You Had Me at Merlot: Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant 11 Minutes from Orlando Attractions

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There’s a brand new dining option in town! Just minutes from your favorite Orlando attractions, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant located at 8005 International Drive in Orlando is 12,400 square-feet of amazing indoor and outdoor seating. Do you have the whole family staying in your Homes4uu vacation home? Why not book one of their uniquely designed  winery-inspired party spaces? These spaces allow you to have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and timelessness of the winemaking world. Additionally, they feature special private party packages perfect for celebrations and group dining. The I-Drive location is the only one nation wide that will open daily at 6 a.m. and offer breakfast until 11 a.m. every day. The restaurant and tasting room will be open until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and close at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are recommended. The bar will have extended hours, closing at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. on Sunday.

WINE PROGRAM: Cooper’s Hawk has a projected production of over 260,000 cases of wine for 2014. Truck loads packed with up to twenty tons of wine grapes and fruit from California, Oregon, Washington and Michigan are delivered from the vineyard to the winery door for production that takes places year-round. Since opening in late 2005, Cooper’s Hawk has received over 200 wine awards from various local, national, and international wine competitions.

FOOD PROGRAM: You will enjoy a modern, casual dining experience with warm service and a menu created with its own handcrafted wines in mind. The menu features unique dishes with bin numbers listed next to each item on the menu, guiding you to your selection’s perfect wine match. Known for their rich, distinctive sauces, items such as the Pistachio-Crusted Grouper, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, and Mexican Drunken Shrimp have quickly found popularity as the restaurant’s signature dishes.

WINE CLUB: Cooper’s Hawk has created an exclusive monthly wine club available only to subscribers. The program is available for $18.99 a month for one bottle per month, and can be picked up at any Cooper’s Hawk location, or delivered for an additional fee. It’s almost like bringing home a little bit of your vacation with you! Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club is one of the largest in the country and offers members exclusive classes, parties and events.

TASTING ROOM/GIFT STORE: Each Cooper’s Hawk location contains a Napa-style Tasting Room in which to sample the winery’s latest selections. A tasting includes eight pours and starts at $7. Additionally, guests can browse the gift shop for food and wine related items, as well as custom designed gift baskets. Check out Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants on Twitter, Facebook and at their website

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