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Wine Maker’s Dinner a success!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Our May 21st Wine Maker’s Dinner was a great time! Winemaker Caleb Foster of Buty Winery (Walla Walla Valley, Washington State) hosted a tasting of five wines we paired with L’Auberge cuisine:

First Course:

Sashimi of Dayboat Alaskan Halibut with Garden Cilantro, Lemongrass and Lime

Semillon-Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Buty 2008

Second Course:

Housemade Tagliatelle with Local Morels, Garden Peas, Poached Maine Lobster and Sweet Pea Froth

Chardonnay Conner Lee Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Buty 2008

Third Course:

Slow Braised Fields of Athenry Pork Belly with a Tomato, Saffron and Lentil Ragout

Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Buty 2007

Fourth Course:

Warm Spring Beef Tongue with Fresh Garden Tarragon, Braised Garden Radish and Aged Sherry

Achiote Grilled Painted Hills Terres Major with Charred Spring Onions and Savory Garlic Jus

Rediviva of the Stones, Walla Walla Valley, Buty 2007

Columbia Rediviva, Phinny Hill Vineyard Estate, Buty 2006

Dessert:

Strawberry Rhubarb Chutney Tart

with a Lemon/Thyme Ice Cream

Wine Maker’s Dinner

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Wine Maker’s Dinner

Friday May 21st, 2010

6:00pm

$88 per person

Meet the Winemaker, Caleb Foster,

of Buty Winery in the Walla Walla Valley, Washington State

Enjoy pairings with seasonal cuisine,

from Chef de Cuisine, Scott Meyers.

Featuring the freshest ingredients from local farms

Wine Maker’s Dinner Menu

Caleb Foster

Winemaker of 19 vintages in Washington, New Zealand and South Africa, Caleb designs Buty wines with Nina as personal statements. International winemaking has taught him to stay true to Washington wine’s character of origin.

The Philosphy

Buty’s philosophy of winemaking reflects the old religious worldview of human growth from the body to mind to soul to spirit, called”the great nest of being.”  The all inclusive nest of being grows over time as we reach for the spiritual levels of life.  So, too, Buty Wines evolve including and expanding their quality at each stage of their development.  The wine’s development is a cumulative and artistic process.  Every stage of growth is equally important for a fine wine, starting with a great site developed into a vineyard, from fruit into wine, from cellared bottles to our enjoyment at a shared meal.  A great wine calls for complete attention as they expand the qualites present at every stage.

Plates & Palates Burgundy Tasting

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Winey and Cheesy are taking all the credit for this idea; a wine tasting at  your favorite romantic restaurant.  We will have to admit, it’s a great concept!  Our first, of many, wine tastings took place today and was an instant hit!  Winey, Cheesy and the rest of the staff here at L’Auberge Provencale are delighted that our guest forged on though the snow, ice and slush to visit us on a perfect, sunny, Sunday afternoon.  With rolling hills and distant mountains covered dressed in snow, it’s the perfect backdrop for a day surrounded by good friends, delicious delicacies and to sample the finest of Burgundy’s.  Please stay tuned for our next tasting in March!

Picnics in Provence

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Just one beautiful spot at Blandy Farm, the Virginia State Arboretum

Just one beautiful spot at Blandy Farm, the Virginia State Arboretum

     Winey and Cheesey have been enjoying the heavenly weather this year.  Blue skies and puffy clouds in July? Incredible they say.  What a perfect time to visit  the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  Within 5 hours from anywhere in the USA, just an hour and a half from DC what a great destination, L”Auberge Provencale.  The chefs have been cooking up some great food featuring the bounty of our gardens and local farms.  Pick a tomato at 5:00 and enjoy it that night!  Wow…can anything be better than that?

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Mama bear

     Answer:  a picnic in one of our favorite spots.  Egg Hollow or Dickey Ridge picnic grounds on the skyline drive, and Blandy farm are two of my favorite spots.  Enjoy the pictures below of these beautiful areas. Celeste went to skyline last week and saw not just the usual deer, but a huge owl, and a mother black bear with her twin cubs.  No one seemed disturbed by the “tourist” taking pictures.  We’ll be happy to pack you a picnic with or without wine.  Just give us notice the day before and we can have it ready for you after breakfast!  You then can go off hiking, canoeing, wine touring, exploring, or just sitting by the pool at the Villa. A perfect way to spend the day.  The picnics are 75.00  for two and you keep the basket!  Wine is additional and winey will help with your selections.

Dickey Ridge Picnic Area Skyline Drive
Egg Hollow Picnic Ground Skyline Drive

Egg Hollow Picnic Ground Skyline Drive

Dickey Ridge Picnic Area Skyline Drive

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