Freshen Up. Visit either of Crop Juice’s two Sarasota locations for fresh, cold-pressed, ultra-healthy juices. For a hearty dose of kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, celery, green apple and lemon, try the Green with Envy. It contains six cups of leafy greens — just what the doctor ordered before a day of wine tasting.
Hit the Road. The roughly 40-mile drive from Sarasota to St. Petersburg takes less than an hour and runs along the coast. Should you choose to make a quick stop in Ellenton, visit Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, once an antebellum home and sugar plantation.
Take Your First Sip. It’s not often that you hear of wine being made along the beach, but that’s exactly the case at St. Petersburg’s Florida Winery. Even better? The winery’s tasting room is open all day and offers free samples of the vintner’s award-winning blends. In addition to cabs and pinots, Florida Winery has a selection of sangria, mead and more.
Lunch at the Mill. Voted St. Petersburg’s best new restaurant in 2017, the Mill has a lunch menu that will complement the remainder of your wine-tasting excursion. Light bites include cider-braised mussels and sweet pea hummus, while sandwiches like La Cosa Nostra will fill you up. It’s loaded with chicken, Sicilian giardiniera, goat cheese croquettes, arugula, tomato aioli and fig jam.
Find Clearwater. Head up the road to Clearwater and Murielle Winery. This family-owned, boutique endeavor specializes in blends that include fruit such as apricot, peach, dragonfruit and boysenberry.
Go North. From Murielle, travel north to Aspirations Winery, where the motto is “headaches not included.” That’s because this family-owned micro-winery specializes in low-sulfite creations.
On the Waterfront. Before heading back to The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, stop for dinner at Clearwater’s Island Way Grill. With harbor views and island-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood, it’s a great way to end your day trip to St. Petersburg and Clearwater.