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Welcome to the Marin Brach of the International Wine and Food Society.




A California “New World” Wine Dinner in London.

Friday, 6 December 2013 ~ 7:00 P.M.

At the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square – London Friday, 6 December 2013 ~ 7:00 P.M.

£ 89.00 Per Person Member & First Guest ~
£ 95.00 Guests.




he International Wine & Food Society, Marin Branch, Haskell Norman Chapter In Conjunction with the IWFS London Wine & Food Society & St. James Branch Presents:


A California “New World” Wine Dinner The Wines of Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery with Honored Guest Cristina Torres.


My good friend, long-term legendary former Chairman of the London Wine & Food Society, Andrew Brodie, called me and said “Jack, it’s time to do an event -- let’s make this happen”.


A master arm twister with an enormous heart, I could not resist. Andrew and I have co-chaired a number of successful events in London, where I have brought California winemakers featuring the great Zinfandel’s of the Dry Creek Valley, and sensational Pinot’s and Chardonnay’s from California’s unique and hearty Russian River.


This event called for something extraordinary to represent the New World -- a winery that was quintessentially California celebrating old world
wine making techniques with a pedigree and great heritage. For 300 years the Torres family has produced some of Spain’s fi nest wines, “however, it wasn’t until the 1970’s when Torres’ then most prestigious red wine, Mas La Plana, beat Chateau Latour at the Paris Wine Olympiad”.


In 1975 the bold and alluring daughter of Don Miguel, Marimar Torres, came to California to live, acquired land and in 1986 began planting her own vineyards. Today this “certified organic winery” has 30 acres of Chardonnay and 30 acres of Pinot Noir, immersed in the European style with a density of 2000 vines per acre, four times the density of the typical California vineyard.

According to Marimar “the high density promotes root competition and diminishes vigor, naturally reducing the output per vine”. The result -- outstanding quality, terrific structure, precise balance and enticing aroma.


It is the traditional techniques employed that make Marimar’s wine a hallmark in achievement and carries the Torres legacy to the new world.


Andrew and I are honored to present the next generation of the family Torres, Marimar’s lovely daughter Cristina, who will present a superb film presentation of the history of the Torres
family, along with a superb selection of Marimar Torres wines to be served with a sensational dinner being prepared by the Millennium Hotel next to the US Embassy in London.


Cristina will feature selections from two of their most prized vineyards; 2009 Acero Chardonnay Don Miguel Vineyard ~ 2009 La Masia Chardonnay Don Miguel Vineyard ~ 2008 La Masia Pinot Noir Don Miguel Vineyard ~ 2006 Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir Dona Margarita Vineyard and 2008 Cristina Pinot Noir Don Miguel Vineyard.


Throughout the world several of the world’s great wineries and vineyards have now been graciously handed down to the daughters of great winemakers. At the dawn of a new century they are leaving their mark with great quality by following in the taste characteristics of their family heritage.


We look forward to presenting a new inductee into the world winemaking scene, another great member from the House of Torres, Cristina.


Andrew and I are also honored to have the members of the IWFS prestigious St. James branch, commandingly led by its own legendary Chairman, Ariso Fianos. We are grateful for Ari’s participation and aid in creating this significant California wine event.


Best Wishes, Jack Rubyn, Chairman IWFS Marin Branch & Andrew Brodie