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The Burgundy Festival
Date: Saturday, November 21
Time: 1 pm until 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

The best way to understand the wines of Burgundy is to immerse yourself in this great field. Besides going to Burgundy, when do you ever get the chance to explore, 20, 30, even 40 different wines from the region side by side?

That is what this festival is all about.

I truly believe that Burgundy is one of the greatest places in all the world to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  And I love sharing great wines with friends.  Those two things come together on Saturday, November 21, in what is always one of Waterford’s most dynamic tastings – the Burgundy Festival.

The Burgundy Festival has always been a good time, but this year we kick it up a notch.  We have three brand-new, breathtaking Burgundy portfolios to sample from.  Each portfolio contains almost unlimited new selections from their producers.  What this means to us: Our exploration of Burgundy just became wider, more free-ranging, and even more in-depth.

As always, for everyone from the novice Burgundy taster to the seasoned collector, this is a tasting not to miss.

Table One

2014 Seguinot-Bordet Chablis $22.99

2013 Bouchard Pouilly-Fuisse $26.99

2012 Vincent Girardin Meursault “Narvaux” $62.99

2012 Cherisey Meursauld Blagny Blanc “Genelotte” $105.99

2012 Vincent Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru $165.99

2013 Gachot-Monot Cotes du Nuits Village $32.99

2010 Cherisey Meursault Blagny Rouge $61.99

2013 Bouchard Beaune Greves Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus $129.99

2012 Vincent Girardin Corton Perriers Grand Cru $99.99

Table Two

2014 Morey-Coffinet Bourgogne Rouge $33.99

2012 Monthelie Clos du Meix Garnier Monopole               $45.99

2013 Charles Audoin Marsannay Rouge Cuvée Marie Ragonneau $39.99

2006 Lucien Le Moine Clos des Avaux 1er Cru $89.99

2011 Lucien Le Moine Echezeaux Grand Cru $289.99

2014 Dominique Cornin Mâcon-Chaintré Les Serreudières $29.99

2013 Garnier & Fils Chablis Montmains 1er Cru $44.99

Table Three

2013 Xavier Monnot Bourgogne Blanc $39.99

2013 Domaine Cordier Pouilly Fuisse $69.99

2013 Pascal Clement Puligny Montrachet $74.99

2013 Pascal Clement Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne $92.99

2013 Pascal Clement Bourgogne Rouge $27.99

2013 Chauvenet-Chopin Cotes de Nuits Villages $49.99

2012 Xavier Monnot Maranges Fussiere $60.99

2013 Joblot Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cellier aux Moines $70.99

2011 Lechenaut Nuits St Georges $102.99

2012 Pascal Clement Corton Renardes $114.99

Table Four

2013 Dominique Mugneret Passoutoutgrain $21.99

2013 Dominique Mugneret Vosne-Romanee $79.99

2013 Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge $35.99

2013 Benjamin Leroux Gevrey Chambertin $79.99

2014 Olivier Merlin Macon La Roche Vineuse Blanc $21.99

2013 Olivier Merlin Bourgogne Rouge $28.99

2013 Olivier Merlin Vire-Clesse $32.99

2013 Jean-Marc & Thomas Bouley Hautes Cotes du Beaune $42.99

2013 Jean-Marc & Thomas Bouley Volnay Clos de la Cave $79.99

2013 Les Heriters du Compte Lafon Macon Milly-Lamartine $31.99

2011 Pierre Morey Meursault $92.99

Table Five

2012 Anne Gros Hautes Cotes de Nuits Rouge $39.99

2011 Anne Gros Clos Vougeout Grand Cru $250.99

2012 Anne Gros Riechbourg Grand Cru $499.99

2012 A Verdet Cotes de Nuits Bland Le Prieure Blanc $25.99

2012 A Verdet Cotes de Nuits Bland Le Prieure Rouge $25.99

2012 A Verdet Morey St. Denis VV $49.99

2012 Blain Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Rouge $32.99

2012 Jean Louis Puligny Montrachet $49.99

2010 Tollot-Beaut & Fils Rouge $29.99

2013 Chateau Marsannay Rouge $36.99

2013 Chateau Meursault Clos du Chateau $49.99

2012 Drouhin Cote de Beaune $49.99

2012 Drouhin Pommard $59.99

2010 Drouhin Meursault Perrieres $102.99

2012 Phillipe Colin Chassagne Montrachet $59.99

Due to the highly allocated nature of Burgundy, some of these wines may sell out by the time of the tasting.  If they do sell out, we will make every effort to replace them with wines of equal value.

Amarone in a Very Serious Way
Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Amarone is Italy’s blockbuster—a massively powerful wine, arguably one of the most powerful reds in the world.

Yet for all its richness, it remains a bit of a mystery.  Certainly it isn’t as well known as some of the other power reds like Cabernet or Shiraz, and it isn’t made like them, either. This Italian treasure is unique in the world for its process of Appassimento, or drying of the grapes, which creates a wine of immense body and concentration.

This tasting opens with an exploration of the taste of Amarone by examining the grapes themselves and the conversion process that happens at winemaking.  From there, we will discuss the stylistic differences within the area itself.  Finally, we will explore the differences in Amarone from across the region, from Classico to outlying areas.

For lovers of big red wine, here is a chance to add another game to your playbook.  Please join us in tasting these magnificent wines.

Wines to be tasted:
2006 Dal Forno Amarone $499.99
2009 Giuseppe Quintarelli Primofiore $109.99
2011 Mazzi Poiega Valpolicella Superiore $26.99
2008 Bussola Amarone BG $89.99
2000 Speri Sant Urbano Amarone $159.99
2012 Sant’ Antonio Valpolicella Nanfre $14.99
& more

Scotch: The Greatest Night of Your Life
Date: Tuesday, November 24
Time: 5:00 pm AND 7:30 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $100 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP

Yes, this tasting is $100, but you’ve racked up far bigger bar tabs for far lesser booze in your life.  Take a look at that list – that’s a great list of Scotch.  Dare I say, this is probably the greatest assemblage of Scotch that I have ever tasted in my life.

Think of it this way: Santa is about to decide if you’ve been naughty or nice, and maybe here is a sneak peek into what your Christmas gift could be.

But beyond just sampling amazing Scotch, we also aim to provide good education at this event.  We’ll discuss how these Scotches are produced, why they taste the way they do, differences in maturation and production, and regionality.

We are doing two seatings this night. Please sign up for one or the other, but not both.  If you are a fan of Scotch, this tasting is definitely not to be missed.

Scotches to be tasted:
1995 Macallan “Speymalt” $159.99
Macallan Rare Cask $299.99
Highland Park 18 Year Distillery Bottling $179.99
HIghland Park 24 Year Gordon and MacPhail $249.99
Mortlach Rare Old $149.99
Mortlach 25 Year Gordon and MacPhail $225.99
Mackinlay’s Journey 30 Year $159.99
Glen Grant 25 Year $225.99
1980 Dallas Dhu $599.99
and maybe, just maybe, 1965 Strathisla at $999.99 a bottle – but this one I can’t guarantee.

In fact, I can’t guarantee any of these bottles because they are so highly allocated.  However, if any of them (besides Strathisla) sells out before the tasting, I will replace it with something equally interesting / expensive!

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

By founding a Pinot vineyard in Willamette Valley in 1966, David “Papa Pinot” Lett was making a statement for the rest of the world to hear – that this valley was an ideal place for a cool-climate grape, capable of producing wines with finesse, longevity, and elegance.

A few pioneers followed David’s example and today, Wilamette’s Pinot production is booming.  This tasting explores the valley’s history, its five subzones and how they affect the finished wines, and how winemaking styles interrelate with all of these factors.

Wines to be tasted:
2008 Eyrie Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir $89.99
2013 Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir $44.99
2013 Underwood Pinot Noir $11.99
2012 Willful Pinot Noir $33.99
2012 Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir $29.99
2013 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir $24.99
& more!

The Cabernet Festival: Napa, Bordeaux, and Super Tuscans
Save the Date!
Date: Saturday, December 12
Time: Noon until 4 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

How amazing would it be to have the best of the best of Cabernet from across the entire world, all at once?

That’s what the Cabernet Festival is about.  If you like Napa Cabernet, Sonoma, Pauillac, Saint Estephe, Graves, Bolgheir on the Tuscan coast, Margaret River or even places farther afield – we’ve got it, and we will be pouring it.

This is a great way to taste across the world, but also up and down all kinds of different prices ranges.  We haven’t quite assembled the list of wines yet, but we’ll get them out to you soon.  For now, hold on to Saturday, December 12!

  1. Hi,

    I didnt forget about picking up my prize bottle I won on your FB contest! I will be coming out this week if that is ok. Are you having a wine tasting on Friday? Any before then?

    See you soon and thanks again!

    Deb Sajdak

  2. Is the Adelsheim tasting in an open house format, or do I need to be there right at 3?

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