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  • 4th Annual International Pairing Series Presented by American Airlines: ARGENTINA – 9/18

Wednesday, September 18 2013 6:45pm Doors / 7:00pm Start / Ends 10:00pm


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City Winery and American Airlines invite you to our fourth season of the International Pairing Series. Once per month beginning in September we present a dinner showcasing the wines and cuisine of a fascinating region served by American Airlines. Each program includes remarks by a leading regional expert, a three-course dinner, and three flights of wine highlighting the traditional styles of the region. Over the course of seven dinners we will ‘visit’ France, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Germany and Japan.

Grand Prize Drawing for International Airfare

During the final evening of the series in May we will hold a drawing from entries submitted at all seven dinners. One lucky winner will receive international airfare for two persons courtesy of American Airlines.

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$85 for each dinner. Buy a “passport” to the entire Fall or Winter/Spring series and get a 10% discount. Each dinner is limited to 60 guests. Purchase the FALL 2013 DISCOUNT PASS HERE!

2013-2014 SCHEDULE:

Fall 2013 Series

September 18 ARGENTINA Catena – Argentina’s ‘First Family’ with Pablo Piccolo, export manager for Catena

October 15 ITALY Tuscany – Wines from the Heart of Italy with Daniele Sbordi, Italian Portfolio Manager for Winebow

November 21: CHILE

Winter/Spring 2014 Series






Catena – Argentina’s ‘First Family’ with Pablo Piccolo of Bodega Catena Zapata

Catena wines, first launched in 1992, set a new standard for quality in South America. The wines immediately proved the quality potential of Argentina and garnered the first outstanding reviews for Argentine wines from worldwide media.

Join us for a very special kick-off dinner to the 4th annual International Pairing Series with a dinner showcasing seven wines from Bodega Catena Zapata, led by Catena’s own Pablo Piccolo.

Our line-up includes wines with stratospheric ratings from The Wine Advocate, including the single-vineyard Nicasia Malbec 2008 (95 points) and the flagship Nicolas Catena Zapata 2008 (98 points), a Cabernet-Malbec blend named after the winery’s iconic founder.

About the Winery: In 1902, Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery has remained under family control — now in its third generation — and is one of the few family-owned wine companies in Argentina that remains in Argentine hands. Owned today by Nicolás Catena and his daughter Laura, Bodega Catena Zapata is known as the pioneer of fine wine from Argentina, and Nicolás is recognized as the vintner who revolutionized wine quality in Argentina. A trained economist, Nicolás began this revolution in the early 1980s and continues to challenge himself and his team to make wines that can be counted among the best in the world. His measured approach to viticulture has taken its place in wine history as the pioneer of Malbec and high-altitude viticulture, and it culminated in his being named Decanter Magazine’s Man of the Year in 2009.

About the presenter: Pablo Piccolo is a native of Argentina’s signature wine region, Mendoza. A third generation vintner and winemaker, Pablo was introduced to wine by his grandfather, an Italian immigrant to Argentina. His grandfather purchased the family winery in the 1950s, and it remains in the family today. Pablo has worked in the wine industry as export manager and as a winemaker. His first vintage as a winemaker was in 2006, working with Mendoza’s signature varietal, Malbec. Pablo Piccolo has been with Bodega Catena Zapata since 2011.


1st Flight:

Catena Classic Chardonnay 2011

Catena Alta Chardonnay 2010

2nd Flight:

Catena Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Catena Classic Malbec 2010

Catena Alta Malbec 2010

3rd Flight:

Catena Malbec Nicasia Vineyard 2008

95 pts Wine Advocate: The Catena Zapata icons begin with the 2008 Nicasia Vineyard Malbec, which spent 18 months in 100% new French barriques. A glass-coating opaque purple/black, it offers up a super-fragrant nose of toasty new oak, earth notes, exotic spices, black cherry and black raspberry. This is followed by a plush, layered, intensely flavored, rich wine with potential complexity, precision, balance, and a seamless finish.

Catena ‘Nicolas Catena Zapata’ 2008

98 pts Wine Advocate: The 2008 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc that spent 24 months in 100% new French oak followed by 24 months in bottle prior to release. It delivers an inviting bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, espresso, incense, lavender, black currant, and black cherry. This sets the stage for a full-bodied, powerful yet elegant, beautifully proportioned effort with great depth and volume. It conceals plenty of structure and will effortlessly evolve for 6-8 years, drinking well through 2028, if not longer.

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