Two New Wine Events: Port and Champagne

12/02/14 – PARSING PORT
Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton for “PARSING PORT” at 7pm on Tuesday, December 2nd at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française. Port wines are numbered among the classic wines of the world and are quite collectable. Nevertheless, there is a mystique about them so a little information goes a long way toward understanding Port. Topics of discussion will include types of Port (why and how they are different), the origins of Port wine and how it evolved, Serving and Drinking Port, “Pass the Port” (Port Customs), and Decanting (including a decanting demonstration). The tasting will include a flight of 4 wines over 10 years old, a flight of 3 wines over 20 years old and a flight of two wines coming up on 30 years old. Twelve wines will be tasted and bread and cheese will be served.

SmithLBVWe will taste:
Dow’s Fine Ruby Porto, NV
Kopke Anniversary Tawny, Porto, NV
Smith Woodhouse Lodge Reserve Porto, NV
Kopke 10 Year Old Tawny, Porto, NV
Kopke Colheita, Porto, 2001
Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage, Porto, 2001
Rozes Vintage Porto, 2000
Smith Woodhouse 20 Year Old Tawny, Porto, NV
Kopke Colheita Porto, 1992
Smith Woodhouse Vintage Porto, 1994
Messias Colheita, Porto, 1985
Smith Woodhouse Vintage, Porto, 1985

Parsing PORT will cost $60.00 per person cash ($63.16 regular). To reserve your spot, please call 713-854-7855. 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).

12/09/14 – FABULOUS FIZZ: Drinking and Enjoying Champagne
Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton for “FABULOUS FIZZ: Drinking and Enjoying Champagne” at 7pm on Tuesday, December 9th at The Wine School at l’Alliance Française. We will discuss Champagne in all its facets: How Champagne is Made, Champagne Vocabulary, Champagne Styles, Terroir and Grape Varieties, Serving Champagne, Champagne Glassware, and Champagne and Food.

Perrier-Jouet-2006-Belle-Epoque-BrutThe following 12 Champagnes will be served:
Abel Charlot Brut NV
JP Marniquet Brut Tradition
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV
Bonnaire Brut NV
Bonnaire Variance Brut NV
Andre Clouet Silver Brut Nature NV
Louis de Sacy Cuvee Inedite NV
Lancelot Royer Cuvee Chevaliers Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV
Jean Laurent Blanc de Noirs, NV
Andre Clouet Brut Rose Grand Reserve NV
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne 2006
JP Marniquet Champagne 1989

Fabulous Fizz: Drinking and Enjoying Champagne will cost $60 per person (Cash) or $63.16 (Regular). To reserve your spot, please call 713-854-7855. 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).

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