REVEALING RIESLING

Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton on Tuesday, September 1st at 7pm for REVEALING RIESLING. We’ll dig in with fourteen refreshing Riesling wines mostly from Germany – the spiritual home of Riesling – that represent a range of the non-dessert wine styles. We’ll talk about the Riesling grape, the places it grows, the techniques used to make it, and the food we eat with it. All the wines we’ll taste are intended for the table. While there will be plenty of fruit and some sweetness, these are food friendly wines to be drunk either as aperitifs or with food. The class will include bread and a selection of fine cheeses to accompany the tasting.

The List:
Villa Wolf Riesling QbA, Pfalz, 2013
Schloss Vollrads Riesling QbA, Rheingau, 2013
Donnhoff Estate Riesling, Nahe, 2014
Dr. Heyden Oppenheimer Reisling Kabinett, Rheinhessia, 2013
Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, 2013
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, 2014
Dr. Pauly Bernkastler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, 2013
Dr. Thanisch Bernkastler Doctor Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, 2012
Dr. Pauly Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, 2013
Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenekreuz Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau 2014
Peter Nicolay Erdener Treppchen Feinherb, Mosel, 2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle – Dr. Loosen “Eroica” Riesling, Columbia Valley, 2013
Von Kesselstatt Josephshofer Grosse Gewachs, Mosel, 2011
Ehrhart Riesling Grand Cru Hengst, Alsace, 2010

Revealing Riesling will cost $60.00 per person cash ($63.16 regular).
The class will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, September 1, 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. (77006), l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

BORDEAUX By The NUMBERS

FIVE CHATEAUX – THREE VINTAGES – FIFTEEN GLASSES – ONE GOOD TIME

On Monday, August 24th at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for BORDEAUX by the NUMBERS, a unique Bordeaux tasting featuring three-vintage verticals from five of my favorite chateaux: Cantemerle, Cantenac Brown, Gruaud Larose, Grand Puy Lacoste, and Calon Segur. In a virtual south-to-north tour of classified chateaux of the Haut Medoc, we’ll taste the 2010, 2011, and 2012 vintages from each of these properties. Each chateau represents its appellation with great quality at fair, un-hyped pricing. These are the sort of wines that make me love Bordeaux.

Why? Because I am intrigued to taste these wines as verticals. It will be fun and informative. The cost of this unique tasting will be $100.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $105.26 regular. The course will meet at 7pm on Monday August 24, 2015. 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).

The STATE of ZIN at The Wine School at l’Alliance Française

Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton on Monday, August 10th, at 7pm for The State of Zin. We’ll dig into Zinfandel and look at a lucky 13 Zin-based wines from Sonoma County – the spiritual home of Zinfandel – that represent the best of what is in the market (mostly 2012s with a few 2013s). We’ll talk about Zin and 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.

The List:
Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma 2013
Dry Creek Zinfandel Heritage Clone 2012
Shannon Ridge High Valley Zinfandel 2012
Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2012
Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Zinfandel 2012
Dry Creek Old Vines Zinfandel 2012
Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel 2013
Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2012
Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel 2012
Ridge Vineyards Geyserville 2013
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2012
Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2012
Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2012

The State of Zin will cost $60.00 per person cash ($63.16 regular). .
The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, August 10, 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).