For an American, turning 21 in the French regions of Champagne and Burgundy must be a dream come true. An academic year abroad spent in Champagne and Burgundy in 1974 ignited a passion in a young Jim Clendenen that meant he never returned to law school, instead pursuing a career in wine. We can think of worse places to spend an exchange…
His Californian winery Au Bon Climat was the result of such passion, founded in 1982, having since gained international acclaim for it’s ‘classically-styled’ Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay and winning Jim a smattering of awards including “Winemaker of the Year”. Luckily for us, Jim is making the trip across the pond to American steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky to host a 3-course dinner and wine pairing on Monday 22nd February.
Besides a 500g rib-eye steak, the dinner includes seared King scallops, duck rillettes, and sharing sides. Six wines from Au Bon Climat will bring some Californian warmth to a cold February evening, with the wines praised individually for complimenting a meal rather than stealing the show – after 500g of prime beef do you really want to be even more weighed down with a heavy pinot noir? Thought not. But a cheese plate and petits fours? Absolutely.
Monday 22nd February, 6.30pm. For tickets email email@example.com or call 020 7321 6007.