Avenue Wine Café introduces guests to dozens of wines and more than 70 distinct beers designed to imbibe in-house or at home. Wines hail from diverse lands including Italy, Argentina, and Spain, and patchwork a robust menu fit for a variety of occasions. Toast to the splendor of Argentinian grapes with a glass of Trumpeter merlot ($8) or savor a sweet glass of Harlow Ridge chardonnay ($8). Patrons pining for a thick beer can grab a bottle of Left Hand Brewery's milk stout ($6) or sniff out the scent of gingersnaps and citrusy hops in a draft pint of Hennepin Belgian-style ale ($8).
Presented by the River District Alliance, the annual Fort Myers New Year's Eve Downtown Countdown helps tens of thousands of local revelers ring in the New Year in style. As midnight approaches, the main stage's ball drop counts down the waning seconds till the New Year and braces visitors for the keynote spectacle: a dazzling fireworks display over the New Caloosahatchee water basin. The bands and DJs play long after the display, entertaining crowds until as late as 2 a.m., at which point guests are encouraged to return home and set all their clocks one year forward.
A licensed urban winery, Time to Make Wine churns out batches of wine and winemakers. The facility presents 2,400 square feet of temperature-, humidity-, and light-controlled space, inside which visitors learn how to concoct personalized potables. When needing a sip of inspiration, visitors may also browse Time to Make Wine's own products, or stock up on accessories ranging from corks and wine kits to fermentation containers.
The libation-purveyors at Primo Liquors host a gleaming bevy of exclusive bottles, focusing on high-end wines with fewer than 1,000 case productions. Clients choose a trio of bottles from a selection of 15–20 of Primo's upper-echelon vintages, including the 2008 Celani chardonnay, 2006 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve chardonnay, or the 2009 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard chardonnay special selection. Guests glide through aisles overflowing with fine fermented handiwork and receive recommendations from Primo's knowledgeable staff and enchanted corkscrews. Clients can pick any three bottles from the pre-set selection, and do not need to limit choices to all red or all white vintages. Open seven days a week, Primo Liquors also carries holiday-appropriate nectars such as bubbling bottles of Lanson black-label champagne, ideal for toasting the New Year or the gift givers and raccoons that clamber down chimneys.
It took the owners of Vino DeSantis six months to find the right setting to host their vino emporium. Their diligence paid off. Today, their Coral Springs location houses more than 1,200 different varieties in a combination shop and tasting room lit by a warm, incandescent glow. The shop is also home to an Enomatic wine system, a space-age wine-delivery device that can hold 72 bottles of wine and automatically dispense 1-, 2-, or 4-ounce servings of that day’s offerings. With no more machines to install or fixtures to set up, the staff is now free to build the community’s knowledge of wine during tastings augmented by complimentary cheeses, breads, and compliments.
With celebrations that have included St. Patrick's day and Cinco de Mayo, Brickell Fest Events regularly transforms downtown event lots into an all-out party with a slate of memorable events to highlight revelry-worthy holidays. These bonanzas are characterized by first-class entertainment and food thanks to the organizers’ professional connections with local businesses, restaurants, and musicians.