Sipping fine wine on a glorious Florida day (or evening) ... does it get any better than that? Fort Myers is home to several great opportunities to educate your palate by tasting new wines and some old favorites. We've rounded up some of the top tasting groups and locations to get you started.
This Meetup group does the homework for you by searching out wine tastings and seminars in the Fort Myers area. As a bonus, you get to socialize with fellow wine-lovers and make some new friends. There is a one-time membership fee of $10 to cover the costs of the website.
Does the idea of making your own wine sound like fun? You don't have to stomp your own grapes, but Time to Make Wine will guide you through the rest of the process. Custom labels are available so you can show off your accomplishment to friends and family. If that sounds too labor-intensive, you can simply relax and sample new wines at their Wine Bar.
Proprietors Craig and Tyrone decided to spin their love of wine into a series of occasions where others could gather to enjoy samplings paired with food from the best chefs in the area. Wine Trail and Beyond arranges events such as progressive dinners on Sanibel Island and parties in downtown's River District. They also sponsor beer-centric events such as the Burgers and Bubbles competition.
With thousands of wines from around the world, this shop deserves its title as a wine superstore. Total Wine offers a full curriculum of wine education, beginning with their free weekly Tasting Table featuring four to eight wines representing a particular theme. They also conduct special events such as guest speakers and food pairings along with tasting sessions for beers and spirits.
Have you recently discovered a new favorite wine? Tell us about it in the comments!