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The Finest Hand-Selected Boutique Wines, Exquisite International Foods & A Comfortable Vibe To Highlight The New Miami Social Café

(MIAMI, FL) December 3, 2013 — Uvaggio, a place unlike any other, is coming soon to the scene in the heart of Coral Gables. The sophisticated, yet comfortable wine bar will bring the chic European influenced atmosphere to Miracle Mile, offering a relaxed vibe and buzz of lively conversation for its guests.

Stemming from the Italian language, the word Uvaggio is Italian for “blend” which captures the essence of what this refined and unique boutique wine bar will represent; a blend of an old world European charm with a modern day Miami atmosphere.

Set to open in January, Uvaggio will be the social destination spot for South Floridians to connect with friends and family, relax, meet new people and simply have fun.

Guests can expect to enjoy carefully hand-selected superb wines, exquisite and creative international food and unparalleled service creating an extraordinary experience, which is exactly what owner and visionary, Craig DeWald hopes to achieve by opening Uvaggio.

“I wanted to create a place that brings together all my amazing experiences from around the world,” says DeWald, who always had a love and passion for wine and food. Raised near the famous Napa and Sonoma wine regions in California and traveling the world, DeWald learned to appreciate the intricate art of the wine making process and developed his knowledge of the history of wineries across the globe.

Adding to DeWald’s wine background, Uvaggio will have Heath Porter, an experienced, award-winning sommelier like no other, bring his expertise and whimsical sense of humor to the Uvaggio team. Excited to have connoisseur Porter on board, owner DeWald expresses his enthusiasm, "It is a very lucky day for Uvaggio! Not only does Heath Porter bring more than 20 years of wine experience, but he also brings an unabashed, unpretentious personality to Uvaggio.”

Wine consumers can expect nothing less than expert wine service and excellent wine lists from the down to earth sommelier and the rest of Uvaggio’s friendly team. “Uvaggio will be the Miami destination for anyone who enjoys great wine in a casual setting!" says DeWald. So, get ready for an experience like no other, when Uvaggio opens its doors.

Located at 70 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Uvaggio is expected to open in the next few months, just in time for the holidays, as a vibrant, sophisticated and comfortable café, providing exceptional service, delicious food, earthy wines and memorable experiences.

Editor’s notes:

Craig DeWald was born in Buffalo, New York but grew up most of his life in northern California. Craig has lived in San Francisco, New York City, Salt Lake City, London, and Miami. Being raised near the Napa and Sonoma wine regions in California and traveling the globe, Craig developed a love of fine wines and foods.

After spending 26 years working at American Express as a Human Resources professional, Craig needed a new challenge in his life and decided to pursue his long desire of operating his own business. He fell in love with Miami almost 20 years ago and chose Coral Gables as the location to open Uvaggio because it captures the essence of a European high street with people walking, enjoying restaurants and boutique shopping.

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