I was given the most wonderful task: find exceptional Bordeaux wines and recreate a French countryside dinner in the garden of one of my favorite clients for his 40th birthday party. I turned into the ultimate wine nerd. I started picking the brains of my coworkers that routinely travel to Bordeaux, researching vintages, and constructing a menu based on traditional French cuisine and techniques with impeccable Californian meats and produce. The idea was to have a family style dining experience with a paired flight of wines featuring the Left and Right Banks and finishing with an unbeatable Sauterne.
After much research and comparative tasting I designed the following menu in conjunction with chef Daron Wiemeyer...
Guided Bordeaux Tasting with Sommelier Melissa Lavrinc Smith
June 25, 2011
2009 Clos Floridene, Graves Blanc
2003 d'Angludet, Margaux
2007 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
2005 Belair, St-Emilion
2008 Monbousquet, St- Emilion
1988 Lafaurie Peyraguey, Sauternes
Mixed Green Salad
Roasted Spiced Chickpeas
Artichoke with Meyer Lemon Aioli
Braised Lamp Shank with Herbes de Provance
and Roasted Farmers Market Vegetables
Artisan Cheese Plate with torn Baguette
Grilled Apricot Galette with Rosemary Honey and Creme Chantilly
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