Steven Alexander of De Maison Selections brings us 5 wines to taste from ancient food and wine regions throughout France & Spain. We will pair Steven's selections with 5 bites by Cork Chef Jason Schreuder.
De Maison selections was founded by André Tamers in 1996, De Maison Selections is an importing company that specializes in unique, high-quality, boutique wines, ciders and spirits from Spain and France. Steven has worked in the wine business since 1999 and brings a life-long passion and expertise for hand crafted wines and gastronomy to his work. Before De Maison Selections, Steven was Wine Director of Spiaggia restaurant in Chicago. Prior to Spiaggia, Steven gained valuable experience as European portfolio manager for a wholesaler; acted as a European wine buyer and educator at Sam's Wines and Spirits in Chicago; and was a Sommelier at Illinois restaurants Moto and Bacaro.
Today's focus for De Maison Selections continues our tradition of seeking out unique producers from Spain and France. The current majority of our portfolio is geared toward Spain. Spain continues to be a great wine frontier, constantly offering wonderful surprises.
The cost is $30 per person. Attendance is limited to ensure the comfort of our guests. Email Tastings@CorkDC.com or call 202-265-2674 to reserve your space. Special discounts will apply for our tasting guests purchasing wines.
Musar Wine Tasting
Vertical Tasting With Marc Hochar
Marc will present a vertical seminar of older and current vintages of both red and white wines from a library selection made available from Château Musar.
About Château Musar
In 1930, at just 20 years old, Gaston Hochar founded Château Musar, inspired by Lebanon's 6,000 year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux. His 'wines with noblesse' greatly impressed senior officers in the army following on from the French mandate of the 1920s. Major Ronald Barton, of Château Langoa-Barton, stationed in Lebanon during World War II became a great friend, strengthening the links between Château Musar and Bordeaux that remain to this day.
Serge Hochar, Gaston's eldest son trained as a civil engineer, then decided to study oenology and with the encouragement of his father became a student of Emile Peynaud at the University of Oenology in Bordeaux. Having declared to his father "I want to make the wine my way, I want it to be known world-wide - and I want you to quit!" he became Chateau Musar winemaker in 1959, Gaston senior having graciously given way. He then spent 18 years perfecting the formula for Chateau Musar's Red and was chosen as Decanter Magazine's first 'Man of the Year' in 1984 for his dedication to producing superb quality wines during Lebanon's Civil War (1975-1990). Serge had two sons: Gaston and Marc. Both have studied engineering and worked in the banking sector. Gaston now manages the day-to-day running of the Château Musar winery, Marc its commercial aspects.
Marc Hochar has always been passionate about wine, but only got involved with the family winery in 2010 after a 20-year long career in investment banking and asset management. He is a member of the board of Chateau Musar, with responsibilities for international sales and marketing, and financial affairs. Together with his cousin Ralph in London and his brother Gaston who has been running the winery since the 90's, they continue the pioneering work started by their grandfather in 1930 in making finewines renowned for their elegance and longevity.
Château Musar's success was instrumental in building the modern Lebanese wine industry. When the civil war ended in 1990, just five wineries were operating in Lebanon. By 2014 there were almost 50. Château Musar set the stage, producing extraordinary wines. Today, Marc Hochar travels, as his father once did, to share the wines his father made. Serge once said "I know how to make wine, but I know nothing about wine, and each day I discover that I know less."
Cost: $25. To reserve your spot, email events@CorkDC.com or call 202.265.2674. Pre-orders will be taken at the event and special discounts will apply for tasting guests. All available Musar Library wines will be offered.
UPCOMING SATURDAY TASTINGS SCHEDULE:
These tastings are complimentary and special discounts apply on wines purchased. Participants must be 21 and will receive special pricing on these wines at Cork Market.
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