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“A Tale Of Two Rivers” Blind Wine Tasting & Small Plate Event

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    Thu, June 22, 2023 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

L'Auberge Chez François
332 Springvale Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22180
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Cost: $150 (excluding tax and gratuity), for a total of $192 per person

The two most important rivers in France, viticulturally speaking, are the Loire and the Rhône, and they have very little in common! Different climates, different soils, different grape varieties, different traditions, they are a study in contrasts.

Please join us and Fran Kysela, MS as we compare the two riverine regions through a series of blind tastings. Each tasting will consist of one wine from each region, accompanied by a dish specially designed by Chef Jacques to complement them both.

We will assess the wines: which one do you like better, and why? Which one pairs better with the food? Discuss them with your friends and table-mates, and at the end of each course we will reveal the two wines and Fran Kysela, founder of importer and distributor Kysela Père et Fils, say a few words about where they come from and why they taste the way they do. A more engaging wine-tasting experience is hard to imagine!

Our evening begins a reception in our Grande Tente, with a sparkling Vouvray Brut from the Loire and Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapés. Then sit down with us to enjoy a lovely June evening tasting three pairs of wines from the Loire and the Rhône, white, rosé and red, along with Chef Jacques’ culinary creations.

You, our esteemed judges this evening, will declare the winner! Reserve soon for a wine-tasting experience unlike any other! 

Blind Wine Tasting and Small Plate Experience Menu


Seasonal Canapes

Sparkling Vouvray Brut

Cours de Pain

Harvest Multigrain, Sourdough Rolls, Local Butter

First Tasting Flight

Loire White vs Rhone White

Alaskan Halibut, Fennel Fondue

Second Tasting Flight

Loire Rosé vs Rhône Rosé

Grilled Norwegian Salmon, Served Chilled, Garden Herb Remoulade Sauce

Third Tasting Flight

Loire Red vs Rhône Red

Black Olive Tapenade-Crusted Creekstone Farms Filet Mignon

Dessert Course

Chef Pascal’s Raspberry Mousse Gateau

Julius Meinl Coffee, Selection of Harney and Sons Fine Teas

Event Price: $150 (excluding tax and gratuity), for a total of $192 per person.

Tickets non-refundable. We are happy to adjust the menu to accommodate guests’ dietary restrictions. Email chezlauberge@aol.com or call 703-759-3800. All wines will be available for purchase at a special price for our customers this evening.


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