Sauvignon Wine Locker, offering one of the best views downtown, opens in St. Pete

Sauvignon Wine Locker, offering one of the best views downtown, opens in St. Pete

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Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria, the buzzy new wine concept located at 241 Central Avenue, is serving up some of the finest wines and tastiest dishes in St. Petersburg

The 200 Block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg may be the most spirited section of the entire city. Mandarin Hide, The Oyster Bar, Del Mar, Mastry’s, Five Bucks, the Crafty Squirrel and a host of other bars serve as proof. Now, Sauvignon sits atop the block – quite literally – as the wine locker and American trattoria, is located on the second floor of 241 Central Avenue. The restaurant welcomes walk-ups, and online reservations are now available, as well.

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Cavatelli Primavera – seasonal vegetables, champagne beurre fondue

Sauvignon brings elevated flair to the 200 Block of Central Avenue

“We are an American midsize restaurant that focuses on fresh seasonal food prepared by our executive chef along with an expertise on wine and beer,” Sauvignon says. “St. Petersburg, Florida is an area many of us have called ‘home’ for years, so having the opportunity to share some of our favorite aspects of life is nothing short of a pleasure.”

Certified sommelier Chris Ciarcia partnered with Jim and KellyAnn Jenkins to open the bar/restaurant on one of the Burg’s busiest blocks. Sauvignon serves a fresh seasonal menu with homemade pastas, grilled meats, salads, cheese and charcuterie, and a major emphasis on desserts and dessert wine pairings.

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Black Pepper Buttermilk Panna Cotta – raspberry vincotto, fresh berries, whipped vanilla cream

Join the ‘Burg’s new Wine Club

As part of their commitment to creating unique, engaging and elevated experiences, Sauvignon also has a Wine Locker Club. Membership in the exclusive includes access to personal wine storage (up to 12 bottles held behind lock and key), special events like dinners with wine pairings, and the ability to try and purchase rare and vintage wines. 

In addition to regular wine tastings, membership also has perks in the culinary department – Wine Locker Club members are able to make reservations, and Sauvignon will even decant a bottle in advance so that is prepared for enjoyment upon arrival. Full details and a sign-up link can be found on their website.

a pork dish over fresh greens
Pork Belly “Porchetta” – braised cannellini beans, escarole, lemon aioli

The Trattoria menu is resplendent with fresh flavors, but the main event for us had to be the Pork Belly Porchetta. This dish redefines savory, and the expert sommeliers at Sauvignon know exactly what wine pairs best.

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A new brunch experience in the Sunshine City

Bringing even more goodness to the weekend, Sauvignon has also begun serving weekend brunch, and the menu is exactly as delectable as the fans of their dinnertime offerings would expect. The Filet and Eggs is destined to become a favorite, and we already have our eyes on the Salumi Strata – speck, chorizo, soppressata, fontina and spinach with a crispy fingerling hash.

Other offerings include ricotta-stuffed French toast, the “Italian Job” angus burger, and the delightfully-named Eggs In Purgatory. Brunch will be served from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturdays, and from 10 am to 8 pm on Sundays, making Sauvignon one of the only places to get breakfast for dinner (with a side of fine wine, to boot).

 

Get out, support local, and enjoy a glass on the balcony overlooking Central Avenue.

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