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Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,

We are pleased to announce the first of our fall series of wine dinners... Please come and join us on Monday, September 18th at 7:00pm for our Shafer Vineyards’ Dinner. This event will be held at Daniel Boulud’s - DB Bistro Moderne, 55 West 44th Street, and promises to be one of our best pairings yet!

db_bistroWhen I was a rookie sommelier many years ago at the West Village institution, One If By Land, Two If By Sea, the first winemaker to visit me was Doug Shafer from Shafer Vineyards. He instantly won me over with his passion and the superb quality of his Hillside Cabernet Sauvignons from the Stags’ Leap area of Napa. Yes, they were ripe and boisterous like many top Napa wines, but they also possessed enticing aromas, a complexity of flavors and an underlying minerality unmatched by its peers. Doug was showing the 1992 vintage then, and he hasn’t disappointed me with a vintage of his wines since. As a matter of fact, I consider Shafer wines to be among the 2 or 3 best estates in the whole of Napa Valley!

Shafer has just released its 2002 “Hillside Select” Cabernet Sauvignon to unprecedented praise... it was awarded a perfect 100 point score by Robert Parker. To celebrate, Le Dû’s Wines is proud to invite you to an intimate evening featuring the James Beard Award winning food of Daniel Boulud’s, DB Bistro Moderne served with the superlative wines of Shafer Vineyards.

Our special guest for this event will be Melissa Prang, General Manager of Shafer Vineyards. She will be pouring the new “Hillside Select” 2002, which I believe is a wine legend in the making and what might be my all time favorite Shafer, the “Hillside Select” 1996, a 98 pointer from Robert Parker…..This will be an evening you will not forget.

Here’s the menu choice along with the wines we’ll be pouring...

Aperitif
Shafer Chardonnay - 2004

First Flight: The Shafer Classics
Shafer Syrah - Relentless - 2002
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon - 2003
Shafer Merlot - 2003

FIRST COURSE
Tomato Tarte Tatin - Goat Cheese, Black Olives, Frisée, Basil Oil
Daniel Boulud’s Smoked Salmon, Celery Remoulade, Horseradish, Pumpernickel Toast
Moroccan Tuna Tartar, Celery Coulis, Fennel, Curry Dressing
Duck & Foie Gras Terrine - House Made Pickled Vegetables
Seasonal Soup

Second Flight: The Hillside Terroir
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon “Hillside Select” 2002
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon “Hillside Select” 1996

SECOND COURSE
Atlantic Cod, Brandade Gnocchi, Glazed Baby Carrots, Leek Fondue
Sauted Lemon Sole, Black Trumpets, Glazed Chesnuts, Brussels Sprouts, Squash Coulis
Duck Confit, Wild Mushrooms, Red Swiss Chard, Sweet and Sour Duck Jus
Hanger Steak, Oxtail and Bean Ragout, Red Onions, Beef Jus
Escalope de Veau aux Champignons, Spinach Fondue, Glazed Carrots, Pommes Dauphinés

DESSERT
Chocolate Clafoutis – Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Sorbet
Apple Tarte Tatin, Raisins, Spiced Crème Fraiche Chantilly
Coffee Cardamom Panna Cotta, Cocoa Streusel, Caramel Foam

Seating is very limited for this dinner so reserve early!
Dinner includes 3 courses & wines to match.
Price is $175 per person including tax & gratuity.
Please RSVP to John or call 212-924-6999

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.

UP-COMING IN STORE EVENTS
Cool off this evening, Thursday August 31st, from 5:30-8:00pm with sparkling wines from around the world.

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.

Come on down and taste all these fizzies for free... 10% discount on any wine poured.

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 - $23.99

ALSO...
Mark Saturday, September 16th on you calendar... you are all invited to Le Dû's Wines' first anniversary party... details to be announced soon.

PLEASE NOTE
The store will be open from 12:00-7:00pm on Labour Day - Monday, September 4th

We hope to see you here...

Jean-Luc Le Dû.

 
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