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Free wine tastings throughout Miami

Gourmet and specialty markets, wine stores and even Italian restaurants are great places to visit for free wine tastings and gourmet cooking demos which are always followed by samplings of what’s been prepared.

Here, we’ve comprised a list of places to seek out where you’ll find just that:

Happy Wine 

This no-nonsense wine shop, started more than a decade ago by a couple with a passion for wine boasts more than 1,000 wine labels. They also regularly host free wine tastings accompanied by tasty tapas from their menu. There's also live entertainment! The best way to find out about the next one is by following them on Facebook or Instagram. Cheers! It's located at 5792 SW 8 St. and their number is 305-262-2465.

The Fresh Market

More than just a gourmet grocery store, The Fresh Market is also the host spot for chef-led cooking demos, usually several times a month. While you’re walking through the produce aisle foraging the bounty of cheeses and freshly made hot foods at the deli, you can plan to watch one of their many cooking demos. They’re known for making chili, salsa, jams and a variety of other foods. They also host wine tastings/samplings regularly at most of their Miami stores.

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Markets have popped up quite a bit around Miami and just their soup, salad and entrée bar at every store is enviable. The selection is superb filled with a variety of international type foods from Indian-inspired to Latin and Asian. The Downtown Miami location hosts weekly Wine Down Wednesdays where they pour seasonal selections with cheese pairings and on some Wednesdays they’ll host a Meet the Local Beer Expert. Times vary; In Pinecrest, it’s Happy Hour every Friday with beer and wine samplings from 5-7 p.m.

Total Wine & Spirits

The selection at Total Wine & Spirits is mind-boggling and the competitive prices make it a one-stop shop for both wine and spirits. The staff is always willing and eager to help make suggestions and help you navigate the huge store. On weekends, they host wine tastings and spirited cocktail tastings. Depending on the holiday, the store will host themed events including cordial tastings around Christmas and New Year’s as well as sampling events with sparkling wines and champagne.



Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at

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