Virtual Wine Tasting Old World Versus New World with Your Host Andrew Lampasone

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 06:00 PM

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My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.
Mark Twain

Hey wine is 85% water and I like the comparison between wine and geniuses!!

Speaking of wine genius, we have one of the most interesting men in the wine business hosting our virtual tasting in two weeks.  Just kidding it’s me…  I just realized that there is no one booked for two weeks from tonight so I figured it would be a good time to host a virtual tasting on the subject of old world versus New World and give a little wine 101 to our “Wine Drinking People”.  I taught a basic wine course for years at the American Yachting institute and got many kudos on my performance so I figured it would be fun to bring it back with a virtual wine tasting featuring a bit of general wine knowledge and a tasting of four wines to describe the effect of terroir and what it means to be old world versus new world in the wine industry.

It’s Wednesday at that means time for our virtual wine tasting!

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We are hosting virtual tastings every Wednesday on Zoom and Instagram live which will be posted to Instagram TV.  So, if you can’t make it at 6pm to chat with Justin Baldwin, the founder of Justin Winery in Paso Robles on Wednesday, September 23rd (today) you can tune in any time after that by checking out the video posted to Wine Watch’s Instagram page.  The virtual tasting packs are up on our web page under the gift box selections and you can purchase them before the event and taste along with us or purchase them any time after the event until the wines are no longer available and taste the wines and watch the producer interview at your leisure.
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Virtual Wine Tasting featuring Justin Winery
with Special Guests Founder Justin Baldwin and Joseph Spellman MS
Wednesday, September 23rd
6:00 pm
Next week, we have our good friends from St. Supery winery CEO Emma Swain & winemaker Brooke Shenk with us.  Join us as we welcome one of the top producers from Napa Valley on Wednesday, September 30th at 6pm EST.  We will be showing four wines from St. Supery Winery and we have a package of these four wines listed on this e-mail and in the Wine Watch gift Box section at   If you want to follow along you can purchase all four wines in one pack or any of the wines individually on our web page just type in St. Supery and you will find the selections we are showcasing for the event along with all the wines available from this landmark Napa Valley winery.  We invite you to follow along live for this tasting and remember please dress appropriately if you are on our zoom call.
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Virtual Wine Tasting featuring St. Supery winery with CEO Emma Swain & winemaker Brooke Shenk
Wednesday, September 30rd
6:00 pm
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Old World VS New World Virtual Wine Tasting
with Special Guest your Host Andrew Lampasone
Wednesday, October 7th
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Four pack of virtual tasting wines
Price: $159
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2018 Hanzell Sebella Chardonnay Sonoma
List Price: $35.00        Sale Price: $24.75

WINE WATCH REVIEW: This wine has a beautiful nose laced with flowers, lemon drop candy, apricot and a nice touch of minerality. A smooth and creamy texture on the tongue with a good amount of juicy fruit very fresh and bright with white floral notes and zesty lemon citrus notes through the finish. A forward and seductive wine that drinking nicely right now and should continue to drink well over the next 3-5 years. Finish 40+. TASTING DATE 11/15/19

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2018 William Fevre Chablis Domaine William Fevre
List Price: $30.00   Your Price: $26.40

Winery Notes:  Combining lovely fruitiness with an attractive freshness and characteristic minerality, Chablis is a wine region with global renown. Domaine William Fèvre’s vineyards sit on Kimmeridgian subsoil and enjoy ideal exposures for the production of a very fine wine.

Very elegant bouquet, developing citrus, white-fleshed fruit and floral notes. Fresh and supple, the wine is marked by mineral notes that are typical of the appellation.
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2016 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Lands Edge Sonoma Coast
List Price: $49.50         Your Price: $43.56

Sweet cherry pie like fruit with notes of exotic spices, fresh flowers and nice complexity and ripe rich fruit.  Smooth and silky with a nice amount of spice and a firm hand of acidity holding things together, nice floral and spice notes lingering through the finish.  Finish 45+ Excellent +
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2016 Alex Gambal Pommard
List Price: $76.50         Your Price: $67.32

Located in the Côte de Beaune, between Beaune and Volnay, Pommard has a total of 320 hectares of vines which spread across two slopes of a hill with a South, South-East facing orientation, ideal for vine growing.
Pommard was one of the very first AOCs to be established in 1936. The variety of terroirs in this AOC can be found in the diversity of its wines which have a multitude of characters.


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Andrew Lampasone is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Old World Vs New World Wine Tasting with Special Guest Your Host Andrew Lampasone
Time: Oct 7, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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A bit about our host:
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Born in Akron Ohio on March 3rd 1969, Andrew made a v-line for South Florida in the fourth grade (1978) and has been here ever since.
A graduate of North East High School in Fort Lauderdale, Andrew worked his way through high school and the first eight years of college in the restaurant business in Broward County. 
His first job in the restaurant business was as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant, Hong Kong Palace and then as a bus boy at Filippo’s Italian restaurant on East Commercial Boulevard.  Andrew was the youngest full-cut waiter at the Raindancer Restaurant located just a bit further east but still on Commercial Boulevard.  This was his first serious exposure to wine and ironically the founder of the Wine Watch, Jim Turner wrote the wine training manual for this restaurant group during the early 1980’s.
The year was 1990 and Andrew landed a job at one of the area’s top restaurants, Café Max in Pompano Beach on Atlantic Boulevard.  Still working his way through college, but this time he was getting more experience as a sommelier, this was where Andrew began his career in wine. 
He attended BCC beginning his collegiate career as a Theater major and was featured in seven Operas and musical theater performances.  Then, on to FAU majoring in Chemistry and Biology and finally switching to Communications before dropping out of school with 160+ credit hours and four majors to open a restaurant as a sweat equity partner in 1996.  While working at Café Maxx Andrew was mentored by South Florida wine guru Jim Turner.  Jim was a triple threat in the wine industry; wine writer, wine merchant and restaurant consultant.  There are very few wine professionals that have ever crossed the barriers of consultant, critic and merchant with as much dignity as Jim Turner.
The new restaurant like 90% of all the independent restaurants failed in its first three months, but it was a great experience putting it together and in addition to making life-long friends, Andrew also gained invaluable experience and a furthered his passion for food and wine.
Andrew then helped Darrel and Oliver open East City Grill on Fort Lauderdale Beach.  Andrew helped to establish this restaurant as one of the premier spots for dining on Fort Lauderdale’s newly renovated strip.  This area was now focusing on high end tourists rather than the traditional spring break crowd.
 His thirst for wine was too great to keep him here long as only six months into this new restaurant’s opening Andrew left to work for the newly created Bacchus Wine Group, a fine wine focused division of National Distributing Company.  Here he learned the inter-workings of large distributor and developed more industry contacts and a greater working knowledge of the wine industry from the distribution side.
In 1998 Andrew’s mentor Jim Turner, the founder of the Wine Watch, was fatally ill and one of Jim’s main concerns was the legacy of his store, the Wine Watch.  Although this was not the ideal way to start a business it provided Andrew the opportunity to buy the Wine Watch and continue the legacy of one of South Florida’s most revered wine personality.   
From 1998 to the present Andrew has owned and operated the Wine Watch and today, the Wine Watch features over 4,000 different selections and a floor to ceiling display of wines in 3,000 square feet of display area that is housed in a new location that is custom built to house over 30,000 bottles they have over 10,000 active customers with over $3,500,000 in sales annually for the last five years Wine Watch is one of the largest wine only retailers in the South east United States. 

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