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Time Out Miami: The best wine shops in Miami to stock up and expand your palate

Bookstores, flower shops, vintage boutiques, farmers’ markets—these are the romanticized businesses we love to frequent, and local wine shops top them all in our book. As our citywide palates have expanded, so too have our options of where to shop for wine in Miami, and there’s no better way to explore different varietals, regions and vintages than alongside a knowledgeable store owner or sommelier.

Many of these vino boutiques have withstood the test of time, like Wolfe’s in the Gables and gas station gem El Carajo. Others opened more recently, helping us widen our racks to include organic and natural wines, New World blends and luxurious bottles from the most exclusive vintners. Even better, plenty of the wine shops on our list also double as chic Miami wine bars. If you’re looking to enjoy a glass at home, add to your collection or purchase a nice gift, these are the best wine shops in Miami for reds, whites, bubbles and everything in between.

The Allocation Room

If you like sipping wines at Ariete, The Gibson Room and Brasserie Laurel, then you’ll love The Allocation Room, where wine director and sommelier Adrian Lopez presides five days a week, helping customers find the right bottle for any occasion. By day, it’s an expert  spot to purchase wine and sake (from juice boxes to cups and even Mexican sake), as well as enjoy a glass and light bites at the tasting bar. At 5:30, it flips to QP Tapas, Miami’s buzziest pop-up, where you can pair a dish of paella or spicy chorizo nuggets with a chilled Garnacha or Albariño. 3540 Main Hwy; Tue–Sat 1–5:30pm

The shop recommends: “Exclusive to us is Ermita del Conde, Albillo Mayor, which retails for $26 a bottle. It’s from two single vineyard sites with 100-year-old vines… and an elevation of about 3100 ft. It is a crisp dry white wine with intense minerality and salinity. If you want to try something different and not pay Chablis prices, this is a great substitute!” —Adrian Lopez, wine director and sommelier

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