Frank Family of Wines

Thursday, April 19, 2018 • 6:30 pm

We are very excited to welcome the Frank Family of Wines to Chez François on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Some legacies begin with legends. In 1958, Hanns Kornell introduced the French champenoise method to California. He produced this famous sparkling wine from the historic Larkmead Winery, originally built in 1884. Years later, in 1992, Rich Frank acquired the storied winery after the purchase of a classic Tudor home in Napa Valley’s Rutherford AVA and recognized the potential for something great—again. A continued preservation of history led to the unfolding of something new.

The fruit for Frank Family wines come from three estate Napa Valley vineyards including Winston Hill in the prestigious Rutherford appellation (and located on Rich Frank’s personal estate), Lewis Vineyard in the heart of Napa-Carneros and home to the winery’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, and lastly, S&J Vineyard nestled east of the Vaca Mountain range in the Capell Valley. The wines are made by Todd Graff, the winemaker at Frank Family Vineyards since 2003. It is his mission to produce wines that live up to the heritage of the land and the vineyards from which they derive.

Golden Beets & Dungeness Crab, Bartlett Pear & Apricot Preserve

Sliced golden beets layered with Lake Erie Creamery Goat cheese, topped with Dungeness crab, and micro greens finished with a beet reduction, Bartlett pear, and apricot preserve.

Blanc de Blancs, Frank Family, Carneros Valley, California, 2013

Seared Õra Salmon Filet, Petit Asian Salad Blend, Calamansi Vinaigrette

Seared Õra King Salmon served medium rare, finished with Asian pears, Clementine orange segments, and julienne jalapeno peppers, Asian salad blend, citrus vinaigrette.

Chardonnay “Carneros”, Frank Family, Carneros Valley, California, 2015
Chardonnay “Reserve Lewis Vineyard”, Frank Family, Carneros Valley, California, 2015

House Cured Berkshire Pork Belly, Pork Plum Pinot Noir Reduction

Seared Black Berkshire pork belly (12 hours sous vide), simmered in its natural juices, date & sweet potato mousseline with fine herbs, finished with a plum Pinot Noir reduction.

Pinot Noir, Frank Family, Carneros Valley, California, 2015

Roast Loin of Breckenridge Colorado Lamb, Eggplant Provençale

Roasted loin of lamb lightly peppered, eggplant Provençale, Zinfandel lamb, and fine herb sauce.

Petite Sirah, Frank Family, Napa Valley, California, 2014
Zinfandel, Frank Family, Napa Valley, California, 2014

Chard-Grilled Ohio Proud Hanger Steak, Black Currant Glace de Viande

Seared sous vide hanger steak served over scalloped celery root, topped with a blackcurrant glace de viande, celery root curls.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Frank Family, Napa Valley, California, 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon “Reserve”, Frank Family, Napa Valley, California, 2014

Chocolate Crepe Torte, Mountain Huckleberries

Sweet chocolate crepes, layered with chocolate Chantilly cream, topped with chocolate Chantilly cream icing, mountain huckleberries, and huckleberry coulis.

$115 per person Tax & Gratuity not included


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