VERY VINO! NATIONAL WINE DAY OFFERINGS AT SOUTH FLORIDA RESTAURANTS
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Take it easy at Big Easy Winebar & Grill on National Wine Day, where oenophiles can experience the flavors of the Western Cape region of South Africa at Easy Hour from 4PM-7PM. The restaurant, located in Miami’s Brickell City Centre offers a trio of two-ounce flights of select white and red South African Wines ($12) and half-off wines by the glass (regularly priced at $10-$18). Diners can also enjoy customizing their Easy Hour bites with the Too Easy Plank ($10), a selection of two items from the appetizer menu including the Fried Green Tomatoes; Oyster Gazpacho Shots; Boerie Bites; Pork Belly “Lollipops” or Mini Cauliflower Samosas. Big Easy Winebar & Grill is located at 701 South Miami Avenue, Suite 339 in Miami’s Brickell City Centre. Lunch is served daily from 11:30AM to 4PM; “Easy Hour” is Monday through Friday from 4PM to 7PM; Dinner is served Sunday through Thursdayfrom 5PM to 11PM; and Friday and Saturday from 5PM to 12AM; www.bigeasy.miami
Celebrate National Wine Day in style at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach with a variety of wine experiences to please wine enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. The Miami Beach landmark invites guests to enjoy its grandiose wine selection and pair it with delectable dishes from Hakkasan, Scarpetta by Scott Conant or StripSteak by Michael Mina. Revelers can forgo the indoors and indulge in a bottle of Château Miraval Cotes de Provence ($80) at La Côte, an al fresco two-level restaurant with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and pool area. For a quick glass and people watching, head to Bleau Bar in the hotel’s lobby where the tables are the ideal spot to meet, mix and mingle. Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, on Miami Beach www.Fontainebleau.com
The garden oasis in the heart of Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park, Glass and Vine, is offering a special discount for National Wine Day. In addition to their regular happy hour deal from 4PM-7PM for half-off all wines by the glass, wine lovers can enjoy half-off bottles of wine all day. Star chef Giorgio Rapicavoli is at the helm, with modern Floridian cuisine to be paired with the expansive wine selection like the Florida Stracciatella with garlic confit atop Zak the Baker bread and drizzled with California olive oil or the refreshing Watermelon Salad with lime crema, cotija, toasted corn, and cilantro. Glass and Vine is located at 2820 McFarlane Road in Coconut Grove. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5:30PM to 10PM; Friday and Saturday from 5:30 PM to 11 PM; and Sunday from 5 PM to 10 PM. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM; and Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Valet parking is available in front of the restaurant on McFarlane Road. www.glassandvine.com
Meat Market Miami Beach, the iconic Lincoln Road steakhouse, offers one of the finest selections of wine in town. Whether you’re in the mood for white wine, red or rosé, this acclaimed steakhouse has it all. Sip on a glass of 2014 Far Niente Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California while dining al fresco on Lincoln Road, or take your taste buds on a trip to Argentina with a glass of 2013 Chento Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina. If you’re looking for something more full-bodied, try the 2013 Faust by Quintessa Cabernet, Napa Valley, California. Pair your choice of wine with one of the delectable menu items, like the fan favorite White Truffle “American Style” Kobe Tartare, Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs or one of Meat Market’s flavorful signature steaks. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road on South Beach.  www.meatmarket.net
Key Biscayne’s iconic waterfront dining destination, the Rusty Pelican, now boasts a world-class wine selection of over 300 bottles, curated by internationally renowned Master Sommelier Michael Jordan. For National Wine Day, patrons can take advantage of special wines by the glass in limited supply on “The Coravin Captain’s List” such as: Chardonnays — Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley 2014 ($30) and Kistler, Les Noisetière, Sonoma Coast 2014 ($35); reds including a Pinot Noir — Gran Moraine, Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley 2013 ($20); Cabernet Sauvignon — Caymus 2014 ($48) and Mt. Brave, Mt. Veeder 2013 ($35) both from Napa Valley. The stellar wine selection pairs perfectly with menu items by Chef Jimmy Pastor including a wide array of fresh seafood and raw bar selections. Along with signature dishes like 16 oz. bone-in rib eye and Niman Ranch bone-in 20 oz. pork chop, new dishes like the Braised Boar Shank accompanied by rosemary rainbow potatoes and a Port and cherry gastrique; Prime Beef Tartare layered with foie gras, quail egg and black 
garlic; Crusted Lamb Rack with boniato, minty pea puree, and exotic mushrooms; and Sea Bass Crudo topped with smoked coconut vinaigrette and bacon sand are now available. The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Lunch and Dinner are served daily and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Hours are Sunday to Thursday from 11AM to 11PM (bar closes at midnight); Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 12AM (bar closes at 1AM). www.therustypelican.com