Cocktails & Spirits

Weekly Wine Tasting at Sonesta Coconut Grove: Killer View Included

Every Friday evening for almost 20 years, wine educator Barry Alberts has been hosting a weekly wine tasting series, making it one of the longest ongoing wine tastings in the country. Is this weekly gathering of wine and the people who love it in Napa? Paris? New York? Nah, it's in Coconut Grove!

Every Friday, Panorama Restaurant and Sky Lounge, on the eighth floor of the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove, hosts Albert's weekly wine tasting. Starting at 7 p.m., wine lovers will enjoy a tasting of ten different wines and complimentary fruit and cheese, while Alberts explains each pour.

Each week boasts a different theme, which could be based on grape type, region, or country of origin. Last week's Wines of Chile featured ten wines, ranging from delicate Sauvignon Blancs to a rich Carmenere.

The tasting allows each individual to go at their own pace, which makes

the evening a great way to meet new people. Our tasting turned into a

fabulous cocktail party, with people mingling and laughing over some

very nice wine and cheese. Especially fetching was the full moon over

Miami, though the view is breathtaking even without the fabulous moon.


tasting is $15, payable in cash only (there is an ATM in the lobby for

people like us who only carry plastic), and includes a ten-wine tasting,

complimentary cheese and fruit and free valet parking at the hotel

(make sure your ticket is validated).

If you'd like to stay for dinner afterward, The Panaroma Restaurant offers a $35 three-course dinner menu, which varies weekly.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss