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Everything You Wanted to Know About Chardonnay (But Were Afraid to Ask)


TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM

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

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-271-4455 or email Credit card number of people attending required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the club house main dining room bar to confirm your attendance.


Chardonnay is the most diverse, multifaceted and  misunderstood wine in the world.  It can be sublime or mundane, cultivated in the world’s greatest vineyards or its humblest regions, subjected to intensive manipulation or grown and vinified naturally.  And every delicious bottling of Chardonnay has legions of avid fans and scores of fervent detractors.

What is it about Chardonnay?  What qualities afford the grape its myriad expressions?

The proof is in the glass!

At this tasting, we’ll explore all of Chardonnay’s diversity as well as show you our very favorite Chardonnays.  And just for fun, we’ll sample a couple of wines made from Chardonnay’s Burgundian soul mate, Pinot Noir!


Wines to be tasted:

2014 Kongsgaard Chardonnay, Napa $99.99

2015 Lewis Barcaglia Lane Chardonnay, Russian River Valley $89.99

2014 Matsut Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $34.99

2014 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $24.99

2016 Pascal Clement Bourgogne Blanc, France $24.99

2014 Sandhi Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills $49.99

2014 Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru, France $149.99

2016 Paul Pernot Meursault Sous Le Blagny Premier Cru, France $119.99

2014 Domaine de La Cote Bloom fields Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills $89.99

& a bonus for those who arrive early!



Sergeant Pepper August 30


TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM

ADDRESS: Bacchus Restaurant, 925 Wells St.

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-765-1166 or email 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.


Their ubiquity in daily culinary life betrays their exotic origins—as well as their keys to an inner sanctum of the world of wine.

There are the those that are spices. Black, like white, is the dried fruit of a tropical vine native to India. Capsicum, also called chili or red, is the dried fruit of New World relatives of the tomato. And there are those that are vegetables. The sweet or bell is a mild variety of the mostly pungent species of Capsicum.

All of these are, of course, peppers. Whether spices or vegetables, the aromatic and flavor  qualities of peppers are diagnostic and hypnotic characteristics of many fine wines. Most notably, those made with Syrah from the Rhone Valley, Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley and Grüner Veltliner from the Wachau Valley.

Why do peppers speak through these specific grapes? And why grapes from these specific terroirs? And what so they want to say to us?

Join us as we explore the wines of the Rhone and Loire Valleys of France, and of the Wachau Valley of Austria. And discover how Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Grüner Veltliner wines from these regions compare to wines made with these grapes from other wine regions of the world.


Wines to be tasted:

2016 Gobelsburg Steinsetz Grüner Veltliner $32.99

2016 Veyder Malberg Hochrain Grüner Veltiner $69.99

2016 Johann Grüner Veltliner Oregon $29.99

2015 Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux $28.99

2013 Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières $42.99

2015 Batic Cabernet Franc Slovenia $36.99

2014 Becheras Saint-Joseph $29.99

2016 Saint Cosme Cote Rotie $74.99

2014 Vincent Paris Cornas la Geynalel $69.99

& a bonus wine for those who come early!

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