Farewell to our brother, Rafael


The time with us was short and sweet

We will mention your name as we fall from our seat

Off to the Rockies, Rafa will be toasted with every bottle.

With your contributions, our knowledge and palates have evolved

Wine Club Miami won’t be the same when you’re not involved

Off to the mountains and greener pasture 
But the door is always ope

for our Zen Master


Pierre Peters Cuvee Reserve Grand Cru The wine is clear or pale with hints of green typical to the Chardonnay. The mousse is fine and regular with a pretty ribbon of strong bubbles. The first nose is both flowery and fruity, then comes notes of fresh nuts and fresh bread. In the finish there is citrus which brings a beautiful impression of smoothness and freshness. Wine description provided by Fragrant, with floral and mineral accents, this vibrant blanc de blancs shows tropical hints of passion fruit and guava layered with salted almond and honey notes. Finely knit, featuring a lasting, delicate finish. Wine Spectator

2006 Piper-Heidsieck “Cuvée Rare” Brut Champagne The 2006 Brut Cuvée Rare is a rich, gourmand rendition of this prestige bottling, unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles aromas of yellow orchard fruit, pears and fresh pineapple with nuances of buttered toast, iodine and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, while remaining fresh and surprisingly tight-knit at the core, concluding with a long and saline finish. There’s sufficient structural tension here to promise more than a decade’s graceful evolution, and although this is nicely balanced, it’s a generous, sun kissed rendition of the Cuvée Rare that reflects the warm vintage. (WK) Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2015 Mersault Premier Cru “Genevrieres” Hospices de Beaune Nestled at the southern end of Meursault, the “Genevrières” plot gets its name from “juniper”, a spiky shrub inhabiting the parcel. Classified as a Premier Cru, it is known for its rocky soils producing deep, full-bodied and mineral white wines. Its exposure to the morning sunlight, allow the grapes to become plump and aroma-concentrated. Every year, the Hospices de Beaune organize an auction for their world renowned wines with all the proceeds going to charity. Our Meursault Premier Cru “Genevrières” is one of them.

1998 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) “Cuvée Centenaire” Châteauneuf-du-Pape Dark, brooding aromas of fig compote and a spiced Port reduction unfurl from the glass, leading to a rich, velvety palate that shows notes of plum sauce, braised chestnut, macerated boysenberry, bittersweet chocolate ganache and dark rum-soaked prune. There’s powerful structure, but the layers of exotic fruit just absorb it all. A very impressive showing. Wine Spectator

2003 M. Chapoutier “Le Meal” Ermitage Rouge The best bottle I’ve had, the still inky-purple 2003 Ermitage le Meal was firing on all cylinders on this occasion and was certainly a match for the 2009 and 2010. Tasting like a dry vintage port, yet with no sensation of heat or alcohol, it offers an insane bouquet of cassis, cracked pepper, violets, and mint that’sliterally overflowing the glass. Full-bodied, uber concentrated, voluptuous and still fresh and pure, it’s a heavenly example of this killer terroir that will continue to knock your socks off for another 2-3 decades. Drink through 2045. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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Summer Champagne Tasting


Philipponnat Royal Reserve Brut-Non Vintage- Disgorged in June 2020 with eight grams per liter dosage, the latest release of Philipponnat’s NV Brut Royale Réserve is based on the 2016 vintage, with 27% reserve wines. Offering up aromas of peach, pear and plum mingled with apple blossom and sweet pastry, it’s medium to full-bodied, fleshy and expressive, with a pillowy mousse and a generous core of fruit, underpinned by bright acids. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Savart L’Ovuverture Blanc de Noirs: The NV L’Ouverture Premier Cru Brut offers very clear and lovely aromatics of Pinot fruit on the nose. Coming from younger vines on sandy soils gives this wine elegance and finesse. This is adelicately fruity Champagne with a firm structure and great transparency. It is light, but serious. Stephan Reinhardt – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Henriot Rose-Non Vintage-Red grapes account for 60 percent of this blend, predominantly pinot noir, the balance chardonnay. The color is a pale rose-gold, while scents of rose petals and pink grapefruit further the delicate red-fruit impression. Simple, balanced and accessible, this offers touches of sweetness to balance the rasp of its chalky acidity. Wine Spectator

Deutz Rose– The NV Rosé Brut offers a very clear, fresh and delicate bouquet of floral aromas and red fruits. On the
palate, this is a light, fresh, finesse-full and delicately fruity Rosé of great purity and elegance. The dosage is perfectly balanced. This cuvée is based on 2012 and 10-15% reserve wines from 2011; it blends 80% Pinot Noir with 20% Chardonnay. The pink color comes from 7-9% Mareuil-sur-Ay red wine. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Roederer Rose Vintage 2013– White fruit immediately on the nose, as well as some very strong lemon and lime notes. Some gently chalky notes, too, from the Chouilly chardonnay, which is super chalky. The palate has such focus and drive and a great, mineral core. Very long with a fresh line of acidity and peripheral, smooth flesh. Some pink grapefruit at the finish. Drink or hold.  James Suckling

Lanson Gold 2005– Smoke and marzipan notes are layered with baked currant and lemon curd flavors in this lively champagne, with a creamy mousse. Balanced and accessible, showing spice and toast accents on the clean-cut finish. Disgorged December 2014. Drink now through 2025. Wine Spectator

Lallier 2002 Blanc de Blancs– A rich wine, with delicious cream and apple flavors, lifted by fine acidity. It is opulent, packed with apricot and light honey character encased in a dry, mineral framework. Wine Enthusiast

Nicolas Feuillatte 2005– This Blanc de Blancs is crisp, and minerally with a textured, chalky character. Despite hints of maturity, it still tastes youthful, fruity and fresh. Dry and elegantly structured, it finishes with a hint of toast. Wine Enthusiast


Big Night, Italian Wine Tasting

Wine Club Miami at Ironside Pizza

2015 Bosco del Merlo Rosso * Merlot 70% & Refosco 30% from Lison, Veneto. Bosco del Merlo elaborates this 2015 Bosco del Merlo Vineargenti Rosso Riserva , a red wine from the region of Lison-Pramaggiore with the best refosco and merlot grapes from the 2015 vintage (

2015 TORNATORE Trimarchise * Nerello Mascalese from Mount Etna, Sicily Aromas of tobacco, menthol, coconut and a whiff of oak-driven spice lead the bouquet of this wine. The firm, focused palate boasts fine-grained tannins that lithely support flavors of dried black cherry, ripe raspberry, star anise and espresso. Drink 2020–2025 (Wine Enthusiast)

2006 Michele Chiarelo La Court * Barbera from Nizza, Barbera d’ Asti La Court is a plush, chewy and richBarbera from one of the most successful wineries in Piedmont. You’ll recognize sweet oak and vanilla aromas wrapped tight by black fruit, cherry and blueberry. In the mouth, the wine is appropriately dense and fresh. (Wine Enthusiast)

2009 Lungarotti Rubesco * Sangiovese from Montecchio Umbria The 2009 Rubesco displays deep ruby red color with slight violet hues in the glass. On the nose, the wine exudes delicate aromas with good intensity, elegant complexity with hints of pepper, cinnamon and tobacco; background notes of red jam and violet. Solid structure and superb concentration, it evolves with fresh acidity; austere, balanced tannins with good balance, a fruity and slightly mineral finish. (

2013 Il Poggione Brunello * Sangiovese from Brunello-The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino lives up to the impeccable reputation garnered by this estate over the years. This is a profound and beautifully rendered Sangiovese that delivers bold and luscious fruit quality with black cherry and spicy plum at the start. The bouquet follows through with mild oak notes of smoke, tar and toasted nut. There is another aromatic component that includes crushed stone and dried herb or mint. This Brunello shows elegant evolution in the glass and promises a very long aging future ahead. (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

2016 Nardo Toscana * Sangiovese & Cabernet Blend from Tuscany Fresh violets, lavender, citrus and fresh herbs are the main attraction on the nose. Full body, grainy tannins, some lovely, crunchy acidity and a salty finish. A blend of montepulciano, sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, marselan, and alicante bouschet. Drink now. (James Suckling)


Pinot Noir Tasting: California, Burgundy and South African Wines

Pinot Heavy

Kistler Cuvee Elizabeth 2009 A salty, saline quality that runs through the fruit in this powerful, structured wine.Waves of fruit crescendo on the explosive finish. This is a dazzling Pinot Noir, but it will require at least another year or two in bottles. Reviewed and rated by The Wine Advocate.


Sea Smoke  “Ten” Sta. Rita Hills 2005  “Ten is Sea Smoke’s biggest Pinot, a barrel selection chosen for sheer volume. It easily handles its 100% new oak coating. Needs decanting; even 15 minutes in the glass brought a unifying process, integrating the cedar and smoke with the explosive blackberry, cherry and chocolate fruit, and revealing the rich, dense, satiny texture.” Reviewed and rated by: 94 points Wine Enthusiast



Lucien le Moine Nuits St. Georges Les Vaucrains 2012-“The 2012 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains has a precise bouquet with superb tension – a bouquet that is already shimmering with anticipation! The palate has a supple effervescent entry, with orange peel and marmalade, and fine weight on the finish. Reviewed and rated by Robert Parker Wine Advocate.”


Nuits St George “Les Charmois” 2010 -“Bright and sleek, with a mix of herb, cherry, earth and iron flavors. Firm and linear in profile, exerting a tight grip on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2024”. Reviewed and rated by: Wine Spectator


Joseph Drouhin Clos Vougeot 2005
The 2005 Clos Vougeot from Drouhin’s two parcels in that famous cru, is much more earthy and less fine-grained than the majority of their wines from this vintage, but it exhibits impressive concentration. A bone meal-like meld of mineral and meat dominates the nose and suffuses the palate along with black raspberry, plum and cherry fruit accepted by faintly bitter fruit pit notes. This is quite full and rich, but without being heavy; overtly tannic and chewy, but without being coarse. A promising more tart than sweet juiciness of black fruit mingles with roasted meat and stony, chalky minerality in the finish. Reviewed and rated by: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.


Louis Jadot Latricieres Chambertin 2005A deep meatiness and pungent spiciness unite with sweet richness of fruit on the palate, leading to a staining intensity of bitter-sweet black cherry, licorice, meat juices and cassis in a full-throttle finish. Reviewed and rated by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.



Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir-
The sublime 2010 Pinot Noir is aged for 10 months in oak, of which 44% was new and the remainder used. It has a ripe bouquet of redcurrant, strawberry and Morello that shows no signs of under-ripeness that Hamilton’s Pinots occasionally exhibit due to leaf-roll. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe  fleshy redcurrant and cranberry fruit that is underpinned by extremely fine tannins. This has wonderful build in the mouth and the finish is exuberant, almost feisty! This is an audacious Pinot Noir from one of South Africa’s top estates. Drink now-2020. Reviewed and rated by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Pinot Light

2020 Holiday Wine Dinner at Strip Steak Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Wine Club Miami members enjoying the private dining room at Strip Steak Fontainebleau

Piper-Heidsiech Rare Millesime 2005- 96 points Wine Spectator: Aromas and flavors of toasted brioche and grilled nut enrich the yellow plum, nectarine and grated ginger notes of this rich and creamy Champagne. Finely woven and beautifully integrated, with a firm backbone of mouthwatering acidity providing precise balance for the lush range of flavor. (Wine Spectator)

Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville 1989- 90 points Decanter: “Good nose, lovely clean fruit; an excellent wine that is holding up extremely well, although as with all of these it is fully in its drinking window, and should be enjoyed soon. This was aged in both cement vats and oak barrels. Ducru was owned by the Borie family in 1975, as it is today, but as they had not yet bought Grand Puy Lacoste (1978), both Jean-Eugène Borie and his son François Xavier were making the wine here in Saint Julien (although François-Xavier would not join full time until 1978). An estate that often takes a long time to soften, even in more celebrated vintages, this really showcases its potential to hold steady and reward long ageing.” (Decanter)

Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1975-95 points Wine Spectator “What a nose here, from crushed mulberry to tanned leather to tar. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins that are soft and caressing, like cashmere. This is so tight and powerful still; it seems to be holding back. Be patient, because it will open with another five or six years of bottle age. Hard to wait. So why do it?” (Wine Spectator)

Cote Blonde 2009- 95 points Wine Spectator
“Very perfumy at first, with violet and singed bay leaf notes leading the way for very silky plum and cherry confiture flavors. The long, dark finish lets an iron hint flitter through as this expands steadily, revealing lots of charcoal-tinged grip that blossoms and blossoms, turning this into an intense, dark, brooding wine.”(Wine Spectator)


2003 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes-97 points Wine Spectator “Dark gold in color already, with intense aromas of dried apricots, citrus, honey and maple syrup with lots of spice. Full-bodied, with lovely sweetness and a long, creamy peach tart, tobacco, honey aftertaste. This is pure botrytis. Best ever from here. Has an incredible finish.” *Highly Recommended* (James Suckling)


1985 Warres Port, –91 points Wine Spectator “Ruby-colored, with grape, dark chocolate and plum. Full and chewy. Tannins are still there and need to mellow. Medium-sweet and grapey. A little one-dimensional still, but impressive. ’77/’85/’97 blind Port retrospective. Drink now.” (Wine Spectator)


See you in 2021 ! Stay safe and wear a mask!





Chateau Pommard

Preston Mohr, Wine Advisor Château de Pommard

 Burgundys largest monopole surrounds the Chateau de Pommard.       Protected by a two- meter high stone wall built at the beginning of the 19th century. 2015 Cloys Marey-Monge: “The Château de Pommard Clos-Marey Monge Monopole is our vineyard’s signature wine: a terroir-driven blend that our winemaker, Emmanuel Sala, adjusts with each vintage to showcase the microclimate of Burgundy’s largest monopole. Hand harvested grapes and hand sorted. 100% de-stemmed and placed into stainless steel fermentation vats by gravity flow”. Placed in French oak barrels. 2012 Cloys Marey-Monge:  “The palate is well-rounded and velvety and a long finish. Ruby red color with a dense and concentrated taste.  Led by morello cherry complexion with ample support from the generous and delicate scents of peony, poppy, dried rose and a plethora of black fruits” (winemaker notes)

2017 Simone-Nestled at the foot of the Château de Pommard, Simone is a 0.53 hectares plot of remarkable terroir. The delicacy and intensity of a red wine strongly depends on the quality of the internal surface of clay contained in the soil. The higher the density, the more a vineyard can produce grand cuvées. In 2009, Claude et Lydia Bourguignon, both agronomists and founders of the Microbiological Laboratory for Soils, conducted a thorough study on the Clos Marey-Monge and the Simone plot. What they found exceeded every expectation. With an internal surface of clay beyond 730 square meters per gram, Simone is close to the world record. With only 1,800 bottles of this intense, rich and complex Pinot Noir—our rarest cuvée, produced in the most generous years, Simone is available by allocation only. “Powerful and delicate, our Simone 2016 shows a deep, dark and bright ruby color with purple accents. The nose first reveals wild aromas of venison, underwood and elderberry. The palate is free, with a firm yet velvety tannic structure. This Pinot Noir shows an impressive depth that will still be there in 30 years from now” (wine maker notes). Other exceptional wines were tasted including 2015 Mersault, 2015 Volnay Premier Cru and 2015 Nuit-Saint-Georges.


Big Bottle Night, Spain’s Heavy Hitters


Our Best of the Spain’s Big Bottle

On one of those rare cold nights in South Florida @wineclubmiami had no problems keeping warm with four magnums showcasing the best of Spain.  Top showing went to the only non Tempranillo based wine, the youthful 2014 Finca Dofi that is over 90% Grenache with a touch of Carignan. Over the last ten years, vanguard winemaker Alfonso Palacio has transformed his Dofi from a ‘big’ Cab/Syrah/ Grenache blend to a ‘light’ Grenache that showcases that famed brown licorella slate soil with the vibrant pomegranate fruit interwoven with Mediterranean garrigue.  I am happy to report Mr Palacio need not look in the rear view mirror as the New Dofi is doing very well with wine drinkers and critics alike. FYI – As with most young Priorats, this bottle benefited enormously from a long decant- twelve hours to be exact. It came around and opened beautiful at eight hours in,Jesus ,Wine Club Miami member.

2006 Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva”This is amazing traditional Rioja with a complexity and beauty of ripe fruit and long aging. Unique. Full body, ultra-fine tannins, tobacco, vanilla, plums and prunes. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Three years aged in oak and three years in bottle. 80% tempranillo with the rest of the classic varieties. All from high altitude vineyards.”98 James Suckling

Alluring plum, blackberry, cola and spice cake flavors are rich and balanced in this expressive red. There’s plenty of structure, but it doesn’t get in the way of the flavors, and the spicy, floral finish is long and fresh. *Top 100 Wines of 2008*
94 points Wine Spectater

09 San Vicente Rioja, A blocked nose is toasty and charred, with requisite black-fruit aromas; but it’s slightly herbal and stalky as well. A tight stern palate is rubbing and tannic, while this tastes of blackberry, mocha and savory spices. Tobacco and mocha are the main flavors on a controlled finish. For a marginal vintage like 2014, this is a winner; drink through 2028. MICHAEL SCHACHNER

Jesus and his heavy hitters from Spain











Tasting Epically at Quality Meats: Don Melchor, Alamaviva, Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Epically, defined as something which is done in an epic way, meaning in a lengthy, grand or important way, well we had it covered at Quality Meats.
Our November tasting has been in the planning for over a year.  The inspiration behind this originated from a 5 vintage vertical of Almaviva that the club had in its early days.  As a club, we’ve also been fortunate enough to have also tasted Concha y Toro’s Don Melchor as well as a young Mouton Rothschild.
This time around we thought it would be interesting to taste a well aged 1989 Mouton Rothschild from a great vintage and line this up against the best wines from Chile, the Don Melchor from Concha y Toro.  Of course, the natural inclination was that we should also explore what a collaboration of these two great winemakers could achieve with the 2009 Almaviva(Jeff Tenen, Wine club Miami founding member)

2013 DM Vintage– This season was the coldest in the history of Don Melchor, and this, along with harvesting 10 days later than usual, allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and reach the end of the season with exceptionally well-ripened tannins along with very good fruit expression, freshness, and personality.Winemaker Enrique Tirado tasting notesVARIETY:91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc.VINEYARD:Don Melchor Vineyard, Puente Alto D.O., Alto Maipo Valley

Nice ruby color sets up a lengthy finish

2015 DM Vintage-This very elegant wine presents tremendous aromatic expression with a predominance of small red fruit notes. It starts smooth and is friendly on the palate and continues with perfectly balanced flavours and a long finish, where the balance and delicacy of the tannins reappear with great expression of this vintage’s lively fruit. Winemaker Enrique Tirado tasting notes VARIETY:93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot y 1% Merlot. VINEYARD:Don Melchor Vineyard, D.O. Puente Alto, Alto Maipo Valley.

1989 Mouton Rothschild– Freshly picked blackberries turn into minty dark chocolate and oozing caramel with domineering eucalyptus on the nose. It becomes yet more complex on the palate thanks to layers upon layers of spices and sage plus fat and rounded tannins. There’s a long finish with a bitter aftertaste, suggesting this could do with another 10 years or more of bottle aging. This is a Mouton I found massive at the time, then elegant and slightly austere years later, but today true to its former glory. Like the amazing 1947, it should not be forgotten. Tasting notes James Suckling.
2002 Chateau Mouton Rothschild– Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2002 Mouton-Rothschild is a wine that burned brightly in its youth, though recent encounters suggest that maybe it is beginning to flag as it enters what you might call middle age. Here, it has a conservative bouquet with blackberry, cedar, warm bricks and melted tar aromas – an unfussy, uncomplicated, quite serious Pauillac bouquet. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity. It feels lively on the entry with fine tannin, a Mouton that is nimble on its feet with a gentle grip towards the finish, which offers a satisfying aftertaste of spice and clove. It does not mirror some of the outstanding bottles I consumed within the first decade of its life, and peering into this First Growth, it is difficult to see whether it will repay those who cellar it longer. Tasted December 2016. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
2009 Almaviva-Classically built, with a compact and fine-tuned frame giving way to rich cassis, black cherry reduction, fig paste, spice box and licorice notes woven with fine tannins, juicy acidity and a firm, minerally spine. The finish reverberates the focused flavors, but should expand with mid-term cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2020.Tasting notes Wine Spectator.
Nice line up and a sweet finish capped the night

The Right Side of the Andes- Almavin Wine Tasting with Wine Maker
Wine Maker Marcelo Victoria and Club Member Andrew Cohen

When you find a special wine you become excited that you have discovered a new wine that you were never aware of. When you find several wines from the same winemaker, well you become a fan.  A selection of small production wines with classic European wine making and Argentina terroir made for exciting and lasting wine tasting. Headlined as “wines the were made from a miracle” and along with from “no man’s land” these unique small production wines were worthy to savor not just to taste. Marcelo Victoria, winemaker presented four wines for our group tasting along with a his chef abilities.

Nice color and finish Notable were the taste of the Chardonnay resembling European traits of slight French Oak and a subtle and dry finish. No Cali considerations here.

Marejada Chardonnay 2015-60 cases-Mendoza is under an extreme semi-dessert kind of weather which could be compared to Arizona but laying at high altitude. Rainfall level measured in a yearly basis rarely exceeds 6 in. but in 2 years in a row, 2015 and 2016, we had an unusual rainfall level that produced Botrytis Cinerea giving us the chance to get such and extraordinary and rare wine. Fermentation process took months in a 600 liters French barrique,  using native yeast. The wine didn’t go through malolactic fermentation.-Notes from the Winemakers: Marcelo Victoria andnd Giuseppe Franceschini.  “Most memorable Chardonnay in many years for us. Hints of Sauturnes in style as to dried and exposed apricots with mellowness, while slowly reinforcing   the Chardonnay taste” Miami Wine Club tasting notes.

MDV Malbec 2016 / MDV Syrah 2016 –166/50 cases-Pedernal Valley is among Argentina’s New Discovery. Sorrounded by mountains lays on the slopes of the Pre-Andes range. Complexity that comes from pure limestone soils diversity. The quality of the light and TLC farming produces not only original nuances but balance and elegance- notes from the Winemakers: Marcelo Victoria    Region: Pedernal Valley, San Juan. Altitude:4,950 feet above sea level DV Malbec: 100% Malbec / MDV Syrah:100% Syrah

Marejada Cabernet Blend 2015-112 cases-We found a extremely old vineyard, planted back in 1918, that for some reason the owner decided to sell it to a developer. We immediately fall in love with this chance so we bought the grapes and made 2 vintages with them during 2015 and 2016. The result this extraordinary complex Cab, that comes from these old vines that only produced a ton per acre so we needed 2 plant to make one bottle of wine. We used French new oak without filtering or fining. Vines are dead but these are the late witnesses of its Glory-Notes from the Winemakers: Marcelo Victoria andnd Giuseppe Franceschini. “The Cab blend came from vines planted in, get this 1918. They are located in the rain shadow of the Andes. The winemakers of old world heritage sought out to make a wine best described as New Old World. I believe they nailed it”. @jesus_drinks_wine

Cinco Sentidos Late Harvest Malbec-83 cases-Hand picked at 34.2 Brix with a residual sugar of 128 gr / lt, deep colors aromas of ripe figs prunes and raisins. 18 Months in new and second used French and American barriques. Region Luján de Cuyo Valley, Mendoza. Altitude:2,640feet above sea levelVariety:100% Malbec



Summer Wine Review- The Often Overlooked Beaujolais Cru

South Beach Victory Garden located at 226 Collins Avenue

Beaujolais is a French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée wine generally made of the Gamay grape which has a thin skin and is low in tannins. Like most AOC wines they are not labeled varietally. Wikipedia. A wine tasting that had all the members guessing as we enjoyed a wonderful organic and vegan menus sourced by wine club member David Yarus. “I remembered some unbelievable Beaujolais Cru’s I had had a few years back and being so shocked as to how they drank.  I thought this would be perfect as they are packed with flavor and complexity yet have an easy thin and light quality about them.  In addition, I felt like this region and the Gamay grape are often overlooked and certainly in the United States can be associated with the cheaper Beaujolais Nouveau. There are three quality levels within Beaujolais:  Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages, and Beaujolais Cru.  Within the Cru, there are ten villages:  Brouilly, Chenas, Chiroubles, Cote De Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin-A-Vent, Regnie, and Saint-Amour.

David locally sourcing our wine dinner

Over a year ago I started gardening at the South Beach Victory Garden located at 226 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.  The garden is a little oasis that is also overlooked hosting 60 plots where we grow all our own organic veggies!  I thought what could be a better summer evening spot than surrounded by all this lovely fresh produce (almost vineyard like), butterfly farm, and fresh air.  Check out the garden here:

*Homemade loaded baby curl leaf spinach salad with fresh veggies all from garden!Nobl Veggie Burgers (Delicous Raw ):

*Vegan Burger topped with Scratch-made Pickles, Smoked Aioli, Truffle Infused Garlic Dijon, Baby Spinach, Roasted Tomato, Roasted Portobello and Bermuda Onion. Served on a House-made Vegan Brioche Bun and accompanied by a Root Salad dressed in Roasted Garlic and Lemon.Vegan Pad Thai (Delicous Raw):

*Black Bean Noodles, Signature Vegan Pad Thai Sauce, Bean Sprouts, Crispy Nappa Cabbage, Crunchy Peanuts, Fresh Chopped Cilantro, Red Chilis (

Served as a blind tasting these wines had us guessing