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Wine Spectator Magazine Honors Fish Out Of Water with Award of Excellence

July 26, 2014 by SoWal Staff

Fish Out of Water at WaterColor Inn and Resort has added another trophy to its growing list with its “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine.

Fewer than 3,000 restaurants worldwide make the list, according to a Wine Spectator description, for offering "a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically these lists offer at least 90 selections."

“Our wine program boasts more than 475 selections,” said Tony Liartis, Director of Food and Beverage at WaterColor Inn and Resort. “Currently, we have 3,649 bottles in our inventory and our goal is to provide guests with an extensive selection of wines from around the globe at a range of prices – more than a third of our wines are priced at $50 and under.”


Fish Out of Water is already a popular choice for wine-enthusiasts, hosting regular wine tastings, pairing menus and events with some of the nation’s top wine producers and distributors.

“Our bottles are stored correctly, which means horizontally in a temperature and humidity controlled cellar. The temperature stays between 55 and 60 degrees, and the humidity range is from 70 to 75 percent,” added Liartis. “It is glass-encased room which can be viewed from the private dining room–both with sweeping views of the Gulf.”

Wine Spectator's entire 2014 Restaurant Awards tally will be published in the magazine's Aug. 31 issue, on newsstands July 22. On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in celebration of receiving the award, Fish Out of Water is offering a complimentary glass of select wine with each entrée purchased when guests mention the award.


Fish Out of Water restaurant also has been awared Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award. Fish Out of Water sets a glamorous scene with a distinctive wine list to match. A private dining room is available, lined with bottles from the restaurant’s collection. The mood at Fish Out of Water is casual chic, with elegance reflected in the simplest detail. All is born of a passion for good food and an understanding of what it takes to create a wonderful dining experience. Besides dinner, guests can sit on the Gulffront deck and soak in the morning sun as the emerald waters offer the perfect backdrop for breakfast or dining at sunset. Fish Out of Water Hours — Breakfast: 8 - 11 a.m. daily; Dinner: 5:30 - 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, & Sunday; 5:30 - 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday; Happy Hour: 5 - 6 p.m. nightly (Patio & Bar Only) and kids eat free: 5:30 - 6 p.m. nightly (2 kids meals with purchase of entree).


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