Wayne Is a VDLT Poster Boy
Yes, Wayne Coultas is our hero – the model citizen of our community. Wayne buys VDLT wine from $15 to more than $100 per bottle. He was once a sommelier and he also loves to cook. Remember the wonderful photo and recipe for the scallops? Wayne shares!! Additionally, he owns and operates a successful business with his brother. Monette, his partner in paradise, is a California wine buyer for one of America’s biggest distributors.
Wayne first enjoyed VDLT wines when Chris Rohde shared some from his VDLT tasting kit. Yes, Wayne, Monette, and Chris love wine, food, and sharing – joie de vivre.
WAYNE – THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR LOBSTER!
The view above is from the VDLT Burghound Dinner last fall, attended by paying guest Nick Antonaccio. Enjoy this unsolicited generous letter we recently received from Nick.
I opened my latest offering from VDLT last night and my reaction was the same as for my previous deliveries: outstanding!
I've been writing my weekly wine column for over 5 years and have conducted numerous educational wine tastings over the last 15 years. I'm always asked to recommend reliable sources for exceptional French wines, but until a few months ago, I didn't feel comfortable responding because I had yet to find one at reasonable prices.
My search ended when I found VDLT and then subscribed to your Jefferson Monthly Wine offers. Each of the four packages I've received has been carefully thought through to provide a diverse offering that continually surprises and pleases me. Whether it's an old vine Romanee Conti or a small producer from St. Joseph or from a small lot of a cult winemaker, I have enjoyed the uniqueness of VDLT' selections, all at a price point that is very reasonable.
I have complete confidence in allowing the VDLT team be my personal sommelier. I actually look forward to each month's delivery. Now I know how Mr. Jefferson must have felt each time he received a trans-Atlantic shipment from Burgundy or Bordeaux: anticipation, wonderment and a sensory delight bar none.
Thank you VDLT.
Wine Columnist for The Examiner News
Bill Birnbaum: 15-Time Club Champion
Bill and Chief have been friends for close to 60 years. Birnbaum was CEO of Alexander Doll Company, the manufacturer of then world's finest collectible doll. After golf or work, Bill enjoys a white wine aperitif. He is a very discriminating guy with a great palate, so the Chief is extremely proud that vdltwine.com has changed the way Birnbaum selects his wine.
Bill Birnbaum said "For thirty years, I have enjoyed white wine prior to Kathe's and my dinner. Before VDLT, we would go to the wine store and buy three or four wines in search of something interesting. If we were lucky, maybe one out of four was occasionally pleasing and when we returned to the store for more, they were out. The result was that we drank the same boring, but pleasing two or three California Chardonnays. But now, thanks to Raphael and VDLT's 3-packs, we enjoy twenty different white Burgundies from Chablis to Macon to Pouilly-Fuisse to Meursault, Chassagne – Montrachet, Corton Charlemagne, etc. and, once in a while, a celebratory Chevalier-Montrachet. We have found the 3-pack terrific. An economical way to discover your favorite wine – Kathe and I truly enjoy exploring the voices of the earth".
My friend Bill is "a real straight shooter on and off the course."
I did it my way
"…it has complexity, the power, and the class, it also has something that usually belongs to human beings - authority. Respect this majestic creation of the soil."
The words are those of Raphael Gimenez Fauvety. The wine is Drouhin-Laroze's Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2006. The authoritative looking man in the picture is William Birnbaum, my friend of fifty years.
On Saturday, we played Anglebrook golf course. Chef Steve grilled our "Schatzie the Butcher" steaks and melded them into a fine meal, which was accompanied by our Chambertin Clos de Beze.
Twenty years ago, Bill, Kathe, Pat and I called L'Ami Louis and asked them to prepare a steak, foie gras, roast chicken and a potato cake for us to take on a picnic to the Bois de Boulogne. Halfway through our feast, we were joined by curious and hungry transvestites, which just made our adventure all the more memorable.
Life is for the living. We urge you to jump in feet first and share your ideas and experiences. Together we can create a better stage for our wine and food to dance upon.
Chambertin was Thomas Jefferson's favorite Burgundy and he paid 86 cents per bottle. In today's dollars 210 years later, the cost would be $3,200 per bottle. VDLT has only 24 bottles of this special wine. We offer you a chance to drink with Jefferson, Franklin, Washington and Monroe – for just $105 per bottle (instead of $500 at the restaurant of your choice). Let Obama drink beer!
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Sharing is Living
Bruno Falzoni, a handsome virile man entered our home and life carrying a magnificent sculpture of a horse. This charismatic man bore a strong resemblance to the aforementioned Anthony Quinn. This wonderful horse majestically occupies the focal point on the table where we decant our wines reminding me of this special man. Bruno's son, Allesandro is a terrific fellow that I truly enjoy and don't see often enough although he and his beautiful wife, Natasha often pass through New York.
Wine is for sharing!! Just prior to Christmas, Allesandro called to ask if vdltwine.com could send him and a few friends the terrific wine that he enjoys drinking at the Chief's. The next day we shipped wine to Colorado, California, and Florida. For me it is such fun talking to Alessandro about wine that I often pretend I am talking to him when I write these emails.
Today Alessandro, I want you to relax between business time and family time and study Domaine Marchand-Grillot. Read the info on the website and then watch Raphael's videos of each wine and you will understand why I want you to buy the 4pack offered below.
$47 Gevrey-Chambertin En Songe 2008 (a Truly Enchanting Wine)
$61 Gevrey-Chambertin Champerrier, Vigne Centenaire 2008 (100 Year Old Vines)
$63 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru la Perrière 2008 (Incredibly Elegant)
$131 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2008 (Spectacular Wine)
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THE CHAMP’S STEAK & 2007 CORTON BRESSANDES
William Birnbaum fifteen time club champion and past CEO of Alexander Doll Co. is one of our favorite wine sharing partners. Bill has taken several tasting trips with us and Raphael and has developed a true passion for the people and wines of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley.
Kathe Birnbaum is a very creative gal whose magnificent home is decorated with a vast array of her original crafts. Together they team to be a wonderfully engaging host and hostess. Today, Alexander Doll’s production tiger is teaching Chief his indirect method of cooking Schatzie the Butcher’s incomparable steaks. Bill sears these big beauties for two minutes on each side and then slides them to the part of the grill where the fire isn’t and covers them. Bill’s favorite pairing for steak is Dubreuil-Fontaine’s Grand Cru Corton Bressandes 2007. Christine’s enormously generous Grand Cru is properly valued at twice our price. Ready now and will age and age. At our Burghound dinner Allen Meadows was on the edge of tears while tasting the 1969.
2007 Corton Bressandes Grand Cru, Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine
buy bt @ $69 buy 6pk $393.30 ($65.55) buy 12pk $745.20 ($62.10)
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