Wine World scores its own label with Three Wise Men

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 05:35 PM.

Thibault said the cabernet is rich and full bodied with black cherry notes.

And, he said all three are an incredible value at $14 to $17.

"In buying wines for our stores, ones we want are often out of stock and prices keep rising. With bottling our own, the quality and value we're able to offer is beyond ordinary. By going directly to producer we have a quality product that is really good and it is getting a lot of attention," he said. "Kutch is a young man who is getting huge ratings and we knew we had something special in his wines. Now, all we needed was a label. We wanted a label that had meaning to us."

A year or so ago the men traveled to Bordeaux to the largest wine market in the world, VINEXPO. The show features thousands of producers from all over the world. When the show was over, they were invited to the Chateau Lascombes estate, along with 1,500 other guests, for the event of the year: the Festival of Flowers.

This event is hosted each year by a different chateau and property owners spare no expense for the party. Film stars, political personalities, and the who's who of the wine business attended the most memorable party.

Guests were served appetizers of fresh oysters and foie gras in late afternoon while helicopters ferried in guests, all in tux and gowns. Music from a quartet of American singers followed and an induction of new members to the wine brotherhood. Inductees paraded about, wearing beautiful gold, purple and green long robes indicating their status and membership. The castle is ivied and offered a magnificent backdrop to all this activity.

As evening fell, lights came on all over the walls of the building, giving off an eerie, amazing feel, said Thibault. Guests were moved to a number of large, beautifully decorated tents where dinner was served. Dinner began with fresh local caviar and truffled mashed potatoes served by hundreds of waiters dressed in black and wine waiters dressed in white. The foods were prepared by the top chefs in France.

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