N2 Winebar Opens in Pineapple Grove

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By Nicole Danna The Pineapple Contributing Writer For many, ordering a glass of wine can be intimidating. When dining out it’s an awkward exchange with a server, while buying a bottle at the local liquor store often ends with a timid guess. However, thanks to downtown Delray Beach newcomer N2, wine lovers who want to find that perfect bottle have met their match. A bar that’s a little more self-serve than sit- down, N2 Winebar opened October 23 in Pineapple Grove, a unique concept that is equal parts tasting room, retail shop and bar. It’s also a place where patrons can browse a hand-picked selection of boutique and small- batch wines, and sample them without having to wait for a seat — or a bartender’s attention. How? The brainchild of lifelong Delray Beach resident Ronald L. Voss, III and co- owner Kyle DeSantis of Coral Springs, N2 Winebar offers an experience unlike any in South Florida. “We wanted to offer something that was fun and creative, but also filled a void [here in Delray Beach],” said Voss during a recent interview. The void, according to Voss, is a new breed of wine bar where 64 of over 150 bottles are on “tap” thanks to a wall of Enomatic wine dispensers that allow patrons the freedom to self-select custom 1-, 3- and 5-ounce pours. Although wine preservation systems have been in use for more than 30 years, Enomatic was among the first automated system to become popular for use in bars, restaurants, and retail stores. At N2, each open bottle is stored and served at its recommended temperature, and will remain as though freshly-opened for up to 20 days. Servings are priced according to pour volume. Just activate your personal credit “card,” fill it with funds, and use it to sample a range of varietals. The selection will rotate from N2’s list of more than 150 bottles, many of them rare finds, including a limited supply of 2009 Caymus cabernet sauvignon, said Voss. Aside from selection, N2 also delivers with an open concept and minimalist decor, from an elegant copper bar and lounge dotted with leather armchairs, to a small, semi-private retail space where a communal table offers room for tastings and pairing events. With a casual-cool vibe, it’s a space that encourages patrons to meander and mingle. If you’re more about being served than self-serve, and prefer the guidance of an oenophile, the same machines are located behind the bar where eight additional bottles rotate weekly, while a separate retail space gives customers the opportunity to sample, purchase and take home. It will also be a place to partake in a wine flight or two. And although the focus is on the wine, N2 will also be serving craft beers and cider by the bottle, as well as a small menu of gourmet meats, cheeses and small plates. Part of the concept means there will also be plenty of wine education, added Voss, which includes regular wine tastings held every other Wednesday at 7 p.m., as well as wine classes on Sunday at 2 p.m. A $15 fee will get you entry to tastings and classes unless otherwise advertised, and the fee will be waived if you purchase any bottle at $15 or more. N2 will also have a sommelier on hand for one night each month where collectors can break out their favorite bottles to share with like-minded wine professionals. N2 Winebar is located adjacent to The Hyatt Place in Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach at 104 NE Second Ave. For more information visit the website at www.n2winebar.com, or call 561-278-6802.