By Ginny Bullard, Staff Writer
The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz & Blues Bar is the crowning feature (literally!) of the award-winning San Sebastian Winery. Founded in 1996, the winery is housed in one of Henry Flagler’s old East Coast Railway buildings located in historic downtown St. Augustine. This family-owned and operated corporation has evolved over time to be ranked as one of the premium wineries in the state of Florida. It is a pioneer in the development of Florida grape varietals, including sparkling and dessert wines from Muscadine grapes. San Sebastian is also noted for the vinifera wines they produce including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as their signature Port and Cream Sherry dessert wines. San Sebastian wines have won multiple awards in excellence and continue to do so with each new season.
The winery offers daily tours of the 18,000 square foot wine production facility and viewings of the 5,000 gallon stainless steel tanks where the wine is fermented and stored, prior to bottling. A highlight of the tour is an informative tasting of wines. Of course, all of San Sebastian Winery's wines can be purchased in its beautiful Wine Shop, which also offers a variety of unique wine accessories, gifts, glassware, cookware, gourmet foods and customized gift baskets for special occasions.
Above all this is the famous, Cellar Upstairs Wine and Jazz & Blues Bar! With a spectacular view from this rooftop location, visitors and locals often kick back and listen to live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings while snacking on a variety of tasty light appetizers. Food options include tacos, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Made fresh daily, the Hummus plate for two includes seasonal veggies and toasted pita points. There is also a Bistro Meat & Cheese Board to share as well as Beef Carpaccio or Pretzels and Beercheese. How about a Spinach or Caesar Salad with homemade croutons? Or perhaps a Turkey and Brie sandwich served on a warm croissant?
Select your favorite drink from the wide variety of San Sebastian Wines or choose from a list of imported and domestic beer. Follow your delicious meal and get a chocolate fix with Sweet Cannoli Crisps for dessert. You may want to kick up your heels and dance to some of the “Best Live Music” available in St. Augustine, with such bands as; Beautiful Bobby, The Committee or Soulo and Vinny Jacaobs, to name a few. This spectacular open-air venue is always free of a cover charge. Watch the sun go down as the City lights up from the Cellar Upstairs. Guests can also park here on the monthly First Friday Artwalks to pick up the Free Trolley and enjoy the Cellar Upstairs before or after the Artwalk.
Open Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“THE CELLAR UPSTAIRS HAS BECOME
THE GO-TO PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC AND
A UNIQUE SETTING ON THE WEEKENDS.”
—OWNER CHARLES COX
The Cellar Upstairs
Wine, Jazz & Blues Bar
at San Sebastian Winery
157 King Street