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River Yacht Club: 2016 Holiday Party and Wine Pairing

Charles Krug “Grande Cuvee” Brut Champagne, NV 95 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. The harmonious juxtaposition of creaminess and lees enrichment with bright, juicy citricity and of expansive richness with levity is stunning. Citrus zest notes segue seamlessly into the fine stream of CO2 without bitterness, while succulent white peach garlanded in lily-of-the-valley is laced with rich, subtly piquant nut oils and saliva-liberating salinity. The team at Krug has long taken pains to emphasize that the task of assembling their Grande Cuvee from a hundred or more lots reflecting reserves of widely varying ages is mind-bogglingly complex. (DS) (Taken from wine review)

2013 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne, Grand Cru (90 Point Vintage. After the ravages of the phylloxera epidemic at the end of the 19th century the Latour family took the then unusual decision to tear up the dead Aligoté and Pinot Noir vines and replace them with Chardonnay. This decision leads them to create one of Burgundy’s most celebrated white whites. Today the Latour family owns 11 hectares which makes them the biggest owner in the appellation. The Latour’s Corton-Charlemagne vineyards are located on a prime section of the Corton hillside where the south-easterly aspect ensures maximum exposure to the sun. The fruit is harvested as late as possible to guarantee maximum ripeness. (Taken from wine review)

2009 Domaine de L’Arlot Nuits St. George, Clos de Forets (95 Point Vintage. The 2009 Nuits St. Georges Clos des Forets Saint Georges comes across as dark, brooding and totally intense. Black cherries, tar, licorice, smoke and menthol are some of the many notes that are woven together in this rich, deep wine. There is a baritone register to the fruit that is absolutely gorgeous. The powerful, structured finish begs for considerable cellaring and suggests a long life of great drinking lies ahead. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034 (Taken from wine review)

1989 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (98 Point Vintage). Delivers fabulous aromas of crushed red fruits, with leather, tar, tobacco and mint. Full-bodied, offering supersoft and silky tannins, as well as a beautiful polish. Open and luscious, with amazing richness of fruit and decadence at the same time. (Taken from wine review)

 

2003 Château Rieussec, Sauternes (95 Point Vintage) Château Rieussec was originally owned by monks, though after the French Revolution it was confiscated from the church and sold off at public auction. Current owners, Domaines Barons de Rothschild. Located in Fargues, the chateau includes 186 acres planted to 90% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc, and 4% Muscadelle. Oak for the fermentation barrels come from the Château Lafite cooperage. About 6,000 cases of Château Rieussec are produced annually.(Taken from wine review)

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Wine Club Miami 2015 Annual Event

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Wine Club Miami Holiday Party 2014

Wine Club Miami made its mark this holiday season celebrating eight years of wine and great friendship. Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau was a terrific setting as we paired an exceptional collection of notable wines with excellent Italian fare.

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Five selected non-vintages, arranged by our incoming president Jeff Tenen featured 4 wines and excellent Brut Rose Champagne to start a memorable evening with a few memorable highlights. Nice mix dry and soft white wines with the complexities of aged Italian wines.

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Many highlights, having both Montrachet’s was notable and it seems the group was split on which one was the dominant choice. The Italian reds did seem to be nicely placed with the Duck Foie Gras Ravioli as well as the Braised short ribs and the Spaghetti.

Henri Abele, Brut Rose Champagne (non-vintage)

• Domaine Bader-Mimeur, Saint-Aubin Ler Cru “En Remilly”, Chassagne-Montrachet, 2011 & 2013

Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2005 Le Rocche Falletto- (96pts- WS; 95pts-ST; 94+pts WA)

Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pieve, 2006 (99pts-WS; 96pts RP)

A terrific holiday evening to mark our 8th year and to toast our new President as we head off into 2015.

Best, MH

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Wine Club Miami Annual Holiday Event

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13_WineClubMiami_12_077It’s that time of year… The end.  We had a memorable year in our tastings.  The “Collector’s” tastings are still hovering in our minds.  We don’t name drop so please review our tastings.  January & March tastings brought us wines that made fulfill items to the “bucket list”.

As Wine Club Miami created an evening of fine dining and entertainment, we selected wines that would recap our year.  Let’s face it, a year of snubbing the wine and saying, “it’s ok” to what people would hardly have a chance to drink (limited production) comes to pause as we mostly enjoy the time with family and friends.

Tuyo allowed us to start gathering in their Wine/Cooking Theater.  We sipped on Piper-Heidsieck Magnums and sampled Hors d’oeuvres.  Wesley Castellanos thanked the club for a stupendous 2013 year and began his swan dance.  Following the gratitude, Wesley announced Stephen Gamson as the new president for Wine Club Miami 2014.

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Stephen Gamson is an individual who does not shy away from letting the club know what his wine & food palette desires.  He has been with the club for many years and will partake in an active role as President.

Chef Norman Van Aken of Tuyo and the club met prior to assure the dishes and wines complimented each other…

We paired our appetizers with a 2010 William Fevre Chablis les Lys. This wine was delicate with a taste of minerals that exemplified the chardonnay notes.  By know you should know what a French Chardonnay should provide.

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The main course was paired with the Rivietto Barolo ’09.  Even though it was extremely young and tight, it softened the powerful flavors of the main.

We drank the Barolo into our desserts which the chocolate mousse or flan was a great match.

The President Gamson elect hosted an after hours event for the club.

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Wine Club Miami wishes you all a happy holiday season and please drink wine like it is the last day on earth.

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2012 Vin Review

It’s time to uncork our Vino Miami blog and finish off another enjoyable wine filled year. Memorable wines and memorable times have marked our calendar with a few notable moments and enjoyable wines to remember along the way. We started out tasting thru the old country with several noatable wines. Lively conversation and a new scoring approach marked our first few tastings. LMNT in Wynwood was the spot and 2010 Principessa Gavia “Gavi” with a overall score of 8.37 was the highest scoring white of the year.

In April, We enjoyed Matt Jewel’s rooftop setting for an Italian tasting.

The May Beer party was a nice break as we ventured off the wine path and hit South Beach for the love of Beer.

Back into the tastings as we explored the French and found a new definition for “Bait and Switch”… A French Discrepancy marked our night at the French Cafe, “Oui, we like wine but, we charge corkage…” Our night at Buena Vista Bistro also marked Wesley’s first wine club event as a member.

Chateau Mahmoud was the setting for the September tasting featuring blended whites and reds from California.

A great Miami evening with notable wines including the winning the highest scored red wine for the year the Justin Isosceles 2008 Paso Robles Blend ranking 8.22

We wrapped our year with  our final two tastings at the Miami Culinary Institute’s  Tuyo.

Terrific food, excellent service and nice wines directed our attention and our scoring. Ending our blind tastings with the 2009 Chateau Carigan Primm marking our final wining red wine.

Best, your wine captain! –Matt Hege