Sitting on the beach at sunset with a glass of wine isn’t a bad way to end the day. But here’s an even better way – with new friends as a member of the Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club. I was lucky enough to have a few minutes with Rob Warren, winemaker for Cooper’s Hawk to talk about the club and events that members get to enjoy like Couple’s Night. That’s coming up on the 19th. At Cooper’s Hawk Rob’s job involves the full spectrum of your dining adventure from the sourcing, production and menu pairings for the nearly 50 wines from their Illinois-based Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. If you’ve had the pleasure of spending time in their tasting room, Rob takes care of rotating the sampling wines there as well. He has your dream job, doesn’t he? But it doesn’t stop there. He also runs the Wine of the Month Club. A fine wine should have an equally wonderful accompaniment whether it’s an appetizer, entrée or dessert. But can you take the pressure of the pairing? Each time I’ve been at Cooper’s Hawk with friends, the suggestions have been outstanding. Rob’s selections for our visit were delicious; he selected Trio Medallions with the barrel reserve; Pistachio Grouper which I especially enjoyed with Lux Chardonnay; Blackened Ahi tuna with Riesling; and Short Ribs with Cab-Zin Blend.
So take yourself to lunch or dinner, peruse the gift shop as you enter, make plans to take a bottle or two home for later and linger in the tasting room. Make new friends and enjoy the experience that is Cooper’s Hawk on West Boy Scout Blvd in Tampa. Those new friends might be great travel companions if you’re lucky enough to take a trip offered through Cooper’s Hawk to the Bordeaux region of France May 17-25th, 2014.
Life is good when it’s served with wine from Cooper’s Hawk.
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM KELLY’S KITCHEN
Wine is bottled poetry – Robert Louis Stevenson