Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Source Will Celebrate It's 2nd Anniversary With a Wine Dinner Honoring the Late Robert Mondavi October 12th


About three years ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Robert Mondavi winery in Oakville, California and to this day its continues to be one of my favorite wineries and I've gifted many bottles to friends. To celebrate its second anniversary, master chef Wolfgang Puck will host a special wine dinner at The Source, paying tribute to the legacy of the iconic American vintner, Robert Mondavi. Chef Puck will be joined by Margrit Mondavi, wife of the late Mondavi, for this four-course dinner, which will be held on Monday, October 12th at 7 p.m.

Priced at $195 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, the evening will kick off with a cocktail reception featuring local Virginia wines from Kluge Estate Winery. Like so many other winemakers across the country, Patricia Kluge credits Mondavi as her mentor in the industry, the force that helped shape her vision, and one that supported Virginia’s growing wine industry.

Chef Puck and Executive Chef Scott Drewno will start the Asian-inspired feast with a delectable array of appetizers, including signature dishes such as the Tuna Tartare in sesame-miso cones and signature Smoked salmon pizza. Other courses will feature dishes such as Shanghai Lobster with crisp spinach and golden coconut curry sauce and “American Style” Kobe beef short ribs with rutabaga puree and tamarind-chili sauce. Asian flavors will make an appearance at dessert as well through a velvety Ginger crème brulee with apricot marmalade and salted caramel ice cream.

The evening will feature exceptional vintages from the Mondavi winery, including perfectly mature bottles such as the 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and the 1983 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. The dinner will also feature a 2006 Fumé Blanc, a wine designation that Mondavi himself coined in 1968 to differentiate his dry-style Sauvignon Blanc from the traditionally sweet ones produced by US wineries.

For reservations to the dinner, please call The Source at (202) 637-6100.

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