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Issue 27 ~ June 2016
Charity Auction!

"Dinner Party of a Lifetime"

Chef Brian has teamed up with food writer Simon Davidson to serve a wonderful dinner for charity. The auction raises money for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and the bidding for this dinner is live until July 14th -- b id on the dinner at Davidson's website, . The "Dinner Party of a Lifetime" includes a meal for 12 people at Chef Brian's house, featuring fresh food from his garden and wines from his cellar. Chef Brian will cook, and sommelier, Erin, will pair and serve the wines. 


Upcoming Events

Bastille Day Afternoon Reception at Petit Pois
Refreshments and Hors d'Oeuvres on Petit Pois' Patio
Thursday, July 14th, 2:30-5pm, $20/pp 
As part of the Bastille Day festivities, you'll enjoy a view of the Charlottesville Waiters' Race that starts at 3pm...

Bastille Day Feast at Fleurie
A portion of the proceeds support the Alliance Francaise
Thursday, July 14th, reserve a table between 5-8:30
$70/pp ~ at Fleurie
To reserve, call 434.971.7800

Restaurant Week at Fleurie
Join us for Restaurant Week! We'll be serving a $39/pp 3-course menu from July 15th- July 23rd
July 15th - July 23rd
$39/pp ~ reserve a table by calling 434.971.7800
or reserve through Open Table
* *we usually fill up about two weeks in advance**

On Le Menu...

Soft-shell Crab Season is Briefly Here!

Pastry Chef Serge Torres has whipped up a delicious Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart

Calamari, Stuffed with Pine Nuts

James Beard Grant 

~Rhone Varieties in California~
Gideon Beinstock of Clos Saron and his Goose

Our sommelier, Erin, won a 'Rhone Rangers Professional Travel Study Grant' through the James Beard Foundation. As part of the travel study to study Rhone varieties in California, she recently returned from a 10 day trip through California. She visited several producers that are currently available on the Fleurie wine list, including Sashi Moorman and his Memorious Vineyard (perhaps one of the most important vineyards in the world, planted from pinot noir seeds), Gideon Beinstock (and his goose- pictured) at his tiny outcropping of vines in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, Randall Graham (of Bonny Doon)'s new site in San Juan Bautista, and some vines that date back to the 1880s at Ridge Estate in Sonoma. 

During the California Gold Rush, some of the earliest planted grape varieties originally came from France's Rhone Valley. The connection to the Rhone and California's pre-Prohibition wine era is a heritage that echoes in some of California's more unique wines. Ridge, for instance, works with some of the oldest vineyards in California. 

As you travel farther south, a newer romance between California and Rhone varieties becomes clear. The oldest syrah vines in Santa Barbara Country, for instance, date back to as recently as the 1970s. 

As southern California becomes more enthralled with Rhone varieties, northern California is growing to appreciate their ancient vineyards. A few winemakers recently got together and created the Historic Vineyard Society to celebrate some of these plantings. Next time you are in California, these are some wines and vines to seek out!  
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