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Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,

As summer draws to a close and preparations start for Labor Day festivities we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with some sparkle and pop. Who doesn’t love sparkling wine? It always creates a festive atmosphere and is completely underrated as an accompaniment for food. A bottle of sparkling wine makes a great change of pace for Labor Day BBQ’s.

Paul Kirk the award winning, Baron of BBQ recommends Champagne with smoked meats, serving it at his restaurant R.U.B on 23rd street. Rather than competing with the intense flavor of charred swine, sparkling wine cleans the palate making each bite more flavorful than the last. Try a dry Champagne like the Gardet or a Spanish Cava like the Marques de Gelida. If you enjoy that, experiment with some Champagne and scrambled eggs, sushi, hard aged cheese or spicy Asian food, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Prosecco is an Italian fizzie that makes a perfect liquid accompaniment for picnics and BBQ’s. The Nino Franco Rustico was chosen as the best Prosecco in the New York Times on June 21st. Try blending some Prosecco with peach juice for a refreshing Bellini.

Lambrusco is rarely thought of in a food context but it can also be an innovative accompaniment for your outdoor gathering. We’re not talking about the cloyingly sweet version popular in America but the dry, frizzante style drunk in Emiglia Romagna, Italy. The Ceci Lambrusco, is a serious, biodynamic wine that goes well with cold cuts, barbecued chicken or grilled vegetables.

Gardet ceci rustico cava

Marques de Gelida Cava 2001 - shelf price $12.99
Nino Franco Rustico NV - shelf price $14.99
Ceci Lambrusco La Luna 2004 - shelf price $17.99
Gardet Champagne Brut NV - shelf price $24.99

Celebrate the end of summer with the following sale. Here’s the deal...

Any bottle – 5% off.
Any six bottles - 10% off.
Mix and match a case – 15% off.

Please order on-line or by e-mailing us at Sales or call us on 212-924-6999

Le Du's Wines announces its Fall Wine Salon - Round One
Jean-Luc Starting Wednesday September 20th you can join "James Beard Award Winner" Jean Luc Le Du and guest lecturers in a series of weekly 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 his vast knowledge, unique experiences and extensive travels, Jean Luc will use a clear and unpretentious approach to help you understand and navigate mondo vino.

Jean Luc Le Du has lectured at Degustibus @ Macy's, The Institute of Culinary Education, The Hamptons Food & Wine Festival and The Santa Barbra Uncorked Festival. As a sommelier he has organized many international level wine tastings for clients such as Christie's and Restaurant Daniel.

For reservations call 212-924-6999 or e-mail Andy.

All Seminars run from 6:30-8:00pm and are held in the store.
15% discount on any three seminars.
More seminars will be announced shortly.

Wednesday, September 20 - The Great Grapes - $55
Visit the eight noble grape varietals that have become the most important in the world of wine. Learn about their lineage and historic significance. Discover what makes them outstanding, especially when grown in the appropriate place and vinified in the hands of a skilled winemaker. The grapes to be featured are Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Nebbiolo, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Wednesday, September 27 – White Burgundy - $75
Burgundy is the most sensual and ethereal white wine area in the world. What is so magical about this small stretch of land in the heart of France? Why is white Burgundy the benchmark to which Chardonnay producers around the world are compared? Join Jean Luc as we explore the wide diversity of Burgundy terroir and flavors from Chablis to Macon with a few stops in Puligny, Chassagne and Meursault. Don’t miss this one!

Wednesday, October 4 – American Pinot Noir - $75
Pinot Noir grown in the good old USA has finally 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. We will sample the very best Pinots from the top AVA’s in Santa Barbara County, California’s Central Coast, Sonoma County and Oregon. This seminar will be co-hosted by Jean Luc and Andy Shernoff, Le Du’s staff member and Pinot fanatic who also hosted the sold out Spanish seminar earlier in the year.

Wednesday, October 11 – A Tour of Northern Italy - $60
This seminar will be a tour of the best of Northern Italy with a quick stop in Tuscany. We start in Friuli, home to the some of the most distinctive white whites on the peninsula. Heading east we will stop in Lombardy to sample a Barbera. Then further east to Piedmont where we will compare the kings of Italian wine, Barolo and Barberesco. Then on to Tuscany, which technically is not the north, but we wouldn’t leave Italy without giving you a taste of a classic Brunello di Montalcino.

Our special guest lecturer for this seminar is Scott Calvert, former sommelier at The River Café, wine columnist for Affluent Magazine and the managing partner of Tastevin Imports.

Wednesday, October 18 – The World’s Best Wine Values - $50
Featuring bottles under $20 from undiscovered regions

It’s easy to buy a great bottle of wine when you have an unlimited budget, but what do you do if you just want to spend ten dollars for dinner or you are “financially challenged”? Since the price of wine is not always related to quality but to demand, a little inside knowledge is essential. We will share some of our wine buying secrets in this seminar by revealing some of the great undiscovered wines of the world that combine great flavor and great value.

This seminar will be conducted by Yannick Benjamin, former sommelier at Felidia, Atelier at The Ritz and was the winner of the Best Young Sommelier Competition for 2005.

October 25 – Jean Luc’s Favorite Wine Regions - $70
Jean Luc has tasted the finest wines from the greatest regions of the world. So for which areas does he have the greatest passion? …..The answer is; Priorat, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, Piedmont and the Loire Valley. Taste the best of these great regions while Jean Luc explains why these wines still get him excited.

We hope to see you here...

Jean-Luc Le Dû.

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 three days prior to each seminar will be refunded with store credit only. Cancellations received within three days of each seminar will not be refunded.

 
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