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Tasting of the week: Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux

Tasting of the week: Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux
The scene at last year's Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux tasting. (Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux)

Almost 40 Bordeaux producers from the Right and the Left Banks will be pouring more than 100 wines -- both the current 2012 vintage and some older bottles as well -- at this year's Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux tasting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This event is unusual in that, as a rule, the wines are not poured by distributors' representatives, but by the owner or winemaker of these family-owned estates, who come from France for the tasting. For anyone planning a trip to Bordeaux this year, it would be a great opportunity to make an appointment at some of the châteaux.

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Collectors will have the chance to bid on Bordeaux bottles and magnums from the estates participating in a silent auction. The proceeds benefit Children's Hospital of Los Angeles through the T. J. Martell Foundation.

Wineries showing their wines include Saint-Emilion Grand Crus Château Boutisse, Château Crois Cardinale, Château du Parc and Château Trianon as well as Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé Château de Pressac, Château Fleur Cardinale and Château Laroze from the Right Bank. Châteaux participating from the Bordeaux' Left Bank include Château Haut-Selve, Château d'Arsac, Château Tour de Pez and Château Haut Lagrange.

The hotel will provide hors d'oeuvres and a self-serve pasta station, so no attendee goes hungry during the tasting.

Tickets for the event are $90 in advance, $125 at the door.

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