A Bastille Day Celebration
Kermit Lynch’s influence has been enduring. He has had so much success shining the spotlight on small, artisan producers that he has won two James Beard awards and was knighted by the French government with their prestigious “Legion d’Honneur.”
With Gary Twining of Cutting Edge Selections
Sunday, July 14, 2019 • 5:00 pm
Join us Sunday July 14, 2019 as we celebrate all things France for our annual Bastille Day Celebration. This year’s we will feature the French wines of importer Kermit Lynch.
Kermit Lynch was raised in San Luis Obispo, California but his name has become synonymous with French and Italian wines. In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and maybe a bit of gumption, he opened Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant with thirty-five cases of wine stacked on the floor. Attracted by the Old World wine cultures of Europe, Kermit became a retailer, distributor, and national importer of authentic wines that express their terroir.
By importing previously little-known wines, he managed to bring wealth to formerly quite poor regions in France or Italy.
“I didn’t think of it much in terms of a business. I am also not talented at all in reading accountants’ reports, financial reports. You know, I look at the bottom line and see “OK, good. I can keep going another year” (laughs). That’s really how it went. It was sort of, if the business went well, I could keep doing these wonderful things I was doing, like turning people here onto new discoveries and continuing my trips to wine country, my trips down to the cellars with wine makers. Those were the days! It’s changed a lot, with technology and all. But in those days, it was funky—spit on the floor, everybody smoked. Socially it was great, because the wine loosens you up—we just had so much fun. Laughing and joking all the time. Now you see French winemakers, Italian winemakers, saying that this wine smells like a cherry or a berry or something—no, no, back then the wines were human beings.” – Kermit Lynch
Montrachet Goat Cheese & Grilled Vegetable Terrine, Carrot & Pea Purée
A vegetable terrine wrapped in leeks, layered with asparagus, grilled zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms, turnips and Montrachet goat cheese, with a carrot & pea vegetable purée.
Corbières “Gris de Gris” Rosé, Domaine de Fontsainte, Languedoc Roussillon, France, 2017
Cream of Ohio Corn Cappuccino, Comte Cheese Espuma
A purée of Huron County sweet corn topped with a Comte cheese foam, toasted corn nuts
Bordeaux Blanc, Château Graville-Lacoste, Graves, Bordeaux, France, 2016
Chablis, Domaine Roland Lavantureux, Burgundy, France, 2016
Vouvray, Champalou, Loire Valley, France, 2017
Coquilles Saint Jacques à la Parisienne
Maine Sea Scallops and savory mushrooms, sautéed, served in a fish velouté sauce, seasoned with garlic, shallots, Dry Sack Sherry, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, served in a natural sea scallop shell with duchess potatoes.
Braised Angus Beef® Short Rib, Bourguignon
Angus beef® short rib, braised in red wine and veal stock with root vegetable, served over pink lentils with pearl onions, root vegetables, and pancetta bacon.
Beaujolais “Fleurie·Les Moriers”, Domaine Chignard, Burgundy, France, 2016
Côte de Nuits Villages, Domaine Gachot-Monot, Burgundy, France, 2015
Ventoux Rouge “Megaphone”, Famille Brunier, Rhône Valley, France, 2016
Roulade of Veal Champignon, Hen of the Woods & Black Currant Glace de Viande
A roulade of veal filled with a veal and wild mushroom stuffing, hen of the woods mushroom
mousseline, finished with a hen of the woods black currant glace de viande.
Bourgueil “Cuvée Vieilles Vignes”, Domaine de la Chanteleuserie,
Loire Valley, France, 2015
Château de Bellevue, Lussac Saint Èmilion, France, 2015
Cahors, Clos la Catoule, Cahors, France, 2015
Napoleon Dark Berry with Dark Berry Sorbet
A flaky pastry filled with blackberries and blackberry Chantilly & mascarpone cream with marionberry sorbet, berry coulis.
Vin du Bugey-Cerdon “La Cueille”, Patrick Bottex, Savoie, France, NV
$125 per person Tax & Gratuity not included