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Gables Bites: Wine Finds on the Mile

12/11/12

By Riki Altman

Wine is, arguably, the perfect gift for any holiday happening, be it a dinner, party or even a casual get together. Luckily, shopping for the perfect bottle here in Coral Gables is an easy task.

Perhaps the first place that comes to mind is Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe, a store dedicated to all things vino. There’s no reason to be intimated here, even for those who don’t know a Malbec from a Merlot To make holiday shopping especially easy, employees have posted a top 10 list of suggested holiday gift wines. They also set up a “grab and go” area with select bottles wrapped with Mylar and jute and offered at various price points. Want to know which label owner Jeffrey Wolfe recommends? It’s the Tomas Cusine Llebre (that’s “rabbit” in English) for $15. Pick up a bottle any day of the week and even on Monday, December 24, until at least 6 p.m.

A bit farther up The Mile is another great place to grab a bottle of wine, especially if you favor Argentinean and Chilean selections. Patagonia has nearly 100 labels ranging from the Trapiche Varietales at $6.49 to the Viña Cobos Cobos Nico at $252. Decanters are also available, along with beautiful cylinder gift boxes for about $10. If you are in desperate need of a chilled white, you can find a few offerings in the cooler section, along with semi-soft cheeses for the perfect accompaniment. And, of course, one shouldn’t overlook Patagonia’s tempting pastry display case, loaded with a colorful spectrum of sweet treats.

If a bottle of wine simply isn’t enough, head just a few feet off The Mile to Graziano’s Market for all the treats you could possibly seek to fill a decadent wine-centric gift basket. The store will be open until 5 p.m. on December 24. Salesperson Angel Fernandez says, of the nearly 1,000 wines in stock ranging from $10.99 to $129, he’d start with a Luigi Bosca from Argentina. He also suggested pairing it with a panettone (a tall, Italian sweet bread loaf) and any of the spreads, dips, breads and pastries the store offers.

Cheers to finding the perfect vino for all your holiday festivities!

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