A long overdue post

After months of being busier than ever, I realized that I haven’t shared much more than a Facebook tag here and there about all of the great experiences and wines I’ve come across.
Some highlights of the last year:
Mas La Plana Vertical tasting
Cristal dinner with Ordre des Couteaux
James Halliday’s visit, tastings and taking him to the tailor
A great bottle of Palmer 99 at Amber with awesome company
A disappointing bottle of Lafite, followed by an amazing one.
Seña vertical tasting blind against the Premier Crus, winning every hand!
A great Icon Dinner with Eduardo and Jeannie
Train ride with Angelo and Gaia, and several fantastic meals
Incredible dinner with Seba and the Marchese in Verona with Craig
Dinner in Venice on a piazza with the wife and Venice’s most charming Maitre d’
1990 Grand Sendree and Ca’Marcanda with great friends in Chicago at Perennial Virant
Awesome Dinner with Palme d’or, Sauzet Montrachet, 89 Guigal La Landonne, 82 Leoville Las Cases and 88 Y’Quem at David and Lisa’s house
1993 Sori Tildin
1989 Sori San Lorenzo and a cask strength Macallan.
Wine Future unofficial tastings with Angelo, Gaia, Eduardo, and Miguel as well as Parker and Robinson
1980 Veuve with Herve at Amber
1990 Krug, 96 Clos de Mesnil and 2006 Ornellaia at Otto e Mezzo
5 guys, 2- Macallan 12, 2 18, and a 25, woof!
Pieropan with Jacques at Amber.
Conundrum, plumpjack and Pahlmeyer in Dtw

Published by thegrapelife

Professional fermented grape taster, Jonathan Mather, originally from Michigan, now hails from the other side of the world- Hong Kong. A sense of adventure and love of exploration has taken Jonathan on some great journeys. Through a love of travel enjoy the pleasure of meeting new and interesting people, and enjoy fine food, wine and music. All of the above; Together if possible! As a classically trained chef and hotelier Jonathan is still exploring life’s pleasures. Over the past two decades, Jonathan has worked in a variety of restaurants and hotels. Passion for great food and wine experiences led to catering and events for hotels. Jonathan’s excitement to explore; meet new people and eat what they eat has led him from street taco stands in Acapulco at 3am to the heights of fine Gastronomy. Always returning for a simple repast of peasant food and great wine- a NY strip rare with salt and pepper, wedge salad, shrimp cocktail, braised osso bucco and a great bottle of wine with some good friends!! While at Michigan State, Jonathan had the honor to run a student led gourmet dinner event for over 300 guests, Les Gourmets. Experience with Les Gourmets and other events sparked a passion for event planning and catering. After graduating from Michigan State’s Prestigious School of Hospitality Business in 1997, Jonathan worked in catering and events with InterContinental Chicago. In the early 2000's Jonathan was a partner in creating YLo Epicure in Denver a gourmet deli and catering company later sold and still one of Denver's top catering offerings. Later moving to Hong Kong, Jonathan has worked in the wine and spirits import and distribution market for over a decade. After a successful chapter with Macallan in sales and marketing, continued rising to General Manager Greater South China for ASC Fine Wines, a division of Suntory. Jonathan has been consulting on import, distribution and brand management for select clients in the region.

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