With more groups heading out of the boardroom and into creative locations, why not plan an event in a cozy space complete with great food and a tasting with a sommelier? Here are 10 great options to explore across the country.
The wine cellar located in this farm-fresh Italian restaurant offers private dining space for groups up to 30. The menu focuses on seasonal ingredients, uniquely hand-picked at the Tompkins Cortland Community College farm, combined with other local produce. The restaurant’s modern and rustic décor exudes an inviting atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
2. Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops
For a more intimate setting, visit the temperature controlled wine room at Hilton Orlando’s Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops. This private room allows groups of eight to enjoy a dinner surrounded by wine on all sides.
3. The Apiary
Looking for a space to host a small meeting or catered private dinner? This Kentucky event venue features a farmhouse-style table and cushioned chairs that seat 10. Reclaimed brick stone pavers from a Derby-winning horse farm and exposed wooden beams from a former tobacco warehouse make up the cozy atmosphere in this intimate wine cellar.
4. Ravines Wine Cellar
Corning, New York
Located on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes wine region, this boutique winery offers two different spaces for groups. Private dinners and events can be held in the tasting room and wine production area, located in a historic barn decorated with wooden beams. Ravinous Kitchen, the on-site, farm-to-table restaurant, caters the events providing sit-down dinners complete with wine pairings. Depending on the season, 50-100 guests fit comfortable among the wine barrels and racks of sparkling wines.
At the Conrad Miami’s restaurant Atrio, groups of up to 10 individuals can enjoy small meetings, intimate meals or wine tasting events in the wine room. Conrad Miami’s exclusive collection boasts over 200 vintage wines available for wine pairings during private dinners.
6. Casa de Uco
Uco Valley, one of Argentina’s most prominent wine-growing regions, is located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains and is home to Casa de Uco Resort. Their underground wine cave holds up to 10 people at the 1970’s wood Knoll conference table, which makes for an easy transition from meetings to wine tastings with the resort’s sommelier.
7. The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck comfortable hosts groups of 20 to experience a great meal and great wine in a casual atmosphere. Signature wine by Chef Wolfgang Puck is paired with comfort food including gourmet pizzas, appetizers, salads, noodles and entrees for either private lunches or dinners.
8. The Wine Cellar
Fort Worth, Texas
Meet in the same room as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet at the Ashton Hotel. The hotel’s lower level holds The Wine Cellar, a hidden gem of Fort Worth. Complete with a gold pressed tin ceiling, slate floors, natural stone walls, rich wood accents and soft lighting, this elegant room allows 20 guests a chance to sample a range of wines in a truly unique private dining space.
9. The Dutch PDR
Miami Beach, Florida
The W South Beach boasts The Dutch, a restaurant inspired by local cafes, roadside joints and seaside shacks with a private dining room that seats 16 guests. Surrounded by the restaurant’s award-winning wine selection, attendees are privy to wine tastings with the in-house sommelier, an introductory sommelier class, or a wine pairing dinner curated by Chef Adonay and Sommelier Philip Fuentes.
10. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Many of the restaurants in the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House collection offer private wine cellar dining for guests. Known for luxurious fine-dining experiences, the restaurant’s wine rooms are accented by an extensive wine display, but also provide a completely different experience in each city. Individual locations highlight one-of-a-kind design elements, such as the historic bank vault door in Philadelphia, ensuring no two wine rooms are the same.