Out(side the box) to dinner- Alter Miami

Sometimes ya gotta just get out of the box! Getting out of your comfort zone is often the only way to grow, learn, and evolve — and that is exactly what we did going out for our dinner and wine pairing at Alter Miami.


223 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127 Phone: (305) 573-5996



Alter Miami ( is a cozy little spot in the heart of Wynwood. For those of you not familiar with Wynwood you should drop everything and familiarize yourself with it right away! Wynwood has emerged as Miami’s (and one of the country’s) most cutting edge art districts. Some of the most incredible street art, galleries, music venues, and restaurants have popped up here. And when you follow the arts and music throughout history it has lead to some wonderful places!
manaquin-alterAs you can see we had some wonderfully creative and tasty dishes! The wine pairings were also very unique! I’ve certainly never heard wine descriptors such as “skunky marijuana, Dr. Browns Cream Soda, or Gummy Bears!”  It was a treat to just enjoy a fun dinner with you all. Also, a special thanks to Stephen for popping the bottle of Malbec at the end!

David Yarus, Wine Club President 2016




South of the Border:

Scoring high quality South American wine is no easy feat! Let alone, high quality with some age on them.. I was lucky to acquire some wonderful wines from a client that were exciting to open. Would they have held up over the years?! Who the heck would have thought to save these kinds of wines for this long? Interesting…!


Obviously South America hasn’t been producing high quality recognizable wines for nearly as long as Europe, but that’s exactly where many of the grape varietals came from.   We tasted blind and the group was very humbled. Everyone was very impressed with the quality of the 2002 Clos Apalta & the Cheval des Andes each of which come from a nice pedigree!


David Yarus, Wine Club President 2016



California Cult Wine Tasting

cult/kəlt/ noun: cult; plural noun: cults
1) a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.

California Cult Wines Tasting: September 2016
The Wine Advocate – “Pure sensuality in the glass, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan Vineyard is going to be nearly impossible to resist in its youth.”

California Cult Wines Tasting: September 2016- Trends come and go, but good wines never go out of style. Some wines — being so good — even develop a certain mystique around them. Such is the case for this special line up. A special thanks to my friend Rafael Balestra for helping curate the wine!

Winemaker Jesse Katz knocks another one out of the park with his Devil Proof Malbec. If you haven’t had a chance to try his stuff please do! You will not be disappointed!

The Kayli Morgan Vineyard is located just north of Saint Helena, California at the base of Howell Mountain. The soils are a chocolaty clay; holding moisture to keep the vines cool. As summer progresses, the ground forms micro-cracks, allowing the roots to seek water deeper and deeper into the earth; as they do, they pick up minerals that give Kayli Morgan its distinctive characteristics. Kayli Morgan is a single estate vineyard and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

David Yarus, Wine Club Miami President


Wines From the Holy Land: Israel


September 13, 2016- I’d been wanting to showcase some great Israeli wines for a while- and when this month’s Wine Spectator dropped I know it was time! I had the guys taste blind with no clues. The guesses were all over the place. (All four of our wines were Bordeaux style blends). Our first wine, the 2011 Domaine Du Castel was our favorite. It proved to be very well balanced, subtle French Oak, and illustrated the complexities of Israel’s limestone terroir but French wine/grape provenance. David Yarus, Wine Club Miami President 2016


2011 Domaine Du Castel was our favorite
2011 Domaine Du Castel was our favorite

General Interest: Warm winds from the Sahara are a challenge for growing wines in Israel.

Question: Is Israel considered old world or new??!