The Wine Room
270 South Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL, USA
The Wine Room Winter Park Reviews
A Wine Bar Done Right Jan 13, 2015
I first heard about the Wine Room on a Travel Channel program and when I found myself in Florida on a trip, I decided to check this place out. Simply put, it's a wine bar done right! If you love wine, you will love this place. The concept is straightforward: go up to the register and buy a reloadable wine card. Note that there's a minimum purchase if you want to buy a card or reload it, so plan carefully. Once you get your card, fight to grab a seat, grab a glass, and then hit the different Enomatic wine serving machines!
There are lots of Enomatic machines which dispense wine pours by the ounce. This is a great system that enables you to try lots of different types of wine. Once you find one you love, you can go back for a larger pour or even a full glass! Pricing is done by the ounce, so this could either be a cheap date or an expensive evening. If you are a wine enthusiast like me, I'm sure you have lots of experience with Enomatics! This wine bar has lots of them with everything from imported reds to domestic sparkling wine. Don't miss the downstairs basement, there's more seating and machines down there too!
This place gets CROWDED so GET THERE EARLY if you want a prayer of getting an actual seat. If you land one of the coveted comfy chairs, stay put! There's a nice little appetizer menu with reasonably priced small plates. Order a few of those to enjoy while sipping your wine. This is not a dark, quiet or romantic place. It gets loud, making socializing difficult. That's typical for most bars. When you take a group of women and add wine, you get loud cackling! (Look, I'm guilty of it too)! Parking is very difficult; the closest parking is on the street.
This is more of a beginner's wine bar (not a lot of special or interesting selections for seasoned wine pros) but it's not snobby or pretentious at all. The only snotty looks I got were from fellow patrons who had obviously super high opinions of themselves, not any of the employees. The owners / employees are so laid back that they actually mispronounced a few of the wineries and wines (guys, it's meri-tige, NOT meri-tahge), so don't expect to get much of a vino education here. This is more of a fun place to go, chat, and enjoy a glass or two.
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