The Art of Uncorking

The right bouquet, the right palette and, voilà, a masterpiece

Chase Yakaboski

Not everyone is born with a natural ability to paint, and picking up a paintbrush can seem as foreign as oh, say, playing the violin. But when you take out the intimidation factor by combining good friends with a splash of wine and then add a little lesson in art, creativity is unleashed and personal masterpieces happen.

Giving people space to relax, mingle with others and feed off the shared sense of excited nervousness that comes from learning something new has given rise to venues including Painting with a Twist. Here, painting classes become social events where wine isn’t just a color on the palette — it’s actually part of the lesson plan.

Wine has a way of loosening things up a bit, and who doesn’t love the chance to spend a night out with friends? But there’s more to the equation than simply adding a splash of vino. The instructors, themselves, must possess a certain amount of flair and be able to decant energy complimentary to the occasion.

It takes a ready embrace of seeing art as a fun way to express creativity rather than a serious matter to be approached with the air of a strict technician, and the instructors at these wine-fueled paint-fests do just that.

Chase Yakaboski

Looking for a date night that lets you get creative? Painting with a Twist in Fort Walton Beach offers a couple’s night, which allows you to paint with your partner.

Chase Yakaboski


Instructor Pixie, of Painting with a Twist


“The talented artists who lead the lessons are entertaining and engaging, and they enjoy what they’re doing. Really, that’s all part of the magic,” says Jenny Muller, the owner of the Pensacola location of Painting with a Twist, a company that now has more than 300 franchise locations throughout the country. 

During each class session, the instructor at a wine-and-paint studio guides their hopeful students through simple techniques that will result in their very own unique creation. That’s a special thing in this age of digitized images that can be manipulated with the click of a mouse. It’s a tactile experience, a refreshingly real way to reconnect with the present and look at things with a fresh perspective.

More than just a simple lesson in paint, students are offered something truly worthy of toasting: a work of art created by their very own hand — shaky or steady as it might be — and the perfect way to make a lasting memory. 

Uncork Your Creativity!
There are great wine and paint studios all over the Emerald Coast, from Pensacola to Panama City Beach and everywhere in between. Here’s just a sample of a few of the options near you!


Painting With a Twist
255 Miracle Strip Parkway, Unit B-8
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 344-1475
Splash Paint Party Studio
226 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 533-3632
Painting With a Twist
4771 Bayou Blvd.
(850) 471-1450
Paint the Coast
Café Liquid
772 John Simms Parkway
Painting With a Twist
2503 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Panama City
(850) 640-3287
Paint the Coast
The Pancakery
960 Scenic U.S. 98
(850) 240-8698
Pink Picasso
19 S. Palafox St.
(850) 293-6407
Studio by the Sea
Travels throughout the area
(850) 598-6828
The Emerald Cork
Travels throughout the area
Categories: Art, Drinks