Vin'tij Wine Boutique is Unique and Delicious
January 29, 2015 by Audrey Johnson
Vin'tij Wine Boutique is well known for its delicious and unpretentious food. The experienced staff and curated wine selection have made the Miramar Beach restaurant a favorite for many years.
Boutique wines, limited in production and high in artisanal quality, dominate the landscape at Vin'tij. Creative menus of heavy tapas and gourmet entrees may attract foodies, but it’s the wine lovers who have staked their claim at this artsy hot-spot.
Walking through the door at Vin'tij you are teleported into a funky world where everything and everyone has a story. “If there’s a story, people identify with it," said Todd Reber, Owner and Manager of Vin'tij Wine Boutique.
Todd and business partner Chef John Jacob first met when they were honing their knowledge of the restaurant biz at Bud and Alley’s in the 90s. “That’s where food and wine became important to me,” Todd said.
Todd and John teamed up to open Vin'tij on the premise that people need a place to get great wines to take with them or drink at the restaurant. Sixteen years later, they're receiving big ups from the industry as a prestigious Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award winner. Vin'tij was also featured in Travel Channel's Best of Destin Restaurants and Emeril's Florida, airing in February.
A wide glass window patterned with bold geometric squares lines entrance at Vin'tij. The mural was created during one of the restaurant’s annual Super Bowl Sunday cleanups during which the entire staff, the newest member has only been there six years, participates in giving their home-away-from-home a fresh look.
A fifth-generation cabinet maker created a bar height table using wine crates and corks. Then he constructed a wall out of floor to ceiling wine crates painted in bold colors that mimic the stained glass window up front. Even the nooks in the boutique were custom crafted to hold bottles of wine for drinkers, shoppers and diners to choose from.
Vin'tij is an easy and not-too-overdone place to enjoy good food-the stuff you would make at home if you had the skill set, along with a superb wine list curated from years of experience, and wonderful company. “It’s just a meld of all our experiences so you can just let the imagination go,” Todd said.
As an excellent way to learn more about wine, and try before you buy, Vin'tij offers a wide selection of wine flights and Thursday night wine tastings. Tastings tend to tell the story of a single wine maker or revolve around a special theme, like the recent Holiday Wine Tasting.
To create the ultimate wine and food pairings, Chef John takes notes on the featured wines and creates a menu of hefty tapas to bring out the flavors in each. From the food to the wine list, Vin'tij is influenced by fresh and local, and they even go so far as to source biodynamic wines made from hand sorted grapes.
Pinot Noir lovers rejoice, the Butt Rub Grilled Carolina Quail with Geaux Jus Crème Fraiche, Dried Cherry Jam & Plum Tomato Salsa was made for us. While the Tuna Poke - Diced Sushi Grade Tuna with Pickled Ginger, Cucumbers, Green Onions & Sesame Ponzu Sauce - satisfies sushi cravings and pairs well with the NxNw Horse Heaven Hills Riesling.
Vin'tij Wine Boutique is located across the street from the Silver Sands Outlet Mall on Highway 98 West. Vin'tij is open daily for Lunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Dinner from 5 - 10 p.m. Visit them on the web at www.Vin'tij.com and on Facebook. Reservations are recommended and can be placed at 850-650-9820.