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Penfolds: “From 1844 to Evermore”

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While young by European standards, Penfolds of Australia has a rich history that dates to 1844 when Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfolds and his wife Mary purchased the Mackgill estate of 500 acres of choice land outside Adelaide. But what makes this truly extraordinary is that it was Mary who oversaw the estate and early wine making efforts. These first wines, made of ... Read More »

Joseph Drouhin Red Burgundy Tasting: Cote de Nuit Village, Cote de Beaune Village and Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge

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Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuit Village 2011 A blend from the villages found at the southern end of the Cote de Nuits, this delicious red wine is balanced with harmonious flavors. A bright ruby color yields a ripe nose of wild cherry, mild spice and earthy notes. With a red berry aftertaste the wine has equal tannins, acidity and texture. ... Read More »

Curvature Wines Tasting: Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

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Curvature Wines Chardonnay 2012 The Bacigalupi Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, located on the Sonoma Coast, was the source of the grapes that won the 1976 Judgement of Paris. Made of 100% Chardonnay from this famous vineyard, this wine has been aged in French oak, 60% of which is new. The lush bouquet delivers flavors of narcissus, peach, green ... Read More »

Billecart-Salmon Champagne Tasting: Brut Reserve, Brut Rose and Extra Brut

Harvest in Champagne

Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Billecart-Salmon is the very definition of elegance in Champagne. Blended from a combination of all three Champagne grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier), and at least three vintages, this is a fantastic non-vintage Champagne. Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Essentially regarded as the standard bearer for non-vintage rosé, the Billecart-Salmon Rosé is always a standout. Pale pink, with ... Read More »

Charles Heidsieck Champagne Tasting: Discover “Champagne Charlie”

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Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Fresh and floral with notes of green fruit and subtle spice this is an accessible champagne. Fine bubbles deliver vivacious acidity with rich toasty notes. Delicate on the tongue the fine palate has a lingering finish. Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV A powder pink blend of the three traditional champagne grape varietals, this wine delivers ... Read More »

Educational Tasting: The Wines of Cotes-du-Rhone

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Pierre Henri Morel Cotes-du-Rhone Laudun 2013 the Lauden simply because this is one of the best examples of a wine over-delivering for the price. For under $15, one can experience the brilliance behind Michel Chapoutier – one of Rhone’s most respected and influential winemakers. The brand, Pierre-Henri Morel, is a joint effort between Chapoutier’s commercial director, Pierre Henri Morel, and ... Read More »

California Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting with Duckhorn Vineyards

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Duckhorn Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 “Since 1978, Duckhorn Vineyards has been exploring the character and complexity of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Drawing on our winemaking team’s expertise working with this varietal, Decoy Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon offers a rich and appealing expression of the varietal crafted to be ready upon release. The 2012 vintage has yielded a lush and appealing ... Read More »

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