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in The Ritz-Carlton tradition. A place where ladies
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And your Membership is an asset that can be handed
down from generation to generation, establishing a
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large ship line for 9 years in a row, best overall rating
in 2003). We have a 20 page wine list and the most knowledgeable
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Grande Champagne Cognac
The region of Cognac lies in the two departments of
The Charente and Charente-Maritime, just north of the
Médoc. Its 2,798,447 acres were first defined
by law in 1909, followed by the delimitation of its
seven "crus" in 1936. Of these, the Grande
Champagne was ranked first, confirming the superiority
it had historically enjoyed. Though it represents only
3.2 percent of the total Cognac appellation, it is the
most extensively planted, with 32,904 acres of vines
representing 15.6 percent of Cognac's total vineyard
acreage, testimony both to its quality and rarity.
While the soils of Cognac are generally characterized
by chalk, the degree and quality of the chalkiness varies
in each cru. Of the three types of chalk which surface
in the area, that referred to as "Campanian"
(the Latin derivation of "Champagne") occurs
only on the crests of the gentle slopes of the Grande
Champagne. It is composed almost entirely of a variety
of oyster fossil found nowhere else, the "ostrea
vesicularis," which has degraded to a crumbly,
grey-white stratum with traces of silica and crystallized
iron pyrite. It is this soil which makes Cognac unique
among the world's brandies.
Nine white vine varieties, also defined in 1936, are
authorized in the production of wines destined to become
Cognac. The Ugni Blanc, once known as the Saint-Emilion
des Charentes, accounts for approximately 95 percent
of plantings, and yields a thin, acidic white wine.
The only requirement of this base product is that it
be "correct;" indeed, the more characterless
the wine, the finer the Cognac. The wine must be double-distilled
by the 31st of March following the harvest in the traditional
"alembic charentais," a copper pot still heated
by an open flame, the design of which has changed little
since the early 1700s. The clear brandy resulting from
the heart of the second distillation, or "bonne
chauffe," has been reduced to one-tenth its original
volume with a alcoholic concentration of 72 percent.
Delamain Très Vénérable Grande
Champagne Cognac is blended from a range of Cognacs
averaging 45 to 50 years of age, which have been reduced
by natural evaporation to approximately 45 percent alcohol
by volume. It is brought to 40 percent consumption strength
by the gradual addition of "vieilles faibles,"
very old, weak Grande Champagne Cognacs showing a natural
alcohol content of 15 percent. The unusual label design
is taken from a French Revolutionary bank note. Introduced
in 1976, this rare Cognac is inspires the respect and
reverence its name, and age, suggest. Brilliant deep
topaz in color with gold highlights, its profound, complex
bouquet reveals subtle nuances of dried fruits, licorice
and mellowed oak. An initial freshness and delicacy
on the palate unfold into a rich, palette of mature
flavors underscored by sophisticated "rancio,"
notes of fruitcake and cheese. A Cognac of perfect balance
with exceptional length on the finish.
Established in 1999 CharterAuction has become a leader
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Similar programs only offer a class of aircraft. When
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Thank you to WMF AMERICA and Spiegelau for the beautiful
The earliest known reference to Spiegelau dates
back to 1521, almost to the time of the discovery
of the American Continent.
The Spiegelau Crystal business is located in the small
town of Spiegelau in the heart of the Bavarian Forest
40kms north of Passau. Being one of the most picturesque
parts of Germany, this area has in recent
times become as much a centreof tourism as well as
a traditional centre of glassmaking.
Today, the Spiegelau brand has become synonymous with
prestige quality glassware especially in the area
of Connoisseur Wineglasses to leading world sommeliers,
wine connoisseurs and discerning Gourmet product retailers.
WMF's table and kitchenware products have had an
excellent reputation for generations because of
their functionality and design. Discerning customers
can find WMF products in specialized retail shops,
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Professionals trust WMF in the same way as private
customers. WMF is among the leading suppliers to
good restaurants, first-rate hotels and quality-conscious
WMF has ultra-modern production facilities for table
cutlery, cookware, tableware, kitchen cutlery and
commercial coffee machines. The company was founded
in 1853 and prides itself on being a supplier of
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Thank you to Artisan Foie Gras and Sonoma Saveurs
for their generous foie gras contribution.
Sonoma Saveurs offers guests an exciting and pleasurable
culinary experience through the tasting and exposure
to novel "saveurs" in a unique, historical
setting on the Plaza in Sonoma, California. Here
at our bistro, people can sample high-quality, innovative
foods, featuring Artisan foie gras and duck meat
products, and pair them with local, limited production
boutique wines, all at one single destination.
Our chef, Mary Dumont, is committed to utilizing the
bounty of the wine country, serving seasonal dishes
from local farmers and food producers who put their
hearts and lives into their products. The menu items
can be enjoyed in our quaint, Provençal interior,
or outdoor garden patio, and are available for take-out
(picnic baskets too!). With our future consumer-ready
foie gras products and bistro dishes, Sonoma Saveurs
wants to bring the rich culinary flavors of this region
to your home.
Maserati of San Francisco
"This is a car for extroverted individuals,
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~ Automobile Magazine
"Spearheading Maserati's reemergence
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To help realize the dream of a modern, fast, luxurious,
and very Italian sedan, Maserati enlisted the design
talents of Pininfarina and the technical abilities of
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technical wizardry, and a proud high-performance legacy
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Wine Enthusiast Magazine is one of America's fastest-growing
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In 1982, the Tonnellerie Demptos created a branch and
cooperage in California : "Demptos Napa Cooperage".
Located in the heart of the Napa Valley , this cooperage
works with the best American oak species : the Missouri
white oak, as well as with selected French oak forests
The American oaks purchased by Demptos are carefully
selected for the finest grain and come from an exclusive,
designated forest in the Cuba, Missouri area. With the
benefits of our experience and extensive work on wood
selection and maturation, Demptos Napa Cooperage produces
some of the finest American and French oak barrels.
Demptos Napa Cooperage utilizes a 24 months natural
air drying process to assure the highest quality wood.
The wood staves are fire bent and toasted slowly over
oak fires to develop the natural wood sugars desired
for the various flavors in the oak.
Demptos guarantees a regularly scheduled oak supply,
and our capability has allowed us to open markets throughout
the world's wine regions. The most recognized winery
estates in Europe, the United States, New Zealand, Australia,
South Africa, and South America have chosen our products.
Demptos Napa Cooperage is committed to producing the
finest quality barrels while striving to sustain its
reputation for excellence and service throughout the
Zino Platinum cigars are a fusion of time-honored cigar
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The four Crown
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and Barrel - each come packaged in a finely tooled metal
box containing three cigars and custom black Zino Platinum
matches. Available at Davidoff of Geneva boutiques and
a limited number of select retailers, hotels, restaurants,
boutiques and clubs nationwide, Zino Platinum cigars
are also offered through an
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to them -- in some markets on the same day -- by calling
Zino Platinum cigars are full-bodied cigars made from
a unique blend of specially selected tobaccos. The filler
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between four and five years in the Dominican Republic.
Zino Platinum cigars are hand-rolled.
Sub-Zero and Wolf – corporate companions
and kitchen soul mates. We have blended passion
and performance to create the consummate kitchen and provide
the ultimate technology in the service of taste. Sub-Zero
has an extensive line of built-in refrigeration; including,
the 700 Series Integrated built-in refrigeration which
blends seamlessly into any cabinetry, in any room, the
400 Series Wine Storage Units with two temperature zones
and UV resistant glass doors, and the 200 Series line
of undercounter built-in refrigerators.
Unique to Sub-Zero and indicative of the company’s
innovative engineering is its dual refrigeration
system in the 600 Series, which relies on two separate,
self-contained cooling systems to keep fresh food
fresher and preserve frozen food longer. Sub-Zero
is the only refrigeration company to offer dual refrigeration.
Built to the same exacting standards of design and
performance and recognized by connoisseurs around
the world as one of the premiere lines of commercial
quality cooking appliances on the market today, Wolf
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with multiple top configurations, built-in ovens
and outdoor grills with infrared technology and a
stainless steel finish. Sub-Zero/Wolf sets the standard
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is the resource for all wine collecting needs, provided
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selling and enjoying wine. Vintrust provides inventory
control, information and advisory services (even for
those collectors with home cellars), permitting you to
truly "manage" your wine portfolio - just as you
would do with other valuable assets. Vintrust
provides pickup and delivery of your wine into and out
of Cellarage, so for those of you who currently
use an offsite wine storage provider it's no longer necessary
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Official Florist for the California Cult Wines Classic
and Angel's Share
"Send Flowers the Same Day with San Francisco's Florist
Rossi & Rovetti Flowers has been serving San Francisco
for over a century. Our family run business is located
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Share and the 2nd Annual California Cult Wines Classic
would like to offer its gratitude to Yafa Pen Company
for providing some of their fine pens for the evening.
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We are proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary this
year, and it is with great pleasure and a hearty thanks
to you, our customer, that we pledge a future of outstanding
customer service so that you may achieve, or exceed,
your business goals.
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