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Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club South Africa Trip 2019 pt.1

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club South Africa Trip 2019 pt.1

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club South Africa Trip Days 1 - 9  (July 9 - 16, 2019)

Terri and I have had the pleasure of escorting GCCC members through the first have of our South African Adventure. The guests are truly blown away with the trip so far and we are looking forward to showing them the wonders of the African safari at Londolozi Reserve. Stay tuned for our next travel update! 

Safari Dreams, 

Michael & Terri Klauber


July 9, 2019 - Day of Leisure & Surprise Inverroche Event

Guests arrived at Cape Town, were greeted at the airport and then transported to the One&Only Hotel located at the Waterfront to check-in for 3 nights.

"Good morning Cape Town!" - Michael K. 

July 10, 2019 - Full Day Private Guided Historical City Tour

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club (GCCC) members explored the city of Cape Town and surroundings for sightseeing of historical & contemporary content. At night guests were surprised with an exclusive GCCC Inverroche Gin experience. 

 “Last night was a magical experience for our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club guests. We surprised them with an incredible Inverroche Gin experience. Even though we had some guests that were not experienced Gin lovers, after the first sip, all were converted! Not only did we get to taste the three unique South African Gins, but our group created their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club Gin! We also had the great honor of having Lorna Scott, the proprietress and her amazing team from Inverroche to host us and lead us through the evening.” - Terri K.

July 11, 2019 - Day at Leisure

We all had a day of leisure to explore the area. Highlights from the day included a beautiful view on top of Signal Hill, watching paragliding, and experiencing our first South African winery (Constantia Glen)

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"Hang gliding from the top of Signal Hill in Cape Town on a perfect day!" - Michael K. 

“First day with our GCCC guests enjoying the magical views of Capetown on top of Signal Hill. We witnessed paragliding up close.. and no we didn’t do it 😉 then off to our first winery visit for lunch... Constantia Glen here we come! 🍷”  - Terri K

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“We had a fabulous tour of Constantia Glen winery with lunch in this incredible vineyard with our GCCC guests. Thank you, Justin, for creating these amazing wines and for your hospitality! 🍷” - Terri K

July 12, 2019 - Full Day Privately Guided Tour

We took the full day to explore the Cape Peninsula including Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point for the dramatic scenery, and Boulders Beach for a sighting of penguins and a tasty lunch. Our day ended at our property in the wine-producing region where we checked-in for the next 5 nights at Leeu Estates.

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July 14, 2019 - Day of Leisure 

Leeu Estates is a 17-room luxury retreat is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and world-class food and wine destination. Leeu Estates offers organic dining, an Asian holistic wellness sanctuary, The Spa at Leeu Estates, and beautiful nature trails. Guests were able to experience the wonders of Leeu Estates and the wildlands at their own pace. Some spent the day touring traditional Cape Dutch architecture at one of the many famous wine farms, others indulged in retail therapy at one of the many local artisan shops and galleries or took in a round of golf.  KlauberPhotos2019 023 21317 copy

July 15, 2019 - Full Day Privately Guided Winelands Touring

Everything about Leeu Estates is remarkable. We spent the day as a group experiencing exclusive Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club events throughout the day with an evening of leisure following a full day of Wineland's exploration. The first GCCC event was a tasting, tour, and lunch at the famous Babylonstoren Garden. The second GCCC event of the day brought us to the exquisite Boekenhoutskloof Winery for a tour, tasting, and dinner.  

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July 14, 2019 - Day of Leisure 

Guests made the most of their last full day in the Winelands. With hundreds of vineyards, world-class chocolate tastings, and local breweries there is always something new to be seen. In addition to visiting each farm by private vehicle, there were other exciting options for transportation available from bicycles, horseback, wine tram, and even a helicopter ride. 

Our evening ended with a Wineland's farewell tasting and dinner at the beautiful Mullineux Winery located on the Leeu Estate

Mullineux Winery


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GCCC Summer Specials!


Be Rewarded For Your Good Taste! 

Michael’s On East partners with Admiral Travel for the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club (GCCC), an exclusive lifestyle rewards program. Members reap the benefits on everything from luxury travel to fine wine and cuisine. Why not get rewarded for your good taste?

Being a member of the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club has year-round benefits, but summertime is especially sweet. We’re offering specials in both Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s On East throughout the entire summer! 

Not a GCCC member? Sign up here. 

 Special Offers This Summer

 Wine Lovers Thursdays

Save BIG on wine bottles with 50% off on more than 350 offerings. Valid each Thursday during lunch and dinner at Michael’s on East. Exclusively available for Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members!


Double Points in Michael’s Wine Cellar

Shop in-store to earn double points on Saturdays from 10am-6pm.


Double Points at Michael’s On East

Earn DOUBLE points on dining during lunch and dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Special Restaurant Experiences This Summer

Epicurean Adventures

Explore exotic food and wine destinations! Enjoy $38.95 three-course themed dinners, Monday-Saturday, and $19.95 two-course lunches, Monday-Friday. These popular menus always change monthly.


City Lite Lunches

Globally-inspired healthy lunch options to deLITE your palate and spirit, all under 600 calories! Perfect for the mid-week business power lunch, or those that crave something LITE and fresh. Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2pm.


Happy Hour in the Lounge

Enjoy $7 featured wines, beers, and cocktails from 5-7pm Tuesday-Saturday, plus extended hours until 9 pm on Mondays benefiting local non-profit organizations. And don’t forget our Lounge menu is full of delicious apps and snacks that pair perfectly with our featured drinks!


Lobster Pot Fridays

Celebrate the start of the weekend with a Michael’s On East classic – Lobster Pot Friday! Enjoy a 1 ¼ lb. Maine lobster with mussels, clams, potatoes, and corn on the cob. Only $38.95 per person. Available every Friday night.


Monthly Wine Tastings At Michael’s Wine Cellar

Enjoy a casual, relaxing Saturday afternoon and discover 40+ fabulous wines at Michael’s Wine Cellar’s monthly Open House, a wine tasting experience with light bites offered. Admission is $10 per person. Advance RSVP not required. Event from 2-4pm.

Upcoming Open House Wine Tastings: 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

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Bordeaux Futures


What Are Bordeaux Futures?

Futures, or en primeur, as it’s called in Bordeaux, is a method of purchasing a specific vintage of wine in advance, before it is bottled and released in the market. In early April each year, industry professionals gather in Bordeaux for the Unions des Grand Cru tastings (UGC), where they taste through barrel samples. Then the en primeur campaign begins and based on the quality of the wine, prices are set about 18 months before the wine is released in the general market.


Why Buy Bordeaux Futures?

  • • To purchase wines at the initial release prices. Wines re-released after bottling or sold at retail in an excellent vintage will usually be considerably more expensive. 
  • • To secure allocations of small-production wines that may not be commercially available after “En Primeur” release. When these are gone, they are gone!
  • • To own a bottle of wine from the start of its life – provenance is priceless. You know that you bought it and have controlled its storage from the beginning.
  • • To purchase a birth year vintage for a child, grandchild or godchild. 
  • • To purchase a wedding year vintage. 
  • • To purchase the latest vintages of a Château that you have followed and purchased over the years. 

How Does It Work?

Bordeaux futures are an investment and basically, work like other market-traded commodities. Investors buy wine that has not yet reached the market. This allows the investor to obtain a potentially rare wine, at a bargain, then watch it increase in value. The wine is still in the barrels, un-bottled and won't be released for 12 to 18 months. Wine will begin to arrive after about 2 years. 

Many of these wines have very limited availability. Purchases are on a first-come and first-serve basis and are available by the solid case only (12 bottles unless otherwise noted). Bottle prices are displayed for comparison purposes only and do not indicate that these wines are available by the bottle.

Our Bordeaux Relationship 

Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber is our in-house Bordeaux specialist. He has spent a considerable amount of time in France exploring the vineyards, tasting the wines, and building personal relationships with the Chateaux owners. He works to ensure that Michael’s Wine Cellar offers outstanding Bordeaux Futures every year. 

If you have any questions you may e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Michael’s Wine Cellar at (941) 366-0007 Ext. 249. 

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