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A Tour Of Californian Terroir Wine Dinner With Robert McFarlane

Thu, September 30, 2021 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

L'Auberge Chez François
332 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
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Cost: $162 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, for a total of $208 per person.

Do they make wines that express terroir in California? In the past, some said (especially if they were French!) that many California wines just tasted of ripe fruit and wine-making tricks, like they could have come from anywhere. But more and more Californian winemakers have taken up the challenge to produce wines that say something about where they were grown, expressing personality and uniqueness.

So we are happy to have our old friend Robert McFarlane of Potomac Selections join us to present wines by five hot producers from California. Robert will explain how they undress their wines, instead of dressing them up, through careful farming and restrained wine-making. The result are wines of individuality: complex, aromatic and flavorful, without being over-extracted or out of balance.

Chef Jacques and team have crafted a menu to highlight the authenticity of the wines, for an unforgettable gustatory experience, under our Grande Tente on a magical late September evening.

California Terroir Wine Dinner Menu

Chef Jacques’ Seasonal Canapes

Folk Machine Chenin Blanc, Merritt Island 2019

Gratin of Virginia Flounder, Shitake Mushrooms

LIOCO Chardonnay ‘Estero’, Russian River Valley 2018

Medallion of Ahi Tuna, Pinot Noir Reduction Hirsch Vineyards

Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir ‘Bohan Dillon’, Sonoma Coast 2019

Espresso Marinated Veal Loin Chop, Pommes Boulangères, Seasonal Vegetables

  • Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2017
  • White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2016

Chef Pascal’s Classic Paris Brest Choux Pastry with Praline Crème

Locally-roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas


We are happy to accommodate guests’ dietary concerns so all may join the festivities. Please email chezlauberge@aol.com or call 703-759-3800 with special requests. Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase these wines at a special price this evening.

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