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

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.

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