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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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Special Offers for GCCC Members this Summer!

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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. 

DOUBLE POINTS at Michael's Wine Cellar

Shop in-store to earn double points every Saturday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

DOUBLE POINTS at Michael's On East

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

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GCCC Summer Specials!

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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

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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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Special Offers for GCCC Members this Summer!

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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.

DOUBLE POINTS at Michael's Wine Cellar
Shop in-store to earn double points every Saturday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

DOUBLE POINTS at Michael's On East
Earn double points on dining during lunch and dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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Take Flight with Michael's this Summer!

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Introducing Michael's Wine Flights, available starting on June 17. Featuring 3 sample sized glasses of wine, a different fun theme each week and 3 small bites to match up!

Who doesn't love a good flight?

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Specialty Dinners & Wine Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar

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Glenmorangie Scotch Dinner
Monday, June 17 at 6:30 PM
$125/person (includes a full sized bottle of Glenmorangi 18-year-old to take home!)
Reserve your spot here
Open House Wine Tasting
Saturday, June 8 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM
$10/person (earn double points on purchases made during the open house!)
Register ahead of time here
 
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WINE DINNERS & TASTINGS

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Limited reservations are available for several "Forks & Corks

Forks & Corks University Masters Class

Saturday, May 4, 1-3 p.m.

$50/per person. Reservations required. Space is limited. 

Forks & Corks Retail Tasting

Saturday, May 4, 3-5 p.m.

$10 per person. No advanced reservations required. Simply join us at the door. 

Reynolds Family Wine Dinner

Saturday, May 4, 7-9 p.m. 

$125 per person. Reservations required. Space is limited. 

 

BROWSE MORE WINE TASTINGS AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

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Holiday Toy Drive at December Wine Tasting


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Each December, the Michael's Wine Cellar team invites you to join us for an annual toy drive supporting the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program as part of our Holiday Open House! Please start shopping for your toy donation(s) and join us NEXT Saturday.

Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive 
Saturday, December 8, 2018 2-4 p.m.
Michael's Wine Cellar
Please bring an unwrapped toy per person to donate as "admission" to this event.

No RSVP is required; please simply join us from 2-4 pm at the door with an unwrapped toy in hand.

Click here to browse more details about a variety of upcoming events
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Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award


Michael's On East is being recognized as one of Florida's best places to dine as a member of Florida Trend's 2018 Golden Spoon Hall of Fame in the December issue of the magazine. Michael Klauber reflected: 

The 'Golden Spoon' is such an honor for our team receive each year. We truly value this Florida Trend award and remain focused on ensuring every single guest's dining experience is worthy of the 'Hall of Fame' distinction. We believe our commitment to consistency, the dedication of our professional team and basic guiding principle to run the entire operation from our guests' perspective have been the secrets to earning this type of special distinction within the competitive restaurant industry.
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Michael's Wine Club is a Gift Which Keeps Giving Fine Wines Each Month

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Explore the exciting world of wine with Michael's Wine Club! 

We like to think it's the best in town - actually around! - as Michael has a personal connection with the hardworking winemakers and winery owners behind so many of our featured fine wines from the world's best boutique wine estates. Each monthly package will come complete with tasting notes and suggested food pairings for you to explore as you sip new favorite fine wines.

Select red, white, or mix it up with the perfect gift for wine-lovers starting at just $39.95 a month. Click here for full details, to give a gift membership or join online.

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Murf Klauber was the Patriarch of the Klaubers' World of Hospitalit

Honoring "Doc," Longboat's Legendary Visionary with Great Heart and True Character 

Michael's father and Philip's mentor, Dr. Murray (Murf) Klauber, passed away on Thanksgiving evening. "Doc," as many friends, colleagues and GCCC members will fondly remember him, was an inspiration in so many ways. 

The Klauber family would like to convey their sincere appreciation to the community for the outpouring of support the past week as so many friends remembered Murf, including our friends in the press who so eloquently chronicled and shared his story and legacy:
Gayle Guynup, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Murf Klauber's Zest for Life Included His Personal and Professional Endeavors
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Murf's Best Friends Weren't Hard to Find
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Passion Upon Passion

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A celebration of life will be held in January. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Murf Klauber Pier at the Bay Memorial Fund at The Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285. www.gulfcoastcf.org/murfklauber

Klauber, Dr. Murray "Murf"
February 9, 1927 - November 22, 2018
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Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting & More Wine Cellar Events 


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Meet winemakers from around the globe at the annual Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Admission is $10 per person. Click here to reserve online in advance, or simply join us at the door for this special tasting hosted by visiting winemakers from fabulous wine estates:

Bravium * Jeio * Bisol * Castello di Volpaia * Prelius * Château d'Esclans * Freemark Abbey * Hartford Family Wines * Justin * Landmark * Maeli * Newton * Rodney Strong * Venissa * Villa Russiz

Michael will also host another Open House Wine Tasting, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, so there are plenty of opportunities to sip and shop for your Thanksgiving wine selections this month! 

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Select All Red, All White, or Mix it Up with Michael's Wine Club!

Michael's Wine Club
Explore the exciting world of wine with Michael's Wine Club! 

We like to think it's the best in town - actually around! - as Michael has a personal connection with the hardworking winemakers and winery owners behind so many of our featured fine wines from the world's best boutique wine estates. Each monthly package will come complete with tasting notes and suggested food pairings for you to explore as you sip new favorite fine wines.

Select red, white, or mix it up with the perfect gift for wine-lovers starting at just $39.95 a month. Click here for full details, to give a gift membership or join online.

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Final Two Months: Double Points Days & Wine Lovers Thursdays

Michael's summertime offerings (exclusive to Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members and not valid with any other offers or discounts) continue through October 31, 2018. 
 

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Shop in-store and earn Double Points on all retail purchases each Thursday this summer, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Michael's On East
Earn Double Points on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during lunch and dinner in the Restaurant.

Plus Connoisseur Club members enjoy half-priced bottles of wine during lunch or dinner on "Wine Lovers Thursdays" in the Restaurant. Available for ALL bottles of wine on the award-winning wine list! 
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Michael's Team Earns Sommelier Certificates

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You've come to appreciate the Michael's On East team's collective wine knowledge for years - even decades for several on the team - as servers carefully guide your wine selections in the Restaurant. Michael's On East was also recently awarded the 2018 Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, so you really can't go wrong with a wine selection in the Restaurant, of course. However, the knowledgeable team is prepared, now more than ever, to expertly guide your next wine experience. 

Last week, four members of the Michael's On East team earned  Sommelier certification, completing the first stage of the formal educational program of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. Congratulations to Mark Fishburn, Joe Loria, Andrew Podhola and Kelly Taylor! 

Click here to browse the current wine list at Michael's On East. (Also remember to take advantage of the award-winning wine program by enjoying half-priced bottles of wine every "Wine Lovers Thursday" in the Restaurant for a limited time. The half-priced bottles of wine offering is available during lunch, happy hour and dinner each Thursday at Michael's On East through October 2018.)
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Restaurant's Wine Program Honored with "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator

You'll find your favoimage.pngrite wine program honored yet again in Wine Spectator's August issue! Michael's On East has been awarded the 2018 Best of Award of Excellence


"This year, Wine Spectator is honoring 3,759 restaurants, located in all 50 states and over 75 countries and territories, for having outstanding wine lists. Theawards are given across three categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award.


The Best of Award of Excellence honors wine programs that take their commitment a step further; it recognizes lists that display excellent breadth across multiple regions and/or significant vertical depth of top wines, along with superior presentation."

Click here to browse the current wine list at Michael's On East. (And remember you're invited to take advantage of this award-winning wine program by enjoying half-priced bottles of wine every "Wine Lovers Thursday" in the Restaurant through October.)

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This Month's Tasting Events at Michael's Wine Cellar

July Open House Wine Tasting: 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 
Taste dozens of international wines at Michael's casual, walk-about tasting in the retail store! Admission is $10 per person. No RSVP is required if you'd like to simply join us at the door for Open House events. Online reservations are also available.
 
Cab is KingCab is King Wine Class
6:30 p.m.onMonday, July 9
Continuing Michael's popular series of educational wine classes, the Wine Cellar team looks forward to surprising you with a special treat this July! Class attendees will have the pleasure of trying different Cabernet wines from Bordeaux to Australia! 

Admission is $25 per person and advanced reservations are required. Click here to register
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GCCC Trip Inspires Port Wine Cocktails

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GCCC travelers experienced yet another trip of a lifetime this past spring as they sailed the Regent Seven Seas Explorer from Lisbon to London, with a remarkable itinerary in the Douro Valley in Portugal. 

We celebrated the most recent GCCC journey back home in Sarasota as well with a new menu featuring handcrafted cocktails made with Taylor Fladgate Portsat Michael's On East. 

Click here to view the menu and full recipes of the new Port Wine Cocktails
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Michael's On East Honored with 29th Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award

AAA Four Diamond Award 2018  

Philip Mancini and Michael Klauber, Michael's On East Co-Proprietors, accepted the restaurant's 29th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award during a brief presentation by AAA's Don Schwartz last Thursday. 

Michael's On East is the only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant in Sarasota, and one of only two restaurants in Florida to receive the honor for more than 25 years! Click here to read more.
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