Today’s group began several years ago when a local wine fan and lawyer, Leo Bueno, started a wine blog. Over time it evolved into a the Miami Meet Up Group and the Yahoo Miami/Wine group, including Bueno’s friend, Kevin Jones.
It’s not exactly a blog –- it’s a coordinating group for wine parties and a listing place for local wine shops to announce their upcoming sales, wine dinners and other events.
Then the two hooked up with Miami graphic designer Teena Calderon -- that's Teena and Kevin in the picture -- and they centralized their groups into Miamiwinetasters.com. This group also organizes wine dinners, specializing in those that benefit charities.
And on May 16 they’re planning a social event at a new Brickell Key wine bar about to open called Cavas.
“We have about 500 members,” says Jones – “mostly professionals in their 20s and 30s, but also some in their 50s and 60s. We started it because so many of the events are put on by wine reps, and the focus is to sell wine. We thought it was a good idea just to have good wine and food.”