Miami’s Citadel Food Hall to Open Feb. 16

The Citadel opening preview

After years without central eating/drinking/shopping areas that weren’t traditional malls, now they’re opening all over the place. We couldn’t be happier.

The newest to join the food hall crowd is The Citadel in Miami’s historic Little River District. Opening Feb. 16, it will have 15 places to eat in the food hall, a rooftop bar, and lots of retailers with all kinds of products: clothing, paper goods, ceramics, art and more.

The rooftop seating holds more than 200 alone, and has a view of downtown Miami and surrounding neighborhoods. Some of the food vendors include: Palmar, a Chinese restaurant; Taquiza, a traditional Mexican taqueria; Bianco Gelato; Manjay, a traditional Caribbean venue; Society BBQ, “the best of BBQ born in Texas;” Rare Burger, Ash! Pizza Parlor and more. Plan a trip!

The Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami;

American Fine Wine Competition results

Every year, the American Fine Wine Competition brings together hundreds of judges and wineries to taste the best of the country, produced by more states than just California. And each year, the results hold pleasant surprises.

This year is no exception. The winners, and the prices of the winning wines, will make you stop, think and then search them out in stores.

Here is the list of the top six show winners. There are hundreds of others given awards in their class. The winning list is here.

Show winners:

Sparkling – Glenora Wine Cellars, Brut, Finger Lakes, NY; 2013 vintage; $30.

White – Winery at Black Star Farms, Arcturos, Riesling, semi-dry; Leelanau Peninsula, Mich.; 2016, $14.

Red – Chase Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, Calif.; $125

Port style – St. Amant Winery, Lot #11, Amador County, Calif.; $35

Sweet – Winery at Black Star Farms, Arcturos; Winter Harvest, Old Mission Peninsula, Mich.; $52.

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