Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant officially comes to Palm Beach County, Fla., today with the opening of its wine tasting room, restaurant and bar at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. The location is the 27th nationally for the brand, based in Orland Park, Ill., and joins sister Florida properties in Tampa Bay, Coconut Creek, Miami (Doral), Naples and Orlando.
“We are really happy to be a part of this community,’’ said General Manager Al Markovich. “We think we’re going to be a great fit. We know the people in this community love great food and great wine. We want to provide it for them.’’
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has two entrances – one from inside of the upper level of The Gardens Mall – and from the outside covered patio.
“We have a few (locations) attached to malls, but most are stand-alone,’’ Markovich said. “We’re really excited to see ow that plays out for us.’’
The bar, tasting room, private dining room and dining room each are separate. The tasting room features many of the 50 varieties of Cooper’s Hawk handcrafted wines as well as a retail space.
Markovich said the Cooper’s Hawk winery, founded in 2005, produces approximately 600,000 gallons of wine annually, handcrafted from grapes and fruit from California, Washington, Oregon and other grape-growing regions around the country. Cooper’s Hawk wines have won more than 300 local, national and international awards.
Among Cooper’s Hawk more popular promotions is its Wine Club whereby members each receive the winemaker’s newly-released wine each do
The wine of the month, Markovich said, “provides some unique perspective on wines from around the world.’’
Even for those who aren’t wine aficionados or don’t like wine at all, the Cooper’s Hawk restaurant still is worth a lunch and/or dinner visit. The restaurant menu features a variety of freshly made soups and salads, along with steak, chicken and seafood entrees.
“We’ve really been waiting on this (location) for a while,’’ said Executive Chef Stephen Puhr. “We’re a chef-driven, scratch kitchen. We buy all our ingredients as fresh as possible. You can’t make great food unless you have ingredients. So, we pride ourselves on sourcing out the best ingredients that we can find.’’
In addition to its wines and food menu, the Cooper’s Hawk bar serves craft beer from local breweries such as Twisted Trunk and Funky Buddha, as well as craft cocktails.
“We take some of our classic cocktails and infuse them with a wine influence,’’ Markovich said. “We really have something for everybody.’’