Where to Wine on Alabama's Beaches

A wine weekend may be just the way to cure those wineless weekday blues. Text your best friends, pack your bags and hit the road to the Alabama Gulf Coast for a few days of R&R.

You can whine about needing a beach vacation or you can wine in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Which will it be? Whine may be a strong word – after all, everyone needs an escape from the humdrum of everyday business now and then.

Orange Beach Wine Festival

Every year, the Orange Beach Wine Festival hosts hundreds of wine enthusiasts and visitors under a tent with views of Alabama Point and Bird Island. Located between Cobalt Restaurant and Caribe Resort, this annual event will be held May 13 from noon to 4 p.m. More than 120 wines will be showcased, and three live musical acts will entertain the crowd. Ticket holders will receive a custom wine glass for tastings, bag, bay cruise, and appetizers from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants, including Cobalt Restaurant, Cosmo’s, Sunset Corkroom and Rum Sisters. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the gate. Festival goers must be 21 or older to enter.

If a lady’s day on the greens sounds tempting, add GlenLakes Golf Club’s Wine & Drive to your Gulf Shores vacation agenda. Wine & Drive is held every Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and includes two beverages along with PGA instruction for $20. No golf experience is necessary and reservations are optional.

Wine enthusiasts

Later this fall, make plans to attend in Orange Beach. This annual festival is Sept. 14-16. Wine enthusiasts will find more than 150 labels available during the tasting, both domestic and imported. Top Gulf Coast chefs will display their culinary talents with cooking demonstrations, food tastings, cookbook signings and competitions.

There are more ways to wine during a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation. Check the culinary calendar of events often for wine dinners at top beach restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. Get ready to go from whining to wining on Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

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