PINK FIZZ! or The State of Sparkling Rosé

7pm  Monday  November 26th at The Wine School at l’Alliance Française

In Pink Fizz, we will focus in on, taste, and discuss only Rosé Sparkling wines from around the world but with the major emphasis on Champagne. We’ll look at how they’re made (all methode champenoise), how they get their color (a variety of ways), their styles and nuances, where and from what grapes they’re made, as well as pink fizz with food. We will taste through the diversity of dry pink bubbles as we look at a total of 14 wines. The wines tasted will be served in Riedel Degustazione stemware and a selection of cheeses and bread will be served.

The lineup includes:
Mercat Brut Rosé NV
Jean Baptiste Adam Cremant d’Alsace Rosé NV
Roederer Estate Rosé Anderson Valley – Sparkling NV
Andre Clouet Brut Rosé Grand Reserve NV
Michel Mailliard Rosé Cuvee Alexia Champagne NV
Chateau De Bligny Brut Rosé Champagne NV
Jose Dhondt Saignee Rosé Brut Champagne NV
Jean Vesselle Oeil De Perdrix Rosé Champagne NV
Camille Saves Rosé Brut Grand Cru Champagne NV
Henriot Rosé Champagne NV
Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne NV
Bollinger Special Cuvee Rosé Champagne NV
Barons de Rothschild Brut Rosé Champagne NV
Egly Ouriet Brut Rosé Champagne NV

Pink Fizz! will cost $80 per person (cash or check) or $84.21 (regular). To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan Coburn at 713-854-7855or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Française is French Cultural Center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., it is on the Southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

With 40 years in the wine business and over 35 years experience teaching about wine, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton is one of the top wine authorities as well as the most experienced wine educator in Texas.

SOLD OUT – A November Bordeaux Dinner to Remember

At 7pm on Thursday, November 29th, please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, at Lucio’s for a fun and delicious look at 2012 Bordeaux and more paired with a wine friendly menu.  We’ll start with a lovely Champagne and a bit of tartare after which we will go directly to three left-bank, Cabernet Sauvignon dominant reds paired with the roast quail. After that, we’ll have three right-bank, Merlot-dominant wines with the braised beef followed by a mini vertical (2012, 2011, and 2008) of Ch. Pontet Canet with the cheese. We’ll finish up with a fresh 2015 Ch. Coutet Barsac. There are some real WOW wines on the list.

THE MENU
Salmon Tartare with
Camille Saves Carte Blanche Brut Champagne NV

Roast Quail with
Ch. Branaire Ducru, St. Julien, 2012
Ch. Haut Bages Liberal, Pauillac, 2012
Ch. Brane Cantenac, Margaux, 2012

Red Wine Press Short Ribs with
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2012
Ch. L’Evangile, Pomerol, 2012
Vieux Ch. Certan, Pomerol, 2012

A selection of Cheeses with
Ch. Pontet Canet, Pauillac, 2012
Ch. Pontet Canet, Pauillac, 2011
Ch. Pontet Canet,Pauillac, 2008

Brioche Bread Pudding
Ch Coutet, Barsac, 2015

This November Bordeaux Dinner to Remember will cost $180 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check (or $189.47 regular). All taxes and tips are included.

For reservations, please reply by email to BearDalton@mac.com.
Please include a call back number in your email reply.
This dinner is limited to 20 guests and should sell out quickly. 

Lucio’s is located at 905 Taft Street between West Dallas and Allen Parkway.

Hope to see you there.

SOLD OUT – CHAMPAGNE!

Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton at 7pm on Monday, November 19that The Wine School at l’Alliance Française for Champagne! In Champagne, we will taste and discuss the range of sparkling wines from Champagne as we look at how they are made, their styles and stylistic differences, where and from what grapes they are made, the different types of Champagne producers, serving, glassware, and Champagne and food. The tasting will start with a grand marque brut NV to use as a baseline and will build from there. All wines tasted will be served in Riedel Degustazione stemware. A selection of cheeses and bread will be offered.

The lineup includes:
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne 6/cs NV
Abel Charlot
JP Marniquet Brut Tradition NV
Castelnau Brut Reserve (6/cs) Champagne NV
Jacques Picard Berru Brut NV
Camille Saves Carte Blanche Brut Premier Cru NV
Roederer Brut Vintage Champagne 2009
Marcel Moineaux Chouilly Brut Blanc De Blanc Grand Cru NV
Lancelot Royer Cuvee Chevaliers Champagne NV
Barons Rothschild Blanc de Blancs NV
Andre Clouet “Cuvee 1911” Brut NV
Egly Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru Champagne NV
Castelnau Collection Oenotheque (6/cs) Champagne 2000
JP Marniquet Brut Prestige Champagne 2002

Champagne! will cost $75 per person (cash or check) or $78.95 (regular). To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan Coburn at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Françaiseis French Cultural Center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., it is on the Southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

With 40 years in the wine business and 30-plus years experience teaching about wine, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Daltonis one of the top wine authorities as well as the most experienced wine educator in Texas.

More Classes and Events Coming Soon:
11.26.18          Monday           Sparkling Rosé (mostly Champagne)
11.29.18          Thursday         “Drinking Bordeaux” Dinner at Lucio’s
12.10.18          Monday           Port (with Symington)
12.13.18          Thursday         Holiday Dinner
12.17.18          Monday            Wine School Christmas Party and Toy Gather
01.16.19          Wednesday     Big 2016 Bordeaux Tasting at Crystal Ballroom

The STATE of ZIN at 7pm on November 5 at The Wine School at l’Alliance Française

Please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, on Monday, November 5th, at 7pm for The State of Zin. We’ll dig into Zinfandel and look at 15 Zin-based wines, mostly from Sonoma County – the spiritual home of Zinfandel – that represent some of the best of what is in the market (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). We’ll talk about Zin and Zin-blends, the terroirs and techniques used to make it, and the food we eat with it. The class will include bread and a selection of fine cheeses to accompany the tasting. We will be tasting Riedel Degustazione glasses.

The List:
SHANNON RIDGE High Valley Zinfandel, Lake County, 2017
TWISTED PASO Zinfandel. Paso Robles, 2016
DRY CREEK VINEYARDS Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 2016
TRIG POINT Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 2016
SEGHESIO Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 2016
QUIVIRA Zinfandel Dry Creek 2015
FROG’s LEAP Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2016
DRY CREEK VINEYARDS Old Vines Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, 2015
SEGHESIO Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma, 2014
VENGE Scout’s Honor, Napa Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Ponzo Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Pagani Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Geyserville Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 2016

The State of Zinwill cost $60.00per person cash ($63.16 regular). The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, November 5th at l’Alliance Française. To reserve your spot, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Françaiseis French Cultural Center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., it is on the Southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

With over 40 years in the wine business and almost 35 years experience teaching about wine, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton is one of the top wine authorities as well as the most experienced wine educator in Texas.

 

Clarence Dillon – Ch. Quintus and More Tasting

Bear Dalton and Le Dragon de Quintus

On SUNDAY, October 21st at 6pm, please join me in welcoming estate manager François Cap de Mourlin of Chateau Quintus to the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tasting of a baker’s (vinter’s?) dozen wines from the Clarence Dillon (Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion, Quintus, and Clarendelle) portfolio focusing on the wines of Ch. Quintus.

Ch. Quintus is the Saint Emilion property that Prince Robert of Haut Brion and his team began building in 2011 with the purchase of what used to be called Ch. Tertre Daugay and the addition in 2013 of what used to be called Ch. l’Arrosee. The resulting Quintus estate now provides the grapes for Ch. Quintus and its 2nd vin Le Dragon de Quintus.

For this tasting, we will start with the Clarence Dillon proprietary blend under the Clarendelle label, then taste the three vintages of Le Dragon de Quintus along with on vintage each of the 2nd wine of Ch. Haut Brion (Le Clarence de Haut Brion) and Ch. La Mission Haut Brion (La Chapelle de la Mission) followed by three vintages of Ch. Quintus and finishing with the 2015 Clarté de Haut Brion (the stunning 2nd white wine of both Ch. Haut Brion and Ch. La Mission Haut Brion).

The line up in order of tasting:
Clarendelle Bordeaux Blanc 2017
Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge 2014
Clarendelle St. Emillon 2014
Clarendelle Medoc 2014
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2014
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2014
Le Clarence de Haut Brion  Pessac Leognan 2014
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2015
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2016
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2014
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2015
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2016
Clarté de Haut Brion (Blanc), Pessac Leognan, 2015

This Clarence Dillon – Ch. Quintus and More Tasting will cost $60.00 per person (cash or check) or $63.16 regular. The class will meet at 6pm on SUNDAY October 21st at l’Alliance Française. To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

Ch. QUINTUS – CLARENCE DILLON Tasting

On SUNDAY, October 21st at 6pm, please join me in welcoming estate manager Jean Cap de Mourlin of Chateau Quintus of Domaines Clarence Dillon in Bordeaux to the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tasting of a baker’s (vinter’s?) dozen wines from the Clarence Dillon portfolio focusing on the wines of Ch. Quintus. Domaines Clarence Dillon is the umbrella over Ch. Haut Brion and Ch. La Mission Haut Brion in Pessac Leognan as well as Ch. Quintus in St. Emilion and the Clarendelle wines.

The line up:
Clarendelle Bordeaux Blanc 2017
Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge 2014
Clarendelle St. Emillon 2014
Clarendelle Medoc 2014
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2014
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2014
Le Clarence de Haut Brion  Pessac Leognan 2014
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2015
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2016
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2014
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2015
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2016
Clarté de Haut Brion (Blanc), Pessac Leognan, 2015

This Ch. Quintus – Clarence Dillon Tastingwill cost $60.00per person (cash or check) or $63.16 regular. The class will meet at 6pm on SUNDAY October 21st at l’Alliance Française. To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

Bordeaux Dinner

At 7pm on Thursday, October 18th, please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, at Lucio’sfor a fun and delicious look at 2012, 2014, and 2015 Left Bank Bordeaux paired with a wine friendly menu.  We’ll start with Champagne after which we will go directly to the 2014s paired with duck. After that, three 2015s with the lamb followed by three 2012s with the cheese. We’ll finish up with a fresh 2014 sauternes.

THE MENU
Crab Cake
Andre Clouet Cuvee 1911 Grand Cru, Champagne, NV

Grilled Duck Breast
with fennel puree,  spinach, date marmalade, and duck jus
Ch. Ferriere, Margaux, 2014
Ch. Saint Pierre, St. Julien, 2014
Ch. Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, 2014

Rack of Lamb with stacked potato
Ch. Ferriere, Margaux, 2015
Ch. Saint Pierre, St. Julien, 2015
Ch. Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, 2015

A selection of Cheeses
Ch. Ferriere, Margaux, 2012
Ch. Saint Pierre, St. Julien, 2012
Ch. Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, 2012

Crème Brulee
Lions de Ch. Sauduiraut, Sauternes, 2014

This Bordeaux Dinner will cost $160 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check (or $162.42 regular). All taxes and tips are included.
For reservations, please reply by email to BearDalton@mac.com.
Please include a call back number in your email reply.
Lucio’s is located at 905 Taft.
Hope to see you there.