Peter Salerno Meets Clive Coates at NYC Wine Workshop [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno Meets Clive Coates at NYC Wine Workshop [PHOTOS]

See Clive Coates and Peter Salerno in Exclusive Event Photos

It is a rare and distinct honor to be given the title Master of Wine (MW). It is even rarer to be also be awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government, the “Rame d’Honneur” by Le Verre et L’Assiette, the Ruffino/Cyril Ray Memorial Prize, and the title of “Wine Writer of the Year” for 1998/1999 in the Champagne Lanson awards.

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, and Clive Coates MW, in NYC (March 2015).
Peter Salerno, CMKBD, and Clive Coates MW, in NYC (March 2015).

Such a resume could only belong to internationally-renowned wine critic, champion and connoisseur Clive Coates. Recently, Mr. Coates brought his lifetime of experience and knowledge to The Wine Workshop on West 27nd Street in New York City for a seminar on 1985 Red Burgundy.

Peter Salerno was one of the select few attendees at this exclusive event, which featured over a dozen red burgundy wines from the plentiful 1985 season. The list included such wines as the George Roumier Bonnes Mares, G. Lignier Clos de la Roche, Rousseau Chambertin, and Joseph Drouhin Clos Vougeot.

Included with attendance at this event was the opportunity to benefit from Clive Coates’ extensive knowledge and particular mastery of the Burgundy region.

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, and Clive Coates MW, in NYC (March 2015).

The event was also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an internationally regarded Master of Wine and the most awarded North American custom kitchen and bath designer of the last 15 years to take some photos together!

From the website biography of Clive Coates MW:

Coates’ books are widely considered the classic works on their respective subjects. They include: CLARET (1982), WINES OF FRANCE (1990), GRANDS VINS, The Finest Châteaux of Bordeaux and Their Wines (1995), and CÔTE D’OR, A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy (1997), which won the André Simon Award (UK), the Champagne Veuve Clicquot prize (USA) and the James Beard Award (USA) for the best wine book of the year. CÔTE D’OR also won the annual Prix des Arts et des Lettres awarded by the Burgundian Confrérie du Tastevin, the first time a book on wine and a non-Burgundian has been so honoured for 30 years. Since then he has published AN ENCYCLOPAEDIA TOTHE WINES AND DOMAINES OF FRANCE (2000); THE WINES OF BORDEAUX (2004) and THE GREAT WINES OF FRANCE (2005).

The long-awaited sequel to Côte d’Or, THE WINES OF BURGUNDY, was published world-wide by the University of California Press in April 2008.

The Master of Wine Clive Coates.
The Master of Wine Clive Coates.

Peter Salerno would personally like to thank Mr. Coates for his time, wealth of knowledge, and outstanding review of the 1985 Red Burgundy vintage.

French Design Inspirations: The Best in Bordeaux Red Wines

What good is a French-inspired kitchen without great French wine? (Credit: Maison Creative, Jean-Pierre Forget)
What good is a French-inspired kitchen without great French wine? (Credit: Maison Creative, Jean-Pierre Forget)

What good is having a beautiful, French-inspired kitchen or wine cellar if you don’t have the perfect wines to enjoy in it? During Peter Salerno’s recent trip to France, he spent a majority of his time in the world-renowned region of Bordeaux, drawing inspiration from its breathtaking designs – and its equally breathtaking wines.

Thanks to some great referential articles from knowledgeable sources (plus our staff’s own base of knowledge – based on our love for fine wines, of course), we can bring you the best in Bordeaux red wines. These wines won’t just leave a refreshing, complex taste on your palate, they won’t leave a dent in your finances either. (Did you know that some Bordeaux-based red wines can run well over $1,000 per bottle? While they may be worth the money, there’s definitely other ways to enjoy the best of Bordeaux.)

This fantastic article from IntoWine shares their best Bordeaux reds “for the money” from the recent (and well respected) 2010 vintage. If you haven’t tried the 2010 Château Gruaud Larose, and you have $97 to invest, this is about the finest bottle you can find in its price range. If a more modest price range is what you’re seeking, IntoWine rates Château de Chantegrive ($23) as a bit above the rest.

If you’d like to take a step back into highly respected vintages from a bit less recently, the 1982 and 2004 growing seasons in Bordeaux are regarded as especially good (although the 1982 will run you a far steeper cost). The Château Latour 1982 is considered one of the finest; if price is no object, the $1,500 per bottle price point is well worth your investment. For a far more modest asking price, the 2004 vintage of Château Cos d’Estournel Saint-Estephe ($90) has a smooth, beautiful blend of currants and dark stone fruits.

Of course, the bottle of wine you buy is nowhere near as important as the loved ones with whom you share it. Talk to your trusted, award-winning kitchen design experts at Peter Salerno Inc. to create your dream French kitchen and wine cellar, and start sharing memories with great friends and great wines in a beautiful, customized space.