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Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,

Marcel Deiss is one of the great idiosyncratic winemakers of Alsace. An early proponent of biodynamic winemaking, he consistently creates stunning, distinctive wines with purity, focus and precision. Recently we tasted his Pinot Blanc, Bergheim 2000 and were so knocked out that Jean Luc started doing hand stands around the store. We loved this wine so much that we bought every bottle available from the distributor.

Deiss1On its release Robert Parker wrote that the Marcel Deiss Pinot Blanc Bergheim 2000 is “…one of the rare Pinot Blancs that should improve with age, it will be at its best between 2004 and 2008”. He is absolutely correct…2000 was an excellent vintage for Alsace and this wine is drinking great right now!!

Deiss2 The deep gold color gives you the first hint of this wines depth and intensity. The nose is complex from six years of bottle age with floral and nutty aromas but is showing no oxidation. It sits fat in the palate with cloves and nutmeg and a tropical sweetness from the ripe fruit.

If you are used to drinking your wines young and want to experience the alluring character of a wine ageing gracefully, we urge you to try the Marcel Deiss Pinot Blanc. We believe that for $14.99 it will provide an exceptional drinking experience unparalleled for the money.

Normal price - $14.99 a bottle
10% off on 6 bottles - $13.49 each
15% off on 12 bottles - $12.74 each

This Saturday September 9th, from 3-6pm, you are cordially invited to the opening of our Fall Tasting Series. We are featuring American Pinot Noir, so come on down and taste some beefy, brawny, berry filled bottles of Pinot born in the good old USA. Jeff Davis from Lauber imports will be on hand to pour and educate us. If we’re lucky he’ll tell us about his recent jam session with Jorma Kaukonen from the Jefferson Airplane.

Here’s the line-up…

Au Bon Climat – Santa Barbara - 2005
Patz & Hall - Sonoma Coast - 2005
Flowers - Sonoma Coast - 2004
Lemelson "Stermer" - Willamette Valley - 2004
Special bonus bottle - Qupé Marsanne - Santa Ynez Valley - 2005

Not too shabby... And there's the usual 10% discount on all wines poured!!!

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.

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