Saturday, August 28, 2021

Wedding Celebration features spectacular dinner and select vintage birthyear wines



Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration features spectacular dinner and select vintage birthyear wines

 Son Alec and wife Vivianna celebrated their wedding vows renewal in a memorable gala celebration with spectacular dinner and select vintage birthyear wines. The festivities were hosted by parents of the bride, Frank and Mary-lisa B., at their private club, Shorehaven Golf and Country Club in Norwalk, CT.

Following a vow renewal ceremony on the main lawn officiated by Vivianna's cousin, the B's hosted a spectacular reception and dinner followed by dancing and entertainment featuring the Steve Delisi Band, and a surprise performance by Father of the Bride, Frank B, accompanied by band vocalist and the groom, Alec. 

Part of the evening festivities also included a surprise announcement by the wedding couple that they are expecting in the spring, and Alec hit a 'gender reveal' golf ball off the Shorehaven Golf Club tee. 

Throughout the evening of hor d'ovres, dinner, desserts and cigars, I served a selection of wines from the bride's and groom's birthyear vintages that we brought from our home cellar collection, curated by members of our Pour Boys wine group attending from Chicago, Charleston, Boca Raton, Huntington \Beach and Indianapolis.

We brought a selection of wines from our cellar to share over the course of the weekend that we have been holding for such an occasion. These included two six liter large format Napa Cabernets that we served at a welcome reception the preceding evening:

Silver Oak Bonny's Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet 1990

Newton Vineyard Spring Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

Then, on Saturday evening and Sunday brunch we served the following wines:

Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 1990 from Magnum

Maison Leroy Maranges Côte de Beaune Burgundy Pinot Noir 1990

Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

Freemark Abbey Bosche Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley Red Blend 1990

Fisher Vineyards Coach Insignia Red Blend 1991

Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Chateau La Louviere Pessac Leognan Graves Bordeaux 1990

Dow Quinta do Bomfin Vintage Port 1990 

Vinho do Porto Osborn Late Bottled Vintage Port 1990 (Bottled in 1996)

Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey Sauterne Bordeaux 1990

Clos Fontindoule Monbazzilac Bordeaux 1990


Earlier in the week, we served birthyear vintage Champagne and Amarone Valpolicella at a pre-festivities kick-off dinner at the B's home.

Thankfully, and amazingly, all the wines held up to or exceeded expectations, as hoped, in light of their thirty and thiry-one years of age. I was prepared for, and expecting some of the bottles to be over the hill, especially a couple that exhibited less than perfect fill levels due to slight seepage or customary evaporation over time. Every one of the wines showed well and was optimal given its age, a tribute to our cellar and storage conditions over the previous three decades.  

Pictures and further reviews coming ....