This week we will offer the 3 C’s – Chardonnays and Cabernets from California. We will have three of each varietal from three different locations; North Coast wines from Wente Reserve, Sonoma wines from B.R. Cohn, and Napa wines from Black Stallion Winery. Six different high quality wines, each with it’s own distinctive style, can only add up to a great tasting to start off the New Year. We hope you can make it.
Anna Maria Island is a little slice of paradise nestled between the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Though much of Florida’s landscape has been altered by development and construction, this quaint beachfront community remains a charming, pristine haven. It is home to Pine Avenue (also known as The Greenest Little Main Street in America) and the Anna Maria Historic Green Village, which combines historical preservation with cutting-edge green technology in a one-of-a-kind retail environment. It’s also home to The Waterfront Restaurant. We have long been a favorite destination for Island residents, but there’s something even our most devoted admirers might not know: we have a secret sustainable side. You see, one of the advantages to having a small, neighborhood business is that we are the perfect venue to showcase local products. We work with a variety of community vendors to source everything from produce to seafood so that we can minimize our carbon footprint and provide our customers with the freshest, tastiest meals possible. Our commitment to using local food sources means that we can provide a fresh and innovative dining experience every day, because our specials are custom-designed daily by our talented staff members who are inspired by our product when it arrives. And it’s not only our specials that are fresh and sustainable. Our large kitchen space gives us ample opportunity to prepare many of our core ingredients from scratch. We make our own stocks, bake our own breads, do our own butchering, and even smoke our own salmon: you won’t find frozen pre-fab ingredients in our kitchen if we can help it. Our green lifestyle doesn’t stop with our cuisine, either: we take full advantage of local recycling programs, conserve energy and natural resources wherever we can, and only use biodegradable packaging for our takeaway containers. The Waterfront Restaurant is proud to serve delicious classic cuisine every day to our Island friends as well as to our out-of-town guests. We are committed to serving only the highest quality food, and we believe that utilizing local vendors who carry fresh product is the best way to achieve this goal. In the weeks to come we will be using this space to highlight some of our favorite local vendors, as well as discuss the global importance of sustainable cuisine. Be sure to stay tuned to this space for some informative blog posts, or just come on down to the restaurant to experience for yourself just how delicious sustainable food can be.
This week, Tom Devine of Global Wines will be bringing us several highly rated, award winning wines out of Argentina. We will sample three whites, a best buy sauvignon blanc, a 90 point chardonnay, and a 90 point Torrontes, the signature white grape of Argentina. For the reds, best buy malbec and bonarda, along with a 91 point reserve cabernet sauvignon. Can’t wait for the appetizer pairings for this one.
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Each year we host a wine tasting helping feed the homeless people of our country, with thirty meals supplied to a local shelter for every case of wine bought. We purchase extra cases of wine each year to obtain the best price we can in order to offer our wine group great wines at the lowest prices to support this cause. Join Nicole and Kathleen of Johnson Brothers Distributors and sample six different wines with hors-d’oeuvres for this wonderful cause.