The Wine Lovers Guide To Memphis
February 18 is National Drink Wine Day! While I’ll spare you any jokes about how some of us live every day like it’s National Drink Wine Day, I will share with you this handy guide to drinking wine in Memphis.
1. Memphis Happy Hours And Wine Specials
If you want more happy hour specials read the Guide To Cheap Drinking post. Plenty of places offer $1 off during regular daily happy hours, but these are the ones I found that I thought were the best deals.
– $3 select wines from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and $4 select wines from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. – Fri. at Aldo’s Midtown
– $5 house wines from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day at Amerigo
– $5 CK Mondavi wines from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. at Blind Bear Speakeasy
– $5 select wines Tue.-Thu. 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at ECCO on Overton Park
– $5 select wines Mon. – Thu. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the bar only at eighty3
– $5 select wines Mon. – Fri. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at South of Beale
– $3 house wines, $2 off every glass, $5 off every bottle at Celtic Crossing
– Half-price bottles of house wines at Jim’s Place
– Free sample of Doc’s Miscela red blend wine for lady shoppers on Ladies Day every Tuesday at Doc’s Wines and Liquors
– Half-price bottles of wine at Automatic Slim’s
– A selection of house red and white wines for $3, $5, and $7 each. Master Taster’s Flight for $15 at Corner Bar
– half-price house wine by the glass at Old Venice Pizza
– Sweet Grass offers half-price reserve bottles every Wednesday
– Half-price select wines by the bottle for ladies from 5 p.m. to midnight at both Local locations.
Thursday and Friday are getting no love! Have y’all not heard of Thirsty Thursday? Let me know if you know of any really great wine deals I should add.
2. Wine Stores Specials and Tastings
Obviously, these are not all the wine discounts in town and not all the liquor stores. If I missed a really good one, leave me a comment and I’ll add it.
– Buster’s Liquors and Wines, which recently finished up a big expansion and renovation that includes a new wine counter, offers periodic in-store tastings. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook to find out when.
– Doc’s Wines and Liquors offers tastings all the time from their VintoTemp machine (and they have wine on tap!) and every Saturday they have food + wine pairings. One of those Saturdays each month, they do it up big with special guests and entertainment. Follow them on FB or Instagram for more info.
– Gaslight Liquor Shoppe has a “Ladies Day” every Monday with 10 percent off select wines for lady shoppers. For National Drink Wine Day (Feb. 18, 2016) Gaslight will offer a 10 percent discount on regular-priced wines to anyone who can tell them their custom hashtag for the day. (Hint: they’re on Twitter). They are also doing tastings on Saturdays in February at 2 p.m., “until it’s gone”. Keep up on FB.
– Joe’s Wines and Liquors not only has wines on tap at their growler station, but they offer regular (weekly or so) tastings. Check out the calendar here. They also have a Joe’s Winos Wine Club; get more info here.
– Kirby Wines & Liquors has weekly specials and periodic tastings, which you can learn about by signing up for their email newsletter here. This week, they’re offering Cavit Pinot Grigio for $9.49, 19 Crimes Red for $8.49, and several more deals.
3. More Wine Fun: Events and Places To Go
– The annual Beale Street Wine Race may be less about the actual appreciation of wine and more bacchanalian kick-off to Memphis May, but the tradition of local industry folks racing with trays of wine is worth checking out. Read more here.
– The Botanic Garden has a monthly Vine To Wine at the Garden tasting series from March to October. Each event has 8 or so wines, often served with hors d’oeuvres. Get tickets here.
– Delta Blues Winery in Lakeland offers tastings during operating hours and tours as time permits. The tastings are $5 for five samples; no reservations aren’t necessary, but I always think it’s a good policy to call ahead. Get more info here or on FB.
– Greencork Wine bar in Cooper Young is Memphis’ only self-serve wine bar. Pick from about 20 wines, then choose the size of your pour (get a little if you’re not sure, get a bigger pour once you find the one you love). Get all the details in this post. Greencork offers a “Test Kitchen Tuesday” where you can enjoy free food tastings with the purchase of wine.
– Napa Cafe, as far as I know, is the only restaurant in town with a dine-in wine cellar. While it’s not technically a cellar (as in under-the-ground) dining in a room surrounded by hundreds of wine bottles, bathed in candlelight, is pretty sweet (I’ve done it). Ask for the cellar specifically when you make a reservation, and note that it seats two people easily and four people cozily but comfortably.
– Drop by Old Millington Vineyard & Winery for samples and to see the grounds (no tours of the processing facility). They offer about 12 wines for purchase and tastings for up to four wines are free. They are open Wednesdays through Sundays, and offer live music on Sunday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. during spring and summer. Those events are $5 and family-friendly; picnics, chairs, and blankets are welcome, but please leave pets at home. Follow them on FB for directions and schedules.
– Many of our fine dining restaurants have fantastic wine lists, regular wine dinners, or offer wine pairings all the time. I’m not going to give you a huge list, but if you have a favorite, leave it in the comments! And restaurants: if you have an upcoming wine dinner, add it to the calendar. Memphis lovers are a thirsty bunch.
Did I leave something off? Share your additions in the comments.
Drink responsibly, please. With Uber and Lyft so easy to use (and cab numbers easy to remember – 577-7777) there’s really no excuse for driving if you’ve been imbibing.