Best Places in Myrtle Beach for Wine Fanatics

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They’re called wine people problems.

You know, the package store doesn’t carry a good rosé; your cabernet arrived at your table chilled; the clock has been stuck at 4:30 for what seems like hours.

They call us winos. We prefer oenophiles.

Hmph. So there.

One problem we most definitely do not have in Myrtle Beach is a lack of spots to sip a tipple and excite our palate. Here are some of our wine-heavy favorites:

La Belle Amie Vineyards: Just outside of Myrtle Beach is quaint Little River, and in this historic town is a gem for wine lovers. La Belle Amie boasts grape arbors that are nearly a century old, and produces wine from both locally grown sweet grapes as well as drier varietals more commonly found on the West Coast. Take a tour of the grounds or sit for a free tasting; also grab a bottle to go or to enjoy on the premises. Be sure to take a gander at all their offerings, since many of the wine names are pretty funny.

Carolina Vineyards Winery: A little closer to town, you’ll find Carolina Vineyards. They get a lot of foot traffic at their location in Barefoot Landing, where the winery is operated (it was previously alongside their vines in Chester). Try varietals ranging from very dry to super sweet. They produce four different labels and offer — and ship —discounts by the case. They’re affiliated with Boardwalk Winery (hyperlink: //www.boardwalkwinery.com) at Broadway at the Beach.

Sea Blue Wine Bar: Oftentimes the best way to appreciate a great wine is to eat a good meal with it. The menu here comprises sophisticated renditions of local favorites (their high-brow take on shrimp and grits with goat cheese and crispy prosciutto, for example) as well as the freshest local seafood. Exercise your wine knowledge to find a perfect accompaniment or get expert staff advice on pairings. They bill themselves as “South Beach meets Myrtle Beach” — and if that means a bonkers wine list, so be it. All you highest of rollers out there, get yourself a bottle of 2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti burgundy for the bargain basement price of $11,000. Red fans of more modest means can try — and delight in — their 2007 Perata Vineyards’ Cab-Sav for $40. That’s more like it. (Wines available by the glass, half-glass, half-bottle, flight and more.)

Coastal Wine Boutique: Take the stuffiness out of wine appreciation at this wine and tapas bar. And would you like some hookah with that? Yes, folks, get hooked-ah on hookah (ugh. Sorry) while you taste great wines and sample small plates. There’s definitely a party vibe here, where they frequently host events and live music. And for those with appetites that run into the wee hours, Coastal Wine Boutique is open until 2 a.m.

All you lovers of the grape out there — where’s your favorite place to wine it up on the Grand Strand? Let us know!

(posted 7/16/14)