“FROM BARREL TO BOTTLE” Bordeaux Right Bank Wine Tasting

FILED UNDER: Bordeaux events, Wine Events

[Photos taken on Instagram]

Last week we had the chance to attend the From Barrel to Bottle Tasting Event hosted by Le Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux and Wine Enthusiast at the gorgeous French Consulate in NYC.

35 prestigious vineyards of the Right Bank poured their 2011 vintage, along with an additional collection of the top wines of 2009. The Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux was founded in 2002, and is comprised of 139 chateau and 19 appellations located on the right bank of the Gironde. The sub-regions of the Right Bank, including Satin Emilion and Pomerol, are known to possess the ultimate Merlot-growing terroir.

We were happy to meet the wine producers, and the charming Le Wine Buff Megan Wiig joined us for the tasting and dinner. The French Consulate displayed magnificent 18th century Gobelin tapestry and a great view of Central Park. The special treat of the tasting was the authentic Bordeaux canelés from Patissiere Céline Legros. Addictive!

For the reality show fans, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps from The Real Housewives of New York City attended the event in support of her boyfriend Jaques Azoulay.

Dinner was held at the Benoit Restaurant (by Alain Ducasse), which included the winemakers, trade, and media. We were happy to sit and enjoy the dinner with winemakers Marion Béchu of Grand Vin de Reignac and Balthus, Jean-François Quenin of Chateau de Pressac (who happens to be the President of the Conseils des Vins de Saint Emilion), and Brigitte Bourlon from Chateau Guibot La Fourvieille – who we have met before while filming our Women in Bordeaux series.

A special thanks to Pierrick Bouquet for the invite! Check out all the photos on Flickr or on our Instagram profile. Cheers!

Wine in Pictures: Entre-Deux-Mers

FILED UNDER: Appellations, Bordeaux Journeys

Welcome to the Entre-Deux-Mers appellation, a lively, supple and refreshing part of Bordeaux located throughout the two major rivers, the Garonne and the Dordogne. Entre-Deux-Mers literally means ‘between two tides‘ thus creates a clay-limestone terroir and produces thirst-quenching fresh white wines, 12 million bottles a year.

The top wine grape in Entre-Deux-Mers region is the Sauvignon grape. It produces very aromatic and well-balanced wines, which are lively but not too tense. Interesting fact: most producers are members of cooperatives, which have played a very important role in the rebirth of these wines and their exceptional value value.

Grande-Sauve Abbey

Founded in 1079, Grande-Sauve Abbey is a former Benedictine monastery near the village of La Sauve and known for its Romanesque architecture and the fact that the abbey ruins are still standing.

Chateau de Benauge

The only remains of this crucial Chateau is in ruins, but nevertheless you can still see it perched on a hill at Arbis. During the Middle Ages the chateau was a beautiful medieval fortress constructed by the Viscount Benauge.

Chateau Bonnet

The Chateau Bonnet estate dates back to the 17th century and overlooks the Dordogne valley. In 1956, Andre Lurton inherited the estate and immediately renovated and developed it to maintain the family tradition of excellence.

Chateau Sainte-Marie

Located in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers, Sainte Marie enjoys a favorable geographical situation. The islands stretch over two ideally exposed perfectly sunny hills, among the highest points of the Gironde.

For more fantastic views of the region, visit our Flickr album! Cheers!

Bordeaux MatchMaking is Coming to Miami!

FILED UNDER: Wine Events

We’re delighted that our team is heading south next week for Bordeaux MatchMakingMiami style. What’s Bordeaux MatchMaking all about, you ask? Well, it’s all about getting matched up with Bordeaux wine that suits your palate. All you have to do is fill out a short questionnaire and register. The wine experts will pair you with a table full of yummy and affordable wines that you’ll be able to enjoy with your friends and new friends that you meet that night. And it’s all free!

Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and dancing for free all on a Wednesday night? Score!
Register now at: Bordeaux MatchMaking [only 150 spots open, so don't forget to invite your friends!]
Bordeaux MatchMaking – Miami
Wine Depot Miami Beach
555 Jefferson Ave

Check out the pics from last year’s Bordeaux MatchMaking event in Miami below and at our Flickr page.

Upcoming Bordeaux MatchMaking events:
Tuesday, May 17th – Los Angeles
Thursday, June 9th – New York City

Wanna suggest us to come to your city? Leave a comment below! Hope to see you there! Cheers!

Bordeaux MatchMaking [photos]

FILED UNDER: Wine Events

On April 14th, Bordeaux MatchMaking arrived in town just in time for the lovely spring season! Held at Cipriani’s Wall Street, Bordeaux MatchMaking is V.I.P. of free wine tasting, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and mingling with social sippers (just like you!). Check out the photos below from the NYC event and get ready to sign up for the next event: coming to Miami!

Want more pics? Visit our Flickr page. View a man’s perspective of the evening at the Bordeaux MatchMaking blog

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A Wine Tour de France – Bordeaux w/Belinda Chang [photos]

FILED UNDER: Wine Events

Last week we had the pleasure to attend the French Institute Alliance Francais [FIAF] Bordeaux tasting, as part of the four month Art de Vivre event: A Wine Tour de France. The beautiful spring evening was perfect for the skyroom tasting, which included Belinda Chang – Wine Director from The Modern. Check out the photos below and more on our Flickr page. Cheers!