Wonderful Wine Events in May

What a wonderful month this has been for wine in my life…and it is only half over! The 1st week in May began with the Heritage Wine Cellars Portfolio Tasting, which I attended with my friend and sommelier professor at the Chicago Ritz-Carlton on May 5th.  What an amazing display!  Kudos to the staff at Heritage…Daniel, Scott, Catherine!!! One of my “bosses”, Jean-Charles Boisset, was there showcasing his beloved wines of Burgundy, as well as the Boisset Collection from California…Buena Vista, DeLoach, JCB, and Raymond. I had the honor of meeting one of my favorite Greek winemakers, George Skouras!  I loved the delicious variety in the Greek rosés, fell for some new Champagnes, chatted with the humble winemaker from Au Bon Climat, and got to revisit some wines from a few wineries I visited last October…Miner Family, Pride Mt., Fisher…

As if this wasn’t enough, Wednesday brought another fabulous learning experience.  I attended the Beaulieu tasting with the winemaker and a master sommelier from France.

Beaulieu Presenters

Beaulieu Presenters

We not only received insight into the history of Beaulieu, but also the amazing winemaking techniques, fermentation styles- attempting to discern if the wine was fermented in stainless steel, concrete, small French barrique, or large wooden casks- and clonal development.

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Then, a true George de la Tour vertical tasting!!!  1996, 2002, 2008, 2011…my favorite was the 2002!  A short quiz followed the presentation and tasting with 6 lucky individuals earning a study scholarship!  No, I didn’t win a scholarship, but I did win new knowledge and that is always a pleasant prize! the afternoon ended with a glass of 1970 George de la Tour!  A more perfect ending I couldn’t have foreseen!

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Wednesday evening ended with a night out in beautiful Chicago with my sister-in-law. I wanted to share a special place…Bin 36!  Owner Enoch Shully has reopened one of my favorite wine spots in a new location.  Always hospitable, sincere, and knowledgeable…it was a pleasure to reconnect.  His GM is a treasure! Wednesday is the BEST day to visit Bin 36, as the wine flights are $12.00!!!  Can’t decide what to drink?  Choose from the many, well partnered flights and get a delight in your mouth with each glass!  We sat on the patio, enjoyed delicious food and unforgettable flights.  Only time for a quick glass of “something”- try the special sangria…unlike any I have ever tasted…delicious!!! We will definitely return next time she is in town…
I will be there much sooner!

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Bin 36 Wine Flights

Bin 36 Wine Flights

As if the week hadn’t been completely incredible already, Mother’s Day was on the 8th and my beautiful, supportive daughters gave me a 12 bottle, insulated, wheeled wine carrier!!  No more shleping boxes of wine to private events…now I shall arrive in style!  Next week, Cru Bourgeois Médoc Tasting…stay tuned…May isn’t over yet!

My New Wine Carrier

My New Wine Carrier

 

 

 

About sommeliersusie

Owner of Tasteful Adventures- private in-home wines tastings Boisset Wine Living Ambassador- private and corporate wine tastings and direct to consumer sales, corporate gifting, Wine Educator, Sommelier- Level 1 Court of Master Sommelier, BASSETT Certification, French Wine Scholar, Member Guild of Sommeliers
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