Adelsheim Tasting

On Monday July 8th at 7pm, please join me in welcoming Willamette Valley pioneer David Adelsheim (please “about David Adelsheim” below) to the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tasting of ten of his wines. David will present his wines as he delves into the history of both Adelsheim and the Willamette Valley. He has seen and done it all in the Willamette Valley and is here to tell the tale.

The Wines:
Adelsheim Pinot Noir Rose 2018
Adelsheim Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2016
Adelsheim Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2017
Adelsheim Stacking Claim Chardonnay 2015
Adelsheim Ribbon Springs Chardonnay 2016
Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
Adelsheim Breaking Ground Pinot Noir 2015
Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2014
Adelsheim Ribbon Springs Vineyard  Pinot Noir 2016
Adelsheim Boulder Bluff Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

This Adelsheim Tasting will cost $40.00 per person (cash or check) or $42.11 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday July 8th 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.

About David Adelsheim:
David Adelsheim is the director of Adelsheim Vineyard, which he founded with Ginny Adelsheim in 1971. In the course of his company’s 48-year history, he has been the vineyard manager, winemaker, and the person in charge of sales, marketing, accounting, and fixing broken plumbing. His early winemaking experience included work at the experimental winery of the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, France, and at The Eyrie Vineyards in Oregon.
“In the beginning, in the 1970s, we needed to focus on learning to make consistently decent wine. As the Willamette Valley was able to draw on more training and expertise in the 80s and 90s, producing world-class Pinots became the goal. Now, our conversations are all about the distinctions of place – what should a great Pinot from this particular vineyard taste like?”

Revealing Rosé – 18 for ’18

Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton on Monday, June 24th at 7pm for Revealing Rosé. We’ll beat the heat as we dig into dry Rosé with look at eighteen (I know, I have a hard time editing myself) refreshing 2018 vintage Rosé wines from all over France from Bordeaux to the Languedoc to Provence to the Rhone representing the range of styles from “Beach” to “Food Friendly.” We’ll talk about the grapes, the places they’re grown, how they’re made, and the foods we eat with them. Due to factors including currency rates and production, French Rosé represents an even better value this year. Bread and a selection of fine cheeses will accompany the tasting.

The List:
Ch La Sable Rose, Luberon, 2018
Pierre Rougon Rose, Cote Du Rhone, 2018
Chemin De Provence Rose, Provence, 2018
Cuvee Des 3 Messes Basses Rose, Ventoux, 2018
Pierre Rougon Rose, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, 2018
Pins Des Dunes Rose, Bordeaux, 2018
Versant Rose, Pays d’Oc, 2018
Brumont Rose, Gascogne, 2018
Mourgues Du Gres Rose Les Galets, Costieres de Nimes, 2018
Domaine de Cabasse Rose de Marie, Cotes du Rhone, 2018
The Palm Rose By Whispering Angel, Provence, 2018
Pink Pegau Rose, Vin de France, 2018
Fleurs de Prairie Rose, Provence, 2018
Ch d’Esclans Whispering Angel, Provence Rose,   2018
Canto Perdrix, Tavel Rose, 2018
Domaine De Mourchon Loubie, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rose, 2018
Hecht & Bannier Rose, Cotes De Provence, 2018
Montmirail Rossignol Rose, Gigondas, 2018

Revealing Roséwill cost $50.00 per person cash ($52.63 regular). The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, June 24th at l’Alliance Française. To purchase your ticket(s), please contact Susan at 713-854-7855or 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.

With over 40 years experience in the wine business and 30-plus years experience teaching and writing 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.

A Champagne and Bordeaux Pop Up Dinner

A Champagne and Bordeaux Pop Up Dinner

Anyone who knows me knows that I love food as much as I love wine. While I’ve never even dreamed of being a winemaker, I often think about cooking in my own restaurant. That’s not going to happen – but I have gotten to live the chef/restaurateur dream occasionally with wine dinners I’ve donated and cooked for with the money generated going to various organizations such as WOW and the Houston Area Women’s Center, ECHOS, and the Rancher’s Ride. The last of these dinners was how I celebrated my 60thbirthday back on March 9th. All well and good but I am craving another chef fix.
So, on Saturday June 22 at 7pm, I will host (and cook along with Joan Sokol, Denise Ehrlich, and several others) a wine dinner benefitting the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. This dinner-for-32 will be held in the Parish Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany (which conveniently has a full commercial kitchen). We’ll start with a Champagne reception with appropriate nibbles and then sit down to a five-course dinner of some of my personal favorite dishes, each prepared to complement the wines served with them, served with extraordinary wines. Extraordinairy wines? Take a look at the menu below. You just may have to loosen your belt.

The CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
Assorted Nibbles
Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, NV
Andre Clouet Cuvee 1911 Blanc de Noirs, Champagne, NV
Billecart Salmon Rosé, Champagne, NV

The DINNER
Leek-and-Cauliflower Soup
Lustau East India Sherry

Duck Debris
served over dressed mesclun with toasted pine nuts
Ch. Pavie Macquin, St. Emilion, 2014
Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan,2014
Ch. Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac, 2014

Grilled Whole Beef Tenderloin
sliced over truffled tagliatelli and topped with caramelized leeks and shitakes
Ch. Pavie Macquin, St. Emilion, 2015
Ch. Clinet, Pomerol, 2015
Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan, 2015
Ch. Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac, 2015

Cheeses
Ch. Pavie Macquin, St. Emilion, 2016
Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan, 2016
Ch. Ch. Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac, 2016

Home-Made Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream
with peach topping and shortbread crumble

Ch. Coutet Barsac, 2015

So come eat and drink knowing that every dime will go to a great cause; have fun and feel good about it. This Champagne and Bordeaux Pop-Up Wine Dinner will cost $300.00 per person (check payable to Church of the Epiphany or a credit card charge which will be processed by Epiphany). The reception will start at 7pm on Saturday June 22. To reserve your spot for this unique wine and food experience, please reply by email to me at BearDalton@mac.com.
I suggest coming by Uber, Lyft, or other car service as there will be a lot of wine served. The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is located at 9600 South Gessner Road (the southwest corner of Gessner and Bissonnet).

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is my church and I love it. It’s where I go to church and where I raised my kids. While I no longer live in the area, I went to Sharpstown High School and used to pass Epiphany on the way to and from school. Since joining Epiphany 23 years ago, I have served as a lay reader, occasional cook,  on the vestry (currently in my third term), and as senior warden. The area has changed since I lived nearby and Epiphany has changed along with it. Epiphany now boasts one of the most diverse and welcoming (to all people) congregations in Houston along with great preaching, adherence to the liturgical structures found in the Book of Common Prayer, and exceptional music. Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is The Church of the Epiphany’s outreach to the surrounding community.

Albert Bichot Wine Class and Tasting

Featuring assistant technical director Matthieu Mangenot

On Monday, June 17 at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) in welcoming Albert Bichot assistant technical director Matthieu Mangenot (bio below) to The Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tasting of the wines of Albert Bichot. Albert Bichot is a Burgundy negoçiant that operates more like a group of related domaines and is, in fact, a big vineyard owner with four estates in Chablis and the Cote d’Or (plus one each in the Cote Chalonnaise and Beaujolais) making world class wines.

The line-up includes:
Bichot Cremant de Bourgogne NV
Bichot Chablis 2015
Bichot Domaine Long Depaquit Chablis 2015
Bichot Chablis Vaucopins 1er cru 2016
Bichot Ch. Gris Nuits St. Georges Les Terrasses Blanc 2016
Bichot Meursault Charmes 1er cru 2016
Bichot Puligny Montrachet Perrieres 1er cru 2016
Bichot Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vigne Vielles 2016
Bichot Gevrey Chambertin Les Murots 2016
Bichot Morey Saint Denis Les Sorbets 1er Cru 2016
Bichot Ch. Gris Nuits St. Georges Monopole 1er Cru  2016
Bichot Chambolle Musigny Chaibots 1er Cru 2016
Bichot Corton Clos Marechaudes Grand Cru 2016

This Albert Bichot Tasting will cost $70.00 per person (cash or check) or $73.68 regular. The class meets on Monday June 17 at 7pm 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. (77006), 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.

About Matthieu Mangenot:
Immediately after completing his studies, Matthieu Mangenot has worked with other companies, notably in South Africa, Lebanon and Bordeaux. After his first experience in the Mâconnais – Beaujolais region, he joined Albert Bichot in 2007, as manager of the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate in Chablis. His dual training as an agronomist and an oenologist allows him to have a comprehensive approach to winemaking, from vineyard management to bottling. Through in-depth work in the vineyards, he puts the grape at the heart of his strategy of showcasing the terroirs and supports a non-interventionist approach at the winery. In 2019, he continues to pursue his career at Albert Bichot, having taken over the position of Assistant Technical Director at the head office in Beaune. His knowledge of soil formation and his pragmatic, transversal approach to the development of the House of productions, while respecting its concern for authenticity and sustainability.

SAVE THE DATES:
06/22/19 – Bear Dalton’s Pop-Up Champagne and Bordeaux Wine Dinner in the Parish Hall at the Church of the Epiphany (Corner of Gessner and Bissonnet). Bear Will be most ably assisted by Chef Joan and Chef Denise and a host of others.
06/24/19 – Annual Rosé Class and Tasting at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française
07/08/19 – Adelsheim Tasting with David Adelsheim
07/29/19 – Bordeaux Refresh benefitting ECHOS

Domaine de La Pousse d’Or Wine Class and Tasting

On Monday, June 3 at 7pm, please join me in welcoming my friend and Burgundy expert extraordinaire David Smith to The Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tag-team class (with me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) and tasting of the wines of Domaine de la Pousse d’Or. Pousse d’Or is the rare Burgundy domaine making world class wine in both the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits. These fifteen 2015s are extraordinary wines that are showing beautifully now.

The line-up includes:
Pousse d’Or Santenay Clos Tavannes 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay en Caillerets (Amphora) 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay en Caillerets (Classic) 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos d’Audignac Volnay 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d’Or 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos de 60 Ouvrees 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Pommard Jarollieres 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny les Groseilles 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny les Charmes 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny les Feusselottes 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Clos du Roi Corton Grand Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny les Amoureuses 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Puligny Montrachet Cailleret 1er Cru 2015

This Pousse d’Or Tasting will cost $80.00 per person (cash or check) or $84.21 regular. The class meets on Monday June 3 at 7pm at l’Alliance Française. To purchase your ticket, please contact Bear at 713-854-7855 or BearDalton@mac.com.

L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd. (77006), 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.

ABOUT DOMAINE de la POUSSE d’OR
Originally created in 1954, the Domaine de la Pousse d’Or has long been among my favorite domaines of Burgundy. I first tasted two of the Volnays (Bousse d’Or and Clos de 60 Ouvrees) in the early 1980s and got to know the range of wines better tasting with Becky Wasserman (who was then their broker) in 1986. I have tasted at the domaine for the last sixteen years. Patrick Landanger purchased the property in 1997. Over all that time, I have watched Pousse d’Or grow from a Volnay specialist with some Santenay and Pommard to include vines on the hill of Corton (1999), in Puligny Montrachet (2004), and in Chambolle and Morey (2008). At this time Spec’s is able to purchase sixteen wines (one village appellation, twelve 1er crus, and three grand crus) from the estate, all of which are consistently excellent. (There are two wines – Chevalier Montrachet and Corton Bressandes – we don’t get yet.)

SAVE THE DATES:
05/31/19 – Domaine Pegau Tasting with Laurence Feraud at theWine School at l’Alliance Française
06/03/19 – Domaine de la Pousse d’Or 2015 Class and Tasting with Bear Dalton and David Smith at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française
06/17/19 – Albert Bichot Burgundy Class and Tasting with Bichot’s assistant technical director Matthieu Mangenot at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française
06/22/19 – Bear Dalton’s Pop-Up Champagne and Bordeaux Wine Dinner in the Parish Hall at the Church of the Epiphany (Corner of Gessner and Bissonet)
06/24/19 – Annual Rosé Class and Tasting at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française

Domaine du Pegau and Chateau Pegau Wine Tasting

CORRECTION:
Please reply to BearDalton@mac.com. Susan is NOT handling the reservations for this.

On Friday May 31 at 7pm, please join me in welcoming my friend Laurence Feraud, proprietor of and winemaker for Domaine du Pegau in Chateauneuf du Pape and Chateau Pegau in the Cotes du Rhone, to the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a class and tasting of 11 of her wines. Laurence, a five-foot tall force-of-nature, is arguably the best winemaker working in the southern Rhone where she makes some of the very best Grenache-based wines in the world.

The line-up includes:
Pegau Pink Rosé 2018
Ch. Pegau Lone Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2018
Domaine du Pegau Reserve Blanc Chateauneuf du Pape 2018
Ch. Pegau Maclura Cotes du Rhone 2016
Ch. Pegau Setier Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge 2016
Ch. Pegau Setier Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge 2015
Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape 2016
Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape 2015
Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape 2012
Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Laurence Chateauneuf du Pape 2013
Domaine du Pegau Cuvee du Capo Chateauneuf du Pape 2015

This Laurence Feraud – Pegau Class and Tasting costs $70.00 per person (cash or check) or $73.68 regular. The class meets at 7pm on Friday May 31 at 7pm at l’Alliance Française. To purchase your ticket, please contact BearDalton at 713-854-7855 or BearDalton@mac.com.

L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd. (77006), 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.

SAVE THE DATES:
06/03/19 – Domaine de la Pousse d’Or 2015 Class and Tasting with Bear Dalton and David Smith at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française
06/17/19 – Albert Bichot Burgundy Class and Tasting with Bichot’s assistant technical director Matthieu Mangenot at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française
06/22/19 – Bear Dalton’s Pop-Up Champagne and Bordeaux Wine Dinner in the Parish Hall at the Church of the Epiphany (Corner of Gessner and Bissonet)
06/24/19 – Annual Rosé Class and Tasting at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française

Donald Patz Wine Tasting

On Thursday May 23rd at 7pm, please join me in welcoming my friend Donald Patz (formerly a partner in Patz and Hall and now proprietor of the Donald Patz Wine Group which includes Maritana, Secret Door, and Terminum – please see About Donald Patz below for more information) to the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tasting of nine of Donald’s wines. Donald will present his wines as he explains the selections made and vineyard relationships he has built in order to produce them. He will also get into the origins and philosophies behind each of the three brands.

The line-up includes:
Maritana La Riviere Chardonnay 2017
Maritana Dutton Ranch Shop Block 1967 2017
Maritana Dutton Ranch Hansen Hill Vineyards 2017
Maritana La Russe Pinot Noir = 2 btls supported by DPWG 2017
Maritana Jenkins Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2018
Secret Door 1x 2014
Secret Door 1Z 2014
Terminum  Cepages d’Or  2017
Terminum  Syrah 2017

This Donald Patz Tasting will cost $40.00 per person (cash or check) or $42.11 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Thursday May 23rd at 7pm 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.

About Donald Patz:
Donald Patz began his wine career in 1982 as a wine salesman for a small wine distributor in Oregon. Moving to California in 1983 he set out on a course that led him to become an important member of the wine community and supporter of California wines. In a period of 36 years in the wine business he’s been a marketer, a salesman, a story-teller, and a winemaker, multiple times.

His first job working in Napa Valley was in 1985 at Flora Springs Winery as the director of sales and marketing where he met his future business partner, James Hall. He and James started Patz & Hall in 1988 and while it was still in its infancy Donald worked for Flora Springs and then Girard Winery. In 1995 Patz & Hall became Donald’s permanent full-time gig.

From 1995 until 2016 Donald Patz was involved exclusively with every aspect of the Patz & Hall winery. The Patz & Hall experience concluded with the sale of the company to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in 2016. Donald remained under contract for another year to support the new ownership and transition the winery.

Donald Patz Wine Group was born May 1, 2017 with the idea of applying everything he had learned from the previous 36 years in the wine business and create something new, exciting and very personal. Each one of the visions Donald has was given a different name and a different mission. SECRET DOOR for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; MARITANA VINEYARDS for Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; and the smallest project is a collaboration with François Villard from the northern Rhone Valley of France called TERMINIM doing Marsanne/Roussanne and Syrah from Mendocino County.

As a current member of the Sonoma Vintners as well as the Russian River Valley Winegrowers in Sonoma County, Donald continues to support the wine community. Previously, he has been a board member for the California Wine Institute and Family Winemakers of California. He lives in the City of Napa and spends a great deal of time in both Sonoma and Napa looking at vineyards. His Korean wife – Jung Min Lee – is the inspiration for the SECRET DOOR WINERY – preferring Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. He and Jung Min visit the Hawaiian Islands frequently and have many friends scattered all over the world.