109 Cheese and Wine Village Winemaker Dinner on Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 pm at Bernard’s
Featuring Winemaker Michele d’Aprix
Braised Short Rib Spring Rolls
Ratatouille & Herb Cheese Tart
Seared Tuna with Olive Tapenade
Onion Confit Tart
2020 Maz Caz Rosé Costière de Nîmes
Sauteed Soft Shell Crab w/ Zucchini Blossom Tempura & fricassee of Garden vegetables
Garlic Scape Amandine
Boar Duo: Roasted Rack & Crispy Belly
Wild Mushroom Faro Risotto & Summer Vegetables, Truffle Sauce
2020 Maz Caz Rouge Costière de Nîmes
Assorted Cheeses selected by 109 Cheese
2018 ‘Pentimento’ Côtes de Castillon Bordeaux
Apricot Almond Tart Tatin, Vanilla Ice Cream
2010 Château des Fougeres Graves Blanc
&125 per person
(Tax & 20% Service Charge Additional)
Make your reservation here (just mention the wine dinner in your note) or call Bernard's at (203)438 8282 for reservations
Michele D’Aprix remembers the moment she started to understand wine. She was trailing winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt around a vineyard in Bordeaux 13 years ago. Derenoncourt—a steel-worker’s son who started working in vineyards at the age of 19—put a grape in her mouth and told her to concentrate on the textures.
“The seeds were crunchy, like a hazelnut. The skin had a snap,” D’Aprix recalls. Even though she had a degree in Viticulture and Enology, D’Aprix quickly realized how much she didn’t know about wine as a product of dirt and bugs and intuition rather than refractometers and prix and pH balances. That bite showed her that she could identify when grapes were ripe and ready to be harvested using nothing but her own senses.
Since then, D’Aprix has become the only American woman making her own wine in Bordeaux. She bottles under her own label, Pentimento, at Château Beauséjour in Montagne-St-Émilion, where she also helps craft the house labels. All are made with organic methods. She also imports Bordeaux wine (her own and others’) to the United States.