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Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,

Starting Wednesday, May 16th you can join "James Beard Award Winner" Jean-Luc Le Dû and special 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 their vast knowledge, unique experiences and extensive travels, Jean-Luc and guests 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 Andy.
All Seminars run from 6:30-8:00pm and are held in the store.
15% discount on any three seminars.

Champagne Master Seminar with Lisa Granik MW
Wednesday, May 16th - $90

"Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne!" - Winston Churchill

Champagne Champagne is one of the most captivating and enchanting wines in the world. Sparkling wine is produced in many countries, but none have the cachet of those from the Champagne region of France. In this special seminar we will explore how the time-honored and difficult techniques of grape blending, remuage, degorgement, dosage and the distinctive chalky soil give each bottle of Champagne its unique character.

We are honored to welcome Lisa Granik MW as our special guest lecturer. Lisa is one of only 24 Americans to pass the difficult and rigorous Master of Wine exam which indicates an extremely high standard of professional knowledge.

Summer Whites with Yannick Benjamin
Wednesday, May 23rd - $65

White Wine With summer is around the corner, it’s time to start exploring interesting varietals to drink during the hot weather. Yannick Bejamin has chosen some of his favorite, off the beat selections including Albariño, Grüner Veltliner, Viognier, Rousette and Marsanne. Break out of your white wine rut and taste the diversity of thirst quenching flavors available for summer drinking at reasonable prices.

Burgundy Master Seminar with Jean-Luc Le Dû
Wednesday, May 30th - $225

Burgundy Burgundy is the home to the most ethereal, sensual and compelling wines in the world. Its "terroir" speaks through the grapes to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir so delicate and seductive when young and yet extraordinarily complex and layered when mature. We have assembled some of the greatest Grand Cru and Premier Cru Burgundies from top producers from a variety of vintages to share with you at this "once in a lifetime" wine tasting experience. Here's what we'll be pouring...

White Wines
Montrachet Grand Cru - Fontaine Gagnard 2004
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru - Domaine Louis Latour 1995

Red Wines
Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes "Cuvée Romain" - Hubert Lignier 2003
Nuits St Georges 1er Cru "Les Saint Georges" - Domaine Henri Gouges 2003
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru - Domaine Robert Groffier 2003
Romanée St Vivant Grand Cru - Domaine de la Romanee Conti 2002
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru - Domaine Mongeard Mugneret 1999
Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru - Domaine Louis Jadot 1988

Australia's Barossa Valley In Depth with Winemaker Rick Burge
Wednesday, June 6th - $75

Burge Family For this seminar we are proud to welcome the brilliant artisan winemaker Rick Burge from Burge Family Winemakers. The Burge family are Barossa Valley pioneers producing opulent, terroir driven wines since 1928. They recently received the ultimate honor by their inclusion in Robert Parker's book "World's Greatest Wine Estates." Join Rick as we taste through the latest releases from the Burge Family portfolio including their spectacular dessert wines.

An Introduction to French Country Wines with Jean-Luc Le Dû
Wednesday, June 13th - $70

French Country While the world famous regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley are considered the gold standard in wine production, France also offers a trove of great wines from lesser known areas. We are calling this seminar "an introduction to French Country Wines" for a lack of a better term. It is really doing a disservice to the superb wines we will be showcasing as they give more famous wines from around the world a run for their money. Get ready to be surprised, shocked and won over by this bunch of unknowns!

Terroirs of Napa Master Seminar with Lisa Granik MW
Wednesday, June 20th - $115

Napa Valley The Napa Valley contains the premier vineyards in the United States. In this master seminar we will explore the stylistic differences between the Rutherford, Stags Leap, Oakville and St. Helena AVA's... Our guest lecturer will again be Lisa Granik MW who has selected her favorite bottles from each AVA to share with us, including including Dominus, Opus One, Nickel & Nickel and Philippe Melka.

Lisa Granik MW is one of only 24 Americans to pass the difficult and rigorous Master of Wine exam which indicates an extremely high standard of professional knowledge.

France vs. America with Yannick Benjamin
Wednesday, June 27th - $75

France vs USA Join us for a classic old world - new world showdown as we delve into the different terroirs and wine making practices of France and the United States. We will sample the noble varietals Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Viognier from each country, then compare and contrast how the different viticultural and vinification techniques employed help create the flavors in the glass.

How To Taste Wine with Yannick Benjamin
Wednesday, July 11th - $60

Tasting We've offered this seminar before but found it so essential we decided to repeat it because it will help fine tune your palate and dramatically increase your drinking pleasure. 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, who finished 2nd in the "Best Sommelier in America" competition and first in the blind tasting portion.

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.


Offbeat Spanish Wines
Saturday, April 14th from 3-6pm

Come join us this Saturday as Mickey Vail from Frontier Imports pours some flavorful bottles from "off the beaten path" Spain. Once again Spain impresses us with its depth, variety and innovation. Here's what we'll be opening...

Abad Dom Bueno 2006 - Bierzo
Godello - an indigenous white varietal from the northwest of Spain.

Pardevalles Gamonal 2005 - Castile and Leon
Prieto Picudo - the rare grape Prieto Picudo produces aromatic and distinctive wines.

Gran Viu Seleccion 2001 - Carineña
Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Syrah - a biodynamic, 92 pointer from Wine Advocate.

Heras Cordon Vendimia Seleccionada 2002 - Rioja
Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo - a very traditional Rioja.

Lorca 2005 - Bullas
Monastrell - character and body for under $10

Estancia Piedra Rosado 2006 - Toro
Tinto de Toro - a rich and juicy Rosé.

Plus one bonus wine…
Alma de los Andes 2005 - Argentina - Malbec

We hope to see you here...

Jean-Luc Le Dû.

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