Whether paired to perfect a meal, to de-stress after a hard day at work, or just because, a glass of fine wine is always a treat. From bold reds to sparkling whites, some of Miami’s best spots boast wine lists to make any discerning wine lover giddy with some rare, intriguing bottles, in addition to their impressive variety of wines. Haute Living has selected Miami’s Top 5 Wine Lists in the city for you to raise your next glass to.
1 The Forge Restaurant | Winebar
The Forge's wine list is so extensive, it is better described as a book. Their famous selection of bottles paired with their award-winning cuisine make this iconic restaurant a must for any lover of fine food and wine. The massive collection is divided into ten convenient stations for an easier decision, starting with Shareef's Special Selections, owner Shareef Malnik's handpicked favorites making up Station One, with the rest arranged by flavor. Their resident sommelier, Gino Santangelo, can be utilized for his expert opinion, or the Forge invites you to be your own sommelier by sampling any (or all!) or their 80 enomatic wines with their wine dispensing system. Tech-savvy? Use their handy web app to browse their selection before you arrive. Whatever you end up choosing, however, is sure to please.
432 41st Street, Miami Beach
2 Palme d'Or
This award-winning French Nouvelle restaurant, nestled inside the magnificent landmark Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, was named the Best French Restaurant in the Southeast United States, so you'd better believe they know their wine. Reaching all over France and way beyond, Palme d'Or's wine selection has won awards on its own. Their sprawling list boasts rare and special bottles from some of the most exclusive terroirs and vineyards. With pages upon pages of what is undoubtedly one of the world's most exclusive lists, choosing can be daunting, but that's where Palm d'Or's superb staff comes in. All well-versed in their wine list, they would be happy to suggest that perfect red to go with their famous homemade foie gras terrine.
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
This Miami favorite has some serious hometown loyalty behind it, and there’s no question why. While local legend Michelle Bernstein serves up the best in Miami-influenced dishes, famed sommelier Allegra Angelo has compiled some of the world’s finest wines. Together, the two have taken their roles of pairing the dishes very seriously. Carefully selected and versatile, the list includes half bottles in addition to full, as well as over 20 wines by the glass, ensuring her guests the perfect pairing for their dish, whether it be a light and fresh seafood specialty, Michy’s famous braised short ribs, or anything in between. Feeling adventurous? The list also features many obscure selections that are hard to find elsewhere.
6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
There are countless reasons why Mandarin Oriental Miami draws luxury-lovers from all over the globe – and one is the wine. As host to many world-class tastings and pairing events, Azul’s amazing wine program boasts over 700 of the world’s most exclusive wines. Designed by sommelier Cynthia Betancourt, Azul’s award-winning list includes a variety of more current wines, classic vintages, and the latest boutique bottles from around the globe. Combined with Azul’s superb cuisine and one of the world’s most sought-after views, there could be no other way to describe the experience than sublime.
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami
5 STK Miami
Because nothing goes better with a thick, juicy steak than a glass of bold red wine, STK Miami, located in the chic Gansevoort South Beach Hotel, does reds well. Make that really well. While their list of sparklings and whites is well-curated on its own, it is their compilation of reds that really impresses. Their well-informed staff can recommend the perfect choices for your dish of choice, be it one of their savory premium cuts of meat, their fresh seared big-eye tuna, or their famous standout Shrimp Rice Krispies.
2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach