Cellar Masters has been one of our favorite low-key spots in St. Petersburg since it opened in 2020, and now the wine and bottle store is garnering national praise. Wine Enthusiast magazine, one of the nation’s most popular wine publications, has named Cellar Masters one of America’s top wine merchants.
The magazine recently published the list, broken down by region, giving Cellar Masters the top spot among the top wine merchants in the South. The authors say the magazine spoke to wine, beverage and food industry professionals to find the best spots among the more than 40,000 wine merchants in the United States.
Cellar Masters is one of the few remaining places in St. Pete that, despite its popularity, still manages to feel like it’s flying under the radar. The combination wine bar and bottle store is a great destination for a bottle to take home or to hang out and try something new. The staff are exceptionally welcoming, guiding first-timers and veterans alike to excellent and unique selections.
Cellar Masters is a favorite St. Pete haunt
Wine Enthusiast received a Cellar Masters recommendation from Nate Siegel, co-founder of Willa’s, Tampa’s famous French-American fusion restaurant. Like us, Siegel expressed his appreciation not only for Cellar Masters’ selection, but also for the laid-back atmosphere and friendly bar experience.
“[Cellar Masters] is run by the super fun and smart team of Ryan Ruggs and Kory Lynn, who are accessible to share their wines, all of which are minimal intervention, very affordable, almost all French and definitely delicious,” Siegel told Wine Enthusiast. “The vibe of the bar is like your uncle’s basement in 1970s Iowa, with hip-hop music playing on the speakers. There’s no food, but every first Monday they host a pop-up, usually with a taco truck in the back, which is a favorite with friends in the industry.
Cellar Masters is located at 1005 1st Avenue North. The wine and bottle shop is open Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.