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7.29 VINTAGE Great Burgundy Dinner

July 29, 2012 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Josie Restaurant in Santa Monica

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$599 all inclusive
- Multi-course gourmet dinner
- Spectacular wine tasting of rare and collectable burgundy
- Only 18 spaces available
- Vintage members (only) save 10% – click to learn about our membership

We will be sending you the menu once the event is sold out.
All dietary needs will be met.
For any question/request regarding the menu, please send an email to

CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY:  Premier Crus, Bonnes Mares & Musigny

We have assembled an impressive collection of top wines from one of Burgundy’s top appellation, Chambolle-Musigny, in the Cote de Nuits.  There are also 25 vineyards classified as Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, the most famous of these Les Amoureuses, and two Grand Cru vineyards: Musigny and Bonnes Mares.[1] It is Musigny which has lent its name to the village as a suffix. The trend of adding a vineyard name as a suffix started in 1847 by Gevrey successfully applying to the king to add Chambertin as a suffix to its name. This trend started off as a result of a clever marketing strategy to be able to use the name of the most famous vineyard also as part of the name of simpler wines from the same village. Thus, Chambolle became Chambolle-Musigny in 1882.

Towering high above the other vineyards stands Le Musigny, a 10.86 ha piece of land owned and exploited by no less than ten different wine producers. Producers include Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue, Domaine Georges Roumier, Domaine Leroy, Domaine J.-F. Mugnier, Maison Louis Jadot and Maison Joseph Drouhin. It is most famously described as “the queen of all Burgundy” and “an iron fist in a velvet glove”. Classed as a Grand Cru vineyard, it is one of two such classed vineyards on the commune.

The other is the majority of Les Bonnes Mares. 13.54 ha lie in Chambolle with a further 1.52 ha technically within neighbouring Morey-Saint-Denis (which like Chambolle adopted the name of one of its four Grands Crus, Saint-Denis). Bonnes Mares is generally considered to be firmer and more tannic. Most producers of Musigny also happen to own or exploit land in Bonnes Mares.

There are two dozen Premier Cru vineyards, most at least of good quality. One bears special mention, however. Les Amoureuses, a small 5.4 ha climat is considered better than the other 23 Premiers Crus. It is generally considered to be a very close sibling to Musigny itself, with perhaps less longevity and less all-out power; but one which is closer in style to Musigny than Bonnes Mares. The wines tend to be very expensive like a Grand Cru as well and most producers blessed enough to own a parcel of this tiny vineyard enjoy high incomes.

Domaine Comte George de Vogue, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1969 (valued at $1500)
Domaine Comte George de Vogue, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1990 (valued at $575)
Domaine Comte George de Vogue, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1993 (valued at $600)
Domaine Comte George de Vogue, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2001 (valued at $450)
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2002 (valued at $450)
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2002 (valued at $250)
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue, BLANC 2004 (very rare)
Georges Roumier, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1998  (valued at $800)
Georges Roumier, Chambolle-Musigny “Les Cras” Premier Cru 1996  (valued at $400)
Jacques Frederic Mugnier, Musigny Grand Cru 1998 (valued at $800+)
Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Chambolle Musigny 2001 (valued at $140)
Louis Jadot, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1998 (valued at $200)
Louis Jadot, Le Musigny Grand Cru 2001 (valued at $500)
Nicolas Potel, Les Amoureuses, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2006 (valued at $195)
Robert Groffier, Les Amoureuses, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2009 (valued at $400)
Robert Groffier, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2009 (valued at $400)
Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru 2005 (valued at $200)

Total Value of the dinner – $9,000 worth of great wine.
$599 includes multi-course dinner at wine tasting.

*This event is limited in size and dinner is not priced based on the cost or appearance of any one wine.
*Actual line up of wines may be altered to accommodate the size of the group – a smaller dinner may result in fewer wines being poured.
*If dinner sells out – additional great burgundy can be added to add value.
*No cancellations, credits or refunds are available

Josie Restaurant
2424 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

Los Angeles Magazine, April 2008 Issue: L.A.’s 75 Best Restaurants

“Civilized and Refined, Josie exists outside trends. Its two dining rooms, hung with framed botanical prints, invite conversation without being hushed. Chef Josie Le Balch is as comfortable using a copper sauteuse as she is working the wood-burning grill. She can do frog legs amandine and not make it seem like an ironic statement. Dishes such as the skewered seppie with lentils and the tagine of beef short ribs go out along the razor’s edge of inspiration. The desserts of Jonna Jensen – the hazelnut-pear frangipane is particularly gratifying – match Le Balch’s meticulous style.”

LAW School Student Comments

“I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you so much for a great class.  Pierre and I really enjoyed it and learned so much from you while you taking it.  We loved the wine-tasting aspect especially.  Now that the class is over and we’re more knowledgeable, we’ll definitely try and attend some of the other events that you offer down in Orange County (and perhaps LA).  It was nice meeting you and we wish you continued luck with your business!  We’re big fans!”
- Jody Bergougnan – LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS, 11-2011

Deciding to attend LAW school was a crucial first step in the journey toward my new career in the wine business.
I learned so much in just a few weeks and had a great time in the process. It’s serious study but Ian makes it fun too.
And once I received my JWE certification, it gave me the confidence to continue on to the next step and I’m now a Certified Specialist of Wine.
LAW School definitely helped prepare me for my new chapter in wine!
Thank you Ian!
Liz Barrett, CSW, JWE

My girlfriend and I attending the class when it was in Orange County.  We looked forward to our class each week and consider ourselves graduating from naive to sophisticated when it comes to understanding wine.  Ian is a talented instructor.
Robert Barnum

A really intensive, terrific, 4-week course. Taught me a lot…and taught me that I want to learn a lot more. Hoping for a graduate program :) .
Drew Matich

After becoming a LAW graduate, I decided to get a certificate through one of the more “established” programs which I will refrain from naming. After going through both programs, I can tell you that LAW was hands down a better experience in terms of rigor, openness to real discussion about wine, tasting a wider selection of wines in greater depth, and obtaining a better understanding of the makeup of wine aroma and flavor components. Ian has put together a very high quality program with LAW, which needs play second fiddle to no one.
John Stanley

I had a blast learning about wine and it’s origins and the tasting leassons were invaluable.
Tina Masiak

LAW school is a great program! Would love to do it again it was so good!
Marc Simon

LAW School was an amazing experience. Ian not only taught and coached, but CHALLENGED us to really immerse ourselves into the world of wine. I had been a hobbyist in wine prior to LAW School, but now, with the education and JWE credential behind me, I feel more like a consultant. I continue to gain knowledge in the world of wine by attending other LAW tastings and classes. Cheers!
Meghan Giffin

LAW School was a great way to really learn about wine, taught by an engaging and highly knowledgeable host!
Chris Storey

Overwhelming, engrossing, fascinating, illuminating and FUN… who knew that in a few short studious weeks I would actually be able to blind taste wines and have an idea where they might have been made and with what grapes?
Helen Melville

I loved this class, it was truly life changing. Although some what I learned has gotten a bit foggy, my point of view, vocabulary and appreciation of wine has forever been expanded and my life has been enriched for it. I have not yet had the opportunity to use my certification professionally, I have added it to my resume’ and will intensify my job search after the semester wraps.
Douglas de Wet

“Very comfortable, informative and delicious atmosphere.  Ian has great stories and great jokes.  I would definitely sign up for another class.”
Liana Lara

“Great Class!  Really fun and informative. Nice alternative to the normal night out of boring dinner. ”
Jenny Ryan

“Great Time!  I learned a lot and I can’t wait to attend the next event.  Ian is great.”
Tanesha Harvey

“Very informative and extremely eager to expand this knowledge on my future ventures”
Christina Martinez

“Ian is personable and fun.  The wine was the best. Smart Wine guy.  Good time.”
Sandra Brewer

“Learned a lot!  Had Fun!  I plan to return to attend other classes!”
Michelle Echegaray

“Very fun class, with lots of interesting information.  As a teacher, I know how hard it is to convey complex information clearly.  You did a wonderful job!  We’ll be back!”
Katharine Strunk

Scotch Tasting Class with Daniel Kelley – International Beverage Specialist

Scotch Tasting Class with Daniel Kelley – International Beverage Specialist

June 17, 2012
Josie Restaurant in Santa Monica
2424 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405
3:00 PM – 5:15 PM

$49 Advanced


File Under: Taste a variety of great scotch & learn from a top professional…. STOP PRETENDING – START COMPREHENDING.  Even the most experienced Scotch lover will enjoy this in depth tasting of high quality smaller brands that absolutely kick the “scottish arss” of the big generic brands.  Daniel Kelley is a Scotch specialist with the great insider tips, and info… do not miss this scotch line up… many  $100 bottles will be opened.  A perfect gift for Dad, Perfect girls night out… perfect for one, perfect for all.

Scotch List:

Speyburn 10 years old single malt scotch. Speyside.
Light and grassy, straight forward entry level single malt.

Hankey Bannister blended scotch.
A unique blend of 5 Inverhouse Distilleries malt whiskys.
This blend contains a much higher malt content than most blends.

Old Pulteney 12 years old single malt scotch. Highland.
Nice notes of sea salt air and butter. The true maritime malt.

Old Pulteney 17 years old single malt scotch. Highland.
The use of Spanish sherry barrels provide a soft pallet and nice floral notes in this truly exceptional malt.

anCnoc 12 years old single malt scotch. Highland.
Produced at the renowned Knockdhu distillery, anCnoc has light smoky notes with a nice hint of honey.

anCnoc 16 years old single malt scotch. Highland.
American oak bourbon barrels allow sweet citrus and vanilla to entice the pallet. Non chill filtered.

Balblair ’00 vintage single malt scotch. Highland.
Released exclusively in vintages Balblair is bottled only at the peak of perfection when the timing is just right.

Balblair ’89 vintage single malt scotch. Highland.
Produced in ’89 and bottled in 2010 this 21 year old expression is filled with hints of raisin, fruits and rich spiciness.

A little bit about Daniel Kelley:

Daniel started with International Beverage Group in 2006 as one of the first sales managers in the company. After 15 years of restaurant and bar experience he had acquired a plethora of knowledge about beer, wine, and spirits making him a good fit for this emerging company. He has had the unique opportunity to visit distilleries in Scotland, and train with the people responsible for the production of the fine whisky’s you will be tasting today. As a member of many bar tender groups, and a regular to scotch clubs and tastings all over the U.S. he is considered to be a true scotch professional.

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LAW Facts

Angel’s Share is the wine that magically evaporates from the cask.  This sounds lovely but costs some wineries an incredible sum of money, but the angels do good work, so the wineries don’t mind too much.
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