Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,
Starting Wednesday July 25th you can join "James Beard Award Winner" Jean-Luc Le Dû and Yannick Benjamin, winner of the Best Young
Sommelier Competition, in a series of tastings and discussions appropriate for wine lovers of all levels. Wine is more than a beverage of pleasure; it is a constantly changing
landscape of history, geography, art and science. Drawing on their vast knowledge, unique experiences and extensive travels Jean-Luc and Yannick will use a clear and
unpretentious approach to help you understand and navigate mondo vino.
For reservations call us on 212-924-6999 or e-mail
All Seminars run from 6:30-8:00pm and are held in the store.
10% discount on any two seminars.
15% discount on any three seminars.
The European Classics with Jean-Luc Le Dû
Wednesday, July 25th - $80
What makes a bottle of wine a classic...? There is a reason why some wines never go out of fashion and continue to inspire us. Tradition, consistency, ability to age and pair
with local cuisine all play an important role. For this seminar we will taste and discuss archetypical examples of Bordeaux (Pauillac), Burgundy (Côtes de Nuits), Rioja, Brunello
di Montalcino, Barolo. German Riesling, Gruner Veltliner and Sauternes... in other words, the greatest wines in the world!
The Best from California and Oregon with Jean-Luc Le Dû
Wednesday, August 1st - $75
Pinot Noir grown in the good old USA has emerged from the giant shadow cast by Burgundy to establish an identity of its own. Winemakers are stepping up to the plate and
creating a distinctly American style that is totally hedonistic and full of delicious, ripe fruit. In this seminar we will sample some vintage bottles side by side with new releases
from the top AVAs in Santa Barbara County, California's Central Coast, Sonoma County and the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
How To Taste Wine with Yannick Benjamin
Wednesday, August 8th - $60
This has been our most popular seminar for beginners and advanced tasters who have found it essential in fine tuning their palate and dramatically increasing their drinking
Tasting wine involves three senses (sight, smell and taste) that identify four primary components (sugar, alcohol, acid and tannins). Once you develop the skills to distinguish
those elements a whole new world will open up as your senses will be heightened and you will be able to communicate more eloquently about the flavors you taste... Learn to
taste like a professional, without any preconceptions.
All wines will be tasted blind for this seminar which will be taught by Yannick Benjamin, winner of the "Best Young Sommelier
How Wine Evolves with Jean-Luc Le Dû and Yannick Benjamin
Wednesday, August 15th - $90
When fine wine matures it goes through a remarkable transformation increasing its complexity and depth. However, only a miniscule proportion of the wines produced are
capable of benefiting from extended bottle age, so what is in the bottle that allows this extraordinary change to take place? In this seminar we will compare mature bottles
with recently released bottles of the same wine, to develop an understanding of how wine successfully evolves in the bottle.
Event Cancellation Policy...
Payment is required in full at time of reservation to guarantee a seat. Cancellations received less than two weeks but more than five days prior
to each seminar will be refunded with store credit only. Cancellations received within five days of each seminar will not be refunded.
FREE INSTORE TASTING...
The Best of the Northern Rhône
Thursday, July 12th from 6-8pm
Join us this evening as we welcome
Liz Willette from Willette Wines for a blockbuster start to our "Beat The Heat" series of summer tastings. We will be focusing on two of the best second generation
winemakers in the northern Rhône, Jean-Louis Chave and Franck Balthazar. Jean-Louis Chave, the son of Gerard Chave, needs no introduction as his Hermitage is Syrah
perfection and one of the world's most beloved wines. Franck Balthazar is the nephew of 90 year old Noel Verset, the recently retired producer of benchmark Cornas. Franck
has inherited half of his stellar, 90 year old vineyard parcels, some of the greatest Syrah sites in the world. This is a fun lineup...
J.L. Chave - Côtes Du Rhone "Mon Coeur" 2005
J.L. Chave - St. Joseph "Offerus" 2004
Franck Balthazar - Cornas "Chaillots" 2005
And as a bonus, a fresh, juicy rosé from Provence...
Château de l'Escarelle Rosé 2006 - Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon
We hope to see you here...
Jean-Luc Le Dû.