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Dinner Menu and Classic Cult Wines

Screaming Eagle 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
Harlan Estate 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bryant Family 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
Viader 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dalla Valle 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
David Arthur, 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
Shafer Hillside Select 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lokoya 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bond 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
Abreu 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

Next Generation Cult Wines

Darioush 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
Barnett 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hill Estate Vineyard, Spring Mountain District
Showket 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paradigm 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
Caldwell 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
Kamen Estate 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lookout Ridge 2001 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Melka Wines 2001 Métisse Proprietary Red
Neiman Cellars 2001 Red Wine, Caldwell Vineyard

Grand Toast with Krug Champagne

After Dinner

Delicious Port and Madeira by Bartholomew Broadbent, Broadbent Selections:
• A.A. Ferreira 20 Year Tawny 'Duque De Braganca'
• Broadbent 1994 Vintage Port
• Broadbent Colheita Madeira 1995

Delamain Très Vénérable Grande Champagne Cognac

Exclusive Zino Platinum Crown Series Cigars on the Ritz-Carlton Terrace Courtyard

Wine handling services for the evening graciously donated by Vintrust

Jay James, M.S., President, Vintrust (bio)
Former Wine Director, Bellagio - Las Vegas

Lisa Minucci, Vice President SOMMsource, Vintrust (bio)


Special Winemaker Tribute and Recipient of the 1st Angel's Share Golden Barrel Award Presented to Philippe Melka

Philippe spent much of his early life in Bordeaux, receiving his geology degree in 1989 from the University of Bordeaux. In his final year of study, he took a wine course purely out of sheer curiosity, and from that moment on realized his passion--and future--lay in the world of wine.

In 1991 he completed a masters program in Agronomy and Enology under the direction of Professor Sequin, a reputed specialist with regard to terroir. Philippe was fascinated by the relationship between soil and wine quality and his appreciation of the study of soil agronomy continues to this day in his work as a viticulturist as well as winemaker.

Philippe set out for the New World to discover its wines and expand his knowledge in the process. In 1991-1992, he worked for Dominus in both winemaking and vineyard management. He split 1992 between working harvest at Chittering Estate in Western Australia, and returning to Dominus to study grape maturation and ideal picking times.

In 1993, Philippe studied soils at Badia a Coltibuono in Italy as well as the emerging Sangiovese varietal. In the spring of that year, he was once again on French soil, joining the J. P. Moueix company in Libourne, where he stayed until returning to Napa Valley in 1994 to devote himself to winemaking and continuing soil studies.

Philippe's consulting business started in 1995 with Robin Lail, then partner in Dominus Estates. At that time, he was also working at Seavey Vineyards. Over the past ten years, Philippe's reputation for crafting world class wines has allowed him to create a group of clients that is unsurpassed.


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A portion of the evenings proceeds will go to benefit the American Institute of Wine and Food - Nor Cal chapter "Days of Taste" program that teaches children about nutrition.

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