It's hard to capture Stefano Campanini's attention for more than a couple minutes. As owner of Downtown Miami's Wine By the Bay, he has a passion for the product and a charming Italian demeanor that have earned him many fans who continually wave as they walk by or stop in to say hello and grab a bottle on the way to a dinner party. They trust his opinion, fine-tuned during years of travel and study, and have come to rely on what he believes is one of the few mom-and-pop stores in the area.
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The small staff of four jokingly refers to the job title as P.D., Professional Drinker. With just a brief conversation, you realize that each of them truly knows their stuff. Tasting upwards of 150 wines a week, they have a grasp on every bottle in the store and can help you make the best choice.
While Wine by the Bay boasts an impressive selection ranging in price from $11.95 to $2000+, it also offers weekly tastings to educate the public on wines from around the world. These events include plenty of vino, good company and a few tasty bites.More »