What I’m Drinking and Why

On Thursday, April 30th at 7pm, please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for What I’m Drinking and Why. While I have never before offered a class such as this, I have long wanted to. (And a number of you have been asking for a class/tasting such as this.) After over 35 years as a wine professional who tastes over 9,000 wines a year, I know a bit about quality and value. These are the wines I personally am drinking right now – as in these are the wines I spend MY MONEY ON. They are delicious and, at their price points, I think they offer the best values available. None of them are cheap and only one sells for less than $20.00 but all of them over-deliver on price. Each of them has a story and each makes a point. I am confident that you will enjoy them as much as I do.

The line up includes:
Jansz Rose, Tasmania, NV
Castelnau Brut Reserve, Champagne, NV
Petit Vedrines, Sauternes, 2010
Schloss Vollrads Riesling QBA, Rheingau, 2012
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl, Alsace, 2009
Seguinot Bordet, Chablis, 2013
Expression 38 Gaps Crown Pinot Noir, 2012
Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, Volnay Clos de la Bousse d’Or 1er cru, 2011
Ch. La Tour l’Aspic, Pauillac, 2008
Ch. Pontac Lynch, Margaux, 2011
Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2013
Dry Creek Zinfandel Heritage Clone, Sonoma County, 2012
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, 2012
Kopke Colheita, Porto, 2004

What I’m Drinking and Why will cost $70.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $73.68 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at l’Alliance Française. To reserve your spot, 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).

Tour de Bordeaux 2012 Wine Dinner

ON THURSDAY, APRIL 23rd at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at Charivari for a Bordeaux Dinner featuring eleven great red Bordeaux wines from the recently released 2012 vintage. We’ll pair the baker’s dozen wines (including the obligatory starting Champagne and the finishing Sauternes) with Charivari Chef/Owner Johann Schuster’s menu specifically chosen for affinity with these wines.

The Starting Line
White Asparagus Tart Flambé with
Louis Sacy Grand Soir, Champagne, NV

The Limestone Plateau: All Around the Right Bank
Freekeh-stuffed Texas Quail, Verjus reduction with
Ch. Ampelia, Cotes de Castillon, 2012
Ch. Puygueraud, Cotes de Bordeaux – Francs, 2012
Ch. La Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2012
Ch. Pavie Macquin, St. Emilion, 2012

A Brief Respite
Lemon Sorbet

The Gravel Flats and Mounds: Down the Medoc
Piedmontese Beef Short Ribs aux Jus over Bramata alla Romana with
Ch. Senejac, Haut Medoc, 2012
Ch. Cantenac Brown, Margaux, 2012
Ch. Leoville Barton, St. Julien, 2012
Ch. Clerc Milon, Pauillac, 2012
Ch. Calon Segur, St. Estephe, 2012

From Pauillac to Pessac
A selection of French Cheeses with
Ch. Pichon Baron de Longueville, Pauillac, 2012
Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan, 2012

The Finish Line
Chocolate – Panna Cotta & Strawberry Salad
Lions de Ch. Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2012

After a Champagne starter, we’ll progress to the meat of the matter – a tour of four fine reds from the limestone plateau (right bank) will set the 2012 theme while accompanying the roast quail stuffed with parched wheat. We’ll break with a sorbet and then tour down the Haut Medoc (left bank) with five top reds from five appellations. Finally, we’ll tie it up with a sprint from Pauillac to Pessac and cross the finish line in Sauternes

This 2012 Bordeaux dinner will cost $140 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $147.37 regular. All taxes and tips are included. For reservations, please reply by email coburnsusan2@gmail.com or call Susan at 713-854-7855. Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

04/20/15: Vintage Focus on BORDEAUX 2009

On Monday, April 20th at 7pm, please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a Vintage Focus on Bordeaux 2009. Considered buy some to be the best of the three great vintages of the 2000s, 2009 in any belongs in the discussion. Discussion will include details of the vintage and how the wines are developing. We’ll taste through 12 excellent red wines, all from 2009 vintage.

The line up:
Ch. Ampelia, Cotes de Castillon,2009
Vieux Ch. St. Andre, Montagne St. Emilion, 2009
Ch. Pavie Macquin, St. Emilion, 2009
Gravette de Certan, Pomerol, 2009
Vieux Ch. Certan, Pomerol, 2009
Ch. Haut Bailly, Pessac Leognan, 2009
Ch. Bibian, Haut Medoc, 2009
Ch. Langoa Barton, St. Julien, 2009
Ch. Cantenac Brown, Margaux, 2009
Ch. Lacoste Borie, Pauillac, 2009
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2009
Ch. Calon Segur, St. Estephe, 2009

This Vintage Focus on Bordeaux 2009 will cost $120.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $126.32 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, April 20, 2015 at l’Alliance Française. To reserve your spot, 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).