Tim McEnery: The Daredevil Behind Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

January 10, 2015 7:33 AM

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Tim McEnery: The Daredevil Behind Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

I’D NEVER TASTED an almond sparkling wine before I traveled to suburban Illinois earlier this week. And I’m still not entirely sure how to describe it. Fortunately the wine catalog of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants offers the following: “Powerful aromas of almond cookie, maraschino cherry and nutmeg.” That was a pretty accurate characterization—and no, it was not served in a parfait dish but a wine glass.

The almond sparkler is the best-selling wine at Cooper’s Hawk, according to the company’s CEO and founder Tim McEnery. “The second-best-selling wine is our Pinot Noir. That speaks to our range of consumers,” said Mr. McEnery with a laugh.

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