This is the season that local restaurants tend to see a drop in patrons. We just don’t have the same volume of people in Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral that we had in March for “season.” Now is a great time to get a seat at summer wine dinners in Southwest Florida. For Wine Wednesday, I’ve put together a list of some dinners for you to put on your calendar for June and July. However, seats are limited at many of these restaurants. Call soon for a reservation if you see something that peaks your interest.

A row of wine glasses sit ready to be filled with for a food and wine pairing dinner

A row of wine glasses sit ready to be filled with for a food and wine pairing dinner. It’s summer wine dinner season in Southwest Florida.

I love a good wine dinner. I not only attend them , but I also help organized them from time to time. This is a time where chefs really get to shine. They often take lots of creative liberties with ingredients and flavors. They make dishes that are often too complicated to execute nightly for their regular menu. In addition, chefs take great care to make sure the flavors and textures of the dishes compliment the wine. This way, diners can experience the best of both. It’s a dream for foodies and wine geeks, as well as those who appreciate a unique dining experience.

More about summer wine dinners

Often times the winemakers and winery owners travel to Southwest Florida for these dinners. They bring a completely different perspective as well as educational element. In addition, they often ship in vintages of wines that are no longer available, or bottles that can only be found in their tasting rooms. These wines are some you would not normally have the chance to try.

Here is a list of a few summer wine dinners in Southwest Florida for Wine Wednesday. If you know of any to add to the list, please send details here. I will update this list so check back from time to time.

  • Harold's Cuisine, Fort Myers

    Harold’s is in a strip mall on US in Fort Myers just south of Gladiolus.
    15250 S Tamiami Trl Suite 107
    (239) 849-0622

    June 20 Southern Gothic Wines
    July 20 Potent Canet

  • Naples Wine Collection, Naples

    Naples Wine Collection shares space with The Cave Bistro and Wine Bar making it easy to host dinners in the retail space too.

    2343 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. #604
    (239) 513-0095
    June 15th Mirror Napa Valley

  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Bonita Springs

    Ruth’s Chris is found in Coconut point Mall.
    23151 Village Shops Way Suite 101
    (239) 948-8888

    July 17th J Vineyards & Winery

  • Seventh South Craft Food & Drink, Naples

    Seventh South is tucked off of the popular 5th Avenue South in Naples
    849 7th Ave S, Naples
    (239) 231-4553

    June 20th, Hailstone Vineyards

  • Tarpon Lodge, Pine Island

    Tarpon Lodge is on the end of Pine Island in Bokeelia. Rooms are available so you don’t have to drive the dark roads after dinner
    13771 Waterfront Dr, Bokeelia
    (239) 283-3999

    June 19th Grateful Palate. Southern. Gothic Wine
    July 17, 18 Patent Wine

  • Trattoria Mia, Fort Myers

    This Trattoria is in a shopping center at Daniels and Plantation in Fort Myers.
    6631 Orion Dr #107
    (239) 208-7300

    Tuesday June 27  Trentadue Winery
    Tuesday July 18 Wines around the world

  • Flock

    Flock is a new wine bar tucked back off of Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers
    9405 Cypress Lake Dr A
    (239) 245-7105

    Monday June 26  Trentadue Winery

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