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Barolo

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: Bacchus Restaurant, 925 Wells St.

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-765-1166 or email PatrickErdman@bartolottas.com. Credit card required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.

 

Barolo – said to be Italy’s greatest red wine, a wine of unyielding strength, enormous complexity, that will last a century or more.

Yet for all its supposed greatness, to many Barolo remains a mystery.  Is it too expensive for what is in the glass?  Why is it so dry with fearsome tannins?  When is the right time to drink a wine that is going to age for a 100 years?  And what do you drink it with?  Finally, how do we even know it’s a Barolo just by looking at the label?

With our first flight, we begin as the Piedmontese would want us to – with a brief exploration of the grapes that lead up to Barolo’s magnificence: Barbera, with its juicy upfront acidity and now wide ranging stylistic choices; and Dolcetto, the “little sweet one” with dark tannic depths in which you can revel.  We finish with a regional Nebbiolo, our introduction to the wine of Kings.

In the second flight, we consider Barolo’s two major soil types, Helvetian and Tortonian, and their effect on the fruit character, tannic structure, and acidity of the wine.  These characteristics will be linked to the wines’ flavor profiles with discussion of ageability and single vineyards, or “crus.”

The third flight is an exploration of the “Barolo Boys” (now mostly daughters) and the modern winemaking techniques they brought to Barolo.  These wines will be contrasted with traditional producers.

This tasting aims to be a fun-loving, yet sensorially detailed and aggressive approach to studying the depths of this great wine.  We will explore the geography, the traditions, and the winemaking styles that all make Barolo what it is today.

Wines to be tasted:

 

2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi $109.99

2010 Paolo Conterno Ginestra Barolo $89.99

2012 Elio Altare Barolo $69.99

2013 Revello C Barolo R.G. $64.99

2015 de Forville Barbaresco $39.99

2009 Clerico Massimo Lessona $49.99

2016 Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto Dogliani $19.99

2015 Sottimano Barbera Pairolero $21.99

2014 Vietti Perbacco Langhe Nebbiolo $24.99

& a bonus wine for those who arrive early!

 

Winery Visit: Klein Constantia and Anwilka

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
TIME: 4:30 PM TO 7:00 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

ADDRESS: Waterford Wine & Spirits, 631 Genesee St.

COST: Free!

REGISTRATION: Not Required

 

Founded in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, Klein Constantia continues to make some of South Africa’s top dry and world-class dessert wines, which reflect the cool Constantia climate and historic traditions.

Klein Constantia’s lusciously sweet wine, Vin de Constance, rose to prominence in the 1800s. It was savored by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Queen Victoria, and Thomas Jefferson, and it found its way into the writing of many great 18th and 19th century authors.

But we won’t stop there. Klein Constantia has a sister winery – Anwilka – that Robert Parker has described as “the finest red wine I have ever had from South Africa.”

Anwilka Vineyards is located just 4 miles from the ocean in Stellenbosch’s prime Helderberg region. Owners Lowell Jooste (the former co-owner of Klein Constantia), along with internationally renowned Bordeaux wine personalities Hubert de Boüard (co-owner of Château Angélus in Saint-Émilion) and Bruno Prats (former owner of Château Cos d’Estournel in Saint-Estèphe), released the maiden vintage blend of their Syrah-Cabernet in 2005. Anwilka has since established a worldwide reputation for this red blend as one of South Africa’s top red wines.

Please join us as we welcome Jacqueline Harris of Klein Constantia for the first time ever in Wisconsin.

Wines to be tasted (limit two wines per person):

 

Klein Constantia 2014 Estate Red

Klein Constantia 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Klein Constantia 2009 Vin de Constance

Klein Constantia 2015 Block 361 & 372 Sauvignon Blanc

Anwilka 2014 Petit Frere

Anwilka 2013 Estate Red

 

The Rhone – From Power to Prestige and Back Again

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

ADDRESS: I.d. Restaurant at the Delafield Hotel, 415 Genesee St.

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-404-6308 or email bailey@iddelafield.com.  Credit card number and number of people attending required at the time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.

 

Up and down the Rhone River is a multitude of wine regions – some so small they fit only a single chateau, some large enough to cover multiple villages.  In this diversity is a great wealth and stylistic range of wines.  Covering everything from powerful reds, textural whites and crisp, refreshing roses, the Rhone River truly has it all.  And just for fun and comparison’s sake – we’re gonna throw in a couple Rhone Rangers from the United States!  We’ll see you here.

 

Wines to be tasted:

2015 Chateau Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape $109.99

2012 Guigal St Joseph l’Hospice $119.99

2016 Saint Cosme Cote Rotie $74.99

2014 Vincent Paris Cornas $69.99

2014 Ferme du Mont Cotes du Rhone $18.99

2015 Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas $34.99

2013 Domaine du Gros Nore Bandol Rouge Cuvee Antoinette $64.99

2015 Mas de Daumas Gassac $44.99

2015 Mullineux Syrah $39.99

2017 Domaine du Gros Nore Bandol Rose $36.99

& a bonus wine for those who arrive early!

 

“Undoubtedly amongst the finest wines being produced in Sauternes today” Winery Visit: Guiraud Sauternes

 

WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
TIME: 4:30 PM TO 7:00 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

ADDRESS: Waterford Wine & Spirits, 631 Genesee St.

COST: Free!

REGISTRATION: Not Required

 

It is not secret that Sauternes produces some the greatest white wines on earth. And If your hip to Sauternes you know the uncompare-able, “above all others” is the 1855 classification quote, Chateau is d’Yquem. Guiraud was founded in 1766 along a continuous border with Chateau d’Yquem on the same terroir and along with d’Yquem is the only Sauternes producer within the borders of Sauternes. The idea probably was to become rivals. Unfortunately, the Guiraud’s were loud and proud Protestants, putting a chapple on the property which still stands in order to worship. This did not do them well in Catholic France in the revolutions to come, and Guiraud entered a long period of decline.

The modern period begins in 1981, but really takes off steam in 2006 when a parternship between three famous bordelaise vintners buys the property with the grand and noble ambition to bring the property to finally equal is neighoorly rival. The vineyard was coverted completely to biodynamics, something very hard to do when your dealing with noble rot. A conservatory of grape varieties was developed containing all 135 original strains of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

As Wine Master Jasper Morris puts it:

“Guiraud is a very ambitious property with aspirations to produce a wine that will one day rival d`Yquem. The wines are astonishingly rich, especially in light of the high proportion of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend, and are undoubtedly amongst the finest wines being produced in Sauternes today.”

Join us as we welcome Jade Moreau of Chateau Guiraud to Wisconsin!

Wines to be tasted (limit two wines per person):

2016 Chateau Guiraud Le “G” de Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec $24.99

2013 Chateau Guiraud Le Petit Guiraud Sauternes $49.99

2008 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes $89.99

 

Powerfully Textured Whites

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: Bacchus Restaurant, 925 Wells St.

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-765-1166 or email PatrickErdman@bartolottas.com. Credit card required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.

 

There exists in this world powerfully textured white wines. So powerful are these whites that most tasters – professional or otherwise – cannot tell their color when served blind. Here is a collection of white wines so amazing that even if you only drink red wine, this will blow your mind. Of course, if you love white wine, here is a tasting to relish in all its hedonistic glory.

 

Wines to be tasted:

2016 Weinbach Pinot Blanc $26.99

2014 Vocoret Chablis $29.99

2013 Labet Meursault 1er Cru les Tillets $79.99

2016 Hirtzberger Gruner Veltliner Axpoint $89.99

2015 Do Ferreiro Albarino $24.99

2006 Closel Savennieres Clos du Papillon $42.99

2016 Sadie Skurfberg Chenin $52.99

2015 Ramey Russian River Chardonnay $36.99

2014 Elena Walch Beyond the Clouds $54.99

2014 Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette $99.99

& a bonus wine for those who arrive early!

 

Barolo

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

ADDRESS: I.d. Restaurant at the Delafield Hotel, 415 Genesee St.

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-404-6308 or email bailey@iddelafield.com.  Credit card number and number of people attending required at the time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.

 

Barolo – said to be Italy’s greatest red wine, a wine of unyielding strength, enormous complexity, that will last a century or more.

Yet for all its supposed greatness, to many Barolo remains a mystery.  Is it too expensive for what is in the glass?  Why is it so dry with fearsome tannins?  When is the right time to drink a wine that is going to age for a 100 years?  And what do you drink it with?  Finally, how do we even know it’s a Barolo just by looking at the label?

With our first flight, we begin as the Piedmontese would want us to – with a brief exploration of the grapes that lead up to Barolo’s magnificence: Barbera, with its juicy upfront acidity and now wide ranging stylistic choices; and Dolcetto, the “little sweet one” with dark tannic depths in which you can revel.  We finish with a regional Nebbiolo, our introduction to the wine of Kings.

In the second flight, we consider Barolo’s two major soil types, Helvetian and Tortonian, and their effect on the fruit character, tannic structure, and acidity of the wine.  These characteristics will be linked to the wines’ flavor profiles with discussion of ageability and single vineyards, or “crus.”

The third flight is an exploration of the “Barolo Boys” (now mostly daughters) and the modern winemaking techniques they brought to Barolo.  These wines will be contrasted with traditional producers.

This tasting aims to be a fun-loving, yet sensorially detailed and aggressive approach to studying the depths of this great wine.  We will explore the geography, the traditions, and the winemaking styles that all make Barolo what it is today.

Wines to be tasted:

 

2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi $109.99

2010 Paolo Conterno Ginestra Barolo $89.99

2012 Elio Altare Barolo $69.99

2013 Revello C Barolo R.G. $64.99

2015 de Forville Barbaresco $39.99

2009 Clerico Massimo Lessona $49.99

2016 Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto Dogliani $19.99

2015 Sottimano Barbera Pairolero $21.99

2014 Vietti Perbacco Langhe Nebbiolo $24.99

& a bonus wine for those who arrive early!

 

Journey to the Edge of Pinot Noir: Winemaker Visit from Escarpment in Martinborough, New Zealand, Oct. 26

 

WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
TIME: 4:30 PM TO 7:00 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD
ADDRESS: Waterford Wine & Spirits, 631 Genesee St.
COST: Free!
REGISTRATION: Not Required

 

Twenty-seven hours by plane and almost 8,400 miles away — completely in every which way on the other side of the globe — exists an outstanding wine region for growing Pinot Noir: Martinborough, New Zealand.

While New Zealand may be famous for its Sauvignon Blancs, its cool climates produce Pinots of enchanting composition, texture, structure, fruit and delectability. But rarely do we ever get a chance to meet, talk and taste with a winemaker from New Zealand. It’s simply too far away.

On Friday night, October 26, we’re changing that. Join us as we welcome to Wisconsin the founding winemaker and vineyard director of Escarpment, Larry McKenna. Referred to by wine writers and authorities as everything from the “Prince of Pinot Noir” to its “Godfather,” as well as a Pinot Noir “legend” and “maestro,” Larry has built a reputation for understanding and getting the best out of this famously stubborn and capricious grape. And since Larry will have traveled so far to see us, he’ll be pouring us the best his vineyards have to offer — and all for free!

Wines to be tasted:

TBA

 

The Cabernet Festival: Napa, Bordeaux, Italian Super Tuscans and so many more

 

WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
TIME: 12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
WHERE: MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: Bacchus Restaurant, 925 Wells St.

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-765-1166 or email PatrickErdman@bartolottas.com. Credit card number of people attending required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.

 

Cabernet is the king of grapes, and our Cabernet Festival will showcase its regal power.

The Festival will begin in the grape’s ancestral homeland, which arguably yields its greatest expression: Bordeaux. The Festival will also showcase the blue-blood royalties of Napa Valley, the earthy powers of Sonoma and the celestial treasures of Italy’s Super Tuscans. And our Festival wouldn’t be complete without noteworthy luminaries from Washington State, Margaret River, Chile and Argentina.

From France to California and around the world, our Cabernet Festival offers you the unparalleled opportunity to taste, compare and intimately explore the 50 greatest Cabernets on the earth. You might think of it as a special holiday gift to yourself, a chance to the savor the riches of the season. Swing by whenever you’d like from Noon to 4 pm. Taste 10 wines. Taste all 50! Taste all 50 twice! Whatever you do, don’t miss your chance to taste the wines of our specular Cabernet Festival.

 

Table One-

2014 Niner Estates “Bootjack Ranch” Paso Robles Cabernet $38.99, day-of purchase price $31.99

2013 Ch. De la Coste Margaux :  $38.99, day-of purchase price $31.99

2013 Christian Moueix (Dominus, Petrus) Ulysses Napa Cabernet $194.99, day-of purchase price $154.99

2013 Baron Rothschild “Legende” Pauillac $49.99, day-of purchase price $39.99

2012 Silverado “Geo” Napa Cabernet $84.99, day-of purchase price $68.99

2011 Dusted Valley BFM Bordeaux Blend, Columbia Valley $82.99, day-of purchase price $66.99

2012 D’Amico Atlante Cabernet Franc $79.99, day-of purchase price $64.99

2015 Miner “Emily’s Cuvee” 2015 Napa Cab $54.99, day-of purchase price $43.99

2015 Adaptation by Odette 2015 Napa Cab $69.99, day-of purchase price $55.99

 

Table Two-

2017 Boundary Breaks #239 Dry Riesling Finger Lakes $22.99, day-of purchase price $18.99

2016 Truchard Chardonnay Carneros $32.99, day-of purchase price $26.99

2014 La Mano Derecho Cabernet Sauvignon Argentina, $21.99, day-of purchase price $17.99

2014 Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll Napa Valley $52.99, day-of purchase price $42.99

2011 Rodano Mon Nene Cabernet Sauvignon Tuscany $44.99, day-of purchase price $64.99

2016 Dao Pessimest Red Blend $31.99, day-of purchase price $25.99

2015 Upchurch Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Washington $79.99, day-of purchase price $64.99

2013 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $64.99, day-of purchase price $51.99

2014 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford $94.99, day-of purchase price $74.99

 

Table Three-

2015 L’Ecole Estate Walla Walla Cabernet $39.99

2015 Chateau Paveil de Luze Margaux $39.99

2013 Casato di Cortonesi Andrea ‘Voliero’ Brunello di Montalcino $59.99

2014 Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer $119.99

2014 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stag’s Leap $79.99

2013 Bhilar Rioja Phinca Lali $59.99

2013 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa $49.99

2015 Le Comte de Malartic Pessac-Leognan $44.99

2014 Chateau Rocher Bonregard Pomerol $39.99

2016 Stringer Cellars Napa Cabernet Sauvignon $44.99

2016 Stringer Napa Cab Coliseum Block $64.99

2016 Stringer Napa Cab Stagecoach Vineyard $74.99

~ all wines at this table will have a substantial discount the day of the tasting.

 

Table Four-

2015 Neil Ellis Chardonnay Whitehall $26.99

2015 Trig Point Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Dust Vineyard $21.99

2014 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo $54.99

2014 Collazzi di Colazzi Toscano Rosso (Cab based) $39.99

2013 Neil Ellis Cabernet Stellenbosch $26.99

2015 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch $59.99

2015 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Vineyard $89.99

~ all wines at this table will have a substantial discount the day of the tasting.

 

Table Five-

2017      Camp Cabernet Sauvignon $19.99

2015      Pauillac de Lynch Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux $49.99

2015      Honig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $44.99

2013      Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Australia $29.99

2013      Chateau Villa Bel Air, Graves, Bordeaux $29.99

2013      Robert Sinskey POV, Napa Valley 44.99

2015      Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $64.99

2013      Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $109.99

2014      Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain, Napa Valley $49.99

2015      Darioush Cabernet, Napa Valley $99.99

~ all wines at this table will have a substantial discount the day of the tasting.

 

 

Bordeaux, A Majestic Giant

 

WHEN: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: GREEN BAY

LOCATION: Hinterland, 1001 LOMBARDI AVE., GREEN BAY, WI 54304.

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 920-438-8050.  Credit card number and number of people attending required at the time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.

 

Bordeaux still holds the paramount position in today’s world of wine.  This tasting collection will showcase why.

At the tasting, we will explore the history, classifications, pricing structure, ageability, and three main regions of Bordeaux, plus charting the 1855 Grand Cru Classification system and what it means to us today.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and get to know Bordeaux better. For the consummate aficionado or the casual imbiber, here is a rare opportunity to study Bordeaux. We got some amazing selections; come learn what the best of the best is all about, what about Bordeaux appeals to you, and where to find value in Bordeaux.

 

Wines to be tasted:

2010 Haut Medoc de Pedesclaux $22.99

2012 Chateau Grand Corbin, Saint Emilion $44.99

2015 Malartic-Lagraviere Comte de Malartic $39.99

 

2015 Pontet-Canet, Fifth Growth Pauillac $139.99

2015 Les Allees de Cantemerle, Second wine of a Fifth Growth Margaux $39.99

2015 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Second Growth Pauillac $189.99

 

2015 Lillian Ladouys, Saint Estephe $44.99

2008 Giscours, Third Growth, Margaux $89.99

2015 Giscours, Third Growth, Margaux $89.99

& a bonus wine for those who arrive early! Plus, all wines will be available for purchase at a discounted price the night of the tasting.

 

Pleasures of Paradise: Waterford Wine Burgundy Festival 2018

 

WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
TIME: 12:00 PM TO 5:00 PM
WHERE: MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: Milwaukee Yacht Club, 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-271-4455 or email kari@milwaukeeyc.com. Credit card number of people attending required at time of registration. On the day of the tasting, please go to the Boathouse, on the west side of the property.

 

 

For football fans, it’s the Super Bowl. For baseball buffs, it’s the World Series. For soccer enthusiasts, it’s the World Cup.

For us, it’s Saturday, November 17 from noon until 5 pm at Milwaukee Yacht Club. It’s what we prepare all year for. It’s what we anticipate every day.

It’s our Burgundy Festival.

We curate the Waterford Wine Burgundy Festival to provide you with 50 of the best wines from the most fabled wine region in the world. Our Festival is Burgundy from north to south and east to west, from the Grand Crus of legendary, old domaines to the lieux-dits of gifted, young winemakers.

If you’re collecting wine for your cellar, our Burgundy Festival is a rare and civilized exploration into the mysterious heart of Burgundy, the right and proper way to discern and divine the region’s wines before investing in them.

If you’re prospecting for extraordinary wine experiences, our Burgundy Festival is an otherworldly journey to the fruits of paradise, a chance to reap the rewards Burgundy holds for you.

Why is Burgundy sui generis? The truth for us is this: Burgundy will change your life.

Ever since the Medieval Cistercian and Benedictine monks of the region conceived of the wine, Burgundy has had hypnotic powers over people. Even the least secular of us. In late 1367, the great humanist Petrarch wrote a letter to Urban V soon after the Pope had moved the papacy from Avignon back to Rome. Petrarch had heard Urban’s cardinals felt deprived in Italy, and that they wanted Urban to return the papacy to Avignon “because it brings them the wine of Burgundy, which they regard as the fifth of the natural elements [after earth, air, water, and fire] . . . . It has come to be exalted by these people, and placed almost on a level with the nectar of the gods.”

If you like wine, our Burgundy Festival pledges you pleasures of paradise. And if you like Burgundy, our Festival promises you paroxysms of pleasure.