Société Mondiale du Vin

Past Events

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Mondiale A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Tasting

Augie’s Front Burner, October 3, 2018

Mondiale members and guests enjoyed a tasting featuring the stunning Pinot Noirs from cult producer A.P. Vin. Wine maker Andrew Vingiello sources fruit from some of the top Pinot Noir sites in California. The wines are only available off the wineries mailing list but due to a longstanding relationship with the wine maker, Echanson Geoff Bland pulled off a remarkable coup in procuring these incredible wines, offering Mondiale members a rare chance to try an extensive vertical of wines. This twelve-wine vertical was sourced from the Clos Pepe Vineyard located in the Santa Rita Hills, starting with the 2004 vintage and running through 2015.Blini & Caviar

Yukon gold potato topped with trout caviar
& red onion crème fraiche
Vintage 2004 & 2005

Crispy Fried Goat Cheese
Spiced apple & golden raisin chutney, arugula
Vintage 2006 & 2007

Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Tart
Roasted pear relish & freesia
Vintage 2008 & 2009

Wild Mushroom Bruschetta
Truffle roasted wild mushrooms on crispy garlic crostini,
topped with fresh mozzarella & thyme
Vintage 2010 & 2011

Pork & Polenta
Tender pulled pork on crispy cheddar polenta,
 jalapeno aioli
Vintage 2012 & 2013

Quail Lollipop
Crispy bacon wrapped quail, compressed apple slaw,
Augie’s jalapeno jelly
Vintage 2014 & 2015



Mondiale du Vin Sauvignon blanc Tasting

Sangamo Club, June 2, 2018

Members and guests of Société Mondiale gathered at the Sangamo Club on June 2, 2018, to enjoy the opportunity to taste 12 Sauvignon Blanc wines from around the world, specially chosen by Echanson Geoff Bland. The diverse offerings hailed from the USA, France, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and South America. The focus of the Société is to give members an opportunity to become more educated about particular wine styles and regions, further develop the palate, and gain an appreciation of a broader wine experience.

The Sauvignon Blanc taste is distinct from other white wines, such as Chardonnay, immediately recognizable for its green and herbaceous flavors. Sauvignon Blanc (French: sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white")) originated in the South of France, but is now one of the most widely planted wine grapes in the world, and is second only to Chardonnay in popularity.

As with all grapes, the terroir is crucial to the ultimate taste and success of a wine. The wines offered reflected the wide diversity of styles that Sauvignon Blanc can produce, each producing a familiar, yet unique taste of this varietal. And while Sauvignon Blanc is primarily thought of as a stainless steel aged wine, barrel fermented wines, such as the Groth Sauvignon Blanc (60% barrel, 40% stainless, on the sur lies) are on the market, providing yet another layer of complexity.

Chef Joe did not disappoint with a veritable feast of finger foods to accompany the wines. Attendees enjoyed heavy hors d'oeuvres reflecting foods common to the country of origin of the wine. The evening exceeded the goal of providing both education and pleasure in the pursuit of expanding the enjoyment of fine wine.


2016 Hewitson “Lulu” Adelaide Hills
(a single vineyard wine from the cool climate Adelaide Hills Region)
2017 Shaw & Smith, Adelaide Hills

New Zealand
2016 Wairau River, Marlborough
(the classic NZ region for Sauvignon Blanc)
2017 Old Coach Road, Nelson
(a warmer region, more tropical in style)

South Africa
2017 Paul Cluver, Elgin
(high elevation and very cool)
2016 Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch
(a warmer growing region, producing rich wines)

South America
2016 De Martino Reserva, Chile, Casablanca Valley
(a very cool climate)
2016 Pulenta, Argentina, Mendoza
(high elevation, cold nights)

2016 Jean Vincent Sancerre
(a classic wine from the Loire Valley)
2016 Tinel Blondelet Pouilly Fume
(directly across from the Loire Valley and not to be confused with Pouilly Fuisse, which is Chardonnay)

2017 Dry Creek, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
2017 Groth, Napa Valley


Mondiale du Vin Summer Tasting

Washington Park Botanical Garden, July 5, 2017

Mondiale members and their guest were treated to a delightful evening of finger food, refreshing summer wines, and live entertainment. The  summer wine tasting was held July 5, 2017 at the Washington Park Botanical Garden. The weather and the grounds provided a perfect evening for after work/end of the day camraderie.

The inspiration for this event came from an article from the New York Times, spotted by Jay Kitterman, featuring delicious but little known white wines from around the world. Echanson Geoff Bland seized on this idea to arrange a tasting of ten delicious but unfamiliar white wines.

The wines paired perfectly with a tasty line-up of appetizers prepared by Chef Chip Kennedy of Five Flavors Catering. The excellent tunes of Smooth Times Band inspired several in attendance to hit the dance floor.



Pinot Noir at its Finest

Sangamo Club, May 3, 2017

This members-only tasting gave Mondiale members the opportunity to taste high end Pinot Noirs of limited availability. The event started with a side by side comparison of2013 Willams & Selyem and Kosta Brown from Russian River Valley, followed by the same comparison from their Sonoma Coast sites. The tasting concluded with a comparison tasting of multiple single vineyard sites from Williams and Selyem.  

2013 W&S Westside Road Vineyard, 2013 W&S Eastside Road Vineyard

2013 W&S Bucher Vineyard, 2013 W&S Weir Vineyard

2013 W&S Rochioli River Block Vineyard, 2013 W&S Precious Mountain Vineyard(99 pts)

This was a fascinating comparison to show how Pinot Noir demonstrates the terroir of the different vineyard sites with amazing difference and complexity of flavors.


Summer Savignon Blanc Tasting

Sangamo Club, August 24, 2016

Members and guest sampled wines from France, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa,  Australia Chile, Austria and the USA. A selection of appetizers designed to pair with the wines was served.


Bacon wrapped seabass with roasted red pepper aioli
Lump crab and gazpacho shooters
Smoked salmon, asparagus and lemon goat cheese canapes
Spinach. artichoke and gruyere crostinis with caramelized pear
Chilled oysters mignonette




American Harvest -March 31, 2016

Members-only tasting of top South African wines. Members and Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner South African inspired menu Paired with additional South African wines


Mondiale Induction and Dinner

Sangamo Club - November 21, 2015

Chaîne and Mondiale members enjoyed the induction ceremony and Mondiale Dinner.

Chateau Lisennes Cremant de Bordeaux

Sauteed Bass with Lemongrass
2014 Chateau Lamothe

Grilled Quail with Fig Syrup

Cucumber Sorbet with Cucumber Salsa

Braised Lamb Shoulder with Haricot Blanc
2004 Chateau de Bellevue, Lussac-St Emilion

Apple Cake Grandmere Crème Anglaise, Salted Caramel
2012 Chateau Roumieu Sauternes