Written by Wine Cellar International
Anyone taking a walk down the sandy beaches of sunny south Florida would not have to walk long before they heard the sounds of Jimmy Buffett crooning off in the distance. His music is the anthem to a “carefree, enjoy life, grab your drink and your flip flops and leave your worries behind” attitude that has resonated through generations as the vacation mantra.
The Amazing Margaritaville Resort, the “Go to Place” in South Florida
When Mr. Buffett decided he needed to build a resort as a destination for his “parrotheads” he built the amazing Margaritaville resort on the beautiful beaches of Hollywood, Florida, quickly becoming the “go to place” for vacationers and locals alike.
At Wine Cellar International, being based in Fort Lauderdale Florida, there was no doubt we could relate to this lifestyle, and the importance it has in so many people’s lives. That being said, when we were contacted to design and build the wine room in the “JWB Prime Steak and Seafood” in the Margaritaville resort (Mr. Buffett’s high end steak and seafood restaurant in the resort) we knew from the beginning the room had to make an impression.
The Design Team
Working with the design team on the project we came up with a prominent yet understated wine room display that could be visible through the entire restaurant. We designed and built a free standing structure with glass on three sides, using insulated glass and a bronze finished metal framing structure to create the look and function for the room.
The Structure was constructed into two separate spaces to make it a two zone wine room for both Reds and whites. The interior was finished across the back wall with a brick veneer to create a more rustic feel. We designed the bottles to be label facing out to allow the restaurant to showcase their vast selection of fine wines on the menu.
For the wine room’s lighting we went with high output LED lights that ran along the parameter of the space, not just to avoid visibility of the source from outside the wine room, but rather to create a glow that seems to be omnipresent through the space, with a dimmable option to allow for a lower setting for accent effect during evening dining.
Managing Large Format Bottles
During the designing process Wine Cellar International was made aware that Mr. Buffett had a selection of prized Large format wine bottles that were given to him as gifts, that we were to incorporate into the wine room design. We decided to make these gifts the center focal point of the space, to be placed prominently in the middle of the room on tempered glass shelves to be viewed and appreciated by all wine lovers and restaurant patrons alike. The end result is a wine room that compliments the restaurant that caters to the laid back flip flop fans that want to get a little more formal and indulge in the fine dining that JWB Prime has to offer.
Written by Wine Cellar International
Are you single? Thinking about downing a bottle of wine alone this coming Valentine’s Day? Fret no more! You don’t have to stress about not having a date on February 14! Wine lovers can have the time of their lives in Florida! There are three top wine festivals happening next month in the State. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, if you have a passion for wine, you should consider attending these major events and have a good time!
Wine Festivals that are Happening in Florida in February 2016
February is fast approaching! When this time of the year comes, people tend to be more romantic and melodramatic than usual. “Love is in the air”, they say. But if you don’t have a date to go out with in this season, you don’t need to feel sad. Being single does not mean you can’t celebrate, especially if you are fond of wine!
Those who love wine no longer have to worry about celebrating Valentines alone! There are quite a number of wine festivals happening in February 2016, and the best ones will be held in Florida. The state is one of the places on earth that is considered a wine paradise. This area is home to more than 30 vineyards and wineries.
There are various wine tasting events lined up this year. Here are the top three wine festivals in Florida next month:
1. Clearwater Beach Uncorked
This event is the best way to have fun before Valentine’s Day! Clearwater Beach Uncorked is known to be the hippest beachfront wine festival on Florida’s west coast. This gastronomical gathering will be held on February 6th through 7th at Clearwater Beach, Florida. Enjoy the finest selection of wines while you lay back and wiggle your toes in the fine grains of milk white sand.
Besides the best tasting wines, you can also pamper yourself with world-class dishes that will definitely tantalize your taste buds. The annual gathering features Florida’s top culinary experts serving a variety of delicacies, including oysters, fine cheeses, and savory hors d’oeuvres.
You may opt to stay for the weekend at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, where you can enjoy a pre-Valentine’s Day VIP rate. This special discount is exclusively offered to the guests of Clearwater Beach Uncorked.
You might also consider purchasing a VIP ticket, because the holders of these special passes will be provided their own exclusive tent where they can enjoy a variety of reserve wines and champagnes. VIP guests will also be given full access to the Grand Tasting tent.
2. The Oakland Park Valentine’s Wine & Food Festival
On the 14th of February, celebrate the Love Day at the Oakland Park Valentine’s Wine & Food Festival. This event is open to all couples, families, and friends. Musicians and DJs will be performing in the park, so that you and your companions can enjoy delicious food and fine wines while you listen to live music. This gathering will be held in Jaco Pastorius Park, which is located in 4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, Florida.
This wine and food festival will run from 3:00 in the afternoon to 11:00 in the evening. If you want to get inside the venue earlier, consider purchasing VIP tickets. Those with these passes will be allowed to enter an hour early.
This event is a child-friendly festival. But to prevent wine vendors from selling alcohol to attendees who are under 21 years old, the organizers will require minors to wear special bands for identification purposes. It is mandatory for all those who are under the legal age for alcohol consumption to bring along an escort who is over 21 years old.
3. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival
For some people, the romantic fever may be over after Valentine’s Day, but that does not mean you’re done partying! Festivity does not necessarily have to end on the 14th! Enjoy a post-Valentine treat at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on February 24th-28th, held in Miami Beach, Florida.
This four-day event is one of the nation’s premiere gastronomic festivals. It is a star-studded occasion that features the world’s best talents from the culinary and wine industries. Attendees of this gathering enjoy the finest gourmet dishes and the most exquisite wines, and they also get to meet the superstars in the food and wine business.
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU). The proceeds of the event benefits FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. It is estimated that the festival has raised over 22 million dollars for these schools already.