I had to write about this wine bar that I recently discovered... The Naked Grape in Wilton Manors.
Our mutual friend had a birthday party there and we were invited... we walked in with no expectations and left with a case of different wines. :) The place is filled with austrailian reds and we fell in love... though there are whites too- we picked up a loverly muscat. The selection suited our tastes perfectly.
The guys who run the place are polite, funny, classy, super-knowledgable about wines and super-gifted at discerning their customer's taste proclivities... I have scoffed at, and been cynical about, some of their wine suggestions- but, after trying the wine, I realized their brilliance. It is easy to see that they are truly passionate about wine... and passionate about the experience of tasting... I have never been in a wine bar with owners who are more committed to ensuring that you have an Experience, not just a glass of wine.
The place itself is miniature and smack in the middle of Wilton Manors. The decor is contemporary and elegant. They regularly have a DJ and, in the DJ's absence, the room is filled with the quiet rumble... boom, boom, boom... of dance music.
I recently learned, after being on their mailing list, that they also sponsor a lot of dinners and events for charity... They also occasionally pair up with Christie's to do wine tasting dinners...
The mix of the modern, with the sensuality of flavor and the ease of the owners' guidance can only be described as seductive. Their website: http://nakedgrapewineco.com/wine_bar....
I also want to dispel any preconcieved notions about the bar... It is in Wilton Manors and yes, there are a lot of gay people walking the street- in fact, I suspect the owners are gay. But the owners are not running a meat market where wine is sold; they are running a wine bar that welcomes everyone- meat seekers and meat have-ers alike. At my friend's party, all of the straight guys were 100% comfortable and most of them will be returning for drinks at a later date. So... no worries (for the straight folk) about having a really good experience in this Wilton Manors establishment...
Thought I would pass it along in case there are any wine buffs out there... :)
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