Wine, Beer & Cocktails

Deep Red

Six California Pinot Noirs to Try This Holiday Season

A number of California small producers are bringing back pinot noir's depth and richness.

11/21/2022 By Bob McGinn

South County Update

Hurricane Ian Damaged Multiple Local Wine Bars. Here's How They're Faring.

Now is the time to show support for these great establishments.

11/09/2022 By Bob McGinn

Deep Red

Chronic Cellars Delivers a Real Treat for Wine Lovers This Halloween

The California winery is offering horror movie recommendations and a spooky Spotify playlist to go along with its Sir Real wine.

10/26/2022 By Bob McGinn

LOL

Shamrock Pub Is Hosting Pop-Up Comedy Nights

Beyond beer and wine, the neighborhood pub is serving up laughs.

10/13/2022 By Kim Doleatto

R.I.P.

Remembering 'Two-Buck Chuck' Creator Fred Franzia: Pariah to Some, Innovator to Others

The creator of 'Two-Buck Chuck' blazed a unique trail in the wine industry.

10/05/2022 By Bob McGinn

That is the question

To Drink or Not to Drink?

Conflicting studies send contrasting messages about alcohol's effects on health.

09/21/2022 By Bob McGinn

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Head to Mattison's Forty-One Next Week For an Interactive Cocktail Masterclass

Expand your cocktail recipe arsenal with three delicious drinks and a step-by-step class on how to prepare them.

09/20/2022 By Lauren Jackson

In Vino Veritas

A New Sopranos-Themed Wine Bar Has Opened in Gulf Gate

The shop is run by Mitchell Soffer, who owns TheWinetoBuy.com.

09/07/2022 By Bob McGinn

Prize Possession

Sarasota Restaurant Wins Prestigious Wine Award

Marcello Ristorante Italiano recently received the "Best of the Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator

08/17/2022 By Bob McGinn

Bottled Up

How Local Restaurants Are Dealing With Rising Wine Prices and Delivery Delays

We spoke with chefs and owners about how they are responding to challenges in the wine world.

08/10/2022 By Bob McGinn

Withering on the vine

Extreme Heat, Droughts and Inflation Are Hitting Winemakers Hard

And, in response, wineries are consolidating and cutting costs.

07/20/2022 By Bob McGinn

Ice Ice Baby

It's Time to Celebrate National Daiquiri Day

Simple ingredients and clean flavors make this cocktail a must—especially today.

07/19/2022 By Lauren Jackson

Small But Mighty

Osprey Is Emerging as a Wine and Food Destination

Mel Weber recently opened Southern Vines Fine Wine & Spirits, among other new ventures in the town.

07/06/2022 By Bob McGinn

Best brews

Summer Beer of the Week: Calusa Brewing's Citronious

Want a tasty local beer on your boat this weekend? Try this juicy IPA bursting with citrus and tropical flavors.

07/01/2022 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Consumer Reports

Why Are Cocktails So Expensive Right Now?

With some drinks now costing as much as a nice meal, it’s hard not to wonder whether the drink is worth it.

07/01/2022 By Lauren Jackson

Bartenders Anonymous

Bartenders Are Begging You to Avoid These Amateur Drink-Ordering Moves

We asked several unnamed drink makers to reveal what they wish they could tell customers, but can’t.

07/01/2022 Photography by Kim Doleatto

Cheers!

Sarasota's Best Bars

Whether you’re looking for a toes-in-the-sand tiki hut, a secretive speakeasy or a big boisterous beer garden, Sarasota has the bar for you.

07/01/2022 By Cooper Levey-Baker, Lauren Jackson, Allison Forsyth, and Kim Doleatto

Best brews

Summer Beer of the Week: Big Top Brewing Company's Hotter Blonde

Looking for something refreshing to sip while lounging in the pool? Try this golden ale spiced up with jalapeños.

06/30/2022 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Best brews

Summer Beer of the Week: Motorworks Brewing's Low Light

Looking for something refreshing to sip while lounging in the pool? Try this "very light lager" flavored with lemon and lime.

06/29/2022 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Five O'Clock Somewhere

Corporate Ladder Brewing Is Crushing the Sour Beer Game

An award-winning Palmetto brewery is knocking out outrageously flavorful beers.

06/14/2022 By Lauren Jackson