This year National Wine Day will be held on February 18. National Wine Day is reserved to showcase the benefits of wine, more so than its origin. The benefits of wine are endless, especially for moderate drinkers. Wine can lower risks of liver disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, heart attacks, and reduce high cholesterol. Drinking can also enhance the flavors in your meals and desserts. When wine is paired with the perfect dish, it can take the flavor of the ingredients from average to exceptional. If you're considering celebrating National Wine Day and don't know exactly what to do, you can grab a good friend and go wine tasting, visit a wine vineyard, or raise a toast to your favorite wine at one of the many wineries New Orleans has to offer.
NOLA Tropical Winery
A lowkey fruit-wine bar and boutique, NOLA Tropical Winery is a mellow shop where fruit wines and wine accessories meet. The staff's knowledge and expert ability is just one of many great assets to this winery. There is no need to schedule a tasting, the wine is ready when you walk-in. The wine is affordable and shipping is also offered for any selected wine. Many customers rave about the deliciousness of the "Wine Smoothie" that is offered as well as the Big Easy Peach Wine. So, if you are into fruity or dessert type wines, then plan to head over to NOLA Tropical Winery, where the wine and the atmosphere will make any wine lover feel at home.
500 Port of New Orleans Pl., Suite 144, 504-561-6010, nolatropicalwinery.com
Faubourg Wines is a self-proclaimed "friendly and fearless" neighborhood wine shop on St. Claude. This winery specializes in providing bottles from small producers. Faubourg's snug shop doesn't just come equipped with great wine, but also a relaxed wine bar and gourmet snacks that are ready for any guest. This spectacular winery also has some of the world's best premium wines that share shelf space with a great variety of balanced, enjoyable wines under $15. Other liquor, beer, artisanal cheeses, and meats are also readily available, along with gourmet pantry staples such as tinned seafood, olive oils, mustards, house-made wine vinegars, and local honey. Faubourg Wines is open 7 days a week from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. and is best suited for pick up or delivery for customers convenience.
2805 St. Claude Ave., 504-342-2217, faubourgwines.com
NOLA Wine Merchant
NOLA Wine Merchant is an airy, sophisticated wine store with choice wine selections and a tasting room for special events. The assortment of inexpensive wines is amazing not just because of the price, but also for the actual quality of the wine. This winery offers some of the best expertise in town, with wine owner and retail workers being in the business for several years. NOLA Wine Merchant is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. On Sunday's, the winery is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you are in the area and looking for winery with a vast selection, visit NOLA Wine Merchant.
5601C Magazine St., 504-227-3888, nolawinemerchant.com
Bacchanal Wine is an eclectic Bywater wine shop and bar that offers live jazz on their outside patio. This wine bar has a variety of options by the glass or bottle, as well as $5 glasses of wine during daily happy hour from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. There is also a seasonal weekly menu featuring small plates. This winery specializes in hundreds of different wine and spirits. Along with wine, they also serve cheese and meat boards to pair along with any great tasting wine of your choice. So if you love to listen to live music while having a glass of wine, mask-up and head on over to Bacchanal Wine.
600 Poland Ave. 504-948-9111, bacchanalwine.com
Ole' Orleans Wines and Spirits
Ole' Orleans Wines and Spirits is not only a winery that produces exemplary wine, but also produces a natural beauty with its ambience and vintage flair. Kim Lewis, who's been making headlines since 2018, is the owner of this winery and is a self-made, independent entrepreneur from New Orleans who now belongs to the one percent of Black women owners in the industry. At this winery, you can receive one-on-ones with a wine expert who'll guide you through a tasting of specialized wines. You can also treat yourself to the wonderful charcuterie board selections that are available. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ole' Orleans is only open for pick up or delivery orders.
1232 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., oleorleans.com