Mark Haisma visited the west coast in May to host a series of winemaker dinners, staff training and tastings in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. We’re so happy friends old and new finally got a chance to meet Mark – he is truly one of a kind and is as charming as his wines. For those of you who missed Mark on this trip, if you ever have the opportunity to visit Burgundy, a visit with him in Gevrey-Chambertin is highly recommended. We will keep you posted on any future visits to the states – hopefully we haven’t scared Mark off with the packed schedule of meetings and events combined with severe lack of sleep!
5/24 at 7 p.m.
Winemaker dinner at Republique, Los Angeles
Thank you to Taylor Parsons for arranging this wonderful event! Mark loved meeting everyone at Republique and we all found the food to be paired perfectly with his lineup of wines that evening.
Fourteen people dined with us at Republique where Mark’s wines were paired with a six-course menu crafted especially for the occasion by Chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke. Republique is a modern French bistro in a striking, historic LA space originally designed for Charlie Chaplin.
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5/25 from 4 – 7 p.m.
Winemaker Tasting at Les Clos, San Francisco
Thank you to Mark Bright and the team at Les Clos for hosting Mark. We really enjoyed meeting everyone in SF and looks forward to returning soon.
Wine tasting at Les Clos with famed micronegociant Mark Haisma. Wine lovers of all types will adore Les Clos, Saison co-owner Mark Bright’s Burgundian wine bar in the heart of SOMA. On the menu at Les Clos are fine French cheeses and charcuterie as well as Burgundy classics such Œufs Meurette and Croque Madame (and Croque Monsieur).
5/25 from 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Winemaker dinner at Saison, San Francisco
Thank you to Chef Joshua Skenes, Mark Bright and the team at Saison for a magnificent meal. The food at Saison keeps getting better (if that’s possible) and is well worthy of it’s stars. This was an experience to remember!
Winemaker dinner presented by chef Joshua Skenes and co-owner and wine director Mark Bright at Saison, a Michelin three-star and one of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants.” Saison features a tasting menu dictated by the best available ingredients. It is fascinating to watch the team of very talented chefs at work in Saison’s open kitchen.
5/26 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tasting at Grape Smuggler, Liberty Station, San Diego
Greg Majors, Tami Wong and wine team at Liberty Public Market are doing a great job building a stand out wine program to San Diego. It was a highlight for Mark to meet everyone who came into the shop that day and it was tough to leave this one for the next appointment because there were such a fun mix of people there that day tasting through Mark’s wines.
If you haven’t visited Liberty Public Market yet, get down here to check out just-opened Grape Smuggler. We had a fun mid-day tasting with Mark Haisma hosted by Beverage Director Greg Majors. Grape Smuggler features interesting varietals from around the globe. The wine shop is surrounded by Liberty Public Market artisanal vendors featuring the best in San Diego food, coffee and desserts.
5/26 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Tasting at San Diego Wine Storage, Solana Beach
A big thanks to Alec for hosting this relaxed tasting with Mark. Mark got to meet everyone who attended and enjoyed the casual feel of this event. Check out Alec’s recap here.
Members and guests of San Diego Wine Storage Solana Beach got to know Mark at this casual tasting. Cheeses from France and charcuterie were served as Mark tasted us through his delicious Burgundy, Cornas and Northern Rhone wines. Owners Alec White and Dermott Gilligan embody professionalism and provide the best wine storage in San Diego.
5/26 from 7 – 10 p.m.
Winemaker dinner at Meritage Wine Market, Encinitas
Dustin Cano and the Meritage team put together one of the most memorable wine dinners we have ever attended. Mark took us through the lineup with evocative descriptions of his terroirs and lively, engaging stories of his experiences in Burgundy. We tasted his ’14s paired up with each other in a way that the guests could see striking differences in the appellations. After we tried the 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru “Les Chaffots” Dustin generously provided the 2012 mag of the same for us all to try. Of course it’s a different vintage, but with just two years of aging, we could all see the potential of this extraordinary wine.
Meritage Wine Market is the premier wine shop in North County. Wine Director Dustin Cano has been a long-time enthusiast of Mark’s Burgundy and has enjoyed visits with Mark in Gevrey-Chambertin. Ask Dustin about large-format Mark Haisma Burgundy available exclusively at Meritage.
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