Miami welcomes a new restaurant this month from Brad Kilgore, the chef-owner behind Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Alter. Ember will serve classic American fare with a focus on wood-fired cooking, with dishes like grilled lasagna and fire-roasted stone crabs with garlic sauce.
Wine director Michael Gonzalez’s opening list features about 100 wines, 15 of which are available by the glass, including diverse selections from Spain, New Zealand, Austria, Napa Valley and more. Gonzalez sought wines to match the food’s smoky profile, through picks with high acidity or complementing flavors. He is also aiming for value, keeping most selections under $100.
“Chef Brad has really put a lot of focus on the beverage side of the experience,” Gonzalez told Wine Spectator. “I really feel like this is a very strong representation of him and of the restaurant.”—J.H.