**Exclusive Left Bank Bordeaux Buying Event!!**
May 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for an exclusive Bordeaux buying event!
The best of the best from the Left Bank with JJ Buckley!
Tickets are $95/person and will be limited to the first 20 people to RSVP.
*Note: This is a seated event.
The wines of Bordeaux are varied and are produced in a myriad of styles from a divergent range of terroirs and soils.
For simplicity, it’s easy to divide the wines of Bordeaux into 3 main regions. The Left Bank, or Medoc, which consists of Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux, Saint Estephe and Haut Medoc. The wines of the Medoc are what many consumers think of first when discussing Bordeaux wine. They are Cabernet Sauvignon based and are among the world’s finest red wines built to age. Bordeaux wines from the Left Bank are always blends and depending on the style of wine the producer wants, as well as their terroir, the blends consist of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
The two most popular grapes remain Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Pauillac is home to 3 of the 5 First Growths, Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Chateau Margaux, located in the Medoc is from Margaux. The wines of the Medoc usually display cassis flavors and when aged, take on tobacco and truffle characteristics.
Pessac Leognan is the home of Chateau Haut Brion, the only First Growth not located in the Medoc. Pessac Leognan produces a diverse array of styles from similar blends found in the Medoc. However, the wines from Pessac Leognan display a smokey, earthy character. Pessac Leognan is the only Bordeaux wine appellation known for producing world class, dry white wines. Pessac Leognan is a relatively new term and appellation. The designation was created in 1987. Prior to that, the entire area was known as Graves.
The Right Bank of Bordeaux consists of Pomerol, Saint Emilion and numerous, smaller satellite appellations with similar terroir and soils. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the dominant grapes from this region. Petrus, Lafleur, Cheval Blanc and Ausone are the most expensive wines from this region and offer softer textures than what is found in the Medoc.
Yet, in the best vintages, the wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol can age as well as the best Cabernet Sauvignon based wines and offer decadent textures with floral, chocolate and plum aromatics.
Bordeaux is also the home to the world’s finest, sweet, white wines. Sauternes and Barsac, led by Chateau d’Yquem produce sweet wines of stunning quality that are sought all over the world.
Saint Cosme Tasting
May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Château de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of Gigondas and produces the appellation’s benchmark wines. Wine has been produced on the site of Saint Cosme since Roman times, evident by the ancient Gallo-Roman vats carved into the limestone below the château. The property has been in the hands of Louis Barruol’s family since 1570. Henri and Claude Barruol took over in 1957 and gradually moved Saint Cosme away from the bulk wine business. Henri was one of the first in the region to work organically beginning in the 1970s. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992, making a dramatic shift to quality, adding a négociant arm to the business in 1997, and converting to biodynamics in 2010.
The estate is in the heart of Gigondas where 15 hectares of vineyard grow in the shade of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The limestone that distinguishes Gigondas from other southern Rhône appellations is visible on the jagged cliffs of the Dentelles. In addition to Gigondas and the old-vine selection Gigondas Valbelle, three single-vineyard Gigondas are produced: Hominis Fides, Le Claux, and Le Poste. Louis Barruol owns an additional 10 hectares of vineyard in Violès outside of Gigondas to produce Les Deux Albions Blanc IGP. Côtes-du-Rhône Les Deux Albions Rouge and Le Poste Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc round out the estate offerings and are labeled as “Château de Saint Cosme.” Little James’ Basket Press, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and northern Rhône appellations are from contracted growers and are labeled “Saint Cosme.”
Louis Barruol’s style combines the region’s typical ripeness with freshness, an elusive quality in the warm climate of the southern Rhône. One of the keys to freshness is the use of stems for their red wines. The stems absorb alcohol during fermentation and help retain acidity and tannin. Red wines are made by spontaneous fermentation. Louis prefers cement tanks or mostly used 228-liter Burgundian pièce for élevage with just a few traditional demi-muid for his whites. The négociant wines are transported to Gigondas in casks to avoid racking and unnecessary exposure to oxygen. Reds are bottled unfined and unfiltered. “I want to make wines which express their terroir with purity and personality. I want balanced wines with a great ability to age,” says Louis Barruol.
And exactly that he has done. These wines are stunning and belong in everyone’s collection!
Vinum 55 Wines of the World: Italian Holiday with Frederick Wildman
May 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
May 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
-ABOUT TREFETHEN FAMILY WINERY-
It was never clear how this adventure was going to turn out. In the late 60’s when my family started to grow wine grapes in Napa Valley, there was no one to show them the way. There was plenty of advice, to be sure, but in truth no one had started a successful Napa vineyard since Prohibition. They were, in a word, crazy.
Their lunacy was infectious, however, and a few other enterprising souls joined the gambit: Tony Baldini, our first viticulturist; David Whitehouse, our first “real” winemaker; Richard DeGarmo, Mr. fix-it; Mary Ware, queen of the office and everyone’s schedule. I grew up with them and consider them all family. A shared passion brought them to us, and my parents received them with open arms. They settled into their respective posts, not as hired hands, but as equals in a shared endeavor. As I settle into my own role in the family business, I find this remarkable dynamic preserved and count myself blessed to spend my days working with old and new friends that quickly feel like family.
The land focuses our energies, as it always has, challenging us to understand its soils, the vines that grow in them, and the way fog drifts through the rows in the morning. It is an eternal learning process – each question answered reveals another be asked – but it’s a journey we love to take with each and every vintage. It also defines us and the wines we make, providing the vital essence of every bottle that bears our name. Decisions made in the vineyard and cellar not only guide the expression of the land, but affect the very soul of the wine. For this reason, we have always committed ourselves to estate production, adamant that we should be the ones growing the grapes and turning them into wine. Our passion requires it.
One Family. One Estate. One Passion. This is who we are.
K Vintners Tasting
June 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla (Washington State), Charles Smith opened his first winery, K Vintners, in December of 2001. The first release,1999 K Syrah from Walla Walla Valley, initiated the style of winemaking that Charles continues today: small lots of single vineyard Syrahs and field blends of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Viognier, all of which are hand-picked, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts and basket pressed.
Charles Smith is the only person to have received Winemaker of the Year distinctions by both Wine Enthusiast (2014) and Food & Wine (2009). In 2008, K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. His wines continue to receive broad recognition from leading wine publications such as Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits with 165 scores of 95 points and above, and 632 scores of 90 points and above.
June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Pillsbury wines are a true product of the American Southwest, made from sustainable high-altitude, desert-grown grapes planted in Cochise County. Founder Pillsbury, seeking to break the mold of mass-produced wines, began planting grapes in Cochise County in 2000, inspired by seeing grapes grown in unusual places during his youth in New Zealand. Just six years later, the Pillsbury Wine Company opened in 2006 and began offering his unique Southwestern style. In the decade since, the winery has been recognized for their great wines, receiving more than 26 medals in 2015 and 2016, including several gold medals and the recent double gold award for the 2013 “Guns & Kisses” Shiraz at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – one of the biggest and most prestigious competitions in the nation – where Pillsbury Wine Company was one of only three double gold award-winners in that category.
Women in Wine Event with Veuve Clicquot
June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us for the ultimate ‘hen party’! We will sip on Veuve Clicquot, nibble on French inspired tasty bites from Chef Tracy Dempsey and talk about wine and being women who love wine! We will be hosted by Angie Stephenson, Champagne Specialist representing Moet Hennessy.
It’s about us girls and wine. What do we prefer? How do we buy wine? Are we confident in taking the wine list and ordering for the group you’re dining with?
Our plan is to put together events for Women in Wine about 3-4 times per year.
Mollydooker Tasting Event with Luke Marquis!
June 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
One of our favorite Australians is back!! Join us at our Scottsdale location to taste these legendary wines with the Blue-Eyed Boy himself, Luke Marquis!
The vineyards of Mollydooker are situated on the magical Seaview Ridge, which with its ancient soils and Mediterranean climate, is home to some of the most iconic Australian wines. Working with three separate vineyards – Long Gully Road, Coppermine Road and the Home Block, a total of 114 acres of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot is produced. All of which provide grapes that are grown sustainably.
At Mollydooker, the incredibly talented team are passionate about their motto ‘We make wines that make people go WOW, through attention to detail and commitment to excellence!’ and never take shortcuts or compromise on quality.
They guarantee the quality of their wine by rating it on its Marquis Fruit Weight™ (the measure of how far back on your tongue the velvety sensation of fruit goes before you experience the sensation of structure). If parcels don’t qualify at the required Fruit Weight, they just don’t make those wines. For example, in the 2008 vintage they only bottled their Lefty wines and in 2015, they only bottled their Lefty and Family wines. This is a true testament to their commitment to quality and honoring their customers who spend their hard earned dollars on wine.
June 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
We are thrilled to be offering this wine and honored to be hosting Torbreck’s assistant winemaker, Scott MacDonald, all the way from Australia.
Torbreck Vintners was created with the aim of building one the best wine estates in the world. The vision is to pay homage to the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, home to some of the oldest vines on the planet.
Torbreck was established in 1994 and is located at Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa Valley. It is named after a forest in the Highlands of Scotland where founder David Powell was once a lumberjack. Torbreck’s first releases in 1997 were greeted with rapturous applause by critics and connoisseurs alike. It was even named one of the World’s Top 100 Wine Estates by Robert Parker.
Taste Like the Masters-A Blind Tasting with your Vinum55 Sommeliers!
June 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Vinum55 Cruise to Alaska!
June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Vinum 55 in partnership with Chad Clark Travel Ventures is proud to announce a special Regent Seven Seas cruise which will feature The World of Harlan Estate and Ultimate Alaska (June 4, 2020, San Francisco to Vancouver, 13 Nights. Regent Seven Seas Mariner®). A Spotlight on California Wines provides the opportunity to meet with famous wine makers from the renowned Napa Valley region in Northern California and learn from their decades of experience and knowledge. Harlan Estate produces Bordeaux style blends. As one of the most sought-after Californian wines on the market, it has been described as “the ultimate cult winery”, with its limited availability, prices and status.
While enjoying some of the world’s finest food and wines, Vinum 55 members will explore the Pacific Northwest’s thousands of miles of spectacular shoreline and massive glaciers. This cruise offers a glimpse of Alaska’s hidden and impenetrable wilderness, and the best way to experience it is on a voyage with Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. Intimate ships allow for deeper exploration and a front row seat to the untamed majesty. It’s the perfect trip for the connoisseur of food, wine and adventure!
As part of this voyage, Vinum 55 members will enjoy special tastings, unique dining experiences and enlightening lectures. Guests will embark from San Francisco with special tastings of Harlan Wines – Promontory, Bond and The Mascot. Lectures will feature Harlan wine makers and Amanda and Will Harlan, ambassadors from the family Domain. Phillip Norfleet, Director of the Napa Valley Reserve, will lecture about the history of wines in Napa Valley and provide tastings from the exclusive and private, Napa Valley Reserve. The voyage features specially curated Shore Excursions, Wine Presentations and Wine Tastings, and Harlan Wines will be featured at private paring dinners and in the ship’s largest specialty restaurant, Compass Rose.
We invite you to Vinum 55’s Scottsdale location on June 15 from 1-3pm to learn more as representatives from REGENT and CHAD CLARK TRAVEL VENTURES will be presenting this special opportunity to all of our Vinum 55 members.
Vinum 55 Wines of the World Series – Summer Wines that Beat the Heat
June 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for our next installment of the Wines of the World series where we will be featuring wines from all over the world that quench your thirst during the summertime heat spike. We are offering 2 scheduled events this month.
We have redesigned the way we teach you about these fascinating wines regions. Along with our partners at Orangewood Wines, we bring you wine education without the stuffiness of the classroom. You can look forward to a more social educational experience, still with all of the great wines.