SWINGING AT THE MODERN SIXTIES WINE LOUNGE
If you like your wine with a little groovy thrown in, then check out this For Lauderdale hot spot where sip happens. Usually the wine tasting are the third Thursday of the month, but this month it will be Aug. 23 and will spotlight Spanish wines from the Ribeira Sacre region with some light bites paired to the wines. The wine tastings are $12 per person. If you have to drag along that one person for whom vino is verboten, then keep in mind there are also 10 craft beers and a pretty filling selections of cold and hot tapas. The Mod Lounge is at 1828 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-616-5216 or go to ModWineLounge.com.
CITY CELLAR WINE BAR AND GRILL WINS WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE AWARD
This downtown West Palm Beach institution just landed a prestigious 2018 Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator Magazine. Given to only 1,215 restaurants, the award honors wine programs and lists that display a breadth across many regions and … blah, blah blah. The point is that City Cellar now has some serious bragging rights, specifically general manager Michael “Iggy” Igntowicz, who during his 18 years at the helm curated 470 selections from 100 sources. There are more than 3,000 bottles housed in their wine cellar. Two years ago he brought in Gradon Thibeault, a level II sommelier, which is tantamount to having a double black belt in wine. City Cellar is at 700 S. Rosemary Ave. (CityPlace). For reservations, call 561-366-0071 or go to CityCellarWPB.com.
THE BEST CELLAR WEEKLY WINETASTINGS
This Wilton Manors hot spot for wine lovers has mega-popular tastings at 8 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Why so well attended? Because owner Richard Stetler is a vino virtuoso, organizing his wine events in a sit-down educational format with a list of five to seven wines to sample and discuss as they are poured. Everyone takes their time, sipping and swirling well into the night. Since opening in 1998, wine wizard Stetler thinks he must have hosted 5,100 tastings. South Florida aficionados are still talking about his 20th anniversary Cabernet Tasting festival this past April, where each night ended with Stetler opening a $480 magnum of a 1997 Freemark Abbey Sycamore Cabernet Reserve. Admission is $20 ($25 for special event winetastings). Attendees should reserve a spot by calling 954-630-8020 or emailing email@example.com (also use the email address to get notices of future events). The Best Cellar is located at 1408 NE 26th St., in Wilton Manors. For more information, go to Facebook.com/wine1953 or BeaconMGMT.com/rsfwt.
FONTAINEBLEAU MIAMI BEACH AND THE ROSÉ OASIS CABANA PACKAGE
The storied hotel and the wine label the Palm by Whispering Angel have teamed up to offer guests a rosé-all-day poolside experience. For $1,000 up to 12 guests can enjoy a private cabana with snacks, refreshments, butler service and three bottles of Château d’Esclans. The experience can start at 9 a.m. and continue until sundown. The Fontainebleau is located at 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. To reserve a cabana, call 305-538-2000 or go to Fontainebleau.com.
BUBBLES AND BRUNCH LENORE NOLAN-RYAN COOKING SCHOOL
During most of the week, this Galt Ocean Mile catering company and cooking school is all about classes, foodie events and pop-up dinners. But on Sunday, chef Nolan-Ryan shoos everyone from the kitchen and cooks brunch herself. Eight champagne mimosas of varying flavors are available (peach, mango, lingonberry, elderflower, pomegranate, grapefruit, blueberry and citrus). Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lenore Nolan-Ryan World Class Catering and Cooking School is located in the Galt Ocean Plaza, 3311 N. Ocean Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. For reservations, call 954-491-2340 or go to LenoreNolanRyan.com.
VINO ON DEMAND AT THE CONFIDANTE MIAMI BEACH
OK, so technically this isn’t a wine event as much as it is a really cool thing we’re just dying to tell you about. The Confidante Miami Beach hotel in the Art Deco district has “Vino on Demad” plum wine machines in every room. Created by Miami tech guru David Koretz, guests can get a glass of plum wine by just pushing a button. There’s no need to wait for room service or open up a bottle when only you want a glass (or two or whatever). In addition to displaying the tasting notes and thoughts of the winemaker, the plum wine machines keep the wine chilled to the perfect serving temperature. And get this: The machine uses a needle inserted through the cork to remove the wine from the bottle, thus helping to prevent the wine from oxidizing. The Confidante hotel is located at 4041 Collins Ave., in Miami Beach. For reservations, call 305-424-1234 or go to TheConfidanteMiamiBeach.Hyatt.com.
FREE WINE TOURS AT WEST PALM BEACH BREWERY AND WINE VAULT
This West Palm Beach craft brewery and taproom in downtown West Palm Beach (just four blocks south of Clematis Street and Quadrille Boulevard) has a free wine tour every Sunday at 2 p.m. Nope, your eyes don’t deceive you. We said free. Free samples are even thrown in for good measure. After the tour, all wines are 20 percent off. West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault is located at 332 Evernia St. For more information, call 561-619-8813 or go to WestPalmBeer.com. For details on the wine tour, go to Facebook.com/wpbrewery and click on “events” on the left-hand side.
BEACH HOUSE POMPANO WINE-PAIRING DINNERS
Pompano Beach’s hot new eatery offers what it calls an “Experience Package” where guests can host a wine-pairing dinner for a minimum of 20 people (you can also go the whiskey way). Guests can customize the style of food and the menu. The dinner costs $150 per person. The restaurant hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Beach House is located at 270 N Pompano Beach Blvd., in Pompano Beach. For reservations, call 954 607-6530 or go to BeachHousePompano.com (click on the “private dining” tab at the top of the home page).
COOPER’S HAWK WINERY AND RESTAURANT
This wine-driven chain of restaurants and tasting rooms has three locations in South Florida — Pembroke Pines (10310 Pines Blvd. 954-582-9463), Coconut Creek (4473 Lyons Road, 954-861-4699) and Doral (3585 NW 83rd Ave., 786-814-4777). The menu items are listed with bin numbers so that guests can select the perfect pairing. You can also stop by one of the Napa-style tasting rooms for the latest wine selections or select a basic tasting that includes eight wines for $7. Cooper’s Hawk also has a Wine Club where, depending on the type of membership purchased, members are invited to events and trips, offered monthly wines delivered to their home and are eligible for discounts. There are a variety of memberships with prices ranging from $17.99 to $583.99. A one-bottle-a-month membership costs $19.99, while a two-bottle membership costs $37.99. Guests can select from a red or white wine each month. The hours are slightly different at each location. For more information, go to CHWinery.com.