Sip back and relax: Emerald Coast Wine Cellars pours something sweet on the beach

Emerald Coast Wine Cellar

Emerald Coast Wine Cellars is located at 1708 Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach.

Kristiana Scott | The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 01:01 PM.

They say “the best things in life are free.” So, naturally, Emerald Coast Wine Cellars offers a free tasting of 15 different locally-made wines, seven days a week.

Need more of a reason to stop by?

“Our local wines taste like you’re eating grapes right off the vine,” said Melissa Webster, manager of Emerald Coast Wine Cellars. “Our Muscadine wines are made from grapes grown right up the street.”

The Muscadine grapes are harvested at their sister company, Chautauqua Winery, a 40 acre vineyard located north of Defuniak Springs. The winery produces two types of Muscadine grapes — Carlos, a white grape, and Noble, a red grape.

“We have nine Muscadine wines, including our best seller, Noble, a semi-sweet red wine made from Noble grapes,” Melissa said. “Six of our wines use fruit juices from other states, such as California and New York, but everything is produced locally.”

Wild Honey Flower, Beach Berry, and Chocolate Port are just a few of the local creations that highlight the distinct taste of the Muscadine grape. But wine isn’t the only thing they offer. Emerald Coast Wine Cellars offers personalized gift baskets, wine accessories, snacks and wine-inspired decorations. “A one-stop shop for a wine-enthusiast,” Webster said.

So when you need a break from the beach or a refreshing summer drink, the ladies of Emerald Coast Wine Cellars will welcome you with open arms, and lots of open bottles.

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