Eola Wine Company430 E. Central Blvd., 407-481-9100; eolawinecompany.com
A true and very welcome wine bar that offers its wares by the glass or in 2-ounce sampler flights. If something grabs your fancy, racks of bottles line the walls. Eola Wine hops until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a menu of grapes and brews that changes, along with desserts.
Imperial Wine Bar and Beer Garden1800 N. Orange Ave., 407-407-228-4992; 116 E. First St., Sanford; imperialwinebar.com
When you step inside the homey living room-esque bar area, you're hesitant to sit on (or even touch, for that matter) the exquisitely crafted furnishings adorned with steep price tags: an armchair from Indonesia here, an ornately carved Chinese coffee table there. We suggest grabbing a libation from the moderate list of boutique wines and micro-brews, ordering a charcuterie or cheese plate and heading to our favorite nook: the comfortably squished outdoor beer garden embellished with natural cedar loveseats and soft, twinkly lighting. A newer location in Sanford offers a similarly charming and cozy environment.
Nopa Grill and Wine Bar155 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407-740-4040; nopagrill.com
This has to be one of the more low-key spots in the area, and if it weren't situated in such close proximity to Park Avenue and its bustle, one might afford the place hidden gem status. With energetic servers and a smooth jazz soundtrack, NOPA proves a dynamic yet discreet haven from the hustle and bustle of Park Avenue.
The Parkview136 S. Park Ave, Winter Park, 407-647-9103, facebook.com/theparkviewWP
This wine bar used to be affiliated with downtown Orlando's Eola Wine Company, but it has since spun off on its own and changed its name to the Parkview.
Quantum Leap Winery1312 Wilfred Drive, 407-730-3082; quantumleapwinery.com
It's a sophisticated space with a nifty cork floor and a deep front porch. Their flights are reasonably priced and somewhat of a novelty, since much of the wine is served on tap. Knowledgeable guides will help you explore their locally bottled, sustainable wine. Plus, a portion of the sale of every bottle of Kaley's Rescue Red Blend supports the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.
Therapy Brew Bar and Wine Lounge111 E. Washington St., 407-601-7578; therapybrewbar.com
This wine bar/craft beer spot, conveniently located right up the street from Lake Eola, has an expansive outdoor deck overlooking Washington St., making it the perfect spot to stop in for a glass after strolling in the park or hanging out at the downtown farmers market.
Uptown Park Wine Bar1784 Jake St., 321-319-0997; @upbar
The perfect little wine bar located in the heart of Orlando's Baldwin Park neighbhood. It's an intimate space with friendly bartenders who know (and love) the beer and wines they serve.
The Wine Room270 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-696-9463; thewineroomonline.com
You can sample more than 150 different wines at this Park Ave hotspot, which features self-serve dispensing machines that let you choose whether you want to sample 1 ounce, 2.5 ounces or 5 ounces of the wine of your choice, which you can purchase with a convenient pre-paid debit card. New wines are rotated in frequently, and highly rated wines can be found in the critic's choice machine.
Wine Styles4841 New Broad St., 407-893-9300; winestylesbaldwinpark
This wine shop doubles as a wine bar/tasting room, and it's often hopping on the weekends, as people gather for the friendly, low-key astmosphere and conversations with fellow Baldwin Park residents.