Events

 

Summer Wine Festival in Delafield

WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
TIME: 12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

ADDRESS: 631 Genesee St., Delafield

COST: $30 per person at the door, $25 advanced RSVP

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Summer isn’t just a season of the year for us. It’s a chance for us to change the customary order of every other season. It’s an opportunity to celebrate. It’s a reason to have a party.

We go to summer festivals and picnics, summer fireworks and barbecues. We eat foods we don’t eat in any other season. We bicycle more, boat more and camp more. We socialize more. We worry less.

So why do so many of us drink the same wines we drink every other season of the year? We’d like to invite you to change that. We’d like to invite you celebrate the season with us at our Summer of Love and Wine Party.

Discover new styles of delicious summer white wines. Explore styles of summer red wines that taste perfect with a chill and pair perfectly with any summer fare. Taste just how many luscious styles of rosé and sparkling wines there are — and just how versatile they can be.

While you’re at our Summer Party, why not try a sip of wine from a box? (They’re better than you think they are, and they’re ideal for camping and boat trips.) And why not have a taste of wine from a can? (They’re ideal for concerts and picnics.) And we’d love you to drink a glass of wine from one of our magnums. (What more festive way is there to throw a barbecue?)

Our Summer of Love and Wine Party invites you to have a fling with all of these styles of wine and all of these ways of drinking wine.

Chances are you’ll fall in love. After all, it is summer.

Wines TBA

Summer in Provence

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Rolling fields of lavender and sunflowers, sun splashed vistas of the Mediterranean sea, serene groves of Picholine and Nicoise olive trees, languorous lunches with many and various bottles of Rosé. Summer in Provence yields us idyllic images like these from books and movies, from tales we’ve heard and from our own memories. Rosé can’t be separated from Provence because about 90% of the wine Provence makes is Rosé. And yet, because Rosé is the region’s specialty, the quality of wine Provence makes isn’t taken as seriously as it deserves to be. It isn’t just the region’s many delicious styles of Rosé we should enjoy, but also its glorious summer whites and beautiful summer reds.

Provence may be Europe’s most underrated wine region. Wine has been made in the Provence for over 2,600 years, making it the oldest wine region in France. Its rich history has given the region an unsurpassed variety of vitis vinifera grapes and peerless traditions of making wine. As the Counts of Barcelona, the Kingdom of Burgundy and the Holy Roman Empire disputed rule over Provence, each of them contributed to the wild array of grapes cultivated in the region. (As well as Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, the region’s white wine grapes include Rolle, Ugni Blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Pascal, Terret Blanc, Spagnol and Pignerol. Along with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault, its red wine grapes include Counoise, Tibouren, Braquet, Calitour, Folle Noir and Barbaroux.) And while the Catholic Church dominated Provencal society, Catholic monks organized the region’s vineyards and developed its techniques of making wine.

The terroirs of Provence impart its wines with sensory qualities distinctive from any other region in the world. From the Rhone River in the west to the Côte d’Azur in the east, the geography of Provence features ranges of hills and mountains, along with a geological range of limestone, clay and schist soils. Wild, resinous shrubs like rosemary, juniper and thyme, as well as lavender grow ubiquitously in the region. Locals say these plants — collectively called garriguewhen grown on limestone or clay or maquis when grown on schist — reliably distinguish the character of Provencal wine.

What Provence was for Louis XIV was what it was for Paul Cezanne and what it is for us today. From its coasts to its mountain ranges, from its groves to its garrigue, our images of Provence present us with the ideal of a summer place. Come along and explore Provence with us, from the gorgeous styles of its Rosés to the pure joy of its summer whites and reds.

Wines TBA.

All the World’s Pinot Noir – Delafield

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

What do Burgundy, California and Oregon share with the Loire Valley, Italy, Germany, Chile and New Zealand?

They all make exemplary Pinot Noir.

While the Pinot Noirs of the Loire Valley, Alto Adige, Baden, Casablanca and Central Otago lack the heredity of Pinot Noirs from Burgundy and the popularity of Pinot Noirs from California and Oregon, they’re all inextricably bound to their cultures, their histories and the cool climate terroirs of their regions. And while you may not yet know about Pinot Noirs from these far-flung corners of the wine world, at this tasting you’ll discover how they display the benefits of perfectly mature Pinot Noir vines, along with generations of Pinot Noir experience in the cellar. The results are Pinot Noirs offering all the beautiful qualities characteristic of the grape, as well as extraordinary qualities distinctive of their regions.

We don’t think think these wines will surprise you. We think they’ll blow you away! They’ll expand your worlds of Pinot Noir.

Explore them with us and taste for yourself.

Chenin! Chenin! Chenin! – Milwaukee, August 22

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Chenin Blanc is exotic and earthy, mysterious and austere. Chenin Blanc can be lithe or voluptuous, flinty or sweet, still, pétillant or sparkling. Chenin Blanc can be any style of white wine you want it to be. Chenin Blanc is for every palate, every dinner party, every occasion. 

Chenin Blanc has been cultivated in the Loire Valley for over a thousand years, but history relegated the grape to the long shadows of French confrères like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. After a millennium, Chenin Blanc has emerged, and the world of wine is exulting in all of its beauty, complexity and versatility.

Chenin Blanc yields gorgeous dry, demi-sec, sweet and sparkling wines because it buds early and ripens late and because of its high acidity. The Loire Valley gives us Chenin Blancs from Savennières — mostly dry; Coteaux du Layon — mostly sweet; Quarts de Chaume and Bonnezeaux — fabulously sweet; Vouvray — both dry and sweet; and Jasnières — usually dry. The best of these, both dry and sweet, can age for decades. The region also makes Chenin Blanc as a delicious Méthode Champenoise sparkler called Crémant de Loire. Chenin Blanc also acclimates to a variety of regions, beautifully embodying a variety of terroirs. Which is why the world gives us great Chenin Blancs from South Africa to Australia to California and Washington State.

After a thousand years, the age of Chenin Blanc has arrived. Explore history’s newest oldest white wine with us. Taste Chenin Blanc with us in all its many and glorious guises. Discover with us the world’s most exciting, most exotic and most mysterious white wine grape.

Spain: a Crossroads in Wine – Delafield

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

Location: 631 Genesee Street, Delafield

Cost: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Spanish winemaking is at an amazing (and tasty) crossroads: of geographic and climatic diversity, ofrevered winemaking traditions versus modern winemaking practices, and of communal, cooperative production and an infusion of EU subsidies.  Couple all of these factors with the understanding that Spain has more land under vine in the world, and what you have is the building blocks for an utterly fascinating tasting.

We start at the top with Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine appellation with very good reason.  Here we explore the two winemaking styles of Rioja, their history, and how they came to be.  These factors will be related to the tastes and flavors in your glass.  We then freshen up our palates by jumping to Green Spain, for some Albarino.

We then follow the modern style of making wine, asking the question,” Just how far can we go?”  Especially as we move to the warmer climate of Ribera del Duero.  We then return to Green Spain for a look at one of its red varietals, and then cross the peninsula for a sip of Cava.

In the third flight, we head south to explore the powerful density of Jumilla’s wines.  These are contrasted with Priorat, Spain’s first DOQ and certainly one of its most majestic expressions of red wine.  Finally, a taste of Sherry – No, it’s not your British mother-in-law’s cream sherry. This is fantastic drinking wine.

Spain is at an amazing crossroads and it’s time to sample it!

The Stuff of Welsh Dreams: The Great Welsh Whiskies of Penderyn Distillery – Milwaukee, August 28

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
TIME: 4:00 PM TO 6:30 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: FREE – Open house

REGISTRATION: Open house. Just stop on in!

“I’ve had eighteen straight whiskies. I think that’s the record!”

— Last words of Dylan Thomas, Welsh Poet and Whisky Lover

In the late 1990s, in the pub of small Welsh valley town, a group of Welsh friends shared their dream to establish the first whisky distillery in Wales in over a century. Whisky had been made in Wales since the Middle Ages, but the nineteenth century temperance movement closed all of the region’s distilleries. The group of friends dreamed of making Welsh whisky as pure, as prestigious and as rare as the gold mined in the region since the Romans occupied Wales in the first century.

The friends located a site for their dream in Penderyn because of the village’s supply of fresh spring water. They acquired a copper single-pot still designed by Dr. David Faraday, a relative of the famous nineteenth century English scientist Michael Faraday. Five years after they had shared their dream in a pub, in the presence of Prince Charles, the group of friends officially launched the Penderyn Distillery.

Today the friends who began Penderyn Whisky employ the region’s best distillers, the world’s finest barley and the best American oak bourbon casks to make whisky worthy of their sacrifices for their dreams — whisky as pure, as prestigious and as rare as Welsh gold.

Please join us and our friends from Penderyn Distillery as we explore their extraordinary world of Welsh Whisky and experience the wellspring and fulfillment of great Welsh dreams.

Whiskies to be sampled:

Penderyn “Legend” Single Malt

Penderyn “Myth” Single Malt

Penderyn Madeira Cask Single Malt

Penderyn Sherry Cask Single Malt

Penderyn Celt Peated

Treasure Islands: Island Wines from Santorini, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and the Canaries, Milwaukee September 5

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Island wine regions represent the farthest of the far flung reaches of viticulture. Wines forged in these terroirs of wind, salt, rock and volcanic ash manifest characters and complexities as extraordinary as their geographies. These islands of Santorini, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and the Canaries are making some of today’s most exciting wines.

As discrete as these islands are, they have common attributes which account for the extraordinary nature of their wines. Each of was made by volcanic activity. Their soils of volcanic ash are as rich with minerality as they are porous, qualities which make for stronger vines and more aromatic, more flavorful, more enticing wines. Each of these islands also has a long and legendary viticultural history. Santorini has been making wine for three thousand years, Sicily for six thousand and Sardinia for a thousand. The island of Corsica — which is French, though its islanders consider themselves Corsicans — has a winemaking history of two millennia. And the Canary Islands — a territory of Spain which belongs to the geography of Africa — have been making wine for five-hundred years.

So come along with us as we journey to the far edge of wine. Discover with us the histories, the cultures and the geographies of Santorini, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and the Canaries through them powerful aromas and flavors and the distinctive characters and complexities of their extraordinary wines.

Wines which will change the way you see all of wine.

Scotch Whisky Series: Scotch from the Highlands – Delafield, September 5

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

“Always carry a flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.”

— W.C. Fields

The Scotch began making their whisky more than 500 years ago, and yet a dram of Scotch Whisky is as stylish as it is timeless, as sexy as it is smart.

The world of Single Malt Scotch Whisky — whisky made exclusively of malted grain and bottled at a single distillery — is divided into six regions: the Highlands, Speyside, the Islands, Islay, Campbeltown and the Lowlands. The key to knowing about Single Malt Scotch Whisky is knowing about these regions and the kind of whisky they produce. We’d like to invite you to journey with us through all six of these regions and the best of their styles of Scotch Whisky. We’d like to invite you to a series of Scotch Whisky tastings, from the Highlands south to the Lowlands, from Islay north to the Islands, and from Campbeltown west to Speyside.

Our journey begins in the Highlands, the largest of the Scotch Whisky regions, and the region which yields the greatest variety of whisky flavors and styles. Wild seas and rolling moors characterize the region, a diversity of nature which makes for rich, powerful and peaty whiskies, as well as whiskies which are floral, silky and elegant. While whisky from the Northern Highlands are known for their heathery, spicy character, those from the Southern Highlands are recognized for their relatively light and fruity flavors. North and south, east and west, the whiskies of the Highlands are as varied as they are beautiful. For us, they represent the ideal gateway through which to enter the world of Scotch Whisky.

If you love Scotch, or if you’re curious about Whisky, our Scotch Whisky series is a wonderful opportunity to taste and explore, to drink and discover a world as old as it is new, as meaningful to the Scots 500 years ago as it is for us today.

Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines – Milwaukee, September 12

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

“It is empirical, not scientific. We feel it in the taste of the wine in the mouth. We have tried so many wines made from vines with horizontal roots, where the roots stop at the surface due to herbicides and fertilizers. With those wines, you cannot distinguish between different terroirs.”

— Claude Bourguignon, Founder of the Microbiological Soil Analysis Laboratory

In the years after the Second World War, chemical scientists invented artificial fertilizers to save labor, reduce costs and increase yields. Routine spraying and additions of nitrogen, magnesium and potassium to vineyards left soil barren, devoid of life and low in nutrients. By the turn of the century, renowned French microbiologist Claude Bourgignon observed that the soils of some of Burgundy’s most famous vineyards had less microbiological life than the Sahara desert. Something had to change, and over the last thirty years a new approach with old origins has been adopted for many agricultural crops, including wine grapes.

Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines represent the antithesis to the way most estates grow wine grapes — in sterile vineyards, where herbicides, pesticides and fungicides eliminate plant, insect and microbial populations. They also represent the antithesis to the way most winemakers make wine — manipulating them with sulfurs, yeasts, enzymes and sugars to infuse flavors, increase viscosity, add alcohol, heighten color, extract concentration and homogenize the distinguishing characteristics of distinctive terroirs and their grapes.

Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines represent a return to wine before the advent of industrialized farming. They seek to make good wine from good grapes grown in good soil using traditional methods and working closer to nature. They seek to make wine that expresses the distinguishing characteristics of distinctive terroirs and their wine grapes.

We’d like to invite you to a revelatory rediscovery of the old ways of making wine. Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines may not change the way you feel about wine — but they may change your life.

Tour de France – Delafield, September 12

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

If you want to know about wine, your quest for enological knowledge invariably leads you through the wine regions of France. Wines from these classic regions and their noble grapes represent the standards against which wines from every other wine region in the world are measured against.

Because France was the first country to institute national wine laws — laws known as the appellation system — the country stands as the classic paradigm for growing grapes and making wine. The appellation system of France codifies the authenticity, typicity and quality of wine from its regions. All of France’s wine regions — Alsace, Beaujolais, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire Valley, Provence, Rhone Valley and the Southwest — are tied to specified grapes, methods of viticulture, and styles of making wine.

At the heart of the appellation system is the most important ideal in the world of wine, the ideal of terroir — the ideal that says the wine of a place should reflect the nature and culture of the place. Which is why bottles of French wine are known by the places they’re from rather than the grapes comprising them.

Whether you know a little or a lot about the wines of France — its regions as well as their terroirs — we’d love to tour the country with you, region by region, grape by grape, glass by glass. We’ll drink Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Bordeaux, along with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy, along with Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, along with other wines from classic regions and noble grapes from the Dover Strait to the Gulf of Lyon.

If you love French wine already, by the end of our tour, you’ll love French wine even more. And if you don’t love French wine when our journey begins, we know you’ll love French wine by our journey’s end.

Bordeaux, A Majestic Giant – Milwaukee, September 19

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

The wine growing region of Bordeaux is home to the most famous Chateaux in the world of wine. The long list of names begins with Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild, Haut-Brion and Petrus — names synonymous with the world’s greatest Cabernets and Merlots.

Bordeaux is also famous as the largest wine growing region in all of France. As well as wines from legendary Chateaux — wines which account for just a small fraction of the region’s 120,000 hectares of vines — Bordeaux produces a vast variety of delicious wines in every price category from both its Left and Right Banks. And we’d like you to taste as many of them as you possibly can.

As Left Bank and Right Bank imply, what we think of as Bordeaux is actually two separate wine growing regions. The regions are separated by the Gironde River, into which feed the Dordogne River from the north and the Garonne River from the south. But Left and Right Banks aren’t separated just by geography. The soils of the Left Bank are composed primarily of gravel, which Cabernet vines like. Across the river, Right Bank soils are primarily comprised of clay and limestone, which Merlot vines prefer.

Our tasting of Left Bank Cabs takes us from the district of Medoc in the north to the district of Graves in the south, through the legendary communes of Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julian, Margaux and Pessac-Leognan along the way. On the Right Bank, we taste Merlots from fabled communes like Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, as well as those from less renowned communes like Fronsac, Cotes de Bourg and Cotes de Blaye.

So come along and taste the Cabs and Merlots of the Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux with us. Explore what distinguishes them from Cabs and Merlots from anywhere else. And discover what makes them the world’s best.

Napa Cabernet From A to Z – Delafield, September 19

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Napa is truly a great place to grow Cabernet. At this tasting, we will explore Napa’s history, its vastly different terroirs, and its winemaking styles, in an exciting chance to organize your next vacation to Napa via a wine tasting!

Our first flight begins with a time-travel trip through Napa’s historic properties. While most people think of Napa as a young wine region, its roots stretch back almost two centuries in producing high-quality Cabernet. This trip back provides us with the lineaments for a great tasting and the structure of what is to come.

The second flight looks at Napa Valley appellations from north to south and compares them to Napa’s three dominant soil types – alluvial, fluvial and volcanic. We trace the appellations and soil types into the wines’ flavors and palates, highlighting how you, as the end consumer, can understand how a wine will taste even before you purchase that bottle.

Finally, we examine the human factor. Winemakers do make a difference and in Napa, that difference can be huge. From the ultra-ripe to the ultra-lean, Napa’s winemaking traditions are at their most divergent.

For the Napa enthusiast, or the casual imbiber wanting to explore, this is a tasting not to miss.

Bordeaux, A Majestic Giant – Delafield, September 21

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

The wine growing region of Bordeaux is home to the most famous Chateaux in the world of wine. The long list of names begins with Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild, Haut-Brion and Petrus — names synonymous with the world’s greatest Cabernets and Merlots.

Bordeaux is also famous as the largest wine growing region in all of France. As well as wines from legendary Chateaux — wines which account for just a small fraction of the region’s 120,000 hectares of vines — Bordeaux produces a vast variety of delicious wines in every price category from both its Left and Right Banks. And we’d like you to taste as many of them as you possibly can.

As Left Bank and Right Bank imply, what we think of as Bordeaux is actually two separate wine growing regions. The regions are separated by the Gironde River, into which feed the Dordogne River from the north and the Garonne River from the south. But Left and Right Banks aren’t separated just by geography. The soils of the Left Bank are composed primarily of gravel, which Cabernet vines like. Across the river, Right Bank soils are primarily comprised of clay and limestone, which Merlot vines prefer.

Our tasting of Left Bank Cabs takes us from the district of Medoc in the north to the district of Graves in the south, through the legendary communes of Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julian, Margaux and Pessac-Leognan along the way. On the Right Bank, we taste Merlots from fabled communes like Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, as well as those from less renowned communes like Fronsac, Cotes de Bourg and Cotes de Blaye.

So come along and taste the Cabs and Merlots of the Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux with us. Explore what distinguishes them from Cabs and Merlots from anywhere else. And discover what makes them the world’s best.

Scotch Whisky Series: Scotch from the Highlands – Milwaukee, September 26

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

“Always carry a flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.”

— W.C. Fields

The Scotch began making their whisky more than 500 years ago, and yet a dram of Scotch Whisky is as stylish as it is timeless, as sexy as it is smart.

The world of Single Malt Scotch Whisky — whisky made exclusively of malted grain and bottled at a single distillery — is divided into six regions: the Highlands, Speyside, the Islands, Islay, Campbeltown and the Lowlands. The key to knowing about Single Malt Scotch Whisky is knowing about these regions and the kind of whisky they produce. We’d like to invite you to journey with us through all six of these regions and the best of their styles of Scotch Whisky. We’d like to invite you to a series of Scotch Whisky tastings, from the Highlands south to the Lowlands, from Islay north to the Islands, and from Campbeltown west to Speyside.

Our journey begins in the Highlands, the largest of the Scotch Whisky regions, and the region which yields the greatest variety of whisky flavors and styles. Wild seas and rolling moors characterize the region, a diversity of nature which makes for rich, powerful and peaty whiskies, as well as whiskies which are floral, silky and elegant. While whisky from the Northern Highlands are known for their heathery, spicy character, those from the Southern Highlands are recognized for their relatively light and fruity flavors. North and south, east and west, the whiskies of the Highlands are as varied as they are beautiful. For us, they represent the ideal gateway through which to enter the world of Scotch Whisky.

If you love Scotch, or if you’re curious about Whisky, our Scotch Whisky series is a wonderful opportunity to taste and explore, to drink and discover a world as old as it is new, as meaningful to the Scots 500 years ago as it is for us today.

A New Generation of South African Wines – Delafield, September 26

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Wine has been made in South Africa for more than 350 years, and yet South Africa is regarded as a New World wine country. But while South Africa has been making wine longer than any other New World region, the political history of the country has obstructed its ability to make world class wines.

Change for the people and the wines of South Africa arrived with a codified system of wine laws in 1973, the establishment of five geographical wine regions in 1993, and the end of Apartheid in 1994.

Today, a new generation of South African winemakers are charting an inspiring course for the country’s wines. These are wines of beauty, clarity and grace made from European cultivars like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as those made from the country’s native Pinotage — a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Most importantly, these are wines that show the distinctive qualities of the earth they’re from — the inimitable qualities of South African terroir.

We’d love you to discover the new generation of South African wine with us.

We’ll explore the rich history, ancient soils and the unique microclimates of South Africa’s terroirs. We’ll taste why these wines are better than those of generations before. And we’ll experience what makes South Africa’s wine distinctive from any other in the world.

The Best House Party in the City: The Grand Opening of Waterford’s New Shop on Farwell Avenue, September 28

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
TIME: 12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: Open house, just stop on in!

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com.

There’s never been a better time to be a wine lover. As wine lovers, we can explore, discover and experience more wine from more wine regions from across the world than in any other day and age. And because of the Waterford Wine Company, there’s never been a better time to be a wine lover in the city of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.

What separates Waterford from every other shop in the state is the variety of wines we offer you. Waterford makes a specialty of offering Milwaukee and Wisconsin wines from both classic and cult appellations from across Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and, of course, the United States. From the world’s most prestigious chateaux to its humblest family growers, Waterford brings you delicious, quality wines for every occasion at every price from everywhere. We believe our shops in Milwaukee and Delafield have introduced more Wisconsinites to a greater variety of wine than any other wine shops in the state. We see ourselves as wine merchants, we see ourselves as ambassadors of the culture of wine.

Now Waterford has a new Milwaukee address — and the city of Milwaukee has a new Waterford. After many happy years in our old, cozy quarters on Brady Street, we’ve moved to a contemporary, spacious home at 2120 North Farwell Avenue  — a place where we can comfortably satisfy your curiosity and thirst for an even greater variety of wine from an even greater variety of the world’s wine regions. We’ve even got a parking lot!

We’d love to celebrate our new Milwaukee beginnings with you at the best house party in the city of Milwaukee.

Ours!

You just bring yourself, and we’ll cheer you and our new home with glasses of our favorite wines.

So circle the date!

And tell your friends!

We’ll see you here.

Discovering Italy – Milwaukee, October 10

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Italy is synonymous with wine.

Italy’s early Greek settlers christened the country Oenotria or Land of the Vine. By its fall in the fifth century, the Western Roman Empire had established every modern European wine growing region except Bordeaux. And the first century Roman naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder introduced ideas of site selection and vine husbandry that are still relevant to 21st century growers. 

Today, Italian wines marry modern grape growing and winemaking practices with its three millennia of oenological heritage. Italy makes nearly five billion litres of wine annually, the most of any country in the world. Not just the most, but the most diverse. No country can challenge Italy’s amazing variety of delicious wines, its wealth of indigenous local wine grapes and its seemingly endless supply of intriguing wine styles.

So why don’t we drink a greater variety of Italian wines?

We’d like to invite you to an evening where we set aside Nebbiolo and Piedmont, Sangiovese and Tuscany, Amarone and the Veneto.

We’d like to take you on a wine tour of Italy.

We want you to discover Sagrantino di Montefalco, Prié blanc from Valle d’Aosta, Frappato from Sicily and Teroldego and Nosiola from the Dolomites. We want you to taste Italian wines made from grapes of German ancestry — like Kerner — and Greek ancestry — like Aglianico. We want you to experience as many of the wonderful wines as you possibly can from Lombardia in Italy’s north to Campania in the country’s south.

So join us for a night of new discovery. It’s a night Italy has been preparing for you for 3000 years. 

Discovering Italy – Delafield, October 17

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Italy is synonymous with wine.

Italy’s early Greek settlers christened the country Oenotria or Land of the Vine. By its fall in the fifth century, the Western Roman Empire had established every modern European wine growing region except Bordeaux. And the first century Roman naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder introduced ideas of site selection and vine husbandry that are still relevant to 21st century growers.

Today, Italian wines marry modern grape growing and winemaking practices with its three millennia of oenological heritage. Italy makes nearly five billion litres of wine annually, the most of any country in the world. Not just the most, but the most diverse. No country can challenge Italy’s amazing variety of delicious wines, its wealth of indigenous local wine grapes and its seemingly endless supply of intriguing wine styles.

So why don’t we drink a greater variety of Italian wines?

We’d like to invite you to an evening where we set aside Nebbiolo and Piedmont, Sangiovese and Tuscany, Amarone and the Veneto.

We’d like to take you on a wine tour of Italy.

We want you to discover Sagrantino di Montefalco, Prié blanc from Valle d’Aosta, Frappato from Sicily and Teroldego and Nosiola from the Dolomites. We want you to taste Italian wines made from grapes of German ancestry — like Kerner — and Greek ancestry — like Aglianico. We want you to experience as many of the wonderful wines as you possibly can from Lombardia in Italy’s north to Campania in the country’s south.

So join us for a night of new discovery. It’s a night Italy has been preparing for you for 3000 years.

The Waterford Wine Company Bordeaux Festival: A Celebration of the World’s Best Cabs and Merlots – Milwaukee, October 19

WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
TIME: 12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: $30 per person, $25 advanced RSVP

REGISTRATION: On line click here. Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

The wine growing region of Bordeaux is home to the most famous Chateaux and appellations in the world of wine. The long list of names are synonymous with the world’s greatest Cabernets and Merlots.

Bordeaux is also famous as the largest wine growing region in all of France. As well as wines from legendary Chateaux and appellations — wines which account for just a small fraction of the region’s 250,000 acres of vineyards — Bordeaux produces a vast variety of delicious wines in every price category from 10,000 producers in 54 appellations around the region.

At the Waterford Wine Company Bordeaux Festival, we want you to taste as many of them as you possibly can.

You’ll experience some of the world’s most expensive Cabs and Merlots from some of Bordeaux’s most prestigious Chateaux, whose stature was established by the region’s 1855 Classification. You’ll also discover some of the world’s most exciting Cabs and Merlots from newly established estates, whose wines are ideal for any cocktail hour or dinner party on any night of the week. Along with the extraordinary Cabs and Merlots from renowned districts of Medoc and Graves and legendary communes of Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julian, Margaux, Pessac-Leognan, Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, you’ll taste the simply delicious wines from less renowned districts like Cotes de Bourg and Cotes de Blaye. You’ll also taste exemplary Sauvignon Blancs and Semillons from appellations across the region, as well as the world’s most exquisite dessert wines from great Chateaux of the fabled appellations of Sauternes and Barsac.

Whether you collect First Growth Bordeaux or whether you want to explore Bordeaux for the very first time, we’d love to see you at our Bordeaux festival. Come along with us to discover and rediscover what makes the region’s Cabernets and Merlots the world’s very best.

Ch. LA CONFESSION (JP.Janoueix) 2016
Ch. VILLEMAURINE 2011
Ch. GRAND CORBIN 2012
Ch. FONPLEGADE 2003
Ch. CHAUVIN 2011
Ch. LARMANDE quite developed… 2004
MONDOT 2015
Ch. DU ROSAIRE (La Fleur de Boüard) 2011
Ch. LA CROIX SAINT GEORGES 2015
Ch. CARBONNIEUX 2010
LA RESERVE DE MALARTIC – Comte de Malartic 2016
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER 2014
Ch. SMITH HAUT LAFITTE 2011
Ch. PAPE CLEMENT 2014
Ch. CANTEMERLE 2015
Ch. PAVEIL DE LUZE 2011
Ch. MAROJALLIA 2012
Ch. PRIEURE LICHINE 2016
Ch. MALESCOT SAINT EXUPERY 2015
Ch. CANTENAC BROWN 2011
Ch. D’ISSAN 2011
CHEVALIER DE LASCOMBES 2016
Ch. GLORIA 2011
Ch. LAGRANGE 2009
Ch. BRANAIRE DUCRU 2014
Ch. TALBOT 2015
CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU 2008
Ch. GRUAUD LAROSE 2014
Ch. LEOVILLE POYFERRE 2012
LE PETIT LION DU MARQUIS DE LAS CASES (JH Delon) 2009
Ch. BELLEGRAVE 2012
PAUILLAC DE HAUT BAGES LIBERAL 2015
Ch. HAUT BAGES LIBERAL 2013
FLEUR DE PEDESCLAUX 2016
Ch. PEDESCLAUX 2014
PRELUDE A GRAND PUY DUCASSE 2014
Ch. GRAND PUY DUCASSE 2014
Ch. LYNCH MOUSSAS 2007
ECHO DE LYNCH BAGES 2014
Ch. PONTET CANET 2011
RESERVE DE LA COMTESSE 2011
LES GRIFFONS DE PICHON BARON 2016
PAUILLAC DE LATOUR 2014
Ch. LILIAN LADOUYS 2015
Ch. L’INSOUCIANCE 2015
Ch. PHELAN SEGUR 2015
Ch. MONTROSE 2011
LES PAGODES DE COS 2016
Ch. CORBIN 2014
Ch. PETIT FAURIE DE SOUTARD 2011
Ch. LESPAULT MARTILLAC 2015
Ch. GAZIN ROCQUENCOURT 2012
LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION HAUT BRION 2011
Ch. SOCIANDO MALLET 2012
Ch. FONREAUD 1999
CONFIDENCES DE PRIEURE LICHINE 2016
LA SIRENE DE GISCOURS 2012
LES FIEFS DE LAGRANGE 2010
Ch. TALBOT 2006
Ch. FONBADET 2011
Ch. GRAND PUY LACOSTE 2011
Ch. LAFON ROCHET 1998

A New Generation of South African Wines – Milwaukee, November 7

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

ADDRESS: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-231-9393 or email scott.miner@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

Wine has been made in South Africa for more than 350 years, and yet South Africa is regarded as a New World wine country. But while South Africa has been making wine longer than any other New World region, the political history of the country has obstructed its ability to make world class wines.

Change for the people and the wines of South Africa arrived with a codified system of wine laws in 1973, the establishment of five geographical wine regions in 1993, and the end of Apartheid in 1994.

Today, a new generation of South African winemakers are charting an inspiring course for the country’s wines. These are wines of beauty, clarity and grace made from European cultivars like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as those made from the country’s native Pinotage — a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Most importantly, these are wines that show the distinctive qualities of the earth they’re from — the inimitable qualities of South African terroir.

We’d love you to discover the new generation of South African wine with us.

We’ll explore the rich history, ancient soils and the unique microclimates of South Africa’s terroirs. We’ll taste why these wines are better than those of generations before. And we’ll experience what makes South Africa’s wine distinctive from any other in the world.