One Week from Today – 2015 (Mostly) Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting

If you love Bordeaux, this is a can’t miss event. Taste 60+ high quality Bordeaux Wines from the excellent 2015 vintage. Meet and talk with some of the producers. Wallow in Bordeaux wonderfulness.

Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

As most know, this event was originally scheduled for Tuesday January 16, 2018 but we had to cancel due to extreme (for Houston anyway) winter weather conditions. We are sorry for any inconvenience that cancellation may have caused but safety considerations won out. The original plan was to host over 30 Bordeaux chateau owners, directors, and/or winemakers (aka “the Bordelaise”) presenting 62 mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux wines all from the superb 2015 vintage in a standup-and-walk-around tasting format. The wines are here and will be served. Some of the Chateau owners/winemakeers are coming back as well. In any case, there will be someone informed about the wine pouring each wine. In the end, we will have the 2015 tasting and you will get to taste …

Pomerol: Chx. Clinet, Gazin, Croix St. Georges, and La Pointe (along with 2nd vin Ballade de La Pointe)

St. Emilion: Chx. Canon la Gaffeliere, Clos l’Oratoire, Daugay, Grand Corbin Despagne, La Confession, Larcis Ducasse, and Pavie Macquin

St. Georges St. Emilion: Ch. Cap St. George

Castillon and Francs: Chx. d’Aiguilhe and Ampelia, Ch. Puygueraud

Bordeaux: Chx. Croix Mouton and le Conseiller

St. Estephe: Chx. Phelan Segur, Lafon Rochet, and les Ormes de Pez

Pauillac: Chx. Pichon Lalande (with 2nd vin Reserve de la Comtesse), Pichon Baron (with 2nd vin Les Griffons), Pibran, Lynch Bages (with 2nd vin Echo de Lynch Bages), Grand Puy Lacoste (with 2nd vin Lacoste Borie), Clerc Milon, d’Armailhac, and Haut Bages Liberal

St. Julien: Chx. Branaire Ducru, Leoville Barton and Langoa Barton, Leoville Poyferrre, and Talbot

Margaux: Chx. Giscours, Cantenac Brown, Ferriere, du Tertre and Brane Cantenac (along with 2nd vin Baron de Brane)

Haut Medoc, Moulis, Listrac: Chx. Cantemerle, Chasse Spleen, Camensac, Mauvesin Barton, and Senejac

Pessac Leognan Reds: Chx. Carmes Haut Brion, Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Smith Haut Lafitte, Clos Marsalette, and Haut Bailly with 2nd vin La Parde de Haut Bailly

Dry Whites: Domaine de Chevalier, Smith Haut Lafitte, and Blanc de Lynch Bages (2014)

Sweet Whites: Chx. Suduiraut (along with 2nd vin Lions de Suduiraut) and Coutet

You can see that we’ll be tasting great wines from every major appellation in Bordeaux. After re-tasting all these wines on January 17 in Dallas, I can tell you that they are showing very well.
The tasting will open at 5pm and run until 9pm, giving you ample time to taste the wines and visit with our guests from Bordeaux. The tasting will include a spread of artisanal cheeses and breads chosen to help absorb the wines and refresh the palate. We will taste from Riedel Degustazione (tasting) glasses. The Vintage 2015 Mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting will cost $100.00 per person (including a 5% discount for cash or check, regular price is $105.26). To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is located in downtown Houston at 909 Texas Avenue between Travis and Main. Valet Parking will be available.

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the event. No shows and later cancellations will be charged.

Bear Dalton Health Update

Dear Friends,

I’m posting this because so many people are inquiring that it’s difficult to answer everyone. I am humbled by and deeply appreciate all the prayers and concern. Please feel free to share this.

The old news:
I first realized I had a problem early on the morning of Monday January 29th. Carol drove me to the Methodist emergency room with what I thought was appendicitis. After a CT scan, I was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer which got me quickly admitted to Methodist hospital. After a day-and-half of scans and tests, pokes and prods, Dr. Eric Haas and his team operated on me beginning at about 4:30pm on Wednesday Jan 31. During the four-hour surgery, they took out a grapefruit-sized tumor and about a foot of colon (along with my appendix and some lymph nodes) and rerouted my plumbing. The labs came back with clean margins so they feel like the got out all the cancer in my gut.
I had a follow up appointment with Dr. Haas last Thursday and got nothing but good news. He said I am 7-10 days ahead of schedule on healing from the surgery. We are working on getting scheduled to reconnect all the plumbing.

Maybe you knew most of that before now. Here’s the new stuff:
Tuesday (2/20) I had a needle biopsy on one of two spots in my liver. Today (Friday, February 23) I had an appointment with my oncologist Dr. Monisha Singh who gave me the unwelcome-but-not-unexpected news that the colon cancer had spread to my liver so I will need chemo-therapy (beginning in mid-April) and some other follow up. I was hoping that wouldn’t be the case but it was not unexpected.
We are getting everything (reconnection surgery and chemo) scheduled around a couple of wine business trips to Europe in April and May. We have a plan. The doctors and the rest of the care team has been great; Carol and I are becoming huge fans of Methodist.

So my energy level improves almost daily. Since I was released from the hospital on the afternoon of February 6th, I’ve walked at least 2 miles every day the weather has permitted; Scout and I walked 3.3 miles today.  And I am really enjoying cooking my own dinners again. Thank you to everyone who has offered to bring food but cooking is a passion for me and I am quite enjoying indulging it. I cooked seared salmon, a sweet potato, and shiso peppers for dinner tonight as Carol – my “health care pit bull” – was at St. Luke’s visiting her only-marginally-more-cooperative-than-me mother Nancy who is once more rallying.  I still get tired sooner than my normal but that’s improving. I’m learning to eat a bit differently to accommodate my modified plumbing. I’m going back to work at Spec’s on Monday and am anxious to get back in the saddle. There have been silver linings: Since the surgery, I have experienced no back pain. And I am steadily losing weight (I now weigh less than I have in over 30 years). On March 3rd, I plan to walk (not run) in the Houston Area Women’s Center’s 5K Race Against Violence. (The Houston Area Women’s Center and ECHOS are my two dearest causes so I’m doing what I can to help and hope you will too. Please click this link for more info on that:
https://www.houstonrav.org/rav-donate/?kwofrid=IIO2HO4)

Also, please join me on March 6th for our rescheduled 2015 Mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice. This is an amazing opportunity to taste 60+ fine Bordeaux wines from the excellent 2015 vintage.

So that’s the whole dang deal. Everything is positive (my blood type and life philosophy are the same: B+). With God’s help, we will beat this. Please keep me and Carol and Nancy in your prayers. Wishing all of you all the best.

Thanks be to God.

Bear

Vintage 2015 (Mostly) Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting on March 6th

Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

(Please see the end of this post for an update on Bear Dalton)

This event was originally scheduled for Tuesday January 16, 2018 but we had to cancel due to extreme winter weather conditions (the “Ice-Pocolypse” that virtually closed the city of Houston). The original plan was to host over 30 Bordeaux chateau owners, directors, and/or winemakers (aka “the Bordelaise”) presenting 62 mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux wines all from the superb 2015 vintage in a standup-and-walk-around tasting format. The wines are here and will be served. The Bordelaise are working-it-out to come back in March. Many will make it but some won’t. In any case, there will be someone informed about the wine pouring each wine. In the end, we will have the 2015 tasting and you will get to taste …

Pomerol: Chx. Clinet, Gazin, Croix St. Georges, and La Pointe (along with 2nd vin Ballade de La Pointe)

St. Emilion: Chx. Canon la Gaffeliere, Clos l’Oratoire, Daugay, Grand Corbin Despagne, La Confession, Larcis Ducasse, and Pavie Macquin

St. Georges St. Emilion: Ch. Cap St. George

Castillon and Francs: Chx. d’Aiguilhe and Ampelia, Ch. Puygueraud

Bordeaux: Chx. Croix Mouton and le Conseiller

St. Estephe: Chx. Phelan Segur, Lafon Rochet, and les Ormes de Pez

Pauillac: Chx. Pichon Lalande (with 2nd vin Reserve de la Comtesse), Pichon Baron (with 2nd vin Les Griffons), Pibran, Lynch Bages (with 2nd vin Echo de Lynch Bages), Grand Puy Lacoste (with 2nd vin Lacoste Borie), Clerc Milon, d’Armailhac, and Haut Bages Liberal

St. Julien: Chx. Branaire Ducru, Leoville Barton and Langoa Barton, Leoville Poyferrre, and Talbot

Margaux: Chx. Giscours, Cantenac Brown, Ferriere, du Tertre and Brane Cantenac (along with 2nd vin Baron de Brane)

Haut Medoc, Moulis, Listrac: Chx. Cantemerle, Chasse Spleen, Camensac, Mauvesin Barton, and Senejac

Pessac Leognan Reds: Chx. Carmes Haut Brion, Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Smith Haut Lafitte, Clos Marsalette, and Haut Bailly with 2nd vin La Parde de Haut Bailly

Dry Whites: Domaine de Chevalier, Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte, Ch. Carbonnieux, and Blanc de Lynch Bages (2014)

Sweet Whites: Chx. Suduiraut (along with 2nd vin Lions de Suduiraut) and Coutet

We’ll be tasting great wines from every major appellation in Bordeaux. After re-tasting all these wines on January 17 in Dallas, I can tell you that they are showing very well.
The tasting will open at 5pm and run until 9pm, giving you ample time to taste the wines and visit with our guests from Bordeaux. The tasting will include a spread of artisanal cheeses and breads chosen to help absorb the wines and refresh the palate. We will taste from Riedel Degustazione (tasting) glasses. The Vintage 2015 Mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting will cost $100.00 per person (including a 5% discount for cash or check, regular price is $105.26). To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is located in downtown Houston at 909 Texas Avenue between Travis and Main. Valet Parking will be available.

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the event. No shows and later cancellations will be charged.

 

About BEAR DALTON
As many of you know, on Monday, January 29th at about 6am, my wife Carol drove me to the Methodist Emergency Room on the Southwest freeway at Kirby with what we assumed was appendicitis. By 10:30am, we were informed that it was not appendicitis. Rather, I had stage 4 colon cancer. I was admitted and transported via ambulance to Methodist Hospital. After a long day-and-a-half of tests and scans, I had a four-hour surgery on Wednesday afternoon that cut out all the cancer in my colon along with my appendix and some lymph nodes. They say they got it all. Plumbing has been redone and rerouted. I was up walking a few steps and sitting up Wednesday night. I was discharged a week after my surgery. Every day is better now. It has been over a week since I’ve taken any pain meds and I am not hurting. I’m walking  at least 2 miles every day. All my doctors’ comments have been very positive. All good news. They say I am 7-10 days ahead of schedule on my recovery and anticipate a full recovery and that I should be able to resume my normal activity (Ok, maybe toned down a little bit) over the next 4-6 weeks.And I feel pretty good. My energy level is up. I still get tired but I am feeling stronger every day. My spirits are good. I know I am in God’s hands. I am humbled to have more people than I can count praying for me. And Carol has been a rock.

Obviously, I will still host our rescheduled 2015 Cru Classé Bordeaux event on March 6th at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice (which would still go on whether I could be there or not). And my customer trip to the UK, Cahors, and Bordeaux is a “Go.” And I’ll be scheduling a couple of classes at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française soon.

I cannot say enough good things about the care I have received at Methodist. The doctors are exceptional and the nursing care has been super. Please continue to pray for me but know that I am on the mend and with God’s help will be just fine.

 

LOUIS JADOT 2015 Tasting and Seminar – Rescheduled from 01/08/18

Rescheduled from 01/08/18 due to numerous flu cancellations.

Louis Jadot is among the very best negoçiants in Burgundy. But calling Jadot a negoçiant is a bit like calling an aircraft carrier a boat. Jadot is a proprietor with a substantial domaine and further farms most of the Cote d’Or vineyards where they source grapes. Based in Beaune, Louis Jadot was founded in 1859 by – wait for it – Louis Jadot. It is now owned by the American Kopf family (who also own wine importer and distributor Kobrand). Under second-generation estate manager Pierre Henri Gagey (the motive force behind Louis Jadot), the commitment to quality and the expression of terroir here is unsurpassed. 2015, like 2005 before it, is that great vintage across most of France sometimes referred to as “the rising tide that lifts all boats.” In this tasting we have a great producer making wine from grapes grown in great terroir in a great vintage.

On Monday, January 29th at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a Tasting of Louis Jadot’s 2015s. We’ll taste through all 15 available wines including 8 whites (1 Chablis and 7 Cote d’Or) and 7 reds (all Cote d’Or) with special attention paid to the specificity of place and process of each wine. The tasting includes 2 village wines, 8 premier cru wines, and 5 grand cru wines, all from the truly excellent 2015 vintage.

The line up:
Louis Jadot Chablis Fourchaume 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Blanc Clos De La Chapelle 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet 2015
Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet la Garenne 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet Folatieres 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Meursault Genevrieres 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Chevalier Montrachet les Demoiselles Grand Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Santenay Clos de Malte Rouge 2015
Louis Jadot Savigny les Beaune la Dominode 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Beaune Boucherottes 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Nuits Saint Georges les Boudots 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 2015

Louis Jadot 2015 will cost $180.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $189.47 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, January 8, 2018 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.

With 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.

Vintage 2015 (Mostly) Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting – New Date

RESCHEDULED for
Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

As most know, this event was originally scheduled for Tuesday January 16, 2018 but we had to cancel due to extreme (for Houston anyway) winter weather conditions. We are sorry for any inconvenience that cancellation may have caused but safety considerations won out. The original plan was to host over 30 Bordeaux chateau owners, directors, and/or winemakers (aka “the Bordelaise”) presenting 62 mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux wines all from the superb 2015 vintage in a standup-and-walk-around tasting format. The wines are here and will be served. The Bordelaise are working- it-out to come back in March. Many will make it but some won’t. In any case, there will be someone informed about the wine pouring each wine. In the end, we will have the 2015 tasting and you will get to taste …

Pomerol: Chx. Clinet, Gazin, Croix St. Georges, and La Pointe (along with 2nd vin Ballade de La Pointe)

St. Emilion: Chx. Canon la Gaffeliere, Clos l’Oratoire, Daugay, Grand Corbin Despagne, La Confession, Larcis Ducasse, and Pavie Macquin

St. Georges St. Emilion: Ch. Cap St. George

Castillon and Francs: Chx. d’Aiguilhe and Ampelia, Ch. Puygueraud

Bordeaux: Chx. Croix Mouton and le Conseiller

St. Estephe: Chx. Phelan Segur, Lafon Rochet, and les Ormes de Pez

Pauillac: Chx. Pichon Lalande (with 2nd vin Reserve de la Comtesse), Pichon Baron (with 2nd vin Les Griffons), Pibran, Lynch Bages (with 2nd vin Echo de Lynch Bages), Grand Puy Lacoste (with 2nd vin Lacoste Borie), Clerc Milon, d’Armailhac, and Haut Bages Liberal

St. Julien: Chx. Branaire Ducru, Leoville Barton and Langoa Barton, Leoville Poyferrre, and Talbot

Margaux: Chx. Giscours, Cantenac Brown, Ferriere, du Tertre and Brane Cantenac (along with 2nd vin Baron de Brane)

Haut Medoc, Moulis, Listrac: Chx. Cantemerle, Chasse Spleen, Camensac, Mauvesin Barton, and Senejac

Pessac Leognan Reds: Chx. Carmes Haut Brion, Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Smith Haut Lafitte, Clos Marsalette, and Haut Bailly with 2nd vin La Parde de Haut Bailly

Dry Whites: Domaine de Chevalier, Smith Haut Lafitte, and Blanc de Lynch Bages (2014)

Sweet Whites: Chx. Suduiraut (along with 2nd vin Lions de Suduiraut) and Coutet

You can see that we’ll be tasting great wines from every major appellation in Bordeaux. After re-tasting all these wines on January 17 in Dallas, I can tell you that they are showing very well.
The tasting will open at 5pm and run until 9pm, giving you ample time to taste the wines and visit with our guests from Bordeaux. The tasting will include a spread of artisanal cheeses and breads chosen to help absorb the wines and refresh the palate. We will taste from Riedel Degustazione (tasting) glasses. The Vintage 2015 Mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting will cost $100.00 per person (including a 5% discount for cash or check, regular price is $105.26). To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is located in downtown Houston at 909 Texas Avenue between Travis and Main. Valet Parking will be available.

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the event. No shows and later cancellations will be charged.

TONIGHT’s BORDEAUX EVENT CANCELED

We are canceling tonight’s (1/16/18) 2015 Vintage Bordeaux Event at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice due to worsening winter weather conditions. I regret doing so as the Bordelaise are all here in town but it would be irresponsible to ask you to get out on the roads this evening. We will work on rescheduling some sort of 2015 Bordeaux tasting in the not-too-distant future. I will let you know as soon as we can work out a new date.
Bear

Louis Jadot 2015 Tasting and Seminar

Louis Jadot is among the very best negoçiants in Burgundy. But calling Jadot a negoçiant is a bit like calling an aircraft carrier a boat. Jadot is a proprietor with a substantial domaine and further farms most of the Cote d’Or vineyards where they source grapes. Based in Beaune, Louis Jadot was founded in 1859 by – wait for it – Louis Jadot. It is now owned by the American Kopf family (who also own wine importer and distributor Kobrand). Under second-generation estate manager Pierre Henri Gagey (the motive force behind Louis Jadot), the commitment to quality and the expression of terroir here is unsurpassed. 2015, like 2005 before it, is that great vintage across most of France sometimes referred to as “the rising tide that lifts all boats.” In this tasting we have a great producer making wine from grapes grown in great terroir in a great vintage.

On Monday, January 8th at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a Tasting of Louis Jadot’s 2015s. We’ll taste through all 15 available wines including 8 whites (1 Chablis and 7 Cote d’Or) and 7 reds (all Cote d’Or) with special attention paid to the specificity of place and process of each wine. The tasting includes 2 village wines, 8 premier cru wines, and 5 grand cru wines, all from the truly excellent 2015 vintage.

The line up:
Louis Jadot Chablis Fourchaume 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Blanc Clos De La Chapelle 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet 2015
Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet la Garenne 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet Folatieres 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Meursault Genevrieres 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Chevalier Montrachet les Demoiselles Grand Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Santenay Clos de Malte Rouge 2015
Louis Jadot Savigny les Beaune la Dominode 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Beaune Boucherottes 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Nuits Saint Georges les Boudots 1er Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015
Louis Jadot Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 2015

Louis Jadot 2015 will cost $180.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $189.47 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, January 8, 2018 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.

With 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.

A Wine Trip to the UK, Cahors, and Bordeaux

May 10 through May 19, 2018
Your job is to be at LONDON HEATHROW airport ready to board a bus by 10:00am Thursday morning, May 10, 2018. I recommend (but do not require) that you get to London a day or two early so that you are acclimated before the action starts.

My job is to get you from there (via Luxury Coach – aka “the Bus”) to the south of England where we will visit three English Sparkling Wine Houses (Hattingley Valley, Ridgeview, and Chapel Down), have a comprehensive Port presentation, eat and drink well, and stay at the four-star Foxhills Club and Resort.

On Saturday May 12th, we will fly from London to Toulouse and proceed by private coach (the bus) to Cahor where we will visit, stay, and dine at the elegant Chateau de Mercues (four star hotel, winery, and restaurant). Sunday morning we’ll visit Ch. Haut Serre (also in Cahors) where we will also have lunch.

On Sunday afternoon (May 13), we will proceed (on the bus) to Bordeaux where we will stay at the four star Relais de Margaux located on the east side of the Margaux appellation close to the Gironde Estuary. Sunday evening plans include a Bordeaux River Cruise (with tasting on board) and a light dinner.

Monday and Tuesday will find us in the Medoc (Margaux, St. Julien, Pauillac, and St. Estephe) visiting such properties as Ducru Beaucaillou, Leoville Barton, Cantenac Brown, Pontet Canet, Pichon Lalande, Calon Segur, Pontac Lynch, Gruaud Larose, Branaire Ducru, Margaux, and Lafite. On Wednesday, we’ll visit such Pessac Leognan properties as Smith Haut Lafitte, Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Carmes Haut Brion, and Haut Brion. On Thursday and Friday, we’ll visit such Right Bank visiting properties as Canon, Croix St. Georges, Vieux Ch. Certan, Figeac, Canon La Gaffeliere, Laplagnotte Bellevue, l’Evangile, and Pavie MacQuin. These visits wil incude some “enhanced tastings” at some of the very top chateaux.

We’ll finish the day on Friday with dinner at Restaurant Le 7 atop La Cite du Vin wine museum in Bordeaux. My part of the trip ends at check out time on Saturday morning May 19. You may then fly home, extend your stay in Bordeaux, or head out to a different destination in Europe.

Each morning, we will leave the hotel about 8:30-to-9am and will return after dinner by about 10:30-11pm (unless we are dining at the hotel). Each day includes breakfast at the hotel and all lunches and dinners, often at the chateaux with older wines from the chateaux. This is a wine intensive trip (with quality over quantity) with unusual access to great properties and their wines. From lunch on Thursday May 10th through breakfast on Saturday May 18th, all lodging, meals, wines, and logistics (including the flight from London to Toulouse) are included.

The trip is priced at $5900 per person (double occupancy, airfare to London / from Bordeaux is not included). Airfare from London to Toulouse is included. The single supplement is $1000. A $1200 deposit will be due by January 13th. Final payment of the balance is due by March 17th. Payment may be made by check or credit card. If want to come, please respond quickly to BearDalton@mac.com.

Thank You

Last night, we cooked and served a great wine dinner last night in the parish hall at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany raising money to help ECHOS (Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services) help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Special thanks to Barons Rothschild Champagne, Lustau Sherry, Domaine Serene, Rochioli, Quintessa, Opus One, Ridge, Eisele Estate, and Graham’s Port, all of whom generously donated great (stunning, brilliant, fabulous) wines to go with our elevated comfort food menu. Also shout outs to DR Delicacy (where I bought the fresh Burgundy truffles for the pasta under the Boeuf Bouguignon and Fabio’s Fresh Pasta where I bought that fresh Tagliatelle. Thank you to all the generous folks who attended and donated to ECHOS. Most important recognition goes to the volunteer kitchen crew and servers Denise Ehrlich, Joan Sokol, Lara Rosenberger,Karin Singley, Robert Gilroy, and Lauren Galleymore without whom this event doesn’t happen. Also thank you to David Weekley Homes for matching the funds we raised. Finally, thank you to the dedicated ECHOS staff for the great work y’all do helping the often ignored and under-served in southwest Houston. #ECHOS #EpiscopalChurchOfTheEpiphany #HarveyRelief

Cava, Nibbles, Pots and Pans, etc.

This one takes a little explaining. Last June, I had a meeting with Cathy Moore (the executive director) at ECHOS (Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services). As my wife is always after me to cull unused items from our house, I brought three assorted cooking pans and a kitchen knife set to see if any of ECHOS clients might want them. These were perfectly good pans but for me they had been rendered obsolete when I was birthday-and-Christmas-gifted with newer, fancier stuff. They were gone before my meeting was over, thus revealing a need – many of the clients of ECHOS lack certain necessities such as cooking pots and skillets – and a solution – I and many of my foodie friends have more perfectly good pots, pans, skillets, cookie sheets, hand mixers, etc. than we can use or even really have room for. So this Friday, September 29th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Cathy and I will be at ECHOS with several delicious Cavas (Spanish sparkling wines – it’s a thing) and appropriate Spanish nibbles to offer anyone wanting to drop-off gently-used cookware or any non-perishable foods (for ECHOS food pantry) for ECHOS to distribute.

Please let me know by email (BearDalton@mac.com) if you plan to drop by, just so I can be sure to have enough bubbles to go around. By the way, since the last time I was at ECHOS, I have identified several more implements to donate.

ECHOS  is located on the back corner of the parking lot of The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, at 9600 South Gessner Road (the southwest corner of Gessner and Bissonnet).

ECHOS is a non-profit organization (501(C)3 corporation) connecting people in need with the health, social, and educational resources that can improve their lives. ECHOS’ mission is to connect people in need with health, social and educational resources that can improve their lives.
ECHOS  provides on-site help to families who are unable to access affordable health care and who do not have medical insurance coverage in completing and submitting applications for healthcare and social services.
ECHOS offers on-site health care services and screenings promoting healthier and more productive lives including Children’s Immunizations, Blood Pressure and Glucose Screenings, Vision Screenings, Well and sick child check ups, and Dental care.
ECHOS also assistclients in meeting basic needs and self-sufficiency.  Assistance is free and includes: Food from the Food Pantry, Food Fairs and Mini Health Fairs, English-as-a-second-language, Computer literacy, and Domestic violence support groups on campus.

The “E” in ECHOS, the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is located at 9600 South Gessner Road. Epiphany is where I go to church and where I raised my kids. While I no longer live in the area, I went to Sharpstown High School and used to pass Epiphany on the way to and from school. The area has changed since then; Epiphany has changed along with it and now boasts one of the most diverse congregations in Houston. ECHOS is Epiphany’s outreach to the local community.