Miami’s Wine Regions – Part 1
South Florida, specifically Miami, is a vibrant and multifaceted landscape very similar to the wine industry. We wanted to better understand the personalities of the different parts of Miami, and then properly match them with some amazing wine options. EL Carajo Tapas & Wine located at 2465 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33145 has adventured through many of the beautiful municipalities in Dade County to create these perfect wine options for each Miami region. Make sure you follow this multipart blog and let us know what you think about the blog(s) and the wine options suggested.
As we adventured all over the Magic City and amazing county of Dade we started breaking the city up into regions. Being this is part 1 of our Wine Regions of Miami blog we are going to call this region 1. We hope you enjoy!
Region 1: Brickell, South Beach, & Coral Gables
This area is young, popular and full of life. Rosés come to mind as they are easy-going and a fun style of wine blending the best of white and red varietals to bring excitement to many novice and experienced wine connoisseurs alike.
Good – Rue de St. Tropez 2014 – Rue de St. Tropez is the style of Rosé that has made the category popular. It is soft, fruity, and very easy drinking. A perfect wine for Miami’s get up and go crowd.
Better – AIX 2014 – AIX Rosé is a great example of a food friendly Rosé. Its mouthwatering acidity combined with concentrated red fruit and pale fruit notes make this a wine to bring to any of Brickell’s hot spots.
Best – Ch. Saint-Maur L’Excellence 2014 – L’Excellence does not sell its name short. With amazing complexity and hints of chocolate, strawberry, white fruits and dark fruits L’Excellence brings Rosé into the category of the finest wines available in South Florida.
This award winning international attraction is the center of excitement and celebration. No wine better matches the energy of Miami Beach like Champagne. Both are crowd pleasers that draw
people from all over the globe.
Good – Louis Dumont NV Brut – Louis Dumont Champagne shows all the typical notes of Brioche, white fruits and great acidity at an unbelievable price. This one’s coming with me on my next beach day!
Better – Delamotte NV Blanc de Blanc – 100% Chardonnay makes this wine amazingly bright with apricot and pear notes. The typical brioche notes are almost sweet on its soft finish. A gorgeous poolside wine.
Best – Arteis 2002 Brut – Arties 2002 vintage shows the greatness of the ’02 vintage. Complex fruit, amazing bubbles, tremendous finish, with hints of nuttiness. This is why Champagne is king of South Beach.
As the first planned and developed community in South Florida, this is the heart of Miami. High end and established, this wine region is synonymous with Bordeaux with its experience and elegance.
Good – Franc Beausejour – A great introduction to Bordeaux, this red has ample fruit with the underlying earthiness that makes Bordeaux a
sought after region.
Better – Labegorce Margaux – A rich yet elegant Margaux with great dark fruit, hints of spice and vanilla. This wine is amazingly friendly while young without compromising Margaux’s legendary minerality.
Best – Ch. Gloria St. Julien – An amazing value St. Julien. The wine has great weight, complex juicy dark fruit, and gravely minerality. An amazing red wine and perfect for the elegance of any of Coral Gables best restaurants.
Miami is a special place for many reasons, particularly for wine. Although the city is small (36mi2), it is the international hub for the New World, which is why the quality of wine available is top notch. Where to find the best selection of wine in such a concentrated city? You guessed it. El Carajo! Come in today and explore our selection of over 1,000 wines.