Must Wine Loft announces expansion with gourmet market in downtown St. Pete

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Must Wine Loft, a wine bar in downtown St. Pete, will expand its space at 442 2nd Street North with a gourmet market in the space currently occupied by Myoblast Strength. While an official opening date is still TBA, the owners are hoping for a fall 2021 debut.

“In the meantime we’re adding new salads and flatbreads and experimenting with seasonal tapas specials – open from 4 – 9pm Tues – Sat!” wrote the owners in an announcement on Facebook.

The bustling block already offers a perfect day-to-night experience with Kahwa Coffee’s original cafe just across the street.

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Must Wine Loft teaches St. Pete about wine

Must Wine Loft was the most buzzed about new wine and cheese bar in the ‘Burg when it debuted amid the global pandemic. It’s a passion project from sommelier Jessica Arkwirght, and chef Raymond Cotteret. They’re joined by co-founder Alex Paunic, who shares their love of wine, cheese, and the conversations the two spark.

The Arkwright and Cotteret met while working at Locale back in 2014. Arkwright was the Beverage Director at the time and Cotteret was the Cheesemonger. Over the years Arkwright and Cotteret have hosted wine and cheese classes and garnered wide acclaim from their students. They take away the stress of shopping for the right bottle and the proper cheese to enjoy it with.

We should note, the name is a bit of a play on words. Must doesn’t mean must in the traditional sense. Must is actually the first step in winemaking. The word refers to juice created from the crushed grapes.

Follow Must Wine Loft on FacebookInstagram, and its website for updates.

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Wine and tapas specials in downtown St. Pete

Want to enjoy a good special? Here’s what Must Wine Loft offers during the week:

Every Tuesday they select Two Whites & Two Reds to “Blind” Taste for only $2 each

Wine down with us on Wednesdays and join Must for their Learning To Flight wine & cheese pairing experience from home OR book your table to join us at our Loft! No Corkage Fee on Wednesdays for retail bottles!

Enjoy Must’s featured $5 Tapas and $5 Glasses of Wine and Beer every Thursday from 4-9pm. Teachers & Educators Discount from 4-9pm every Thursday 20% off.

Every Friday at 5pm Must selects a few bottles from their retail wine shelves and pop them open for guests to try a sip – paired bites usually make an appearance too!

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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