Clarence Dillon – Ch. Quintus and More Tasting

Bear Dalton and Le Dragon de Quintus

On SUNDAY, October 21st at 6pm, please join me in welcoming estate manager François Cap de Mourlin of Chateau Quintus to the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tasting of a baker’s (vinter’s?) dozen wines from the Clarence Dillon (Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion, Quintus, and Clarendelle) portfolio focusing on the wines of Ch. Quintus.

Ch. Quintus is the Saint Emilion property that Prince Robert of Haut Brion and his team began building in 2011 with the purchase of what used to be called Ch. Tertre Daugay and the addition in 2013 of what used to be called Ch. l’Arrosee. The resulting Quintus estate now provides the grapes for Ch. Quintus and its 2nd vin Le Dragon de Quintus.

For this tasting, we will start with the Clarence Dillon proprietary blend under the Clarendelle label, then taste the three vintages of Le Dragon de Quintus along with on vintage each of the 2nd wine of Ch. Haut Brion (Le Clarence de Haut Brion) and Ch. La Mission Haut Brion (La Chapelle de la Mission) followed by three vintages of Ch. Quintus and finishing with the 2015 Clarté de Haut Brion (the stunning 2nd white wine of both Ch. Haut Brion and Ch. La Mission Haut Brion).

The line up in order of tasting:
Clarendelle Bordeaux Blanc 2017
Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge 2014
Clarendelle St. Emillon 2014
Clarendelle Medoc 2014
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2014
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2014
Le Clarence de Haut Brion  Pessac Leognan 2014
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2015
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2016
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2014
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2015
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2016
Clarté de Haut Brion (Blanc), Pessac Leognan, 2015

This Clarence Dillon – Ch. Quintus and More Tasting will cost $60.00 per person (cash or check) or $63.16 regular. The class will meet at 6pm on SUNDAY October 21st 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.

Ch. QUINTUS – CLARENCE DILLON Tasting

On SUNDAY, October 21st at 6pm, please join me in welcoming estate manager Jean Cap de Mourlin of Chateau Quintus of Domaines Clarence Dillon in Bordeaux to the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tasting of a baker’s (vinter’s?) dozen wines from the Clarence Dillon portfolio focusing on the wines of Ch. Quintus. Domaines Clarence Dillon is the umbrella over Ch. Haut Brion and Ch. La Mission Haut Brion in Pessac Leognan as well as Ch. Quintus in St. Emilion and the Clarendelle wines.

The line up:
Clarendelle Bordeaux Blanc 2017
Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge 2014
Clarendelle St. Emillon 2014
Clarendelle Medoc 2014
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2014
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2014
Le Clarence de Haut Brion  Pessac Leognan 2014
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2015
Dragon de Quintus St. Emilion 2016
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2014
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2015
Ch. Quintus, St. Emilion 2016
Clarté de Haut Brion (Blanc), Pessac Leognan, 2015

This Ch. Quintus – Clarence Dillon Tastingwill cost $60.00per person (cash or check) or $63.16 regular. The class will meet at 6pm on SUNDAY October 21st 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.

Bordeaux Dinner

At 7pm on Thursday, October 18th, please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, at Lucio’sfor a fun and delicious look at 2012, 2014, and 2015 Left Bank Bordeaux paired with a wine friendly menu.  We’ll start with Champagne after which we will go directly to the 2014s paired with duck. After that, three 2015s with the lamb followed by three 2012s with the cheese. We’ll finish up with a fresh 2014 sauternes.

THE MENU
Crab Cake
Andre Clouet Cuvee 1911 Grand Cru, Champagne, NV

Grilled Duck Breast
with fennel puree,  spinach, date marmalade, and duck jus
Ch. Ferriere, Margaux, 2014
Ch. Saint Pierre, St. Julien, 2014
Ch. Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, 2014

Rack of Lamb with stacked potato
Ch. Ferriere, Margaux, 2015
Ch. Saint Pierre, St. Julien, 2015
Ch. Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, 2015

A selection of Cheeses
Ch. Ferriere, Margaux, 2012
Ch. Saint Pierre, St. Julien, 2012
Ch. Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, 2012

Crème Brulee
Lions de Ch. Sauduiraut, Sauternes, 2014

This Bordeaux Dinner will cost $160 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check (or $162.42 regular). All taxes and tips are included.
For reservations, please reply by email to BearDalton@mac.com.
Please include a call back number in your email reply.
Lucio’s is located at 905 Taft.
Hope to see you there.

SOLD OUT – BORDEAUX VALUE: A Look at Where Value is Found in Bordeaux Wines

Coming into fall and hopefully coinciding with our first real cool front, this seems like a good time to taste through a range of Bordeaux wines all offering real value at their price points. So please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton at 7pm on Monday, October 15th at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for BORDEAUX Value: A Look at Where Value is Found in Bordeaux Wines. In this seminar tasting, we’ll look at two white and ten red wines from around Bordeaux that offer both high quality and great value. Topics of discussion will include vintages, the styles of Bordeaux, and the grape varieties and techniques used to make the wines. Bread and cheese will be served. The ticket price will be donated to The Houston Area Women’s Center.

The following twelve Bordeaux wines will be served:
Ch. d’Archambeau Graves Blanc 2016
Ch. La Louviere Blanc Pessac Leognan 2015
Ch. Puygueraud Cotes De Francs 2015
Ch. Vieux Ch St Andre Montagne St Emilion 2015
Ch. Daugay St Emilion 2015
Ch. La Pointe Pomerol 2015
Ch. Carbonnieux Rouge Pessac Leognan 2015
Ch. Pontac Phenix Haut Medoc 2012
Ch. Cantemerle Haut Medoc 2014
Pavillon Leoville Poyferre St. Julien 2014
Ch. Ferriere Margaux 2012
Ch. Haut Batailley Pauillac 2011To buy your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com. The cost of this class is a $20 donation (cash or check only please) to the Houston Area Women’s Center.About The Houston Area Women’s Center:
For over 35 years, the Houston Area Women’s Center has worked relentlessly to help survivors affected by domestic and sexual violence build lives free from the effects of violence. Given our humble beginnings – we started with nine active volunteers answering donated phones – we are proud at how we have grown. Today, we have 115 paid staff, a counseling and administrative building, a residential shelter for 120 women and children, a state-of-the-art hotline call center and over 1,000 active volunteers.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 almost 40 years experience in the wine business and 30 plus years experience teaching 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.

Taste DOMAINE de la POUSSE d’OR 2015s

Monday, September 24th at 7pm at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française

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. Current owner 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.)  On Monday, September 24th at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a Tasting of Domaine de la Pousse d’Or 2015. We’ll taste through sixteen Pousse d’Or wines from the fine 2015 vintage including fifteen reds and one white with special attention paid to the specificity of place and process of each wine. Please note that this includes two versions of the Volnay En Caillerets, one aged in oak barrels and one aged in clay amphora.

The line up:
Pousse d’Or Santenay Clos Tavannes 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Pommard Les Jarollières 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay En Caillerets 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay En Caillerets (Amphora-Aged) 1er Cru  2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos d’Audignac 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos de Bousse d’Or 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrées 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle-Musigny Villages 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle-Musigny Les Groseilles 1er cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle-Musigny Les Feusselottes 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 1er Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Clos de Roche Grand Cru 2015
Pousse d’Or Puligny-Montrachet Le Cailleret 1er Cru 2015

Domaine de la Pousse d’Or 2015 will cost $190.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $200.00 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday September 24th 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., 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.

ECHOS Chef’s Dinner honoring Bear Dalton

Dear Friends,

It seems a bit strange and is certainly humbling for me to invite you to a dinner where I am the community honoree. And doubly so as this is the second such dinner this year (the other being the Houston Area Women Center’s “Rock the HAWC” Gala back in April. This dinner benefits Epiphany Community Heath Outreach Services (ECHOS) located on the campus of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany (9600 South Gessner at Bissonnet) in southwest Houston providing health services and food pantry and distribution and other basic services to a largely immigrant, very low income population mostly in that area.

From ECHOS’ Web-Site (http://echos-houston.org/):
ECHOS – Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services – was formed in 1999, in response to the health and social service needs to the rapidly increasing population of newly arrived immigrants and refugees who were being resettled in the community surrounding the Church of the Epiphany. The original purpose was and continues to be to help families meet their basic needs, on their path to self-sufficiency. Echos provides Benefits Application Assistance, Healthcare Mobile Clinics, Healthcare Screenings and Services, Support Groups (including working with the Houston Area Women’s Center), English as a Second Language (ESL), Computer Literacy, and Food Pantry and Food Fairs. 

In the wake of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, ECHOS provided invaluable recovery assistance to their clients. In fact, they were so busy with clients, ECHOS had to cancel last year’s gala which makes this year’s event all the more important. Over the past year, ECHOS’ food pantry, health care services and screenings, and educational programs have grown. The food pantry is now a client choice pantry serving 156% more individuals in 2018 (already more than 8,000 individuals this year alone!) ECHOS’ need’s your help to keep pace with this growing number of people in need.

As many of you know, ECHOS and HAWC have long been my two causes of choice. Many of you have attended our Wine School Christmas Party and Toy Gather benefitting ECHOS and many other wine tastings and events raising money and awareness for both ECHOS and HAWC. Please join me on September 20th at 6:15pm at The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice (909 Texas Avenue  Houston, Texas  77002) for ECHOS’ 10th ANNUAL Chef’s Dinner. To purchase a table or tickets, please go to http://echos-houston.org/events/chefs-dinner/.

The event will begin with a Champagne Reception at 6:15pm followed by the seated Dinner.

The Menu for This Year’s Chef’s Dinner
Starter: A Trio of a Spinach Soufflé Stuffed Mushroom with Prosciutto Brie Crostini with fig Jam and Goat cheese and a Stuffed Artichoke on bed of arugula
Main Plate: Bone in Braised Short Rib with celery root puree, sauteed baby vegetables and a Syrah demi-glace
Dessert: A Trio of a Decadent Chocolate Torte with a Tiramisu Shooter and a Lemon Tartlet

I’m working on the wines now and will update the menu to include those soon.

Best,

Bear

 

REVEALING ROSÉ on 7/9/18 at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française

It’s time for me to start teaching again. What better way to get back into it than a summer Rosé class? So …

Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton on Monday, July 9th at 7pm for Revealing Rosé. We’ll beat the heat as we dig into dry Rosé with look at sixteen refreshing 2017 vintage Rosé wines from all over France from Bordeaux to the Languedoc to Provence to the Rhone to Sancerre as well as wines from Spain and California 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. Bread and a selection of fine cheeses will accompany the tasting.

The List:
Honoro Vera Rosé Jumilla 2017
Pierre Rougon Rosé d’Aix En Provence 2017
Pierre Rougon Rosé Cote Du Rhone 2017
Mourgues Du Gres Rosé Les Galets Costieres de Nimes 2017
Alexander Valley Sangiovese Rosé 2017
Rosé De Chevalier Bordeaux 2017
Canto Perdrix Tavel Rosé 2017
Ch d’Esclans Whispering Angel Provence Rosé 2017
Averaen Rosé Of Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2017
Malene Rosé Santa Barbara 2017
Domaine de Mourchon CdRV Loubie Rosé 2017
Hecht and Bannier Rosé Cotes De Provence 2017
Long Meadow Ranch Rosé Of Pinot Noir 2017
Montmirail Rossignol Rosé Gigondas 2017
Domaine Du Pre Semele Sancerre Rosé 2017
Ch d’Esclans Rock Angel Rosé 2017

Revealing Rosé will cost $50.00 per person cash ($52.63 regular).
The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, July 9th at l’Alliance Française.
To purchase your ticket(s), please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Françaiseis 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 almost 40 years experience in the wine business and 30-plus years experience teaching 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.