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Wine Spectator Magazine held their annual New York wine experience on October 16-18. It was billed as “a joyous three-day festival of great wines” and included various seminars and grand tastings on Thursday and Friday with the conclusion on Saturday evening with a black-tie awards dinner. At the banquet Saturday night, Sir Peter Michael, proprietor of Peter Michael Winery in Knights Valley, Sonoma County California, was presented with Wine Spectator’s Distinguished Service Award. Three of his wines were served with dinner.

The event took place at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square beginning with a Champagne reception followed by the awards dinner. Afterwards, entertainment was provided by the band “Chicago”.

Champagne Reception:

2004 Dom Perignon Blanc de Blanc

NV Taittinger Brut La Francaise

NV Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut

NV Krug Grand Cuvée

NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier

NV Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée

Dinner Menu With Wines:

Petite kale, spinach and spice-fried quinoa with shave hard goat cheese, pickled figs, smoked bacon and apple cider vinaigrette.

2013 Peter Michael Winery “L’Apres-Midi” (Knights Valley). Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Semillon. Floral and honeydew melon on the nose, full-bodied with great balance on the grapefruit and melon finish.

Escargot and potato gnocchi with white truffle, watercress, herb crumble and bordelaise reduction.

2012 Peter Michael Winery “Ma Belle-Fille” (Knights Valley). Gold in color with a closed nose. Old school Chardonnay, oaky with buttery and ripe tropical fruit with some bubblegum notes on the juicy finish. Not my style of Chard.

Herb-crusted rack of lamb, minted fava beans, peas morel, orange-glazed carrots, creamy polenta and thyme jus.

2008 Peter Michael Winery “Les Pavots” (Knights Valley). Two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a touch of Pettit Verdot. Dark red in color with rosemary and red berries on the nose, concentrated and juicy with mint and dark chocolate on the crisp finish.

 

 

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