Upcoming Wine Club Event
Next month will see our return to one of our favorite off-island restaurants, Don Corleone, in Caye Caulker. This will be a very special Sunday Brunch on May 21 at 12:30.
We have arranged a special rate with Island Ferry of $50 Bz round-trip to Caye Caulker which must be paid at the Wine Shoppe. Please no jumping off the boat this time…. The boat will leave Fido’s dock promptly at 12 noon and will leave Caye Caulker after the lunch is over. This is a covered boat. However, it holds only approximately 25 people. So we have those spaces available for the first 25 people who reserve and pay for the event. For insurance purposes, we must advise you that the boat is operated as an independent contractor and we are solely collecting money for them and are not responsible for its operation. For those who cannot be accommodated on this boat or prefer not to take it, the regular San Pedro Water Taxi Service has a scheduled departure at 11:30, usually in a covered boat, but they do not take reservations so you should get there early. There are also flights on Maya and Tropic. If you would like to spend a night in Caye Caulker, contact the Iguana Reef Inn and let them know you are attending the Wine Club event. It is owned by the same folks as Don Corleone.
SPACE IS VERY LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW !!!
Here’s the menu with wines…
A Springtime Celebration
Sunday May 21, 2006
Mimosas ~ Bellinis ~ Prosecco
Fresh romaine lettuce, home made croutons, parmesan cheese and anchovies, tossed with our chef’s own special dressing
Antinori Toscano Blanco
A creamy mushroom soup
Sartori Pinot Grigio
A creamy blend of spinach, ricotta cheese and raisins stuffed inside a wrap of house made pasta baked and topped with besciamella
~Antinori Santa Cristina
Gorgonzola Dolce with apples & walnuts
The real creamy wonderful Italian fromaggio!
~Sartori Amarone della Valpolicella DOC~
A rich chocolate delight topped with whipped cream
$115 Bz Members $135 Non-Members
(This does not include transportation)
We are happy to take your reservation by phone but we ask that you please pay by Tuesday May 16 as we will have to commit to the Ferry and the restaurant by then. The phone at the Wine Shoppe is 226-3430.
Focus on Italy
I know some of you will remember our discussion about Italian wines from several years ago but I thought we should re-visit it since we will be featuring all Italian wines at this event. So here goes.
It was not until the 1960’s that Italy began creating and enforcing its wine classification system. But today, there is relatively strict enforcement and it has resulted in better wines and easier recognition of the different wines by consumers. This is the hierarchy.
DOCG – Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (established 1980)
A DOCG wine must meet the strictest standards, especially in terms of lower yields. Originally, there were only five wines in this category: Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti (all from Tuscany) and Barolo and Barbaresco (both from Piedmont). Currently there are only 24 wines that have been awarded this prestigious status, with Piedmont, Tuscany and Veneto leading the pack in terms of numbers of DOCG wines.
DOC – Denominazione di Origine Controllata (established 1963)
This was the first of the classifications. The production codes define the zones in which the wines originate and specify type, color, grape variety, minimum alcohol level, maximum yields in grapes per vine per hectare and wine from grapes, basic sensory characteristics, maturation (in wood or otherwise), required minimum periods of aging and special designations identifying particular sub-zones (such as classico or superiore). Obviously, this was a huge task and resulted in numerous raids by the carbinieri and the establishment of anti-fraud units, etc. But today it is working and has resulted in a substantial improvement in the quality of Italian wines. DOC wines still must meet high standards but the regulations regarding yields and the requirements for government chemical analyses are not as strict as DOCG. Thus, production is in greater quantity.
IGT – Indicazione Geografica Tipica (established 1992)
IGT was created to allow wines to be made outside of the strict DOC rules. These wines are identified with specific territories and require use of authorized varieties, usually in a ratio of at least 85% of the named grape. These are still good quality wines at competitive prices.
Vino da Tavola – Table Wines
All the rest of the pack, including Uncle Guido’s homemade red. Not for the faint of heart, literally.
Remember Mother’s Day !!!
We have great baskets, balloons, gifts, wines and cheese for Mom. Don’t forget her special Day!
As always, thanks for your time. Enjoy your wine!
Mary Ellen Stevens
Belize Wine Distributors Ltd
WINE DE VINE
San Pedro, Belize
+501.226.3429 Belize Fax