It is not often a couple purchases the place of business they frequented during their courtship, but that is exactly David and Melissa Hoar’s love story. In a fairytale beginning, they had their second date and first kiss at Vine Wine Bar & Shop when they started dating the summer of 2013. From that moment on, nary a Tuesday went by they were not enjoying a date night at the quaint little bar where they fell in love with the atmosphere, the wine and each other.
Years later they learned the establishment would unfortunately be closing its doors. Knowing nothing about the wine business, other than they liked to drink it, they decided to embark on a journey and take a leap of faith to purchase the business. They could not bear the thought that the place that meant so much to them would be closing its doors forever.
David and Melissa became official owners of the Vine in July of 2017. While it has been a whirlwind year, the challenges of business ownership have only brought them closer. January 2018, David proposed marriage and Melissa said yes. On June 5th, in the presence of God, their wonderful loyal customers, friends and staff, the couple professed their love for one another and joined together in marriage. Their love is a beacon of hope and commitment signaling the best is yet to come!
Located at 8211 Navarre Parkway, Vine Wine Bar & Shop is open Tuesday - Thursday from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 2 p.m. until 11 p.m. Have a private event where you would like to rent the entire bar and restaurant? Sunday’s and Monday’s are reserved for just such opportunities. Call to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs in detail.
As a package store and a wine bar, Vine Wine Bar & Shop boasts over 100+ wines by the bottle, 20+ wines by the glass and 20+ domestic, premium and craft beers. Whether you need a bottle for take-out or you prefer to stay and enjoy the atmosphere, they have something that is sure to please every palate.
Come hungry! Their extensive menu consists of savory delights and sweet treats. Most everything is made fresh in-house with secret recipes passed down and perfected over the years. Handmade crab cakes with only premium lump crab meat, creamy spinach and artichoke dip, salads with Vine-made Champagne Vinaigrette or Gorgonzola dressing just to name a few!
Additionally, weekly wine flights are debuted every Tuesday and are available through the following Saturday. Wine flights are designed to give patrons an opportunity to experience wines of various varietals from all over the world without having to commit to a full glass or entire bottle. If you are unsure what wine you like or don’t like, come in early, have a seat the bar and chat with the Vine’s very knowledgeable wine-tenders. They enjoy sharing their love of wine and help people find their favorite varietal.
As 20+ years retired Air Force Veterans, both David and Melissa are deeply involved in the community and exhibit a strong passion for helping others. The third Monday of each month Vine hosts a Ladies in Leadership networking event geared to promote women in business and create healthy, lasting relationships. Recently, Vine has also partnered with The Starfish Project of Northwest Florida to raise funds for integrated special needs playground equipment for the Navarre Park renovation.
Check out Vine on Wednesday and Saturday nights for live music from local artists. Music on Wednesday’s is from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. There is always a lot going on at Vine Wine Bar & Shop, so don’t hesitate to pop in. Perhaps you will extend your love of wine and find that special someone like David and Melissa did five years ago. Cheers!