Chez François presents a St. Valentine’s Wine Dinner

Saturday, February 15, 2020 • 6:30 p.m.

Featuring Wines of Secret Indulgence

Citrus-Cured Ōra king Salmon Timbale, Crème Fraîche and Malossol Osetra caviar

House-cured Ōra king salmon timbale filled with Peekytoe crab and clementine oranges garinshed with crème fraîche and Malossol Osetra caviar, citrus vinaigrette.

Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Imaginarium, Vin de France, France, NV

Soufflé au Fromage, Pancetta Crackling

Ubriaco and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese fondue, baked with an apple coulis, with pancetta bacon crackling.

Chablis “Oceana”, Burgundy, France, 2016

Wild Mushroom Raviolis, Duck Confit, Cherry Glace de Viande

Raviolis made with mushroom pasta filled with seasonal wild mushrooms topped with duck confit finished with a cherry glace de viande.

Pinot Noir, Le Duc, Sonoma Coast, California, 2016

Seared Australian Lamb Chop, Tomato Glace de Viande, Celery Root Espuma

Lamb chop, lightly peppered, seared, served over a quenelle of root vegetables and cannellini beans, topped with a roasted  tomato glace de viande, finished with a celery root espuma.

Red Blend, Emancipation, California, 2016
Red Blend, Chronology, California, 2016

Roast Tenderloin of Beef, Hickory Smoked Wild Mushroom Sauce

Roast tenderloin of beef cooked medium-rare served with spaghetti squash topped with a seasonal hickory smoked wild mushroom sauce, seasonal baby carrots.

Red Blend, Confession, California, 2016
Cabernet Sauvignon, Tarot, California, 2016

White Chocolate Mousse Torte, Huckleberry Coulis

A rich white génoise cake filled with white chocolate mousse topped with Chantilly cream icing finished with a huckleberry Coulis.

$125 per guest, Tax & Gratuity not included

Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Imaginarium, Vin de France, France, NV

This NV sparkling wine is a blend of chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Ugni Blanc and French Colombard made using the traditional method with 12 months on the lees. It has lovely perfumed aromas of lemon drops, honeysuckle and peach blossoms with undertones of apple pie and baking bread. The palate is elegant, fresh and invigorating with lovely acidity.

Chablis “Oceana”, Burgundy, France, 2016

The chardonnay offers notes of lime and wet stone with hints of chalk and citrus blossom. Well-balanced flavors between citrus notes and minerality with  undertones of kaffir lime leaves. The bright acidituy and spreading mid-palate lead to a lingering stony finish.

Pinot Noir, Le Duc, Sonoma Coast, California, 2016

Predominately pinot noir from the Russian River this wine offers delicious notes of black cherries, Asian spice, florest floor and hints of licorice.

Red Blend, Emancipation, California, 2016

Aromas of red and black plums. Blackberries and dried mulberries with touches of garrigue, mossy bark and forest floor. Full-bodied with invigorating and concentrated black fruit flavors with a long finish. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvèdre, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. 

Red BlendChronology”, Secret Indulgence, California, 2016                                                                                       Aromas of black currant, violets,  Italian plum and hints of umami. Flavors of black cherries, blueberries, dried figs, baking spices and cacao nibs. A  blend Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon,  Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Mission, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.

Red Blend, Confession, California, 2016

Aromas of  baked blackberries, crème de cassis, chocolate covered strawberries and prunes with undertones of Asian spice, menthol and cigar box. Full-bodied with concentrated and robust with firm chewy tannins with spicy layers and earthy notes. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Merlot and Petite Sirah.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Tarot, California, 2015

The 2015 Tarot Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful but elegant, velvety smooth  and intriguing. With notes of violets, dark berries, bramble and warm black mission fig, the nose is reminiscent of walking through a blackberry patch. From the first sip, the Tarot Cabernet provides balanced intensity and structure. Notes of blue and black berries mingle on your palate with lavender, black cherry and all spice, finishing with a long, graceful mouthfeel.

In a world where extravagance is celebrated and imagination is boundless, a new age of enlightenment begins… Introducing Secret Indulgence, a new, borderless portfolio of wines. This unique collection is a collaboration between Jean-Charles Boisset and thirteen winemakers from his family estates in France and California, who have created a wine world without bounds, embracing the freedom to create a portfolio of daring, limited-production wines on the cutting edge of style!

A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.

The Central CoastLodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.


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