Welcome to 2018! As you continue to celebrate the new year, we hope you’ll come down to the Club and enjoy some of your old favorite wines and then sample a few of the newer offerings.
Looking back on 2017, one of the Wine Committee’s primary goals was to enhance member value. Members had been asking for more wines by the glass, more international wines and a wider range of wines in general. Based on this feedback we focused on expanding our offerings to meet these requests.
White Wines by the Glass: If you are in the mood for white, we have a lovely French Sancerre from Domaine Pascal Jolivet, a Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Joseph Drouhin’s White Burgundy, a Kabinett Riesling from Germany (good with spicy food!), our A2 Spanish Albariño, a Ca' Donini Italian Pinot Grigio and a popular Chateau Ducasse White Bordeaux from France. We also added two award-winning California whites: Gary Farrell’s 2014 Olivet Lane Chardonnay with a Wine Enthusiast score of 94 and Williams Selyem’s Unoaked Chardonnay with a tasting panel score of 92.
Red Wines by the Glass: The Felino Malbec from Argentina pairs well with red meat and I’m also a big fan of the Chateau Saint-Sulpice Bordeaux and the Castello Banfi from Tuscany. From California we have our new private-label Cabernet which is getting rave reviews from members, or the newest Pinot Noir by the glass, Martinelli’s 2014 Sonoma Coast, which is also popular! Finally, don’t forget about our Provenance Merlot or the popular Seghesio Zinfandel.
By the Bottle: From California, we have the Stag’s Leap Merlot and the Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard, Napa Valley Merlot which was just named the #1 wine on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for 2017. From France, we offer selections of both Red and White Burgundies as well as a Beaujolais. From Italy, there are two Barolos, a Brunello, and more.
From the Coravin: If you are dining and drinking upstairs in the Main Dining Room or the Clippership Room you also have the chance to order some of our higher-end wines by the glass through our popular Coravin program. You can try our delicious Domaine Michel Gros French White Burgundy or Dumol Chardonnay that pair well with seafood dishes. If you are looking to have an elegant Pinot, try the Lynmar or the top-rated Kosta Browne by the glass. For those big meat dishes there are several great choices including a french Syrah, a Nebbiolo from Italy or two great California Cabernets—Groth Reserve and Freemark Abbey's 2002.
Last year’s roster of Winemaker Dinners was a big success and the Club is looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing these events to members throughout the year. We are kicking the year off in January with our first “all Champagne” dinner featuring the French house Billecart-Salmon on January 25th. Subsequent Dinners are planned for April, June and November. Check the Mainsheet and the Current for more details as these dinners take shape.
Lastly, the Club is already looking forward to hosting the beloved Vintners Night in 2018. Last year we welcomed 70 wineries and close to 600 happy members and we plan to keep the momentum going. The specific date is being determined so be on the lookout to mark your calendars for another fun-filled Vintners Night!