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11 Impressive Miami Wine Lists

At the southern tip of the Sunshine State, these Restaurant Award winners boast serious wine programs
Photo by: Juvia Miami Beach
Best of Award of Excellence winner Juvia Miami Beach has a wine list of 400 selections and a skyline view of the city.

Posted: February 1, 2018

There’s no better time than now for a Miami getaway: While most of the country is still in the grips of winter, the mercury is pushing 80° F in Florida, and the South Beach Wine and Food Festival returns Feb. 21–25. From fine-dining fusion to casual pizzas and pastas, these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning eateries showcase stellar wine lists in sunny settings.

For more places to sip outstanding wines by the ocean, read our islands and cruises and seaside restaurant guides. To check out more wine-and-food destinations around the world, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,700 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 91 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

Do you have a favorite you’d like to see on this list? Send your recommendations to restaurantawards@mshanken.com. We want to hear from you!


Casa Juancho

2436 S.W. Eighth St., Miami, Fla.
Telephone (305) 642-2452
Website www.casajuancho.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Casa Juancho has been serving Spanish cuisine, including tapas and paella, for more than 30 years, and has held its Best of Award of Excellence since 1996. Its charm comes in part from a cozy, welcoming atmosphere, and there's nightly live music; it's a popular destination for celebrating special occasions. Managed by owner José Rodriguez, the restaurant's wine list has 450 selections, with strengths in Spain and California. Chef Alfonso Perez’s paellas are the stars of the menu and come in a variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian options.


Casa Tua

1700 James Ave., Miami Beach, Fla.
Telephone (305) 673-1010
Website www.casatualifestyle.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Chris Carter
Casa Tua recreates the experience of dining in an Italian home.

Amid the bustle of Miami Beach is an enchanting Mediterranean oasis known as Casa Tua, a hotel and membership club with a Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurant. Whether you stop in for dinner or spend a weekend at the villa, a trip to Casa Tua is meant to feel like vacationing in a friend’s home on the coast of Italy. The restaurant’s authentic menu changes with the seasons, but chef Simone Mua maintains classics like branzino with cherry tomatoes and olives, and fettuccine with wild mushrooms and black truffle. Wine director Mattia Magnoni manages the 500 selections that show strength in Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto and France. A few pages of cellar selections offer verticals from top Italian producers such as Emidio Pepe and Tenuta San Guido. For the full Casa Tua experience, ask for a seat in the garden, which is surrounded by trees adorned with glowing lanterns.


The Dutch

W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Fla.
Telephone (305) 938-3112
Website www.thedutchmiami.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Noah Fecks
Inside Miami Beach's W Hotel, the Dutch serves farm-to-table cuisine and a 435-label wine list.

Chef and cookbook author Andrew Carmellini brought his SoHo hit to the W South Beach in 2011. The Dutch features contemporary American fare inspired by a range of cuisines, plus a Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list of 435 selections. Wine director Phil Fuentes focuses on bottles from California, Burgundy and Italy, and offers more than 40 wines by the glass. A “sommelier selections” page features Fuentes’ favorites like a Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva from 1997 ($126). Dutch Miami executive chef Adonay Tafur’s menu ranges from light salads and bites like a little lobster roll and a meatball appetizer to hearty entrées like artichoke ravioli with black truffle and hanger steak with kimchi fried rice.


Juvia Miami Beach

1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami, Fla.
Telephone (305) 763-8272
Website www.juviamiami.com
Open Lunch, Saturday and Sunday; Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Juvia Miami Beach
Juvia Miami Beach serves a fusion menu with items such as tuna poke.

On an open rooftop overlooking the city, Juvia Miami Beach serves a fusion of French, Japanese and Peruvian cuisines with a Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list. Zarko Stankovik is wine director of the 380-selection program, which is strongest in California and France. A handful of special bottles from producers like Domaine Leflaive and Château Pichon Longueville Lalande are available by Coravin. While the list is mostly red, there are plenty of whites and sparkling wines to pair with sushi and other seafood dishes on the diverse menu from chefs Sunny Oh and Gregory Gourreau.


Scarpetta

Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Fla.
Telephone (305) 674-4660
Website www.fontainebleau.com/web/dining/scarpetta/
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Graciela Cattarossi
Scarpetta is a Best of Award of Excellence–winning Italian eatery by celebrity chef Scott Conant.

Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau hotel is home to three Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurants: Stripsteak, Hakkasan Miami and Scarpetta. Owned by celebrity chef Scott Conant, Scarpetta serves fresh Italian appetizers like yellowtail crudo and steak tartare, hearty entrées like Long Island duck and veal tenderloin, plus house-made pastas. The wine program is managed by wine director Syed Ali and offers 700 selections with nearly 50 available by the glass. Highlights include Piedmont, Tuscany, California and Bordeaux, two pages of large-format bottles, and verticals from producers such as Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Latour.


Upland

49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Fla.
Telephone (305) 602-9998
Website www.uplandmiami.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Upland
Upland brings fresh, California-inspired Italian cuisine to Miami Beach.

The Miami outpost of restaurateur Stephen Starr’s New York hotspot holds a Best of Award of Excellence for its 600 selections with strengths in California, Italy and France. Wine director Jennifer Schmitt's program at Upland complements chef Justin Smillie’s California-inspired Italian cuisine across a range of price points, from affordable to special splurges. Plenty of bottles cost under $100, and more than 20 wines are available by the glass. Noteworthy verticals include five vintages of Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape going back to 1999 and four vintages of Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico as old as 1964.


Alter

223 N.W. 23 St., Miami, Fla.
Telephone (305) 573-5996
Website www.altermiami.com
Open Dinner, Tuesday to Sunday.
Award of Excellence

Alter
Alter delivers adventurous plates and a 170-selection wine list.

Alter has earned plenty of buzz for chef Brad Kilgore’s eccentric American cuisine, and the Award of Excellence–winning wine list is one more reason to visit. Wine director Leo Monterrey oversees the 170 selections, focused on France, California and Italy. There are also several exciting bottles from Spain, such as R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja White Gran Reserva 1981 ($340). The by-the-glass list is brief but spans the globe, with about a dozen diverse wines that allow guests to mix and match pairings with Kilgore’s cutting-edge tasting menus that start at $75 per person.


Cibo Wine Bar

45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Fla.
Telephone (305) 442-4925
Website www.cibowinebar.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Cibo Wine Bar
Cibo Wine Bar has five Restaurant Award–winning locations, including an outpost in Coral Gables, Fla.

In Miami’s Coral Gables suburb, Cibo Wine Bar serves approachable Italian cuisine and an Award of Excellence–winning wine list. The 235 selections are managed by sommelier Paulina Arango and strongest in Italy and California. Plenty of bottles are under $100, though there are some special picks such as Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1997 ($480). Chef Claudio Bravo creates authentic antipastos, risottos, pastas and pizzas, plus entrées like veal Milanese and Chianti-braised short ribs. The restaurant’s four other locations—one in Miami Beach and three in Toronto—also hold Restaurant Awards.


Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fla.
Telephone (954) 327-7625
Website www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com
Open Dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., is home to Award of Excellence winner Council Oak Steaks & Seafood.

Award of Excellence winner Council Oak Steaks & Seafood features a classic steak-house menu and a wine program of 415 selections in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. To complement chef Brian Doyle’s dry-aged cuts, sommelier Juan Horta built a list of mostly reds that excels in California and Bordeaux. The program includes several verticals from top producers and trophy bottles like Château Margaux 1995 ($3,000). There are also plenty of Champagne options from Krug, Billecart-Salmon, Perrier-Jouët and more. The property is currently undergoing a major expansion through 2019, but resort amenities and restaurants aren’t affected.


Pascal’s on Ponce

2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Miami, Fla.
Telephone (305) 444-2024
Website www.pascalmiami.com
Open Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday
Award of Excellence

Pascal’s on Ponce
Pascal's on Ponce has a 150-selection wine list with strengths in France and California.

A few blocks off the popular shopping stretch of Miracle Mile, Pascal’s on Ponce is a local favorite with an Award of Excellence–winning wine list. The 150-selection list includes wines from France, North America, Spain, Chile and Argentina, but it’s strongest in France and California. France-born wine director and chef Pascal Oudin is known for his bold, contemporary dishes like twice-baked, upside-down Gruyere soufflé and olive oil–poached salmon with papardelle and caramelized cauliflower.


Toro Toro

InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, Fla.
Telephone (305) 372-4710
Website www.torotoromiami.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Aura Groupe
Toro Toro serves an Asian-Latin fusion menu and an Award of Excellence–winning wine list in Miami's InterContinental Hotel.

Award of Excellence winner Toro Toro spices up the traditional steak-house experience with a Latin- and Asian-inspired menu that encourages sharing. Chef Richard Sandoval serves steaks and chops off a wood-burning grill, as well as creative small plates like short rib arepas and a ceviche with ahi tuna and sweet potato. Sommelier W. Ian Beglau built a program of 330 selections with strengths in California, France, Spain and Italy to provide a range of pairing options with the diverse menu. While Toro Toro is housed in the upscale InterContinental Hotel, the moderately-priced list offers more than 25 wines by the glass and nearly 200 bottles under $100.

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