Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Burt's Cuvee


Boca Raton, FL -- Noted South Florida restaurateur Burt Rapoport launched his first private label wine -- Burt’s Cuvee -- on June 8, 2007 at his restaurants. Rapoport currently owns Opus 5, at the Shops at Boca Center, and Bogart’s Bar & Grille, at the JM Lexus Premier Level at Muvico Palace 20, in Boca Raton, and Henry’s, at Addison Place, in Delray Beach. This delicious wine from Markham Vineyards -- a blend of primitivo, petite sirah, zinfandel, and syrah -- tastes like a full-bodied Italian wine with powerful fruit flavors.

Rapoport notes, “When I was out in Napa Valley, walking through the vineyards with Markham President Bryan Del Bondio, I told him about how I had branded my new company -- Rapoport’s Restaurant Group, Inc. He suggested that I offer a private label wine -- a blend that no one else would have -- and the idea soon became a reality.”

Rapoport has been offering wines from Markham Vineyards, in his restaurants, for over twenty-five years. When he and his former business partner, Dennis Max, ran their company Unique Restaurant Concepts, Inc. for twenty years, they were the largest user of Markham wines in the United States. “We basically introduced Markham wines to South Florida. These wines have gained popularity, around the country, because of their high quality and their reasonable prices.”

Del Bondio states, “After working with Burt Rapoport, for over twenty-five years, I am very pleased to produce this private label wine for his exceptional restaurants. I look forward to participating in several wine events, at Burt’s restaurants, this year.”

Rapoport is extraordinarily pleased to be offering Burt’s Cuvee, to his diners, by both the bottle and by the glass. He says, “We have had a special relationship, with Bryan Del Bondio and Markham Vineyards for years, and we are honored to have his wines -- including Burt’s Cuvee -- in our restaurants. We are proud of the quality, of these wines, and the ability to pass these wines on, to our diners, at a great value.”

Burt’s Cuvee will sell for $9, per glass, and $36, per bottle, at Rapoport’s Restaurants.