Azul

Miami, FL

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www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/fine-dining/azul/

305.913.8358

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Featured Wine
“Nuva white wine from Valle de Guadalupe,” says Phillips. “The first time I tried this blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Moscato di Canelli, it was definitely a wine discovery for me. It was the first wine I had tasted from Mexico and it was beautiful.”

The Wine Program
The broad beverage program shows strengths in wines from Spain, Italy and South America, but “our main focus is French, primarily white Burgundy, and wines from the U.S., particularly California Cabernet and Pinot Noir,” says Todd Phillips, the wine director. There are more than 600 wines on the list, with 20 choices available by the glass.

Favorite Dish
“I love surprising our guests with an amazing wine that they have never heard of, or a wine region that they have never considered before,” says Phillips. “Every time I bring out one of our older Chateau Musar reds, the guest is surprised and intrigued, as we have a nice vertical from 1998 to 2004. Whenever I mention Lebanon, the response I get is priceless. It’s the same response I get once they try the wine, an ‘a-ha’ moment.”

Corkage Policy
The restaurant charges $50 per bottle.


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