Friday, November 13, 2015

Visit LA on Nov. 18th for the Seventh Annual Stars of Cabernet!

7TH ANNUAL - STARS OF CABERNET

A collectable Cabernet showcase bringing the best producers together with a great audience in the one of the worlds top locations.
Meet the owners, winemakers, and executives that can also help set you up with your upcoming visits to their respected wineries.
This STAR-studded event allows all guests to enjoy unlimited wine tasting, tray passed hors d'oeuvres, and an assortment of breads, cheeses and chocolate. 
The VIP events guests enjoy a delicious VIP Buffet, and receive a Gift Bag upon departure.
Silent Auction - 100% benefits TJ MARTELL FOUNDATION - Funding Children’s Hospital Los Angeles - A charitable 501c3

VIP ADMISSION 6:00 PM
GENERAL ADMISSION 7:00 PM

GENERAL ADMISSION INCLUDES:
  • 7pm admission
  • Unlimited Wine Tasting
  • Tray Passed Hors D’ouevres
VIP INCLUDES:
  • Early 6pm Access with a Private Tasting with Dinner
  • VIP Gift Bag
  • Unlimited Wine Tasting
  • Tray Passed Hors D'oeuvres

VIP EXPERIENCE

VIPS GAIN EARLY ENTRANCE TO THE EVENT AT 6:00PM FOR AN EXCLUSIVE TASTING AND SEMINAR WITH EITHER VIP GUEST WINEMAKERS:  

JEAN HOEFLIGER

Winemaker for Alpha Omega and Consulting Winemaker for chateaus and wineries worldwide—will introduce THE DEBATE, a trio of single vineyard Cabernets from esteemed Beckstoffer properties. Compare, contrast, and debate the three distinct expressions of Napa Valley! Class starts at 6pm promptly and ends at 7pm, including enhanced heavy appetizer plate - event takes place in boardroom, and is limited to 20 guests. Ticket includes access to the event at 7pm; dinner will not be provided to this group, but the appetizer plate will be significant. All attendees will receive a VIP gift bag.

OR

LAWRENCE FAIRCHILD

One of the most exciting new brands in California Collectable Cabernet is “Fairchild” - setting records at the Napa Valley wine auction, and top rankings in Robert Parkers Wine Advocate (96-100 points). Come meet and taste with Lawrence Fairchild - as he presented his resent release of STONES that sold out in less than 1 hour of its release. Attendees at this session will be added to the Fairchild mailing list and extended an opportunity to purchase the next release. Ticket includes tasting with Fairchild and lavish 6pm dinner buffet on patio at Peninsula, VIP privilege ends at 7:00 PM - ticket to 7:00 PM tasting is included in this ticket - all attendees will receive a VIP gift bag. 

Reviews and ratings of Chilean wines from Montes and Kaiken

Today we are sampling Chilean wines from Montes / Kaiken at Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 #wbc15 , presented by Aurelio Montes.

Original tasting and review : This is Kaiken Terroir Series Torrontes, 2015, first sampled in August, 2015.

In the glass:  Clear, light vanilla and yellow hints. 

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet sugar and light grasses. From the aroma, seems like this will be  sweet feeling, crisp and clean 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact crispy yet white floral notes. Sugar finish is clean and impeccably crisp.  Young lady in the breeze with a flowing white spring dress. 

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Original tasting and review : This is Montes Spring Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, first sampled in August, 2015.

In the glass:  Clear, light vanilla and yellow hints. 

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold grapefruit and honeydew melon melange.  From the aroma, seems like this will be  sharp and full. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact lightly sweetened grapefruit, moving to clean, lively finish. Wooden rocking chair with cloth cushions rocking in the ocean breeze on the porch.  

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Original tasting and review : This is Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, first sampled three years from vintage date, in August, 2015.

In the glass:  deep muddy burgundy. 

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet, deep fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be  bold and mouth filling. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact purple broad and deep, tough tannins grip your cheeks.  The cloaked wizard standing at the bottom of the craggy hill. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Original tasting and review : This is Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, first sampled three years from vintage date, in August, 2015.

In the glass:  Deep burgundy, opaque from an inch in. 

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows aromatic sweet  purple depth.   From the aroma, seems like this will be  full and dramatic. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact layered with purple and red fruits, building to a big, balanced finish. Robed lion sitting elegantly on the court house steps. 

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value. 

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Original tasting and review : This is Montes Alpha Carmenere, 2012, first sampled three years from vintage date, in August, 2015.

In the glass:  Purple black, opaque from a quarter inch in. 

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, funky, solid black fruit. Musty.  From the aroma, seems like this will be  deep, solid.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact aromatic and bold, showing primary fruit elements and big tannins. Businessman in a grey suit with bold red tie strolling up the lobby steps. 

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Original tasting and review : This is Kaiken Ultra Malbec, 2012, first sampled three years from vintage date, in August, 2015.

In the glass:  deep burgundy, opaque from a quarter inch of the edge. 

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep but shy fruit.   From the aroma, seems like this will be  solid but perhaps not atypical. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep, full Bodied with Classic, strong lines.  Big, well aged columnar clock statue sitting right in the middle of a roundabout as the cars zip by. 

In summary: Overall, rates stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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