Michael’s Wine Cellar has become the first spirits retailer in Florida to feature all three Inverroche Gins from South Africa. The company’s adjoining restaurant Michael’s On East is also the first restaurant in the state to debut the artisanal spirit with a new cocktail three years in the making.
Michael’s Wine Cellar & Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber first tasted Inverroche Gin with his wife Terri while leading a wine-focused luxury safari journey for clients in South Africa in the summer of 2015.
“Gin & Tonic is known as the cocktail of choice when on safari and we’ve been known to enjoy a classic ‘sundowner’ cocktail with friends while leading our bi-annual Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trips,” explained Klauber. “But I’ll never forget our first sip of a sundowner with Inverroche while visiting Londolozi Game Reserve. We knew immediately it was a special part of Africa we’d like to offer our friends back at home!”
Ever since the Klaubers tasted the craft gin, Michael Klauber has been working closely with distributors and importers for three years to bring Inverroche to the local market. He added, “The popularity of Gin is well-known and gaining momentum around the globe, but it’s the stories – in addition to these unique flavor profiles – behind a specialty spirit like Inverroche which gives our guests so many reasons to shop and dine with us at Michael’s.”
Each Inverroche Gin has a distinctive profile, created using recipes blending between 20 to 30 different varieties of Fynbos, a distinctive flora kingdom found only in the southern tip of Africa, which are then complemented by additional more traditional gin botanicals.“Fynbos” is the Dutch word for “fine-leaved plants.” The brand currently has three distinct Gins (Classic, Verdant and Amber), crafted using only a handful of the more than 9,000 Fynbos botanicals. The first Inverroche Gins were released in 2011 and are now available in 15 countries. All three of the South African craft gin are now available for purchase at Michael’s Wine Cellar.
INVERROCHE GIN: AMBER (Retail: $39.95 (750ML) at Michael’s Wine Cellar)
Infused with fragrant and aromatic fynbos scattered along the dunes of the southern African coastal region, Inverroche Gin Amber showcases the diversity of the bountiful Cape Floral Kingdom.
Aromas: Fresh citrus, slight juniper, red bush, sweet toffee apples and delicate floral notes.
Taste: Dry, woody finish with delicate florals and bright citrus.
INVERROCHE GIN:VERDANT (Retail: $39.95 (750ML) at Michael’s Wine Cellar)
Inverroche Gin Verdant is infused with a bouquet of fynbos, hand-selected from the mountainous, rocky terrain along the southern African coast.
Aroma: Delicate floral aromas reminiscent of elderflower and chamomile.
Taste: Fragrant summer blooms, a touch of spice, subtle juniper, zesty lemon rind and alluring liquorice.
INVERROCHE GIN:CLASSIC (Retail: $39.95 (750ML) at Michael’s Wine Cellar)
Beautifully balanced and complex, Inverroche Classic is infused with fynbos harvested from the southern African coastal, Limestone-rich hills and cliffs.
Aromas: Upfront green juniper notes blend seamlessly with a bouquet of soft flowers on the nose.
Taste: The taste is exotic and intriguing with aromas of citrus, rose petals and assertive florals delivering a crisp, dry and spicy finish.
Making its debut in the Restaurant, the Inverroche Amber Gin is featured in a new handcrafted cocktail created by Michael’s mixologists, the “Cape Town Fig Bramble.” The cocktail recipe includes Inverroche Amber Gin, Poire Williams Liqueur and bitters, garnished with Allspice-soaked figs and an orange twist. The Cape Town Fig Bramble is available during lunch, happy hour or dinner at the Michael’s On East Lounge or in the Restaurant’s dining rooms for $14. Each variety of Inverroche Gin is also available on the rocks or in other cocktails.
“Our friends at Inverroche claim that it’s ‘A special product, made by special people in a very special place.’” commented Klauber. “This statement couldn’t ring truer for us, and we think our patrons will agree!”
Michael’s On East, Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant, is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. Michael’s Wine Cellar, the adjacent retail wine and spirits shop is located at 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza, Sarasota, 34239.