Events Tastings

A feast for the senses. WCM’s October tasting, we decided to explore Left Bank Bordeaux from several 90s vintages.

What distinguishes a truly exceptional Bordeaux from one that is highly praised? Age. And to many in the wine world, Bordeaux has mastered wine’s greatest friend: Time. While most wines are made to drink young, several Chateaux would recommend you wait at least 10 years before noticing the magic in their wines. The structure starts to give way, opening the floor for silky tannins, tertiary aromas, complex flavors that change on a dime, and epic finishes on the palate. Here is what we tasted:

Considered an impressive lineup of wine nobility with age and finesse working in harmony
      • Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1994 (Pauillac, 12.5% ABV)
      • Château Léoville Las Cases Grand Vin 1998 (Saint Julien, 13% ABV)
      • Château Léoville Barton 1995 (Saint Julien, 12.5% ABV)
      • Château Ducru-Beaucaillon 1996 (Saint Julien, 13% ABV)
      • Château Montrose 1998 (Saint Estèphe, 12.5% ABV)
      • Cos d’Estournel 1996 (Saint Estèphe, 13% ABV)
Château Montrose 1998. Saint Estephe
Cos d’Estournel 1996, Saint Estephe
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1994, Pauillac

The Montrose and Barton showed up to dance, while the Cos d’Estournel was a bit shier than expected. The Pichon was also a winner tonight with subtle aromas of stewed cherry, delicate leather and tobacco leaves. 


Reviews Tastings

September Tasting: Echoes of 8,000 Years: An Evening of Armenian Wines

Wine Club Miami President Stephen Gamson

Hosted at South Beaches’ Call Me Gaby, Wine Club Miami tasted HAYK Wines, Armenian wines that featured grapes with a winemaking legacy dating back over 8,000 years. Paired with the restaurant’s exceptional menu featuring Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinaci al Burro e Salvia, Tagliata di Manzo (Sliced Steak) with Arugula and Parmesan along with a Fresh Watermelon Salad.

A Journey to Peace™ HAYKWINE.COM 689-263-2252

Three signature wines and a selection of dessert wines all showcasing the lasting heritage of Armenian wines as truly old world wine with outstanding quality and style.

2019 Single Vineyard Voskehat Reserve White This single grape white wine is sourced from the Arpa Valley of Armenia’s premier wine growing region: Vayots Dzor. It has pronounced aromas of white flower, ripe lemon cream, apricots and hints of tropical fruit such as mango and pineapple. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied and is marked by acidity that seems to expand with each second like Chenin Blanc from South Africa. It has an extensive, refreshing finish that recalibrates the wine to more minerality than fruit.


2018 Arpa Valley Areni Noir is ruby in color with a magenta rim. It has an enticing nose of cassis,blackcurrant, vanilla, sage and Tobacco Oak. IMG_0915 Upon entry, this wine builds from wild flowers and bramble to a bright pop of raspberry and plums on the mid-palate. A juicy finish with silky tannins and a medium length, it will provide drinking pleasure through 2042 with proper cellaring.

Open Container Rose features high acidity, floral aromas and minerals on a long and pleasant finish. An uncommon wine that features elements of traditional French rose with subtle hints of lime and grapefuit and honey to round out a long finish.

Call Me Gaby 22 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL (305)-531-4800




April Tasting at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink


Hosted at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, Wine Club Miami’s California Cabernet Tasting explored four unique vintage years with a selection of notable wines showcasing complexity and age. Wine Club Member, Jesus Cabarcos shares insights on the wines and vintages selected.

1997 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve & 1997 Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Miravalle-la Perla-Chevalier: The generous harvest of widely admired wines with all varieties ripening at once. To drink now. The riper, lusher character of the 1997 vintage means wines tended to be very well received upon first release but have proven less complex and age-worthy with time in the bottle compared with 1998, 1999, and 2001 vintages

2006 Pride Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Sonoma: An unusually cool, wet growing season forced growers to drop substantial quantities of rotten fruit and pushed the harvest back to November. Far from a banner year, though, the fruits of strict selection may surprise us.

2007 ZD Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford & 2007 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley: Harvest began early mid-August in the warmer regions, then a cool September slowed ripening to a crawl, allowing physiological maturity to catch up with sugars. October warmed up, and most had their grapes in before late-October rains. Elegant, balanced wines. Yields down 15 to 25%.

2008 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon: Sonoma’s earliest harvest, and very early throughout northern California. Fires in Mendocino affected red wines in the region and as far south as northern Napa Valley. It was one of the first vintages forcing producers to face the realities of smoke impact in California.


January Blind Tasting

Burgey-Cerdon, LA Cueille: The Bugey is one of t he best-kept secrets of France. A geographical crossroads between Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy, and the Rhône, this small region encompasses the mountainous eastern half of the Ain département. (Kermit Lynch)

2019 Marsannay, Sylvain Pataille: Marsannay Rouge  is a concentrated wine with a lot of intensity that will make it a wine to keep. On the nose, the wine opens with aromas of red fruits such as strawberries, raspberries or even cherries. The palate is medium bodied with bold tannins, also leaving a spicy side to reveal all its complexity and richness. (Vine Neuvo)

2004 Beni Di- Batasiolo Barolo, 100%Nebbiolo Monforte d’Alba: This base Barolo from the folks at Batasiolo (one of the area’s biggest producers) offers a classic view of the Nebbiolo grape. The wine is seeped in traditional aromas of Spanish cedar, pencil shaving, red currant and black licorice. It’s bright and lively in the mouth with crisp acidity and raw fruit flavors. (Wine Enthusiast)

2006 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva:           ” Lush, powerful, subtle with hints of oak, ripe dark fruits. Great tannic structure after 6 hour breathing. Drink now or hold 10 more years”  (Wesley Castellanos)

2013 La Petite Chapelle Hermitage: A much more structured, even austere, Hermitage than the La Petite Chapelle release, the 2013 Hermitage la Chapelle came from minuscule yields of ten to 18 hectoliters per hectare and was aged 15-18 months in 20% new French oak. Not harvested until the 12th of October, it offers a sensational bouquet of blackberry and black raspberry fruits, powdered rock, gunpowder and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, with good (though maybe not great) levels of concentration, it has high, yet beautifully polished tannin, integrated acidity, and terrific cut and focus on the finish. Give bottles 4-5 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following two decades. (Robert Parker)

2015 ANDREMILY: The 2015 No 4 is composed of 90% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and 6% Viognier and saw 35% whole cluster, while spending around 22 months in French oak (70% new). Sporting a very deep purple-black color, it reveals vibrant black currants, blackberries and mulberries notes plus touches of sandalwood, espresso, black soil and stewed tea. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and with lovely energy, there is a good firm backbone of grainy tannins supporting the generous fruit, finishing long and savory. (Robert Parker)

2006 Bodegas El Nido Clio: The purple/black 2006 Clio is composed of 70% old vine Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 26 months in new oak. It offers up a super-sexy nose of underbrush, incense, lavender, blueberry muffin, and black currant. Voluptuous and creamy on the palate, this loaded, well-balanced wine is a total turn-on. For those who prefer their flavor in moderation, look elsewhere. Drink this pleasure-bent effort from 2011 to 2021. Bodegas El Nido employs Aussie vigneron Chris Ringland as its winemaking consultant.(Robert Parker)

Events Tastings

Wine Club Miami 2022 Annual Event at Orilla Miami Beach

2012 Demiere-Ansiot Blanc De Blanc Grand Cru
Region: Côte des BlancsChampagne Grand Cru ‘Oger’ Grapes: Chardonnay “This classic and utterly delicious blanc de blancs spends four years on the lees and offers sexy floral and citrus notes, with a lovely texture and energy.” David Yarus, President, Wine Club Miami

2019 Aubert LaurenVineyard Chardonnay
Region:North Coast / Sonoma County Grapes: Blend of Burgundy old world clones: Montrachet & Corton-Charlemagne (and Wente + MountEden)  Sea spray, crushed cashews, beeswax and allspice over a core of fresh pineapple, passion fruit, lemon meringue pie and toast.  That combination produces a wine of uncommon elegance. Texturally alone, the Lauren is so distinctive. Pear, lemon confit, chamomile, marzipan and dried flowers all grace the Lauren, a wine that is just off the charts.” David Yarus, President, Wine Club Miami


Wine Club Miami Founder, Jeff Tenen offers up a 94′ Vintage Warres Port

2006 Kapcsandy State Lane Magnum    
Region: North Coast /  Napa Valley. Grapes: 48% Cab Sauv, 48% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc. “Displays classic aromas of pain grille espresso roast black currants mocha and chocolate presented in a full-bodied deep textured impressively pure style. The oak is restrained the acidity noticeable but not tart and the tannins substantial but sweet.”  Notice the Family Crest which dates back to the 1730’s.David Yarus, President, Wine Club Miami

2008 La Spinetta Barolo Campe      
Region; Northern Italy / Barolo  Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo. A strong and chewy wine with polished and rich tannins. Cedar and mushrooms. Full and intense. Goes on for minutes. Finish goest to flowers and dried fruits. Powerful yet enjoyable- James Suckling.




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Miami Beach Tasting at Tropezón


512 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 763-8523

Bodegas Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Cosecha: This 1976 Sierra Cantabria Rioja with nearly fifty years of maturation is an exemplary aged Rioja.  This treasure  has kept both tannins and acidity in the mid range allowing the wine to show off its beautiful texture and lift.  At  the same time its evolution now expresses with profundity the nuances we lovers of old wines admire.  In the case of this bottle, there was bouquet of dried violets, sandalwood, milled herbs, light toast, saddle leather, wet tobacco, mild cherry and plum.  To speak of its range, it stood up very well to tapas as well as medallions of cooked Iberico pork.    This is a stunner of a bottle I soon will not forget.  Thank you @dyarus for sourcing this rare treat for @wineclubmiami recent gathering highlighting all things Espana- Jesus Cabarcos, Wine Club Miami

Terrific paring menu to match exceptional wines.


Champagne Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut: Incredible value for a blanc de noirs (100% Pinot Noir) grower Champagne from the grand cru vineyards of Bouzy. It shows gorgeous aromas of stone fruit, citrus and strawberry, with complex brioche nuances, remarkable balance, ongoing elegance and a rich, refined, persistent




May Wine Tasting at The Drexel Miami Beach

Champagne Saint-Chamat, Blanc de Blancs Millesime “For anyone who respects Champenoise tradition and a luxurious decade-old Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, this extremely limited 2011 is one of the top prized possessions you can own”, as stated, Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier.

Domaine des Heritiers Louis Jadot Corton The 1976 Pinot Noir was a rare treat for wine club a gift to our president and showcases a terrific rounded finish. At over 46 years old, this is wine lived up to it’s name and was considered our wine of the night. “Sleek and graceful, offering rich and elegant flavors

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia “Ornellaia” Bolgheri Superiore 2012 was a extremely dry yet sound vintage where the awareness of making less extracted and more balanced wine was employed. On the palate this Omellaia is full and powerful with big, creamy tennis balls and chalky, woody finish. (Decanter)

Chateau d’Armailhac 2009 A dark and intense red, Chateau d’Armailhac reveals a rich, beautifully fresh nose that combines ripe red fruit aromas with delicate roasted and vanilla notes. Definitely a great vintage for Chateau d’Armailhac.

Trimbach, “Cute des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre” Gewürztraminer 2011 is a rare bottling comes from one of the most classic and iconic producers in the world of wine. It’s dry, full-bodied, intense, exotic, luxurious. As stated, Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier.

Wine Club Miami Menu Drexel Miami Beach


Prestigious Cali Grand Cru “The Master & The Protégé”

“I wanted to make wines following the classic, artisanal traditions of Burgundy and Bordeaux. The first time I stood on the steep, rocky slopes of Mount St. Helena, I knew we had found the place to do it.”
– Sir Peter Michael

Peter Michael – 2014 Ma Belle Chardonnay The 2014 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille has essentially the same aromatic and flavor profile as well as huge body and concentration that also characterized the 2015, with oodles of caramelized citrus and honeysuckle in its explosive aromatics and intense flavors”.(Robert Parker Wine Advocate)

Aubert Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard 2014 The 2014 Lauren Estate Chardonnay is the pinnacle of Aubert’s winemaking efforts. At over 15 years old, this is the first estate vineyard and has hit its stride over the past few vintages and was considered our wine of the night. “Sleek and graceful, offering rich, elegant flavors, with subtle shades of peach, nectarine, honeydew, tangerine and light oak. Impressive for the juicy aftertaste and lingering presence”. (Wine Spectator)

Aubert CIX Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2015Aubert CIX Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2015 Aubert’s first ever Estate Pinot Noir, the CIX is Grand Cru Aubert. This Pinot is the winery’s most reminiscent of red Burgundy. This cooler site in Forestville creates an ethereal, delicate, and elegant wine. “Close to perfection is the 2015 Pinot Noir CIX Estate, which is reminiscent of a great grand cru Burgundy from Northern Côte de Nuit Forest floor, porcini mushrooms, underbrush and loamy soil notes intermixed with hints of black raspberry, cherry and blueberry are followed by a full-bodied wine with 15% natural alcohol and great intensity, making for a prodigious Pinot Noir that should age gracefully for 10-15 years”. (Robert Parker)

Peter Michael Les Pavots While the blend varies from vintage to vintage, it is typically two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remainder roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and a final soupçon of Petit Verdot. This has great density with a firm and silky texture that caresses your palate, giving layers of mouthfeel. It shows so much, yet has subtle grilled meat, black truffles and dark fruits. Sous bois gives a mushroom and cedar character. Long finish”. (James Suckling)

California Grand Cru Master & Protégé



Wine Down Under: Australian Wine Tasting

Wine Club President David Yarus setting our tasting of Aussie Reds.

2018 Penfolds – Yattarna Chardonnay:  Just released with extremely high accolades. Penfolds is a super reputable wine maker in Australia. They are known for their Grange line of extremely high quality Shiraz.  However Chardonnay production is relatively new in Australia and doesn’t  have nearly the history or lineage of Shiraz or Semillion. Started Chard in 1995 and dubbed “White Grange” by the Australian media and made front pages of the news paper. 72% from Tasmania, Tumbarumba, and then Adelaide Hills (South Eastern Australia) The word Yattarna is Aboriginal for “Little by little” of Gradually”.  8 months in French Oak.  $150.

2003 Clarendon Hills Astralis:  Southern Australia McLaren Vale. This is Grand Cru Australia Wines planted in the 1920’s showing respect to French style highly regarded wine maker biochemist Roman Bratasiuk. A few different 99 point ratings 19 years old. $245

2010 Velvet Glove: A highly rated wine that is considered rich and intense. Port like with a composition similar to a look of black viscous motor oil. Port like, very henondistic. Caymus Special. $215

2009 Carnival of Love: Sarah & Sparky Marquis – Molly Dooker, passionate about wine, studied wine making, super fun, vibrant, colorful marketing. Created a canopy growing technique where they overgrow the canopy on the vines

Events Tastings

2021 Holiday Tasting at Tigre Miami

Tygre Restaurant Miami
Tigre Miami 620 NE 78th St, Miami, FL 33138

2021 Larmandier-Bernier Vielle Vigne du Levant Grand Cru
Varietal: Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs
Region: Champagne, France
Notes: “Bursting with aromas of pear, peach, toasted almonds, white flowers, fresh bread and oyster shell”

2015 Chateau Pommard Hospice Meursault Premier Cru
Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: Meursault, France
Notes: “Fantastic deep honey, crisp minerals, creamy apple, lush lemon, pineapple and apricot”.

2016 Mayacamas Chardonnay2016 Mayacamas
Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: Mount Veder, Napa, CA
Notes: “Expressive tones of flint, fig, pear, lemon peel, structured and complex”.

2001 Chateau Pradeaux ” Cuvee Longue Garde”
Varietal: Mourvedre
Region: Bandol, France
Notes: “Untamed deep delicious crunchy flavors of smokey floral, charred wood and salty black cherry”.

1996 Chateau Leoville Las Cases                                               Varietal: Bordeaux { 70 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 14 % Merlot}
Region: Bordeaux, Saint-Julien, France
Notes: “Caressing Cassis, cherry liquor, pain grille, & dark chocolate meets blackberry, cedar and current flavors”

1998 M. Chapoutier L’ Ermite Emitage
Varietal: Syrah,
Region: Northern Rhone
Notes: “Multi-Notes: dimensional silky tannis, black fruit, inky notes of smoke and pepper. Fresh and beautifully delineated”

Taming the Tiger at Tigre!