ABOUT 89 vs 90 at Gwen

EVENT DATE
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

EVENT LOCATION
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Gwen
6600 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90028

EVENT TIMES
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7:00PM-10:00PM

EVENT DESCRIPTION
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This extraordinary dinner features the food of Curtis Stone, Owner/Chef of GWEN one of LA's Greatest Restaurants (Voted #1 in Jan, 2017). Locations will feature $20,000 worth of wine; 21* of the most collected wines in world (total pours equal approximately 1-bottle per person with our policy in place*). All the wines will be poured blind and revealed one at a time and accompany a VIP level mutli-course dinner. Please let us know if you have any food restrictions in advance, we can satisfy all needs with advanced notice. Wine Host Ian Blackburn will lead the discussion in the beautiful private room - 21 glasses per guest will be served by the wineLA staff in top quality glassware. The wines are extremely rare, and rarer still is the opportunity to taste them side by side.... and to discuss with an amazing audience. Please note our no refund policy is fully enforced.   Click here to see how our dinners work. 

 

ABOUT GWEN

Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant is the second restaurant from fine dining chef Curtis Stone (of Maude) and the first with his brother Luke Stone. Gwen is both a European-style, chef-driven butcher shop and a restaurant that is redefining fine dining in LA. A menu that calls on fire-based cooking techniques, guests have flexible options including á la carte or a ten-course degustation. A stone’s throw from The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, also offered is a pre-theatre menu. Reservations are recommended for the dining and wine rooms however walk-ins are welcomed and can always be accommodated on the patio or bar. Whether you’re picking up house-made charcuterie, prime and rare breed meats from the retail butcher store, enjoying a meal in the dining room or relaxing with a bite and cocktail on the patio, Gwen delivers the highest standards of quality, taste and service.

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ABOUT CURTIS & LUKE

The opening of Gwen is a decade-long dream realized for Curtis and Luke, who were first inspired by Gwen’s namesake: their maternal grandmother who lived on a farm outside of Melbourne. It was on Gwen’s farm where they were first exposed to livestock farming, which instilled in them great respect for the process of raising animals for food. Both started their careers in a butcher shop, before Curtis went on to cook in Michelin-starred restaurants while Luke honed his business acumen as the owner and manager of a corporate floristy business in Australia. Working together, they are bringing a world-class butcher shop and dining experience to Los Angeles.

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5 COURSE PRE FIXED MENU

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FIRST COURSE

Hamachi Crudo
Apple, Caraway, Fennel

SECOND COURSE

Charcuterie & Terrines

Cured, Fermented, & Aged

THIRD COURSE

Grilled Shortrib

Gremolata and Oxtail Jus

FOURTH COURSE

Cheese

Selection of Domestic & Foreign

FIFTH COURSE

Crème Fraîche Cheesecake

Clementine Sorbet, Green Olive, Pistachio


ABOUT THE WINE


1990 vs 1989 Vintage Collectable Bordeaux








Chateau Lafite 1989 - RP 95 Points (Valued at $1200)



Chateau Lafite 1990 - RP 96 Points (Valued at $1000)



Chateau Margaux 1989 - RP 95 Points (Valued at $600)



Chateau Margaux 1990 - RP 100 Points (Valued at $900)



Chateau La Tour 1989 - JS94 Points (Valued at $600)




Chateau La Tour 1990 - RP95-98 Points (Valued at $1000)



Chateau Haut Brion 1989 - RP100 Points (Valued at $1800)



Chateau Haut Brion 1990 - Stunning -RP98 points (Valued at $1000)



La Mission Haut Brion 1989 - RP 99 points (Valued at $1100)



La Mission Haut Brion 1990 - JC99 points (Valued at $750)



Montrose 1989 - RP100 points (Valued at $450)



Montrose 1990 - RP100 points (Valued at $650)



Cheval Blanc 1989 - AP96 points (Pristine bottle) Valued over $600



Cheval Blanc 1990 - FM100 points (Pristine bottle) Valued over $1200


2ND COURSE



Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle RP100 Points 1990 (Valued $600)



Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle RP96 Points 1989 (Valued $600)



Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve, Rhone, France 1989 (impossible to find - a legend) (Valued $1900)



Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve, Rhone, France 1990 (also impossible to find - never tasted sidebyside)


1ST COURSE



Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime, Champagne, France 1990



Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime, Champagne, France 1989



Pol Roger "Sir Winston Churchill" 1990


ABOUT HOW OUR DINNERS WORK

our policy and procedures - built to add confidence and understanding

Early Bird Sign Ups: 
The first guests will be guaranteed the lowest price and should any discount or price break be offered - those early sign ups will either have been offered the lowest price or be offered any downward adjustment should one be offered as failure of a dinner is not an option… the dinner will either go or be cancelled…the best price is offered until the dinner is secured and then price increases will begin.  Sometimes we increase the price of the dinner and then offer a discount to our mailing list at wineLA but they will never pay less than the first sign ups… or the first sign ups will be given a price adjustment.  We want to be forthcoming with our process so you understand and see the benefits of being an early sign up.  

Wine Policy
We promise to open approximately 1-bottle per paid guest. Basically - smaller dinners will feature fewer bottles of wine but with LARGER pours per guest…. as more guests come on board - the pour sizes decrease in total size but the number of bottles and number of pours increase. You will always get poured the same amount of total wine in ounces at one of our events.  Should we promote a dinner with say 21 wines - we only intend to open 21 if 21 seats are sold. In the event of weaker than anticipated sales, we will decrease the number of bottles to allow the dinner to continue but increase the pour sizes in the bottles we open so the same amount of wine is provided regardless of event size.  The wines we decide to open and not open will be a justifiable mixture of wines but typically - we do open the stars of the show regardless. However, we never guarantee that the wine will be perfect - as we can not get a refund from the bottles purchased… and if the wine is flawed, we will discuss it.  Fortunately - we have been working with collectable wine for many years and no how to protect our clients and have earned our clients trust because we have time and time again - delivered on the promises we make. 

Tipping - the additional Captains tip is optional
The dinner is sold all inclusive - meaning we pay the restaurant, and they are including tax and tip in the amount of the food which is typically a significant amount.  My team then works for what would be considered a "Captain Tip" in the old days… as formal restaurants have more than a front waiter - they add a captain… and that captain is typically tipped additionally back in the day… We are pouring a large number of wines - and if we do our job correctly - it should work like a ballet - so that you see the grace and enjoy the show… and have few concerns as we do things properly.  Even the fact that the example wines are exception deserves an additional consideration - as we sometimes pay more for wines with great providence then the lowest price found on wine-searcher . we buy great bottles and spare no expense in acquiring them… if all the wines were great - you may want to add additional gratuity.  If a wine fails - we can not refund but perhaps you pull back on additional gratuity as should only earn a great tip if the event is truly great. To ensure a great experience, we hire extra staff, staff that go untipped unless the additional gratuity is provided.  We provide extra glassware with extra work on both the set up and the conclusion of the event. Unfortunately we do not get to create a super mark up for the dinners as the dinners are already expensive enough and we need to offer value. No restaurant in LA will provide 21 glasses without additional rental fees - so we must provide our own excellent and costly glasses and the staff that handle the wine need expertise - which we also think deserves an additional Captains tip… we hope you agree.

NOTICE REGARDING ALLERGIES, FOOD RESTRICTIONS/LIMITATIONS, FOOD/REFRESHMENTS, BEVERAGES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WINE
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Please review carefully any programs you may be interested in that may involve food/ refreshments and/ or beverages. Unfortunately, Refreshments/ Food & Beverage Substitutions are Politely Declined. We try our best to accommodate food limitations/ restrictions. However, it is our policy is to inform you that we make no promises or guarantees of any particular food/ beverage accommodations, regardless of whether wineLA or our third-party venue is providing refreshments/ food and/ or beverages. We make no promises/ guarantees that if/ any refreshments/ food and/ or beverages are free of any allergens, health restricting products. We will not be held responsible/ liable for if/ any illness that may occur while consuming at his/her own free will and at his/ her own discretion. Tickets for any/ all classes, programs, events, travel, tickets in general are non-refundable. If you have any questions, concerns, please feel free to contact us at TLC@wineLA.com before purchasing any ticket(s).

 

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