Bordeaux Wines At IFBC 2014

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It was sunny skies over Seattle this past weekend where we had the pleasure of sponsoring the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) for the second year in a row. Over the course of the three day affair, we happily presented a range of value Bordeaux wines ranging from rosés to dry whites to our signature reds. Additionally, we hosted a Bordeaux Wines seminar, lead by certified Bordeaux Wine School educator, Regina Daigneault.

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The workshop began with a celebratory glass of J’Adore Rosé Cremant, Bordeaux’s version of bubbly. Participants were then broken up into groups and presented with a blind aroma challenge. There, they worked together to sniff and identify the 10 aromas that had been infused into neutral glasses of red and white. These aromas including green pepper, lemon and leather, are all aromas traditionally found in the wines of Bordeaux. Congrats to Team Colombard for the win!

After the excitement of the aroma challenge, attendees were lead through a lesson in wine 101 and the signature characteristics of wines from Bordeaux. Then, came the flight of Bordeaux wines ranging from dry whites from Graves and Pessac-Leognan to Grand Cru Class reds from Saint-Émilion. For the full list of wines from our seminar, see below.

Bordeaux Workshop

As promised, we have provided the presentation from the breakout session for download here. And, for more pictures from the event, visit our Flickr album here

Thank you to all the bloggers in attendance and we look forward to staying in touch!


Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2005 (Red)

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

A full, rich nose of orange zest, blueberry, wet clay, black licorice, black cherries, cassis and a hint of slate. The palate is powerful and spicy with hints of cigar tobacco mixed with cassis and sweet cherries.  Tannins are smooth and elegant.


Haut Médoc 2009 (Red)

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot

A lovely scented nose of gentle spice, bright red and black fruit. Quite rich but with acidity lifting aromas. It has appealing, fresh-tasting fruit within a supple silky structure.  The tannins are mellow and not aggressive, the wine is full of charm and finesse.


Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2011(Red)

95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Pleasant aromas of preserved black fruits combined with spicy and toasted notes. On the palate, it has a silky approach then comes on strong with powerful tannins, excellent ageing potential with balanced acid to match up against the tannins.


Entre Deux Mers 2012 (White)

70% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Sémillon, 5% Muscadelle

The aromas of this crisp white wine show white flowers, citrus fruits and white peach. The nose appears very fruity upon first assessment but on the palate the wine is crisp and fresh with lovely acid-fruit balance and complexity that lingers.


Graves 2012 (White)

75% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle

A crisp invigorating white blend that is distinguished by its higher percentage of Sémillon. The wine has a smooth and silky polish with aromas of lemon, grapefruit, green melon and herbs.


Sauternes 2005 (Sweet)

80% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc

On the nose, this is complex and harmonious with strong ripe apricot, orange peel and exotic tropical fruit. On the palate, this wine is very expressive with notes of candied fruit, apricot, melon jam and grilled almonds. A very “pure” wine with light oak notes and an abundant mineral backbone that balances out the concentration.


Sparkling Rosé

Lovely sparkling wine blush in color and vibrant in strawberry, watermelon and cherry notes. The wine has excellent acidity to freshen up the long finish of violets and yeasty notes.  Perfect for smoked fish, salty appetizers and popcorn!


Get Ready For Round 2 #AskBordeaux

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Patrick Cappiello Q&A Facebook

This Wednesday, we’re back with our second installment of #AskBordeaux, a Twitter Q&A where you get to ask the experts your burning questions about Bordeaux Wines. Patrick Cappiello, Wine Director of Pearl & AshFood & Wine Magazine’s 2014 Sommelier of Year and Bordeaux Wines’ Ambassador, will be guest tweeting for us between 12pm to 1pm EST on Wednesday, Sept. 10th. Submit your questions now with a tweet using the hashtag #AskBordeaux. 

Until then, check out some of the Q&A’s from this past summer when we were joined by Master of Wine and Bordeaux Wines’ North American Market Advisor, Mary Gorman-McAdams

A Dîner En Blanc Recap [EVENTS]

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Last week, we celebrated the end of summer the only way we know how: good food, good friends and an ice bucket full of Bordeaux wines. The setting was sublime. Dîner En Blanc, the famous all white dinner party, set in downtown Manhattan alongside the Hudson River. The wines were perfect. Dry whites, rosés and a killer summer red, all from Bordeaux. The food was delectable. A range of charcuterie and French cheeses, pasta salad, Quinoa and Moroccan Chicken. And, the friends made it all worth while. 

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Our guests at this year’s event included wine bloggers Alyssa Vitrano of, Rob Cohen of, Michelle Kwan of as well as Instagram Influencers, technologists, writers and tv personalities including Shallon Lester, Youngna Park, Chrysanthe Tenetes and Christine Huang. We asked them to document the evening on Instagram with some stunning results! 

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Bordeaux Ambassador Patrick Cappiello @patrickwine enjoys the calm before the storm! 

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Bordeaux rosé and white captured by @VinePair.

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Chrysanthe Tenetes @eqx1979 gives us a thumbs up on the spread.

DEB @christinewhuangGolden hour captured by Christine Huang @christinewhuang.

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Cheers, Alyssa @grapefriend!

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The breathtaking view captured by Youngna Park @youngnapark.

DEB @ShallonxoOur favorite gossip writer Shallon Lester @shallonxo came straight from a TV appearance!

For more on our Bordeaux Wines’ Dîner En Blanc dinner, read the recaps on Grapefriend and Vinepair where you’ll find additional photos and tasting notes!  

If you’d like to attend next year’s Dîner En Blanc or want to be included in any of the upcoming events, make sure to register at the Dîner En Blanc website. See you next year! 




Patrick’s Picks For Labor Day

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LaborDay Wines

We asked Bordeaux WInes’ Ambassador and Today’s Bordeaux Judge, Patrick Cappiello, for his top 10 favorite Today’s Bordeaux to pair with your Labor Day fare. Check out his suggestions below and find them at a wine store near you!

As an aperitif, try Sauvignon Blanc dominated wines like:

Château Chantegrive, Graves Blanc 2011

La Croix de Carbonnieux, Pessac-Léognan 2011

Saint-Glinglin, Bordeaux Blanc 2013

Petit Chapeau, Bordeaux Blanc 2013

Château Bonnet, Entre-Deux-Mers 2013

For grilled meats these Cabernet/Merlot blends are great options:

Château Fleur de Lisse, Saint-Emilion 2011

Château Robin, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2010

Château Jean Faux, Bordeaux Supérieur 2010

Château de Callac, Graves Rouge 2009

Château La Pointe, Pomerol 2011

Get To Know Patrick Cappiello

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Since 2013, Patrick Cappiello has been helping us spread the gospel of Bordeaux. Why Patrick? Aside from being the Operating Partner and Wine Director of New York City’s hippest wine bar and restaurant, Pearl & Ash, Patrick’s resume also includes the honor of Food & Wine Magazine’s 2014 Sommelier of the Year, Imbibe Magazine’s 2014 Wine Person of the Year, wine columnist for Playboy Magazine, Chef Sommelier for Daniel Johnnes’ “La Paulée” and all around cool dude. 

Patrick Cappiello Q&A Facebook

This month, we sat down with Patrick to talk all things wine and restaurant life. Read on and get to know our awesome spokesperson! And, mark your calendars for our next #AskBordeaux Twitter Q&A on Wednesday, Sept 10th at 12pm EST. Patrick will be guest tweeting for us at @bordeauxwines. See you on the internet! 

Can you describe your journey from wine drinker to wine professional? When did you first discover your love for wine and how did you decide to parlay that into an actual career?

In my early twenties I started to become interested in drinking wine. I was lucky enough to have grown up fairly close to the Finger Lakes wine region of NY. I would do winery visits with family and friends on the weekends, and often buy wines to enjoy at home with meals.

Additionally during my high school and college years I worked in many restaurants and continued to do so after graduating college. I primarily worked as a waiter and bartender. It wasn’t until living in Cleveland OH and working at a restaurant with a large wine list that I began to think about the wine industry as a career opportunity.

Once I left Cleveland, I moved to NYC and got a job waiting tables at Tribeca Grill. It was here that David Gordon (the Wine Director) gave me the opportunity to get involved with the wine program and eventually become Tribeca Grills first Sommelier.

What’s your favorite part of being a sommelier? Any funny anecdotes from the floor?

The best part is getting drink wine all day. Obviously… And the being able to travel is another great part. Also the opportunity to help guests select a special bottle of wine is very rewarding.

I have many stories from the last 15 years of being a sommelier. The funniest occurred at Veritas Restaurant in 2005. I was distributing glasses to a large table in the dinning room. I had a tray with six very large crystal glasses and attempted to reach across the table to place a glass. I didn’t notice one of the guests’ bags that was just behind his chair. As a result I tripped on it and dropped all of the glasses on this gentleman’s head. The very thin glasses shattered into several thousand pieces… Thankfully no one was hurt, aside from my pride… I always look down before approaching a table now!

How does Bordeaux distinguish itself from other wine regions and why did you choose to become an ambassador for our wines? What can wine drinkers expect from value Bordeaux?

The wines from the Bordeaux region have been a big part of my career. In 2005 I became a Sommelier at Veritas Restaurant, arguably one of the best wine restaurants in the history of the US dining scene. The cellar was comprised heavily of wines from Bordeaux, so I became very knowledgeable and passionate about the wines from the region. This continued to grow while constructing the wine program at Gilt Restaurant in the NY Palace Hotel where I curated a very large collection of Bordeaux wines. This love of the region also became the foundation for my program at Pearl & Ash. Here I have been able to incorporate the aged First, Second and Third Growths along side the great values coming out of the “outer boroughs” such as Castillon,Cotes de Bordeaux and Entre-Deux-Mers.

These emerging values are giving wine drinkers the opportunity to drink fresh wines that can be consumed young and with food, but often cost less than $20 a bottle.

For the wine newbie, what’s the hype about food and wine pairings? Why is it important? What should one be looking for? How do you best enjoy food and wine together?

Pairing food with wine is a great way and reason to enjoy more wine and do it in an everyday environment.

I find wine pairing can be a fun way to experiment. There are of course classic pairings; Cabernet Sauvignon with Steaks or Foie Gras with Sauternes, but I also like non traditional pairings like Sauvignon Blanc with Shrimp Cocktail or Cabernet Franc with Pizza.

What are some of your food and wine pairing pro tips?

There are two simple ways to create food and wine pairings. Either matching the flavors and textures in a wine to the dish you are eating with it. In other words richer shellfish dishes like Lobster being paired with richer white Bordeaux wines made from the Semillon grape. Or using opposite flavor profiles in the wine from the food its being paired with. For example, a serving a a fresh, bright red Bordeaux made from Merlot with a heavier Beef Stew.

For an at-home wine connoisseur, is there an unexpected food and wine pairing tip or challenge that you might recommend or suggest?

Keep it simple is the best advice. Also if you have several people dining with you, it’s a great opportunity to open several different wines to taste with the dish. It can be a great way to host a party as well. Sending your guests the menu ahead of time and challenging them to bring a bottle or two they think would make great pairings. To make it more fun you can serve the wines blind and vote on the best pairing.

As a professional who is around wine all day, every day, do you have a favorite wine hack that you can share with our readers?

I would say the emergence of “wine apps” have given consumers a huge leg up. The one I use most is “Delectable”. One snap with a smart phone will give you all information on the wine and also save to your library where you can always have a record of wines you have consumed. Additionally there is a Social Media side which enables you to share the wine with friends and see the wines are drinking. It’s a great way to stay on top of an ever changing wine world!      

Thank you! 

Finally, check out Patrick’s top ten picks for Labor Day from this year’s Today’s Bordeaux selection!