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tasting RedsThis is a question that I’m asked often. The reality is that, for us mere mortals, tasting the top wines from around the world is something that we can usually only dream of. Typically I’d answer this question with the response of “Join a tasting group.”

1990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino BIn fact that’s what I did almost eight years ago, but even having done that, it took me four or five years before I was able to connect with the right people and get invited to the right tastings. I still remember the first time a Giacomo Conterno Monfortino was put in front of me at a tasting (with its $1200 price tag) and how I felt when I had finally achieved my goal. However, let’s not forget that I still needed to make my own contribution to that tasting, which was a very costly expense.

Still, outside of unlimited resources, the tasting group method has been the only tried and true method to really taste the most expensive, rare, and highest-scoring wines from around the world. A group of ten serious wine lovers can create quite a lineup when properly motivated.

DRC Richebourg 1993Then I got wind of a new idea from my boss at Morrell: “What if we pulled some of our top wines to pour by the glass, at a ridiculous price, just to create some excitement and get people talking?” At face value, I thought this to be a great idea, but when he then followed that statement with the name of the first wine, my jaw dropped.

The 1993 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Richebourg would be the premier pour at only $100 a glass—did I mention that was for a four-ounce pour? Granted, this was only one pour permitted per customer, and there were only three bottles to go around, but still, it was an opportunity that I would jump for in a second. The proposed list continued with 2005 Lynch Bages ($30 a glass), 2007 Pegau CdP Cuvee da Capo ($50 a glass) and 2012 Sassicaia ($25 a glass)….with more to be announced for October. Talk about a perfect way to taste the greatest wines of the world.

Anna Cabrales DRC
Anna-Christina Cabrales, Morrell Wine Bar
Beverage Director and Sommelier

However, what I didn’t account for was just how popular the event would be. Tuesday, September 8th, our Sommelier Anna Cabrales checked and prepared the three bottles, ready to start pouring at 6pm. To our amazement, they were all gone within 45 minutes. Granted, this is DRC, and the chance to taste such a wine doesn’t come around often.

So maybe I missed my chance on this one, but the program is only just starting. Frankly, if an opportunity like this had presented itself when I first set out on my mission to taste the greatest wines of the world, I’d be there in a heartbeat.

So here it is, the Icon Wines for September at the Morrell Wine Bar. The 1993 DRC may be done, but there is a lot more to come. Starting every Tuesday, first come first serve, and pouring until the bottles are done. Plus, this will continue into October. I kid you not; this is the best way to taste the greatest wines in the world today.

by the glass (1 of 1)

  • Sept. 15th/16th Chateau Lynch Bages 2005 at $30
  • Sept. 22nd/23rd Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 2007 at $50
  • Sept. 29th/30th Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2012 at $25

Article by: Eric Guido

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