SommelierCellar is the UK's first online private sales club for wine and offers deals from the World's finest estates. SommelierCellar offers its members private sales of fine wine at up to 50% off the original retail price. The wine will only be available for limited periods of time to its network of members. Joining up is free and there will be new sales each week.

The wine offers are selected by UK Best Sommeliers, Matt Wilkin and Andrea Briccarello and top wine writer, Chris Losh. The site will also include advice from the buying team including tasting notes and food pairing information. Wines, sold by the case of six bottles, will be offered for up to two weeks, or until the stocks have sold out. When a wine is selected by the buying team, members are notified via email. When the individual sale is over, that particular wine won't appear again. Once bought, the wines will be delivered to the members' home or office within 7 days.

To become a member of SommelierCellar, and benefit from exclusive fine wine sales visit and register your details. Those signing up to be members before the end of November will receive a £10 voucher to be redeemed against their first purchase. Any member who introduces a friend will receive an additional £10 with no limit to the amount members can earn.

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The Four Seasons is getting in on the Twitter wine tasting trend, hosting its first virtual event and you don't even have to head to a Four Seasons to participate (although really, why wouldn't you?). The event takes place on November 17 and focuses on perfect pairings for the upcoming holidays and will highlight wine knowledge from three sommeliers with more than 25 years of combined experience.

James Tidwell, Co-Founder and Current Head of the Texas Sommelier Association; Mark Sayre, one of Wine & Spirits magazine's "7 Best New Sommeliers of 2010"; and Dana Farner, recognized as "one of the best around" by Bon Appétit magazine, will lead participants in a virtual guided tasting of three wines: Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling, Paraiso Vineyards Syrah, and the Chappellet Mountain Cuvee.

The discussion will address the unique flavor profiles of each wine and how to pair them with seasonal dishes or use them in a Thanksgiving holiday menu. The event will end with a Q & A session. To join in log-on to Twitter at 6:00pm CT / 7:00pm ET on November 17, 2010 and search for the hashtag #FSWine. You can also join a dedicated Tweetup at the nearest participating Four Seasons hotel or resort. Tweetups will be held at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta; Four Seasons Hotel Austin; Four Seasons Hotel Boston; Four Seasons Hotel Chicago; The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel; Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas; Four Seasons Hotel Houston; Four Seasons Hotel Miami; Four Seasons Hotel New York; Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach; Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia; Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis and Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

By Deidre Woollard | Source :: Luxist

Boz Scaggs, Winemaker

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Add another musician to the winemaker list. Mellow music maker Boz Scaggs is currently touring around with other 1970s stars Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen on the Dukes of September tour but as the Napa Valley Register reports, he's put down roots in wine country. His wine brand Scaggs Vineyard is a labor of love for Boz and his wife Dominique. They moved to the area in 1996 and decided to plant Rhone varietals on their hillside land. They made their first wine in 2000 and grow the Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah grapes used in their Rosé and Montage wines. The vineyards, fruit and olive orchards at Scaggs Vineyard have been certified organic since 2005.

The Register article says that the Scaggs sort of happened into the wine business accidentally. At first they drank their own wines and shared them with friends but once they teamed up with winemaker Ken Barnards things started to take off. Scaggs plans to keep the business fairly small and separate from the music world. The Scaggs Rosé has a retail price of $25 and the 2007 Scaggs Vineyard Mt. Veeder Montage sells for $75. Both can be purchased on the Scaggs Vineyard website.

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Morton's The Steakhouse and the Mondavi family are planning a nationwide wine dinner and charity auction on October 7, 2010 at Charles Krug Winery's historic Carriage House in Napa Valley to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The gathering will be broadcast simultaneously to 54 Morton's private dining rooms via satellite.

The evening's hosts will include Michael Mondavi of Folio Fine Wine Partners, Tim Mondavi and Marcia Mondavi Borger of Continuum Estate, and Peter Mondavi, Sr., Peter Mondavi, Jr. and Marc Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery.

The event will kick off an online auction of the first-ever red wine produced by the extended Mondavi family, Siamo Insieme, which means "We are Together" in Italian. The Mondavi family has collaborated to produce a 27-liter bottle (called a primat); a unique blend of Napa Valley grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, produced and blended by the second and third generation of the Mondavi family especially for this event. This bottle will be auctioned online on Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.'s website October 7, 2010 through October 30, 2010, with 100 percent of the winning auction bid benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Guests in 54 Morton's locations will be served the same menu and wines as guests at the Charles Krug Carriage House in Napa Valley. Menu items include tenderloin crostini and miniature crab cakes paired with Charles Krug - Peter Mondavi Family, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009; a harvest green salad topped with sea bass and roasted caper vinaigrette paired with Isabel Mondavi, Sonoma Carneros, Chardonnay 2008; an entree of New York strip sirloin, baked sweet onions with Gruyere, a roasted tomato stuffed with leap spinach and roasted Yukon Gold potato paired with Continuum, Napa Valley, 2007, M by Michael Mondavi, Animo Vineyard, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Charles Krug - Peter Mondavi Family, Napa Valley, VS Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006. The meal ends with cappuccino cream paired with Charles Krug - Peter Mondavi Family, Napa Valley, Zinfandel Port, Lot XIII.

Each Morton's private dining room is equipped with 1080i high-definition programming; a nine-foot screen and theatre-quality surround sound. Members of the Mondavi family's fourth generation will host the event at select locations around the country, from San Francisco to Miami to New York. At each restaurant location, guests will be invited to bid in a silent auction for a trio of premium wines, featuring an autographed bottle from Charles Krug Winery, Continuum Estate and Folio Fine Wine Partners. 100 percent of the winning auction bids from the wine trios will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets are $175 per person.

By Deidre Woollard | Source ::


Want to get the most bubbles out of your bubbly? Scientists (French scientists of course) have discovered that the best way to keep your sparkling wines effervescent is to pour it in a "beer-like" way.

Instead of pouring straight into the glass and waiting for the bubbles to settle before adding more, the best way is to pour the way you would to minimize the head on a beer, by tilting the glass and pouring the liquid down the side of the glass. This way the Champagne keeps its bubbles longer. The flute is also better at holding bubbles than the charming old-fashioned champagne coupes.

The French research found that the serving Champagne at lower temperatures helps keep it fizzy.

By Deidre Woollard | Source ::

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