New downtown boutique combines fine wines, art


By Lisa Morales….

Stefano Campanini will combine art with wine at Wine by the Bay.

Etra Fine Art gallery co-owner Stefano Campanini will open a new business, “Wine by the Bay,” at 888 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, on Sept. 28.

Wine by the Bay will be a fine wine and art boutique hosting an ever-changing art exhibition. The store boasts a sleek and sophisticated contemporary interior and magical terrace view of Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

After seven years running a successful contemporary art gallery with his wife, Alicia Restrepo, Campanini has decided to merge his passion for art and wine, and create a unique space that caters to the most seasoned wine collector, but also where the passerby will feel comfortable and at home.

“Besides everyday superior customer-oriented service and a unique selection of wines that suit every budget, I plan to hold regular art and wine tasting events that will both entertain and educate the community,” Campanini said.

“Whereas in the Design District we deal with a select clientele, I am looking forward to offering something that everyone enjoys and in an environment where the art can be appreciated by many and in a non-intimidating way,” he added. “At art openings, wine is like a sideshow, but now, it will take center stage.”

Choosing the best wine to sell is a very selective process much like identifying great art. Campanini personally has tasted all of the wines that will make up the store’s inventory.

“I tried to have a selection of wines that represent the energetic location where I am,” Campanini said. “A selection that includes most of the Premiere Grand Cru from France and the finest Italian wines, but I also was in search of wines that are hidden treasures.”

California wines also are well represented with a good selection of wines scoring more than 93 points by the two most reliable wine experts.

For the grand opening week, customers will be offered special discounts and incentives on all wines.

Located at 888 Biscayne Blvd. at the Marina Blue, Wine by the Bay overlooks the bay directly across from the AmericanAirlines Arena. The 1,200-square-foot boutique will serve Miami’s downtown area and become a functional part of city’s new cultural identity and expansion efforts such as the Genting project, the Mikado Hotel, and the new Miami Art Museum.

Wine by the Bay will conduct a grand opening event on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees will enjoy an evening designed to satisfy the palate and enlighten both the connoisseur and the curious. The opening night event will feature art by Mimmo Paladino, Emanuele Viscuso, Mario Velez, and Wilfredo Lam alongside a showcase of exceptional wine including Gaja, Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Insigna.

To learn more about Wine by the Bay or attend the grand opening event, send email to Stefano Campanini at or call 305-491-8400.

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