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Wines by Michel Rolland with Importer, Robert Hayk

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Cork & Fork

7344 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

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We will sample a selection of wines from around the world. The wines have in common Michel Rolland's palate and wine making expertise. Wines and Presentation by Importer of Michel Rolland Wines, Robert Hayk of Grapes & Barley

What do some of the hottest names in California wine have in common? In the case of Araujo, Bond, Bryant Family, Dalla Valle, Harlan Estate, Sloan and Staglin, it's the same consulting winemaker, and he's not a Californian, not even an American. He's Bordeaux's Michel Rolland. And the Frenchman's list of clients doesn't stop in California. He works with producers in just about every major winemaking region on the globe. From Chile's Casa Lapostolle to Italy's Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, he's probably made more outstanding-quality wines than anyone in modern times. We will taste through a selection of Michel Rolland's projects from across the globe. Rolland is also at the top of the charts in Bordeaux, his home. He grew up at Château Le Bon-Pasteur, his family estate in Pomerol. He and his wife, Dany, now live at Château Fontenil, their wine estate in Fronsac; together, they run a laboratory specializing in wine analysis in the Right Bank town of Libourne. In the 2005 vintage, he had his hand in a number of the region's top wines, including Pavie and L'Evangile (each earned preliminary ratings of 95-100 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale). He also works for Angélus, Certan de May, Clinet, Le Gay, Lascombes, Péby-Faugères, Magrez Fombrauge, Pape Clément, Rouget, Troplong-Mondot and dozens of others.

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Robert Hayk was born in Armenia, and raised in Soviet Russia. Having always dreamed of living in the United States, he immigrated in 1997. Robert attended Georgetown University to study Government & Finance and then spent 15 years in the world of banking and investments, laying out the foundation for pursuing his true passion of owning his own business.

It was in the 90s, during his time working for the US Embassy in Bulgaria, that Robert developed his love and appreciation for Bulgaria, its agricultural industry, and wine in particular. There the seed for Grapes & Barley was planted, as Robert began contemplating the possibility of creating a company that could take advantage of the fertile soils of Bulgaria and the untapped potential of their wine industry and history. While G&B remains the largest U.S. importer of Bulgarian wines, Robert has since expanded his vision.

Catering to the current adventurous spirit of the young as well as like-minded, more seasoned wine drinkers, Robert has carefully curated a portfolio of quality products from up and coming, esoteric, as well as more recognizable regions, with a keen focus on producers committed to excellence of their craft and environmental sustainability.

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This event is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The 6 to 8 wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.

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