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This kind of wining will be a nice break from the other. So tip your wrists and reconnect on a wine outing with your favorite


connoisseur. Written by Alexia Mangual


i love the way you wine.


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You won’t find a more romantic ambiance for a wine date than at Funky Monkey Wine Co. This upscale dining and wine experience offers impeccable service and style. Funky Monkey’s owners (and directors of The Tasters Guild Orlando, the largest wine and food appreciation society in America) have created a Monthly Wine Dinner Series that will exceed your expectations. 912 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-427-1447 www.funkymonkeywine.com


Don’t be a sour grape; join the WineStyles Wine Club, and enjoy private tastings and special events. For those in-home evenings, you’ll receive two bottles of new labels (exclusive to members) sent to your home for only $35 a month. Now that’s a cheap date! No matter what corner of Orlando you reside in, you’ll find a location nearby. Winter Springs 407-327-2378; Altamonte Springs 407-332-9463; Baldwin Park 407-893-9300; Dr. Phillips 407-351-9463 www.winestylesstore.com


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Tim’s Wine Market in Windermere invites you to “Wine Down” Fridays from 5 until 7 p.m. At this complimentary event, connoisseurs pour wines from around the world that are “out of this world” in terms of quality for the price. If you want a little wine with that cheese, you’re at the right place. The market also serves artisan cheeses that pair with the wines — yum. 428 Main St., Windermere 407-876-9463 www.timswine.com


If you’re in search of the wine of choice, find it at Total Wine & More. This wine superstore offers complimentary weekly tastings, Fridays through Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. Each tasting covers specific producers, regions and varieties. Spring for dessert after getting the special discounts offered on these featured wines. 2712 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, 407-894-6553 www.totalwine.com


With a trip to Italy out of the question this year, escape instead to Clermont for a stroll through Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, just 25 miles west of downtown Orlando. Relax as you take in the beautiful scenery of the gently rolling countryside. Complimentary tours are given daily until 5 p.m., culminating in the sampling of Lakeridge’s award-winning wines. 19239 U.S. 27 N., Clermont 800-768-WINE www.lakeridgewinery.com


DID YOU KNOW there is such a thing as a grapeless wine? River Fruit Tropical Wines makes some delectable drinks from pretty much any fruit but the grape. Not sure what they have against our little round friends, but we sure love their Florida-grown and -produced wine. Sample the creative concoctions at the Pointe Orlando location. 407-877-2848 www.riverfruitwine.com


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