Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants’ new Kenwood location at 8080 Montgomery Road in Sycamore Township is set to open Monday.
Founder and CEO Tim McEnery came up with the concept of a working restaurant and winery all in one place – think of a brewpub, but with wine – after visiting a winery with the woman who was to become his wife.
“We were leaving to go to dinner, and I thought, ‘It’s too bad they don’t have a restaurant here,’” he said.
McEnery opened the first location on Chicago’s south side in 2005. As the chain expanded – the Cincinnati restaurant is the 13th – production was centralized at one Chicago facility. Grapes are shipped in from California’s Napa Valley.
Entry to the 10,500-square-foot Kenwood location is through the tasting room, where Cooper’s Hawk’s 48 types of wine are available to try. The first two tastes are free; more involved tastings start at $7. Bottle prices range from $12.99-$39.99.
“The goal of the tasting room is simply to bring Napa to Cincinnati, to let those who will never get the chance to go to Napa to experience it here,” said Emily Dock, general manager of the Kenwood location.
“It’s such an approachable environment,” she added. “So many times, wine can come off as very uppity, and we take that away. We want people to ask questions. We want to educate our guests.”
Handmade truffles and other wine- and food-related items are also sold in the tasting room.
Dock said all food is made from scratch, and that many dishes use wine as an ingredient. Offerings range from sandwiches to steaks, with prices from $10-35. Specialties include Asian pork belly tostadas, pistachio-crusted grouper, a trio of medallions and a “Life Balance Menu,” with dishes under 600 calories.
Wine pairings – the restaurant serves only Cooper’s Hawk wines – are suggested on the menu to eliminate guesswork, Dock said. Red wines are decanted at the table, and a Barrel Reserve wine is only served by the glass on site.
For non-wine drinkers, there’s a full bar, craft beer and specialty cocktails.
The restaurant seats 300. Two private rooms are available. One seats 50, the other 30.
The tasting room opens daily at 11 a.m. and the restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Closing times are 9 p.m. Sundays, 9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.
Reservations are accepted.
Cooper’s Hawk also offers a wine of the month club. In addition to receiving a different wine each month, members can earn points on purchases and receive special offers, discounts and invitations to wine dinners.