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An Evening in France with Wine Importer Martine Saunier

July 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 20th

An Evening in France
with Wine Importer Martine Saunier

Reception with Martine: 6:30pm, Seated Dinner: 7:00pm


More information to follow but we know this very special, very intimate evening will sell out quickly.

$148 per diner plus tax and tip

for more information
and  reservations

Please call 925.935.7780


Today, the sheer quantity of wines imported into the U.S. offers wine lovers an incredible variety. It’s easy to forget, though, that only a few decades ago, wines like Chateau Rayas, Domaine Leroy and Domaine Pegau (to name a few) simply were simply impossible to obtain.  It was thanks to a group of forward thinking importers like Kermit Lynch, Neil Empson, Neil Rosenthal and, starting in 1979, Martine Saunier. Martine made it her mission to bring a new wave of amazing wines to America, and, in the process, changed the entire way we look at, buy and drink wine.  Being a Parisian native, she had the advantage of speaking French and, thanks to her charming way, got the inside track with wine producers who, back then, didn’t even want to sell their wines in the U.S.. She drove her tiny car through the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Champagne and Bordeaux, knocking on cellar doors without appointments and wound up creating genuine, life-long relationships with many of France’s most celebrated winemakers. She invested every centime she had to import them and the results have made her one of the most important figures in wine today.

Martine is an excellent story teller and you’ll enjoy sharing her experiences.  Her passion is contagious and will fuel the fire for your next trip to Europe.

If you’re a documentary buff, check out Martine’s three films on Netflix: ‘A Year In Burgundy’, ‘A Year in Champagne’ and ‘A Year in Port’ 


Passed Appetizer

Panino di Prosciutto Cotto con Cetroli

Ham and Cucumber Sandwiches

NV Gonet-Medeville 1er Cru Tradition


1st Course

Torta di Porri con Formaggio di Capra

Leek Tart with Goat Cheese

2015 Domaine La Porte Sancerre ‘Le Grand Rochoy’ Vieilles Vignes


2nd Course

Spezzatino di Vitello con Funghi

Shoulder of Veal Braised with Porcini and Summer Greens

2015 Domaine Leroy Bourgogne Rouge

2014 Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Mes Cinq Terroirs’


3rd Course

Coscia d’Anatra con Fagioli e Salsicia

Roasted Duck Leg, Caggiano Sausage and Cannelini Beans

2014 Jerome Gradassi Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

2012 Domaine Santa Duc Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge Habemus Papam


4th Course

Crostata di Albicocca con Gelato di Pistacchio

Apricot Tart with Pistachio Gelato

1990 Crème de Tete Sauternes


July 20, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm