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World Wines of Interest, Wine Dinner March 23, 2014

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

wine-glasses-red-wineFor this dinner, Sunday, March 23, 2014, at L’Auberge Provencale, we will be traveling around the world exploring “wines of interest” paired with foods of interest.  Our wine dinner starts at 12:30-1:00 for a meet and greet and then we will be seated for this exceptional event.

For a chance to discover small production, little know wines this dinner is a must.  We will be pouring wines from Moldova, Lebanon, Slovenia and Hungary.  Just for fun we may sneak in one from Greece and a white wine from Lebanon which gets better the older it gets.  Secret little treasures like these, accompany the wine tasting menu created by Chef Joseph Watters and his team.

The menu will feature such tantalizing goodies as King Crab, Boudin Blanc, Seasonal Black Truffles, Braised Rabbit, Beef Wellington Modern and Lychee Souflee.  Great food, great wines, and great friends…what a better way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon.  Oh, so very French.

Call 540-837-1375 for reservations and information.

Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
VA bed and breakfasts

Pastry and Hot Mulled Cider in our cozy sitting room by the fire

The season of Christmas and Hanukkah is approaching fast.  What a great time to visit L’Auberge Provencale, a romantic b&b in the Shenandoah Valley.  Tired of mall shopping? Looking at the same old ties and socks?  If you want something unique, hand crafted and simply one of a kind, the Shenandoah Valley has an abundance of stores and boutiques where you can truly find a great treasure.

Stop by Middleburg, on December 7th, and you will enjoy the Middleburg Christmas Parade from 10:00 am to 2:00 am.  This annual celebration of the season features over 100 riders and hounds, followed by the parade and an appearance by Santa.  Shop the stores that line the main street to find unique gifts for your special someones.  The Fun Shop is a favorite of ours with their eclectic range of goods, stop by Lou Lou’s for some divine accessories, Duchessa for great women’s apparel, and the antique stores and galleries offer high end selections to fill any wall in the house!

Old Town Winchester is also a favorite of our guests that are visiting our inn in Shenandoah Valley.  The walking center of town has been newly restored, and great shops, galleries, craft stores and more are great to visit and shop to you drop.  Don’t forget to wind around the corner to Kimberly’s and see what she has done again this year with Christmas decorations.  It is an experience in itself and you will come away with some unique gifts.

The  Virginia Wine Country is finished the harvest and putting the vines to bed, but the cozy tasting rooms offer a chance to relax from the hectic pace of the holidays.  And of course, our Shenandoah bed and breakfast is decked in all the halls and the elves are busy in the kitchen creating a new menu concept by Chef Joseph Watters. Sit by the fire in the cozy sitting room and enjoy some afternoon hot mulled cider, retire to your room for a nap; and then return to our dining room to sample our new menu, garden to guest and farm to table.

VA Holiday Lodging

Traditional Buche de Noel served during the Holiday Season

Clarke County Fair

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Another great night here in Clarke County, Virginia at our annual Fair.  Not just farm animals, carnival rides, but America’s Number one sport  the tractor pull!  Check out our video from last night’s winner.  The smoke will probably send you screaming for a gas mask and the CO2 police.  It is all country fun and we wouldn’t want it any other way in the Shenandoah Valley.

Just wanted to allow our patrons to get a feel for our style of entertainment.  Tonight is the lawn mower races.  Stay tuned.


Sunny Autumn Saturday @ L’Auberge Provencale

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

What a day, Balloons, weddings, lots of SUN SHINE… We are having the typical Fall weekend at L’Auberge Provencale…

AN Intimate wedding looking over the valley behind L’Auberge… She was a happy person today!!!

Kitchen doing their thing...

Kitchen humming along delivering their gastronomical delights..

Get a reservation; come enjoy the goings on…


Saturday, August 13th, 2011

We are very proud to announce our new video for Fine Dining at L’Auberge Provencale. Let us know what you think and join us for fine dining in our northern Virginia restaurant.

Wine of the Week

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Hermitage Blanc, Belle Vineyards 1999

Recommended by our house sommelier, Christian Borel, this fantastic summer wine hails from Lamage village in Rhone Valley, France.  The vineyard itself is located just below Hermitage and is covered with limestone granite pebbles and vines over 20 years old, this gives Hermitage Blanc it’s unique flavor.

Crisp quince and honey citrus dominate this medium-bodied, richly fruity wine. A perfect summer wine to sip on the porch after a hot day or have with an elegant menu.

Journey of Wine, Gastronomy & Literature Afternoon

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

We are getting excited for our upcoming wine tasting on Sunday, August 21.

Presently Madame Celeste Borel and Chef Jacob are brewing up ideas for a phenomenal cuisine and wine selection and with Jason Bise from Country Vinter pairing a harmonizing wine medley for the ultimate tasting experience.

The L’Auberge Provençale crew is thrilled of meeting Author Roy Cloud and hearing of his stories from his new book “To Burgundy and Back Again: A Tale of Wine, France, and Brotherhood.” We are anticipating the arrival Roy’s book that he will autograph and give each attendee any day now.

We hope you’ll pencil in the magnificent afternoon awaiting you.

Journey of Wine, Gastronomy & Literature

Sunday, August 21, 2011

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Call now for reservations. Seating is limited.

800.638.172 | 540.837.1375

New Years Eve Dinner

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Yes we are open for New Years Eve!

We’ll be having two dinner seating’s featuring a 6 Course Meal
(with choices in each course).

The First seating is from 6:00-6:30pm and is $98.00 per person!
The Second seating is from 9:30-10:00pm and is $125.00 per person and includes a champagne toast at midnight!

Wine pairings will be offered for each seating for an additional $58.00 per person.

There’s still plenty of availability, so make your reservations soon!

The holidays are here…

Friday, November 26th, 2010

…and are busy decorating!

Celebrate Halloween with a Fun [and elegant] Pumpkin Recipe!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Local Pumpkin Velouté with Lobster, Cognac, and Vanilla Bean Crème Fraiche

Yields 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 lobster tail- cooked and sliced into medallions
1/2 med onion- diced small
3 ribs of celery- diced small
1 3lb pumpkin- diced medium (when cleaning save seeds and toast for a garnish)
2 Yukon gold potatoes- diced medium
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 vanilla bean- scraped (reserve seeds and pod)
2 ounces of cognac or navan (vanilla cognac)
1 tablespoon olive oil

To Prepare:

1. In one tablespoon of oil sweat onions, celery, and pumpkin over medium heat for about 5 minutes without browning

2. Add potatoes, stock and vanilla pod, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes

3. Once vegetables are soft transfer all to a blender and puree with smooth. Strain through
a fine mesh strainer.

4. Add cream and cognac and season to taste.

To Serve: Put lobster the cooked lobster medallions in a serving bowl and pour soup in the bowl. Garnish by swirling vanilla crème fraiche and top with toasted pumpkin seeds.

To create the vanilla crème fraiche blend together the seeds of one vanilla bean and 1/4 cup of crème fraiche

For a fun fall treat, carve out small pumpkins and us them as soup bowls!