Not only is Napa's Beaulieu Vineyards and its epic Georges de Latour celebrating its 75th birthday, but the maker of some of the world’s finest wines is also toasting to a boffo 11 years as the official supplier of wine to the annual Emmy Awards and Governors Ball. Besides that it's a fun place to stop when visiting California's famous wine region.
If you’re shopping for a great wine for a special occasion, to bring to a dinner party or simply sip at home, “Georges” fits the bill. It’s big, buttery and speaks luxurious. In the 116 years since French immigrant Georges de Latour established his Beaulieu Vineyard in Rutherford, this fertile area along the Napa River has been surpassing expectations about California’s winemaking potential. The region is ripe for producing top Cabernet Sauvignon, the Rutherford American Viticultural Area, assures its quality. The winery provides a perfect setting for tastings while touring the Napa Valley. Actually it’s a good reason alone to plan a wine tasting tour of the area.
“When de Latour released the inaugural vintage of its reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in 1936, it was heralded for its deep fruit, silky tannins and brilliant color, qualities that continue to be appreciated by wine novices and experts alike,” says Jeffrey Stambor, Director of Winemaking at Beaulieu Vineyard.
Nostalgia buffs might enjoy these famous Georges LaTour toasts:
· Marking the Signing of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow -- On July 31, 1991, the 1970 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was one of three wines served at a dinner hosted in Moscow by President and Mrs. George Bush honoring Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and marking the signing of the strategic arms reduction treaty in Moscow. For legendary Franco-Russian BV winemaker, Andre Tchelistcheff, pouring the wine in Moscow was a symbolic return to his homeland.
· The Reagans Celebrate Their Anniversary – In 1983 when President and Mrs. Reagan spent the night aboard the British Royal Family’s Yacht Britannia on the occasion of their 31st wedding anniversary, the first couple was presented with a bottle of 1952 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
· The King of Cabs Meets the Queen -- During their historic visit to Northern California and San Francisco in 1983, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip enjoyed multiple vintages of Beaulieu Vineyards’ renowned Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon on more than one occasion. Their Royal Highnesses sampled the 1968, 1970 and 1974 Georges de Latour. The queen was so impressed with the wine, she ordered the 1971 Georges de Latour Private Reserve to be served at a spontaneous dinner party she hosted in San Francisco.
· Lyndon Johnson Wins Election -- In June 1967, Georges de Latour Private Reserve was poured at the Presidential Ball at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles for President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson.
· Toasting the Return of a World War II Admiral -- In October 1945, Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was served at a dinner given by the city of New York in honor of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and officers and men of the United States Navy at the Waldorf Astoria. Fleet Admiral Nimitz commanded more than two million men and women, 5,000 ships and 20,000 planes at the height of World War II.
· “Georges” Hits the Jackpot -- On behalf of the city of Las Vegas, Mayor Oscar Goodman accepted the largest bottle of Georges de Latour Private Reserve (27 Liters) ever made on December 31, 2005 in honor of the city’s Centennial Celebration. At the same time, the crowd of more than 13,500 broke the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous toast as they saluted the New Year.
Beaulieu Vineyard wines are produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E) is part of Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O); the world’s leading premium drinks business. DC&E brands also include: BV Coastal Estates, Sterling Vineyards, Sterling Vintner’s Collection, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Provenance Vineyards and Rosenblum Cellars. DC&E is also a leading importer of estate-bottled wines from Burgundy.
For more information about BV, visit www.BVWines.com.