC Fine Wine & Spirits includes a walk-in cigar humidor, a walk-in beer cooler and a station for refilling growlers.

08/19/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Wine Maven

Meet Gina Lyons, Sarasota's Champagne Doyen

Through her company, A Vine Affair, Lyons offers in-depth Champagne seminars and tastings in private homes and corporate venues.

08/18/2021 By Bob McGinn

And the winner is...

Three Local Restaurants Join Wine Spectator's 'Award of Excellence' List

The Crow’s Nest, Grove and Sage were honored by "Wine Spectator" this year, joining a number of other local restaurants that maintain strong wine lists.

08/03/2021 By Bob McGinn

Top tapas

Another New Wine Bar? Yes, Please!

Checking out Vino Bistro, a new addition to the Sarasota wine scene.

07/21/2021 By Bob McGinn

Buy now

Our Wine Writer Names Some of His Old Favorites and Some Great New Prospects

Bob McGinn picks some of his favorite recent bottles, and most of them are quite affordable.

07/07/2021 By Bob McGinn

Restaurant news

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Opens Monday

The Sarasota location will be the company's 12th Florida restaurant.

06/25/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Log on

Where to Find Out About Wine Events Near You, and All Over the World

LocalWineEvents.com hosts thousands of wine event listings each week, and local restaurants and wine shops are using the site to find new customers.

06/23/2021 By Bob McGinn

Au Naturel

Here's an Easy Introduction to the World of Natural Wine

If you’re new to this unusual and sometimes wild category of wines, Artisan Cheese Company is offering a starter pack.

06/14/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Hop on the Trolley

New Progressive Dinner Series Highlights Wine and Food Pairings

The Blend is a new series of dinners organized by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals.

06/11/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Grand openings

Two New Shops Are Bolstering the Wine Scene in Sarasota and Venice

Sarasota Wine Co. and Casey Key Collector Wine are new destinations for wine lovers.

06/09/2021 By Bob McGinn

Clubbing

Exploring the World of Online Wine Buying Clubs

A number of companies offer wine shipments that can be catered to your specific tastes.

05/19/2021 By Bob McGinn

Politics

New Law Lets Restaurants Continue Selling Alcoholic Drinks Via Takeout and Delivery

The measure makes permanent emergency orders that were created to help restaurants struggling because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

05/14/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Bane or benefit?

The Rise of the Wine Influencer

More and more social media users are sharing their thoughts on wine. But do they know what they're talking about?

05/05/2021 By Bob McGinn

Corky

New Wine Tasting Room and Restaurant Will Open This Summer

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant is looking to hire 140 employees before opening in Fruitville Commons.

04/27/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker