Adelsheim Tasting

On Monday July 8th at 7pm, please join me in welcoming Willamette Valley pioneer David Adelsheim (please “about David Adelsheim” below) to the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tasting of ten of his wines. David will present his wines as he delves into the history of both Adelsheim and the Willamette Valley. He has seen and done it all in the Willamette Valley and is here to tell the tale.

The Wines:
Adelsheim Pinot Noir Rose 2018
Adelsheim Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2016
Adelsheim Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2017
Adelsheim Stacking Claim Chardonnay 2015
Adelsheim Ribbon Springs Chardonnay 2016
Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
Adelsheim Breaking Ground Pinot Noir 2015
Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2014
Adelsheim Ribbon Springs Vineyard  Pinot Noir 2016
Adelsheim Boulder Bluff Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

This Adelsheim Tasting will cost $40.00 per person (cash or check) or $42.11 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday July 8th 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.

About David Adelsheim:
David Adelsheim is the director of Adelsheim Vineyard, which he founded with Ginny Adelsheim in 1971. In the course of his company’s 48-year history, he has been the vineyard manager, winemaker, and the person in charge of sales, marketing, accounting, and fixing broken plumbing. His early winemaking experience included work at the experimental winery of the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, France, and at The Eyrie Vineyards in Oregon.
“In the beginning, in the 1970s, we needed to focus on learning to make consistently decent wine. As the Willamette Valley was able to draw on more training and expertise in the 80s and 90s, producing world-class Pinots became the goal. Now, our conversations are all about the distinctions of place – what should a great Pinot from this particular vineyard taste like?”

Revealing Rosé – 18 for ’18

Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton on Monday, June 24th at 7pm for Revealing Rosé. We’ll beat the heat as we dig into dry Rosé with look at eighteen (I know, I have a hard time editing myself) refreshing 2018 vintage Rosé wines from all over France from Bordeaux to the Languedoc to Provence to the Rhone 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. Due to factors including currency rates and production, French Rosé represents an even better value this year. Bread and a selection of fine cheeses will accompany the tasting.

The List:
Ch La Sable Rose, Luberon, 2018
Pierre Rougon Rose, Cote Du Rhone, 2018
Chemin De Provence Rose, Provence, 2018
Cuvee Des 3 Messes Basses Rose, Ventoux, 2018
Pierre Rougon Rose, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, 2018
Pins Des Dunes Rose, Bordeaux, 2018
Versant Rose, Pays d’Oc, 2018
Brumont Rose, Gascogne, 2018
Mourgues Du Gres Rose Les Galets, Costieres de Nimes, 2018
Domaine de Cabasse Rose de Marie, Cotes du Rhone, 2018
The Palm Rose By Whispering Angel, Provence, 2018
Pink Pegau Rose, Vin de France, 2018
Fleurs de Prairie Rose, Provence, 2018
Ch d’Esclans Whispering Angel, Provence Rose,   2018
Canto Perdrix, Tavel Rose, 2018
Domaine De Mourchon Loubie, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rose, 2018
Hecht & Bannier Rose, Cotes De Provence, 2018
Montmirail Rossignol Rose, Gigondas, 2018

Revealing Roséwill cost $50.00 per person cash ($52.63 regular). The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, June 24th at l’Alliance Française. To purchase your ticket(s), please contact Susan at 713-854-7855or 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.

With over 40 years experience in the wine business and 30-plus years experience teaching and writing 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.

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 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.

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.

A Wine Trip to Oporto and Spain

A Bear Dalton-led Wine Trip to Oporto and Spain from May 1 through May 12, 2019

Your job is to be in Oporto in Portugal and checked into our hotel (to be announced) before 7pm on Wednesday May 1, 2019.
My job is to take it from there.

On Thursday (May 2) and Friday (May 3) we’ll visit the Port houses of Taylor-Fonseca-Croft, Symington (Graham, Dow, Cockburn, Smith-Woodhouse, Warres), Royal Oporto, and Messias as-well-as eat and drink very well.

On Saturday we’ll leave Portugal and head north into Spain where we’ll stop in Rias Baixas (for Albarino). Saturday night and Sunday, we’ll be in Salamanca (for a culinary experience including their house-made wine, cheeses, and ham), Monday in the Duero (Vega Sicilia, Abadia Retuerta, Pesquera), Tuesday and Wednesday in Rioja (Bodegas Muga, Sierra Cantabria, Lopez de Heredia, Vallobera, Ganuza, etc.) Thursday and Friday in Penedes (Cava, Priorat, and Emporada, two Michelin-starred dinners at Castello Perelada and Mas de Marroch which is the events space of Cellar de Can Roca), Saturday in Barcelona (with a private tour of Gaudi-designed Sagrada Familia along with a classic Barcelona paella dinner and a final hotel night in Barcelona). At checkout time on Sunday morning May 12, my part of the trip is over and you are free to fly back to the US or extend your stay in Spain or elsewhere in Europe.

Each morning, we will leave the hotel by 8-to-8:30am (there will be a couple earlier days due to longer bus rides) and will return after dinner by about 11pm (unless we are dining at the hotel). Each day includes breakfast at the hotel and all lunches and dinners, often at the wineries. This is a wine intensive trip (with quality over quantity) with unusual access to great properties and their wines. From dinner on Wednesday May 1st through checkout on Sunday May 12th, all lodging, meals, wines, and logistics are included.

The trip is priced at $6300 per person (double occupancy, airfare to Oporto / from Barcelona is not included). The single supplement is $1100. A $1500 non-refundable deposit is due when you make your reservation. Final payment of the balance is due by March 1st. Payment may be made by check or credit card. If you want to join us, please respond quickly to BearDalton@mac.com.

The STATE of ZIN at 7pm on November 5 at The Wine School at l’Alliance Française

Please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, on Monday, November 5th, at 7pm for The State of Zin. We’ll dig into Zinfandel and look at 15 Zin-based wines, mostly from Sonoma County – the spiritual home of Zinfandel – that represent some of the best of what is in the market (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). We’ll talk about Zin and Zin-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. We will be tasting Riedel Degustazione glasses.

The List:
SHANNON RIDGE High Valley Zinfandel, Lake County, 2017
TWISTED PASO Zinfandel. Paso Robles, 2016
DRY CREEK VINEYARDS Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 2016
TRIG POINT Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 2016
SEGHESIO Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 2016
QUIVIRA Zinfandel Dry Creek 2015
FROG’s LEAP Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2016
DRY CREEK VINEYARDS Old Vines Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, 2015
SEGHESIO Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma, 2014
VENGE Scout’s Honor, Napa Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Ponzo Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Pagani Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Geyserville Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 2016
RIDGE Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 2016

The State of Zinwill cost $60.00per person cash ($63.16 regular). The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, November 5th at l’Alliance Française. To reserve your spot, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Françaiseis 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).

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 over 40 years in the wine business and almost 35 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.

 

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.