January 28, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Claret. Meritage. We'll be exploring the Bordeaux region.
Bordeaux is in France. It is not California. Yes, there are white Bordeaux wines, and they are not from Italy. We have had people make this mistake before. No need for a sparkler from South Africa.
Here is one exception.
You may get a blend from a different country that must include at least three grapes. Cabernet, Merlot and Cab Franc. These are a suitable substitute if you go to a wine shop and they do not know where Bordeaux is. In that case, you must not go to that wine store again.
Grenache is not grown in Bordeaux. Here are a couple suggestions:
Château Lafite-Rothschild, in the appellation Pauillac Château Margaux, in the appellation Margaux Château Latour, in the appellation Pauillac Château Haut-Brion, in the appellation Péssac-Leognan Château Mouton Rothschild, also in Pauillac.
Or Château Pétrus and Château Le Pin.
But it's up to you. I suggest that you find a friend to share the cost of a bottle. No younger than 2010.
We may have a chef that evening, so the cost will be your bottle +$15, which means you also get a sparkler and a meal, unless you bring your own appetizer.
RSVP with what you intend to bring.
If you cannot bring anything, just bring $35 will do. That covers the sparkler, appetizer, bottle and cleanup.