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Avennia Wine Tasting And Dinner With Thomas Woodley

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    Thu, March 23, 2023 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

L'Auberge Chez François
332 Springvale Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22180
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Cost: $200 (Excludes Tax and Gratuity), for a total of $256 per person.

Please join Chef Jacques and team Thursday, March 23rd as we welcome Thomas Woodley, as he presents one of the most exciting producers in Washington state, Avennia. Thomas is National Sales Director for Avennia, and has vast experience in Washington wine, having spent fifteen years with Woodward Canyon. Avennia is the old Roman name for the walled city of Avignon in the south of France near Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and since its founding in 2010, Avennia has been garnering terrific reviews for its new world wines made in an old-world style. The partnership brings together Microsoft marketing veteran Marty Taucher and Chris Peterson, former cellar master and production winemaker at Delille Cellars, and more recently Seattle Magazine’s 2017 Winemaker of the Year.

The partners have established long-term relationships with some of Washington’s best growers, allowing them to source grapes from the finest parcels of some of the most famous vineyards. Low-intervention winemaking and extensive blending trials result in spectacular wines that are catching more and more attention – and only a few hundred cases are made of each!

After a brief reception, the dinner will be preceded by a tasting flight of three excellent Bordeaux-style reds. Two fine Rhône-style reds will accompany Chef Jacques’ cuisine.


Chef Jacques’ Seasonal Hors d’Oeuvres

Wolfberger Crémant d’Alsace

Pre-dinner tasting flight:

  • Avennia, Valery, Red Blend, Columbia Valley 2018
  • Avennia, Sestina, Red Blend, Columbia Valley 2018
  • Avennia, Red Willow Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley 2016 

Avennia Wine Dinner Menu

Corbeille de Pain (Bread Course) Basket of Multi Grain & Sourdough Breads, Local Butter

Mousseline of Wild Salmon, Sorrel, Smoked Trout Caviar

Avennia, Justine, Red Blend, Columbia Valley 2017

Salade de Maison, Housemade Vinaigrette

Seasonal Sorbet

L’Auberge Chez Francois’ Carré d’Agneau

Grilled Rack of Lamb, Herbs de Provence, Classique Cassoulet, Wilted Spinach

Avennia, Le Corbeau Vineyard, Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills 2017

Chef Pascal’s Classic Mille-Feuille Napoléon

Julius Meinl Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas

Event Price: $200 (Excludes Tax and Gratuity), for a total of $256 per person.

We are happy to accommodate dietary reactions so all may join in on our culinary experiences. Please email chezlauberge@aol.com or call 703-759-3800 with special requests. Please remember to sign up early, as seating is limited. If we are sold out, please call to join our wait list. Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase these wines at a special price this evening.


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  • dinner
  • Washington
  • cabernet
  • merlot
  • syrah
  • grenache
  • Things to do in Great Falls, Virginia
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