The French Connection

The French Connection

France is all about Wine and Food and Soil and Family!

Find out how they all connect at the French Connection Tasting.

Meet our special guest Henning Iverson from V59 Wines.

About V59 Wines - "The heart and soul of the company is firmly focused on artisanal domains making excellent regional wine—classic vin de terroir.  As importers, we look for wines with depth of fruit, length and elegance.  We look for people who share sensibilities, and that makes them as important as the wine they produce. The rule is simple: you work with people who make you proud and whose wine you drink at home."

Join us for a flight of 4 wonderful wines and learn about their French Connections!

White: 2010 Claude Branger Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Monnières, Loire Valley, France

Grape Variety: Melon de Bourgogne

French connection: Wine region's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean not only influences the climate, but also the taste and pairings for this wine.  It tastes of ocean air and minerally salinity which make it the perfect pairing with oysters, mussels, crab cakes, and all seafood!

Produced solely from the single vineyard Saint Fiacre.

White: 2015 Sylvaine & Alain Normand, Macon la Roche Vineuse, Burgundy, France

Grape variety: Chardonnay

French connection: Husband and wife team who studied together at wine school

Sylvaine & Alain Normand studied together at wine school in Beaune, Burgundy. As a young couple, they wanted to make their own wine.  They found an abandoned vineyard in a prime region in Burgundy. The struck up a deal where they work the vineyard and pay the landlord in wine.

Red: 2013 Quinta do Tedo, Duoro Red, Duoro, Portugal

Grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz

French connection: Famous French wine making family member and his quest for a desired soil.

Claude Bouchard is from the famous Bouchard Pere et Fils winery (8 generations of family winemaking - they acquired some of their most prestigious land right after the French Revolution).  In 1978 Claude met Robert Mondavi who convinced him to come to CA.  After a visit to the Duoro Valley in Portugal he set out to find property with a specific soil type (schist soils).  He found a property with 100 year old vines which he now calls home.

Red: 2012 Chateau Haut-Monplaisir, Prestige, Cahors, Southwest France

Grape variety: Malbec

French connection: French wine making family

Cathy and Daniel Fournié took over the vineyards in 1998 from her father.  They partnered with Pascal Verhaeghe in winemaking and now their daughter Mathilde has also joined the winemaking team.

Cahors is the ancestral home of the black Malbec grape.

Morgan Winery Tasting

Morgan Winery Tasting

Winery Wednesday features Morgan Winery

With special guest - Tessa Trowbridge from Monterey Bay Wine Company

"Morgan is one of the Highlands' finest producers.  While the winery itself is situated in Salinas, Dan and Donna Lee have their roots in their Double L Vineyard of the Santa Lucia Highlands." International Wine Review

Flight of 4 wines: $14.00

2016 Morgan, Albarino, Monterey County, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $18.99

 2015 Morgan, Highland Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $26.99

 2015 Morgan, Twelve Clones Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $33.99

2015 Morgan, G-17 Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price $20.99


With more than thirty years’ experience, Dan Lee and the Morgan label have been synonymous with artisan, vineyard-centric wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey.

Coming from a small town in California’s Central Valley, Dan Morgan Lee had prepared initially for the study of veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis.  It was late in his college career that he discovered enology satisfied his interest in both science and agriculture. Immediately enrolling in the graduate enology program, Dan completed his studies and was hired as winemaker at Jekel Winery in Monterey County.


After serving his apprenticeship at Jekel, Dan moved up the road to Durney Vineyard where he continued to make Monterey wines. While making wine full-time for Durney, Dan aspired to craft his own label.  It was at a meeting of the Monterey County Winegrowers Association that he shared his vision with a banker. In addition to becoming his business advisor, that banker would also become Dan's wife.

Dan & Donna Lee: Morgan Winery's Proprietors

In 1982, Dan and Donna Lee opened the doors of Morgan Winery. Their very first Monterey Chardonnay earned a Gold Medal at the LA County Fair and a Platinum Medal from Wine & Spirits Magazine. Since then, Morgan has become one of the Central Coast’s most recognized labels, earning “Winery of the Year” honors from Wine & Spirits in 1996 and from the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. In 2005, Dan introduced a second label, Lee Family Farms – intended to provide a fun outlet for his exploration of “alternative” varietals.

Able to pick and choose fruit sources from around the state, Dan eventually turned more of his attention to the Santa Lucia Highlands and single vineyard releases.  Dan and Donna invested in their belief in the Highlands with the purchase of the Double L Vineyard in 1996. Today the Double L is one of the best known vineyards in California. Dan’s leadership and expertise in the district led to his being named the first Board President of the newly formed Santa Lucia Highlands’ winegrowers association in 2005.


Blind Wine Tasting

Blind Wine Tasting

Put the books away! Today is your day to test yourself with a Blind Wine Tasting. 

You like wine and drink a lot of it - you are pretty comfortable describing it - you even like to think that you know a thing or two about wine. Find out with our blind tasting if you have the nose to be a sommelier.

 You will be tasting 4 wines - 2 Reds and 2 Whites.

And you can win a bottle of wine when you deduce the 8 identifies correctly!

Cheers and good luck!