Clive Coates Regales Gourmet Gathering

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By Karen Karatsu Kennedy

Vice Chargee de Missions

New Dallas Bailli, Dr. Clay Cockerell, is a busy man who loves food and wine.  Not only does he run a thriving dermatopathology practice, he is an active member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.  He is also the successor of our prior Bailli, Michael Davis, who is the general manager of the Park Cities Club. On April 8, 2011 Clay, Mike and other wine enthusiasts figured out a way to join together for a special evening.

Clive Coates, world famous Master of Wine, was touring the United States, and Dallas was one of his proposed stops. Why not invite him to speak at the Park City Club to a group of like-minded food and wine enthusiasts?

So, with a gleam in his eye, Clive convivially presided over an elegant dining room full of food and wine connoisseurs from Sigel’s, a prominent wine store in Dallas, members of the Park City Club, the Chevaliers du Tastevin, the Commanderie de Bordeaux, and the Dallas Chaine des Rotisseurs.  He ably answered questions and  entertained everyone with numerous personal wine stories. Chef Michael Gregory, a Chaine member, prepared a delicious five course feast. 

What fun it was to meet so many new and interesting people!  Those at our table had not heard of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and were thus quite intrigued. We gave them a brief history of the Chaine,  let them know what they were missing, got their email addresses, and promised to invite them to future Chaine events.

The food and wines we enjoyed included:

Jean Philippe Fichet Meursault les Gruyaches 2008 (“The best year since 1995”, proclaimed Clive) to accompany Canadian Wild Halibut with Diver Scallop Mousse

Claude Dugat Gevrey Chambertin 2005 enjoyed with Free Range Medallion of Veal

Bertrand Amroise Echezeaux 2005 and Chateau Leoville Poyterre 2005 with Trio of Duck.  Our table had a lively discussion on which wine they preferred.

Chateau Leoville Barton 2000 was served with the cheese course

Beaumatric Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2008 was sipped with the delectably light Strawberry Orange Bavarian Cream (pictured).

This gathering of enthusiastic diners from the different but like-minded groups made for a very robust evening and we thank our new Bailli and his colleagues for thinking “outside the box” to bring everyone together!



An Evening of Bordeaux and Burgundy


Clive Coates, MW

Friday, April 8th

Park City Club 

$165 per person inclusive

The finest wine regions in France are undoubtedly Bordeaux and Burgundy. For both white and red wines these two classic appellations produce the benchmarks against which the rest of the wine producing world measure themselves. Through the unprecedented cooperative efforts of the Commanderie de Bordeaux, the Chaine des Rotisseurs, the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and the Park City Club, Sigel’s is proud to host this evening dedicated to these spectacular wines.  Our featured speaker for the evening will be Master of Wine Clive Coates – one of the most respected and entertaining wine speakers in the world!

Clive Coates’  published THE VINE, his independent fine wine magazine from 1984 to 2005. This influential wine report was keenly read by oenophiles the world over. Coates’  lifetime of distinguished activity in the field of wine-writing has been recognised by the French government, which awarded him the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole. Coates' books are widely considered the classic works on their respective subjects. CÔTE D'OR, A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy (1997), 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 honored for 30 years. Coates has also published AN ENCYCLOPEADIA TO THE 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.


Champagne  Reception
Goat Cheese & Potato Gougeres
Escargot Mousse Barquette
Sashimi Tuna Tartare en Cone
Pascal Doquet Blanc de Blanc

First Course
Canadian Wild Halibut with Diver Scallop Mousse
Oyster Mushroom Strudel with White Truffle Sauce
Dujac Morey St Denis Blanc 08

Second Course
Free Range Veal Medallions with Peperonata & Balsamic Gastrique
Claude Dugat Gevrey Chambertin 2005

Third Course
Duck Trio – Roasted Duck Breast, Braised Ballotine of Duck Leg, Duck Confit Ravioli with Sage Jus
Pear & Yukon Gold Potato Hash, Mache & Cherry Salad
Bertrand Ambroise Echezeaux 2005
Leoville Poyferre 2005

Cheese Course
Morbier, Azul de Valdeon Bleu, 7 year old Cave Aged Cheddar
Honeycomb & Blueberry Jam
Leoville Barton 2000

Strawberry Orange Bavarian Cream with Almond Nougat
Beaumalric Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 08

Park City Club
5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700

Friday, April 8th      7:00 PM
$165.00 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity)

Reservations may be made by MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover through Sigel’s.
Due to the necessity of a restaurant guarantee, no cancellations will be accepted after 12 noon, Tuesday, April 5th.

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