Serving Sancerre on Anna Maria Island

Our family loves to take some R ‘n’ R on Anna Maria Island every chance we get (usually once a year; twice, if we’re lucky). We enjoy seeing our relatives there, swimming in the beautiful blue-green gulf and feasting on local seafood. And, what goes perfect with Gulf oysters, fish and shrimp? Our Fournier Sancerre, of course!

Now, we can enjoy our fine wine with our fine island meal! We are thrilled to have bottles of Sancerre “Les Belles Vignes” on the menu at The Waterfront Restaurant, right across from the historic Anna Maria City Pier (severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, but on track for reconstruction). We make a point to dine there every trip. It’s a fantastic place to take in the balmy breeze on the front porch and….you guessed it…..sip delicious French wine, all with a relaxing water view. You may recall that Wine Spectator gave Fournier Sancerre “Les Belles Vignes” 91 Points and named it a Smart Buy.

This visit, we had the pleasure of connecting with Jason Suzor, the charmingly low-key chef-owner of the Anna Maria Island spot, who happens to love French wine and is a strong proponent of sustainable cuisine. Anna Maria Island has been hurting pretty bad recently from the Red Tide that hit the Gulf. Local businesses are especially hungry for visitors. If you or friends and family are going to the area, hit up The Waterfront, and enjoy some leisurely sips of Fournier Sancerre with your island breeze.

We hope to have even more wines by the bottle and glass on the menu in future. But for now, we’re happy that one of our favorite spots has one of our favorite wines, Fournier Sancerre, on offer. Salut!