Spend February in California at Le Dû’s

It’s the heart of winter in NYC, but this February, come in and enjoy some California sunshine at Le Du’s. We’ll be hosting some very exciting events this month for lovers of California wine!

On Friday February 16th 6-8pm, Le Du’s will welcome Gideon Bienstock of Clos Saron for a winemaker seminar. For over two decades, Gideon has been the defining winemaker of the North Yuba region in the extreme north of the Sierra Foothills AVA. After relocating from Paris in the early 90’s, he became the head winemaker at the Renaissance Vineyard, where he would play a crucial role in forming the signature of the embryonic region. When the vineyards were fully planted in 1983, they were the only vines for miles in any direction. But it was Gideon’s guidance that really transformed the project into something unique in California wine.

With painstaking attention to detail, Gideon led the creation of elegant, balanced, age-worthy Cabernets and Rhone varietals with no corners cut or simple chemical solutions to problems. That work has paid off in spades, as twenty years later the wines continue to mature and develop gracefully at an age when many California wines are on the downslope.

Gideon ultimately left Renaissance to take over a property a short ways up the hill, where geological formations created a much cooler microclimate favorable for Pinot Noirs. That current project, Clos Saron (named after his wife), has achieved the white whale of making delicate, nuanced Pinot deep in the Californian interior.

There are still seats available for the February 16th seminar with Gideon, where the following wines will be poured:

Clos Saron “Carte Blanche” 2015
Clos Saron Pinot Noir “Home Vineyard” Old Block North Yuba 2013
Clos Saron Syrah “Stone Soup Vineyard” North Yuba 2013
Taken From Granite “Renaissance Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
Taken From Granite “Renaissance Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Taken From Granite “Renaissance Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Tickets to the seminar are just $50, and in addition to the above wines will also include sparkling wine upon arrival and meats and cheeses to accompany the wines. The Taken From Granite wines are also arriving directly from the estates cellar, where they have not moved since bottling over 20 years ago!

Click here to purchase tickets for the Gideon Bienstock seminar.

The following Friday February 23rd 6-8pm, Le Du’s General Manager JT Robertson will lead a seminar taking a broad look at the history and character of the most famous winegrowing region in the Western Hemisphere – Napa Valley.

JT has been the shop’s resident California expert for years, so not only is he intimately familiar with prevailing theories and analyses of Napa wine across the decades, but he brings a unique perspective of his own, born of thousands of wines tasted and several trips out west.

This seminar will feature some of the most outstanding vineyard sites and wineries the Americas have ever known, including To-Kalon, Martha’s Vineyard, Montelena (a 1994 magnum that we absolutely cannot wait for), and the thrilling Continuum project from some family named Mondavi.

But the wines, superlative as they are, aren’t the whole story here. For a region that has only known serious winemaking for less than two centuries, California’s wine history is packed to the brim with game-changing twists and turns. JT will examine in depth how Napa has been influenced by factors such as Prohibition, immigration, climate change, and a give-and-take relationship with its progenitor Bordeaux.

The following wines will be poured:

Kongsgaard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014
Chateau Montelena 1994
Heitz Martha’s Vineyard 2006
Detert Family To-Kalon Cabernet Franc 2014
Continuum 2014
Aubert Lucia Abreu 2006
Rivers Marie Lore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

This Napa Valley Through The Glass seminar still has tickets available on February 23rd for just $90, and in addition to the above wines will also include sparkling wine upon arrival and meats and cheeses to accompany the wines. The caliber of wines being poured is absolutely through the roof here, so we hope you will join us as we enjoy some of the greatest wines the U.S. has ever offered.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Napa seminar with JT Robertson.