Wine can be a complicated topic. Many different variables go into the taste and smell of each bottle of wine.
Where the grapes come from, how they’re processed, how close they were to the ocean, the temperature, the soil, the elevation – it all plays a role in wine production.
Are you interested in learning more about wine and what distinguishes each flavor?
Local wine expert Gretchen Carter will be hosting a monthly wine class at The Vine Wine Bar, Bistro and Shoppe. The wine class will meet on the second Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The first class will be Sept. 12 and will highlight Napa Valley wines. Tickets for the class are $25 each and come with a $10 gift certificate to The Vine for future use.
“As complicated as wines can get, I want to keep the class fun and informative,” Carter said.
At these classes you’ll learn how to distinguish a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a Sauvignon Blanc from California. The goal of the class is to educate people about wine and introduce new wines they’ve never tried before.
Carter calls herself a wine nerd and is excited to share her passion.
“I get excited when talking about what makes a wine unique. Just because a wine has ‘hints of strawberry,’ doesn’t mean there’s strawberries in it,” Carter said. “I want people to take what they learn and use it when ordering wine at dinner or buying wine by the bottle.”
The monthly classes will review wines from different regions in California and in the Pacific Northwest. At the December class, they will go over different sparkling wines from all across the world.
Owners David and Erin Crumbley opened The Vine Wine Bar in June 2020 and have had a blast pouring themselves, no pun intended, into the community. This Navarre staple continues to serve delicious wine, craft beer and a diverse menu of savory food.
During their anniversary week this past June, The Vine raised $2,400 for Emerald Coast Exceptional Families, a local non-profit that supports and enhances the lives of special needs families and funds events and education in the community.
The Vine Wine Bar has a full selection of wine to choose from. With more than 180 different bottles, they carry boutique wines you can’t find at the big box stores. They currently have 39 different kinds of wine available by the glass.
Can’t choose? The Vine’s weekly wine flights are designed to give people an opportunity to sample various wines from all over the world without having to commit to a full glass or bottle. Mix and match your flight of three wines to include reds and whites. Flight wines change every week.
The Vine is the perfect place to come to escape all the busyness of life. When you walk through the doors, you experience a relaxing atmosphere with ambient lighting. The place is perfect for catching up with friends or enjoying a glass of wine after work.
Live music continues every Friday or Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. and features a variety of local musicians, all with unique styles and songs. This Friday on Sept. 9 solo artist Nick Andrews will play his collection of soft rock classics. He plays both piano and guitar stacks his sounds using a looper pedal.
Jamel Boast, known as the “human jukebox” will be playing his acoustic guitar and singing Sept. 17. On Sept. 24, Tyler Acosta will be playing soothing piano music and on Oct. 1, Gracie Yates will sing and play her collection of folk and country songs.
Known for their top-of-the-line wine, the menu at The Vine Wine Bar is equally as impressive. It features flatbreads, salads, crab cakes and even beef Wellington Bites, which are miniature beef tenderloins wrapped in golden puff pastry, served with a side of homemade horseradish sauce.
The Vine might be known for its wine, but has quite the beer selection as well, featuring 29 beers with 14 local craft beers and many domestic beers and across the country craft beer imports.
Need a place to relax after work and enjoy a glass of wine or craft beer? Come to The Vine Wine Bar for Happy Hour every weekday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.! Happy Hour consists of the “3-2-1 Special,” which stands for $3 off flights, $2 off glasses of wine and $1 off beer.
The cozy room at the back of The Vine is free to reserve with eight or more people and perfect for small parties or meetings. This room features both chairs and sofas for more relaxed seating. You must call ahead to reserve.
Make sure to check out The Vine’s first wine class on Monday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
The Vine Wine Bar Bistro & Shoppe 8211 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, FL 32566 850-684-3999 Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 2 p.m. until 11 p.m. www. TheVineNavarre.com