Friday, February 23, 2007

Mount Veeder Reserve Release

Mark Your Calendar for the Mt. Veeder Reserve Release Party

Join them as they bring the mountain to the valley floor, once again, and celebrate the release of another vintage. They will proudly introduce the 2003 Mount Veeder Reserve! Enjoy wine and food pairings, barrel samples, live music and a special re-release of some library favorites. Reservations encouraged, everyone welcome!Saturday, April 28th12-4pm$35 per person for Wine Club Members$40 per personHosted by Franciscan WineryHighway 29 at Galleron RoadReserve your glass today! RSVP by calling 707.967.3993 or email us at
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Sadly I won't be able to attend this year - I'll be at the 1st weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

City of Hope - Wines From Around The World

Last night's TASTE OF HOPE "Wine Tasting Event" at TRIBECA ROOFTOP in NYC was a smashing success and benefeited the CITY OF HOPE.

CBS Radio/NY bought a table and better yet I was invited - didn't hurt that our station "JACK FM" was the #1 CBS product in the latest ratings.

And thanks to my due deligence of going up to Napa every month I've been assigned to sit next to Bruce Gearhart from Ole Imports & Domaine Select.

Walking in I already see a lot of friends from the record biz it's going to be a great night.
I'm immediately impressed with the quality of the reception wines:
  • Casteller Blanc de Blancs 2005 - (no pinot in this Spanish Champagne Style White)
  • Vinos Sin-Ley GR 2004 - (100% Granache)
  • Collalbrigo Prosecco Brut (Sparkling wine from Italy)

Plus there is an amazing assortment of Dim Sum, Sashimi and Sushi - you need to consume a lot for a base for this evening's wine tastings. Domo Arigato!

At our table Bruce has assembled an Old World vs. New World Wine tasting for the evening.

First on the list with the 1st course of Mesclun Greens, Cucumber, Apples, Mango with Feta Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Raveneau Chablis Montee' de Tonnerre 2002 vs. Patz & Hall Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard - 2004. As you may expect the Chablis is very clear - starlight and the Chardonnay which has seen Oak is the color of daylight. No contest for me - my palate goes California all the way, though I think the Chablis would be great on a hot summer afternoon.

Second course of seared Tuna Medallions, with baby arrugula and orange vinaigrette.

Leroy Vosne Romanee Beauxmonts 1998 vs. Calera Mt Harlan Pinot Selleck Vineyard 2001. Ok this is no contest the other way...the Burgundian wine blows away the Calera, but in its defense its a newer vintage.

Main course of Filet Mignon with Shitake Mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes, haricot verts and potato wafer garnish.

Chateau La Conseillante - Medoc 2000 vs. Ramey Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Blend 2003. A little faux paus on Bruce's part the amazing Bordeaux was not decanted, so everyone at 1st taste loves the Ramey...but with a little aeriation the barn yard smell disipates and it didn't hurt that we're all eating garlic mashed potatoes.

Desert - of chocoate dripped strawberries, praline and shortbread cookies and chocolate truffles - oui!

We had a couple more tastes:

Vinos Sin-Ley G6 Garnacha 2001 and Voss Vineyard Napa Valley Ocala Syrah 2002. Similar tastes between these wines - elegant, inky with hints of blueberry and white pepper. Bruce leaves with the decanter of the Voss, but then we make an amazing discovery at the wine table. There is a 1/2 magnum of Chateau Montelana Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 so we ditch the Syrah and enjoy the Big Cal Cab with some more chocolate truffles.

Since this was event was $500 a seat - wanted to do my part and bid on the silent auction items.

Two big scores - 1/2 case of Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2003 and was really excited about this one - 2 Magnums of Bollinger Champagne Grand Annee 1996 - Wine Spectator 95 pts and this was a great year for Champagne. Save those bottles for a special occasion - and how funny did I look jumping into a cab with 1/2 case and 2 magnums - Party Anyone?

Wanted to congratulatemy friends from MEDIABASE Sr. VP/Music ALISSA POLLACK and ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC Pres STEVE BARTELS - Buddy! PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS Pres./COO KRAIG T. KITCHIN - as we say we worked together back in the day! .

The trade magazine ALL ACCESS reported "That the heaviest of the heavies gathered together to raise their glasses and lots of cash for the CITY OF HOPE. The CHARLES GOLDSTUCK CAMPAIGN has been the most successful to date, raising over $3.5 million for the CITY OF HOPE."

So surprisingly I'm not hung over, enjoyed some great wines, saw old friends and scored some amazing wine. As the T-Shirt says..."I Love NY"


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Bob Hope Chrysler Classic - La Quinta, CA

It was the weekend before the PGA week in the desert and the weather has turned cold - down in the 20's overnight. This totally messes up my schedule of 18 holes at dawn, breakfast quesadilla, quick work out and then pool side Modelo Cervezas.

The Bob Hope is played on 4 different course and is the only 5 day pro-am event in golf. Courses are the PGA West Palmer Private, Bermuda Dunes, Arnold Palmer's new Classic Club just north of I-10 and across the street from me on La Quinta Country Club. I see Samuel L. Jackson of Star Wars & Coach Carter fame tee off - very cool guy and a great golfer. Would like to tee it up with him someday. Next year the Silver Rock resort course will be included in the mix.

I get in 18 on the Mountain Course and surprisingly have two birdies in this round too, but alas 4 double bogies - the putter is working only 24 putts, which helps me break 90.

On Saturday always have to visit "Treasure of The Vine" at Happy Point (hwy 111 & Washington) they have a weekly wine tasting from noon - 9pm. Dustin is there with Shannon and they just celebrated their 1 year anniversary in business. They tell me the Winter months were fantastic, but in August the desert is a ghost town. Dustin has assembled another great assortment of wines to taste and it doesn't hurt that the NFL playoffs are on the Plasma TV too. (Hey can someone order pizza? and get me a bar stool - I'll just camp out here all day)

On the menu:

*2005 Louis Michel & Fils 1er Cur Chablis Moutmain Vineyard - $34.99 Have to say I'm really starting to enjoy the French style of whites. This is Zesty, creamy and a citrus finish - perfect for a hot day.
*2005 Merryvale Chadonnay - $18.99 You can immediately see the difference in color (daylight) and you taste the oak and oddly tastes like buttered popcorn on the finish. Great value and I buy a few bottles.
*2005 Bella Glos Pinot Noir - $39.99 Parker 91 points! Nice bouquet of cherries and pomegranate.
*2004 Elyse Nero Misto Red Blend - $23.99 . Nero Misto means mixed black in Italian. A blend of mostly Petit Syrah, there is Barbera and Primitivo too. There is a smoky layer and black licorice, great nose - Love it!
*2004 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon - $44.99 Big Bold California Cab - that my palate has been trained on.
*2004 Davis Family Vineyards Russian River Syrah - $38.99 Must say I love everything from Russian River - the ocean fog cools the grapes at night which produces great Chard's, Pinot and Syrah. Inky with coffee and chocolate on the nose.

I also pick up some more Flora Springs Chardonnay - now sold out at winery and a bottle of Cliff Lede Claret which I really love for the price. This fruit forward wine has blueberries, plum, and black currant. Blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec.

Wow it's that easy to drop 2 bills, but the great wine is worth it.

On Sunday I wait through the frost delay and tee it up on TPC Stadium Course at PGA West. Pete Dye the designer really tests your skills on this one and for the 1st time on the Island green par 3 17th I hit land! Wow. Believe me I was happy to shoot 92 in the wind. Hopeful golfers had to go the Q school here to make it on to the PGA and some of them shot in the 80's.

My house is booked for Feb - it pays the taxes!...but can't wait 'til warmer weather for March's visit. Winter has finally arrived in NY it's cold and I'm starting to lose my tan.


If you need to escape you can always stay there too - prime vacation times still available - check it out: