I don’t know about all of you, but as I get older I don’t seem to have the same amount of drive or the same “get things done” attitude I did years ago. Now, I know that I needed to have a meeting of all the Wine Club Partners but just seemed to put it off.
A week ago Wednesday night we held the first ever (after about a year of planning) Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club partner’s meeting. It seems strange that we haven’t had this sort of meeting before but with everyone’s busy schedule (this seems like a reasonable excuse) it has been difficult to get everyone together at once. Attending the meeting were Dennis and Merril McCarthy and Tom Borger of McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk, Jonathan Lutz of Uptown Kitchen and The Mark Dine & Tap, Pat Lucchese of Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant, and myself.
In planning the meeting I wanted it to have the same characteristics as one of our wine tastings. Taste some good wine, have some small plates of food and have good conversation. That is what we strive for in our tasting events. It was a fun and interesting evening and, of course, we had some good wine to taste throughout the meeting, along with some small plates of food to share, compliments of McCarthy’s. We enjoyed crab cakes, McCarthy’s chips and dip, and lamb sliders to name a few of the delicious plates that were passed.
- 2010 Aubert Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard (Sonoma Coast)
- 2005 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
- 2006 Kapcsándy Cabernet Sauvignon, State Lane Vineyard (Napa Valley)
- 2007 Insignia Red Wine, Joseph Phelps Vineyards (Napa Valley)
- 2000 Colgin Cariad Red Wine (Napa Valley)
- 2002 Dominus Estate Red Wine (Napa Valley)
With this great group of folks, food and wine it was, at times, difficult to focus on the business at hand: the further development of the Wine Club. At times we got off track and had discussions about such things as kids and hockey, upcoming trips and at one point we were discussing Merril’s father Don Mossey, a successful Elkhart businessman who was an early connoisseur of fine wine. Not only that but in the “it’s a small world” category, my mother worked for Don at one of his early ventures Homette Mobile Homes, here in Elkhart.
We did however achieve a lot of Wine Club business including confirming an upcoming schedule of Wine Club events. We are planning 11 wine tastings between now and the end of June. More about these events in a minute.
As I have mentioned in the past, Wine Club events are an excellent opportunity or perhaps an excuse, to get folks together to drink great wine, educate yourself on the various types and kinds of wines, and to meet new wine-passionate people. Plus you can just have a good time.
We have a great set of events planned over the next few months. For example, last week I was speaking with Summer Lewis of Iechyd Da Brewing company and happened to ask her when we were going to do a craft beer and wine tasting together. This is something Summer and my daughter, Elizabeth Carris, had been discussing. After a little conversation I mentioned our Wine Club and asked her if she would be comfortable using this venue for a combined event. I suggested that I schedule a couple and see if the dates worked for the Partners and then get back to her. I know that Jonathan Lutz has done this type of tasting several times and it seemed to be well received. At his events, they let the guests vote on each of the food, beer and wine pairings to judge which was the best paring. The tasting I attended was great fun.
So, when I mentioned doing a beer and wine event the partners quickly said “Yes!” The next day I called Summer to confirm the dates and told her of the aspect of voting and she quickly rose to the challenge and suggested we plan a best of three competition. Sounds like she has dropped the gauntlet – Wow! This should be great fun for everyone. I know that Chip and Summer make some really good craft beers so I may have to pull out the stops on this one. I mean wine’s honor is at stake here!! How fun. Wine lovers be ready.
So all of you Wine Club members and wine blog readers save these dates and get ready for some great wine, food, friendship and, oh yes, some craft beers brewed by Iechyd Da Brewing Company.
Here is an upcoming wine event schedule:
February 11 – Lucchese’s featuring Italian wines with Italian wine broker from Italy
February 12 – Uptown Kitchen featuring Italian wines with Italian wine broker from Italy
March 10 – McCarthy’s featuring Three Clicks Wines and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio
March 18 –
Uptown Kitchen featuring Eric Kent wines CANCELLED! TO BE RESCHEDULED!
April 14 – Lucchese’s featuring Glenwood Cellars and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio
April 23 – Uptown Kitchen featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio
May 7 – McCarthy’s featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and Eric Kent wines
May 26 – Lucchese’s featuring White Oak wines
June 11 – Uptown Kitchen featuring White Oak wines
June 16 – McCarthy’s featuring Glenwood Cellars wines and the Tiedemann Red
June 23 – Lucchese’s featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio
Not a Wine Club Member yet? That is easy to fix. The next time you are at one of our participating restaurants, ask your server about the Wine Club and they will give you an application. There is a one-time cost of $10.00. Or you can send me an email or comment below and I will see that you get the application.
What are the Wine Club benefits available to members?
- Receive our monthly Wine Club Newsletter
- Exclusive discounts on wines available at our dinners
- Standard discounts of 10-20% on all wine list wine (bottles only) at participating restaurants
- Wine Club membership card and 2-bottle wine bag
- Invitations to Wine Club events
- Opportunity to expand your knowledge and palate by tasting some outstanding wines at our events
UPCOMING ADDITIONS TO OUR WINE BLOG
One of the items I wanted to accomplish when I started the Tiedemann On Wines wine blog was to leverage my Napa Valley relationships and bring a slice of the Napa Valley lifestyle back to the Midwest with a particular focus on my home market area. Up until now I have accomplished that by reporting on my activities while in Napa on my wine making trips and posting reviews on Napa Valley wines I have enjoyed.
For some time now, I have been working with Didier Loustau and Susan Quinn, founders of ToutSuite Social Club in Napa. The ToutSuite Social Club allows its members and viewers to connect and interact in real time with brand makers such as winemakers, sommeliers and celebrity chefs, and provides coverage for area events including the Napa Valley Film Festival. This is Napa Valley live right on your flat screen. In coming weeks we will be posting, once a month, a video interview between myself, Didier and a special guest. We’ll cover a range of topics from what’s happening in Napa to who is currently the hottest winemaker.
If you have topics you would be interested in, comment below or drop me an email with your thoughts and we will do our best to make it happen. Also let me know what you think of the idea of watching a video. Is it of interest or not? I always want your opinions and comments.
In addition to the video interviews, I hope to start posting future ToutSuite shows that I think will be of interest to all of you. You can watch these shows live on the ToutSuite website. You can always check out their website anytime you like by going to http://www.toutsuite.com.
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Until next week,