Celebrate National Wine Day at the GMRENCEN

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What’s red, white or sparkling, yet sometimes dry or sweet? Wine, of course! For National Wine Day on May 25, we’re highlighting three dining destinations inside the GMRENCEN with varieties of vino you’ll *cheers* to!


Andiamo Detroit Riverfront



Andiamo offers authentic Italian fare made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Here, you’ll enjoy a glass of wine while taking in views of the Detroit Riverfront.


We spoke with Corporate Sommelier and Staff Trainer with Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, Andrée Lux, about which wines pair with the perfect Italian dish.


If you’re new to wine, she recommends something soft and fruity, like the 2019 Meiomi Pinot Noir. For the more experienced wine drinkers, she recommends a Super Tuscan or a Barolo wine.


During your next visit to Andiamo, try these dishes and wine pairings recommended by Andrée:


  • Pair Andiamo’s Frutti de Mare, made with seared scallops, mussels, shrimp, calamari, garlic, white wine, tomatoes, and homemade pasta, with a glass of Renaissance Rosé.  This Sangiovese Rosé is fresh and elegant with refined red fruit flavors that cuts through the seafood’s richness, making it the perfect pairing.
  • Enjoy Portabella al Forno with tenderloin tips while sipping a glass of Celani Family Vineyards’ Robusto wine. The tannins in the red wine complement the meat, creating an enjoyable flavor.

Wine tip: When tasting wine, the first sip is to prep your palate. When you take your second sip, take in air through your nose and savor the sip for a complete flavor profile.


If you’re looking for wine-related events, Andiamo hosts wine tastings with some of the top wineries in the country. You can also schedule private tastings for a fun group activity. For more information, visit AndiamoItalia.com.


Joe Muer Seafood



Fresh seafood and wine, that’s exactly what you’ll experience at Joe Muer. Located along the gorgeous Detroit Riverfront, Joe Muer serves the highest quality fish, lobster, crab, sushi and more.


Joe Muer has an expansive wine menu, making it a destination for National Wine Day, Sunday brunch or a night out.


When dining at Joe Muer, start with one of their delicious appetizers, like the Fried Calamari, or Oysters Rockefeller. Pair these with white wine or champagne, as it will act as a palate cleanser for rich dishes, like seafood.


Next, the main course. Joe Muer’s menu is filled with tasty dishes like steaks and seafoods – and there’s so much to choose from!


Here are a few dishes and wine you should try at your next visit:


  • Dover Sole a la Meuniere, complete with Herbs de Provence, lemon and brown butter, should be paired with the Peter Michael “La Carriére” Chardonnay. The white wine goes perfectly with the brown butter, creating a flavor you won’t forget. And Dover Sole a la Meuniere is filleted tableside! Who doesn’t love dinner and a show?
  • Wagyu Short Rib, braised and served with whipped potato, Swiss chard, baby carrots, cipollini onions, demi glaze and a diablo executive shrimp – yum! Pair this dish with red wine like a Pride Mountain Merlot to complement its flavors.

Wine tip: When smelling wine, twirl the glass around and take short sniffs inside the glass. The short and frequent sniffs allow you to pick up the wine’s notes more completely.


To make a reservation at Joe Muer, visit JoeMuer.com.


Highlands Detroit




Get ready to sip vino in the sky. From cabernets to chardonnays, Rosé and champagne – Highlands Detroit offers specially prepared dishes, unforgettable views, and of course, your favorite wines!


Michael Reiman, general manager of Highlands recommendations pairing Highlands Alaskan Halibut with a glass of Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc. If you’re selecting a meatier dish, he recommends trying the Australian Lambchops with the 2015 Chateau Branaire Ducru.


To make a reservation at Highlands, visit HighlandsDetroit.com.


When you visit us for National Wine Day, you have three incredible dining destinations and unmatched views for the day’s celebration to choose from. Before you visit, please visit our safety blog to learn the procedures and precautions now in place at the GMRENCEN.