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Old World French Burgundy (Andrew) vs. New World New Zealand (Debbie) Round Four

France’s Burgundy Region produces arguably the most famous wines. Those commonly referred to as "Burgundies" are dry red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes and white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. Red and white wines are also made in this region from other grape varieties, such as Gamay and Aligoté, respectively. Burgundy wine production goes back to medieval times, when various monasteries played a key role in developing the Burgundy wine industry.

New Zealand is a land like no other; their wine is an experience like no other. The special combination of soil, climate and water, coupled with their innovative pioneering spirit and commitment to quality, all come together to produce excellent wines which effectively compete on the world market. Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are the most well-known wines produced in New Zealand. Wines have been produced by New Zealanders for over two centuries!

Welcome to Round Four of the Old World and New World Wines. Andrew Tokas will be pitting his Burgundian fine wines against Debbie Jones’ New Zealand selections. Here is your chance to taste the Old World/New World difference….and be a wine judge! The winning wine of each of our six rounds will face off against one another in the Championship Round.

We started off with a face-off between California and Italy in Round One, France vs. Oregon in Round Two, with Spain and Chile in Round Three. Now you have a chance to taste the Old World wines of Burgundy vs. the New World wines of New Zealand (or Andrew vs. Debbie).

The first three rounds were highly rated by the participants. This one will be just as much fun with Andrew and Debbie sparing off. Our tasting will be accompanied by a selection of delectable artisan cheeses, breads, and crackers.

We encourage pre-payment so that we can have an idea of how many people will be attending! Get a $5.00 discount for paying in advance!

Pay $25.00 in advance at the following website or pay $30.00 at the door on the day of the event

EVENT IS FULL!

Keep in mind that this event will be wait-listed, so only pre-payment will guarantee your reservation.

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  • Bruce H.

    Sorry that I did not make it, I was in a car accident.

    March 1, 2013

    • Bruce H.

      Stephen, please remember the old saying: "only the good die young". Nothing can even touch ME. I'm fine, the car is not in real good shape, though.

      March 3, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Thanks to Andrew and Debbie for their presentation and tasty wine choices. I was impressed! Thanks also to the participants for their wine judging expertise!
    The winning wine was the 2011 Saint Clair Vicar's Family Estate Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand. The 2011 Petit Clos Pinot Noir, also from Marlborough, NZ, took second.

    The next Round (Five) will take place on March 29 featuring Andrew and his French Bordeaux Region wine selections vs. Kristin Howlett and her selections from the State of Washington. I’m looking forward to it.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a wonderful evening. Many thanks to Debbie, Andrew, and Orson, our moderator, motivator, and instigator. Cheers!

    March 2, 2013

  • patty

    I am not bringing a guest but can't change the RSVP. There is another slot open for the waiting list. Thanks!

    March 1, 2013

  • Debbie J.

    Yes, we know which is the best country!! And may the best woman win!!

    March 1, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    Hi, guys! We are at full capacity! I look forward to seeing all of you tonight! May the best country win!

    March 1, 2013

  • Denise

    Sorry, I might not be able to make it, so I'm going to let someone from the waitlist move up.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will there we any food provided? wondering if we should have dinner in advance. Thanks!

    February 28, 2013

    • Orson H.

      The artisan cheeses, breads, and crackers are more of an appetizer. Dinner prior might be a good idea. If you decide to wait until after the event, past participants have dined at the Mexican restaurant a couple of doors down.

      1 · February 28, 2013

  • Orson H.

    We should have some fabulous wines to taste tomorrow night. Vegas has it even today.....hummmm

    February 28, 2013

    • Orson H.

      Not yet, Stephen .... I am worried since Andrew's French wine selection won Round 2. I was placing my NZ bet today but all for not now... Andrew seems too confident.

      February 28, 2013

  • Angela

    Wish I could make this event - but still trying to recover from the flu

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perhaps the, ah, stupendous sounding marmalade is all part of Andrew's master plan. He has concocted the green abnormalities to compliment New Zealand wines. Now the question is, what has Debbie devised to tempt our palates for the French tastings?

    February 25, 2013

    • Orson H.

      Debbie's silence might be part of her strategy since Andrew won round 2 ...

      February 25, 2013

  • Orson H.

    I just checked with my "connections" in Vegas. It's now Debbie by a Liter. I don't understand why they're downgrading Andrew and his wines. They must know something that I don't....

    February 25, 2013

    • Orson H.

      Bookies probably have large wine cellars (wine rooms in that part of the country) and appreciate good wine. They make enough money to have one and would rather spend it on wine, not marmelade.

      February 25, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Hi Layla, If you don't get on the list of those attending for this event, we have three more - Round 5 on March 29, Round 6 on May 3 and then the Championship Round which has yet to be scheduled. I hope to see you at one or more of these events.

    February 24, 2013

  • Posh

    im excited!

    February 22, 2013

  • Orson H.

    I just checked ... Vegas bookmakers still favor Debbie by a bottle so disregard Andrew's attempt at brainwashing.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had thought of the commonality of flag colors. I will wear my Paris sweatshirt, sew a New Zealand flag on the back, and start the evening as Switzerland. (Neutral) As I have spent time in France, and have not been to New Zealand, Andrew may have a SLIGHT advantage.

    1 · February 6, 2013

    • Orson H.

      I'm interested in seeing the sweatshirt you plan to wear, Lori. I just know that you will enjoy Debbie's NZ wine selections...

      February 6, 2013

  • Orson H.

    New Zealand and French flags have the same colors (which I will attempt to post). So wear a blouse/shirt with the words "New Zealand" and don't sit too close to where Andrew will be standing.
    Debbie by 750 ml.

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is starting to sound like so much fun. You guys sound like rival athletic teams. Are there certain colors we should wear if we have preconceived notions of which side we generally prefer?

    February 5, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Burgundies are known throughout the world for their quality and food-friendliness. However, I prefer New Zealand Pinot Noirs because of their delicious New World “Fruit-Forward” flavor. I recently tasted a New Zealand Pinot Noir – Over the Edge – that was very tasty. A majority of wine drinkers prefer New World wines over Old World, of course, with exceptions.
    Vegas has Debbie favored by 1 bottle of wine (or 750 ml).

    February 5, 2013

    • Orson H.

      The Old World is Europe .... the New World is the rest of World. Even the French picked California wines over theirs in the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 (Judgment of Paris) and again at the 30th anniversary of this event. New Zealand produces wines that rival many of the California wines. So ……Debbie remains the favorite by one bottle….

      February 5, 2013

    • Orson H.

      Talk with the bookies in Vegas ....

      February 5, 2013

  • Denise

    OOOOH! Another wine smackdown! These are SUCH fun!!

    February 4, 2013

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