Wine has been a popular drink enjoyed by people for thousands of years.
Some of the earliest winemaking dates back to around 7,000 B.C. when ancient Chinese tribes made fermented rice, honey, and fruit wine that was stored in jars, according to winefolly.com
Of course, there’s also John 2:1-11 when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in the village of Cana.
The national celebration of wine here in the U.S. is much younger. Nationaltoday.com has some of the first references to the origin of National Wine Day dating back to 2009.
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In Pensacola, you can order a glass of wine anywhere, but here are a few places you can really get serious about wine if you want to partake in National Wine Day on Wednesday.
Where to go for wine in Downtown Pensacola
The Wine Bar on Palafox
Where: 16 Palafox Place
The Wine Bar on Pensacola has been around for over 12 years, starting back in 2010 when it was still one of the businesses that helped push the downtown revitalization efforts.
Outside of being one of the only standalone wine bars in downtown Pensacola, what makes it even better is the option to have your drinks in the causeway outside, soaking up the lively downtown energy and warm weather.
Where to go to explore wine
Casks and Flights Wine Tasting Room
Where: 121 S. Palafox St.
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Casks and Flights Wine Tasting Room is a place that would have Hank Hill asking “what in the heck is an Enomatic wine dispenser?” This isn’t your typical wine bar. Rather than looking over an extensive wine list and picking from a glass or bottle, you load up a card and set out on a journey to conquer, or at least sip, all of the 72 wines available on tap.
That’s right — Cask and Flights is sort of a pour-your-own glass affair. You’ll load up a pre-paid card and peruse the room’s many dispensers, making it the perfect place to go when you don’t know exactly what to try.
Where to sit back and relax with a pour
Where: 2050 N. 12th Ave.
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The Magnolia has touted itself as “Pensacola’s Neighborhood Bar” since it originally opened in 2011. It has since been around the block as it reopened at the end of 2021 at its newest location in East Hill.
If you’ve never been to The Magnolia, you’re in for a treat. It is a quaint wine bar where you can choose from bottles of wine and small plates of food in a chill but intimate environment.
Where to go for wine tastings
Beyond the Grape
Where: 5100 N. Ninth Ave. Suite E537 inside Cordova Mall
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Finding a local spot that highlights Florida wines is a little tougher than finding a place to sit down for a pour. Luckily, Beyond the Grape at Cordova Mall has you covered.
Beyond the Grape is a regional attraction right inside Cordova Mall that offers a selection of carefully curated wines from artisans, small production wines and plenty of Florida wines.
There is a wine club, events, free wine tastings any day of the week, painting classes, wine smoothies and more.
Where to pair food with wine
The Wine Bar Pensacola & Market
Where: 4970 Bayou Blvd.
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Not to be confused with the Wine Bar in downtown Pensacola, this bar is located in the Cordova area and has an Italian-style restaurant called the “Market” next door, which supplies shoppers with fresh pasta, sandwiches, baked breads, salads, pizzas and more.
In the evening, the kitchen switches gears and offers prime steaks with fresh seafoods. There are also plenty of events offered, like the Oregon wine tasting coming up on May 28.