Venues for Vino: Orlando's Outstanding Options for Oenophiles

Ready to pop a cork? In Orlando, the wine-centric venues are many and range in atmosphere from "bring your dog" (literally) to "bring your boss." Take Park Avenue's lovely Wine Room, for example. Its automat-style machines allow guests to sample a 1-oz. pours or full glasses. Staffers make it educational; the wine card and dispensers make it fun! Out in Oviedo, the rustic vibe of DeVine Wine Bar & Grill awaits oenophiles interesting in a decidedly different atmosphere one might expect in an East Orlando shopping center. Downtown, the Eola Wine Company boasts an impressive selection of wines by glass, bottle or flight, along with some divine flatbreads, and if you're looking to go even more "local" with your selections, the Quantum Leap Winery may be just the thing. While the grapes are pressed in their respective, well-known wine regions, the juice becomes vino here in the 407. It's an urban winery in the heart of the City Beautiful. 

Top-shelf live jazz and blues " nightly " set the tone for the Vines Grille & Wine Bar experience, creating atmosphere that speaks to romance, relaxation, sophistication and, if you take advantage of the stellar wine selection a modicum...  Read More

Carmel is well known for contemporary takes on Mediterranean cuisine, but it's also a warm, welcoming place to pop in for a drink. And for a midweek treat, Wine & Unwind Wednesdays bring with them the possibility of half-price bottles!...  Read More

Yes. Really. An urban winery in Orlando. Unlikely? Perhaps, but it's the real deal. Located in the Mills50 area of town, Quantum Leap Winery is the brainchild of two wine lovers who paired their shared interest and respective professional...  Read More

Downtown Celebration is a charming, walkable little burg made more so by unique, local joints like Imperium Food & Wine. As the name implies, vino is Imperium's signature beverage. An extensive selection and knowledgeable staff will be happy...  Read More

At Swirlery, guests can pop in for a bottle (an on-staff sommelier is happy to assist you in choosing wines and pairings), an education (come if for a community class and learn) or, best of all, a taste of its wares; which include wines from all...  Read More

East Orlando dining and drinking scene has been heating up the past year, and when it opened, DeVine Wine Bar & Grill was a decided culinary uptick amid its strip mall brethren (which includes a pancake house and a wing joint). DeVine offers...  Read More

Fabulous wine and craft beer and a tantalizing food menu (Yes, actual food; not just bar bites and tapas!) make the Parkview an excellent selection when you're in the mood for a comfortable drinking venue, but wouldn't say no to lunch or dinner...  Read More

Eola Wine Company's downtown location, just a couple of blocks from Thornton Park and practically on top of Lake Eola Park, is resplendent. Inside, rich woods and exposed brick warm patrons like a robust red. Outside, the bright views of...  Read More

The Tuscan-styled Wine Room makes use of a system of self-serve, portion-controlled Enomatic wine dispensers to facilitate service. And seriously? It's fantastic. Staffers here are not only passionate about wines, they are more than happy to...  Read More

Located amid Orange Avenue's burgeoning "hip strip" of Ivanhoe Village, the Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden should really be on everyone's list. Why? If you've ever pondered the potential joys of having a bar inside your favorite store, you...  Read More


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