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Auberge du Soleil Unveils A Sweet New Postcript to Dinner

  • RUTHERFORD, CALIFORNIA (September 14, 2010) – The Michelin-starred Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil unveils a new, delectable way for guests to delight their palates with the innovative pairing of rare vintage Madeira and house-made confections. A delightful surprise, the presentation of Madeiras and candies on a custom-made cart is an indulgent ending to an unforgettable meal prepared by award-winning Chef Robert Curry.
  • Laden with handmade sweets, created by acclaimed Executive Pastry Chef Paul Lemieux, the cart offers guests a tempting selection that includes chocolate hazelnut truffles, pistachio caramels sprinkled with fleur de sel and amandes au chocolat. The sweet treats are matched by Head Sommelier Kris Margerum with a trio of hard-to-find vintage Madeiras. Guests can choose from an offering of rare vintages that include Blandy’s, Terrantez, 1976, Cossart Gordon, Bual, 1958 and the venerable Broadbent, Malvasia 1933. All of the Madeiras are offered as one-ounce tastes or two-ounce glasses. Prices range from $17 for a taste of the 34-year old Blandy’s to $97 for a glass of the 77- year old Broadbent.
  • With the launch of the new pairings, Auberge du Soleil introduces a new generation of food and wine lovers to the storied fortified wine, Madeira. Created accidentally in the 18th Century, when a white wine delivery from the Madeira Islands was affected by excessive heat on its journey overseas, the resulting rich and complex dark wine surprise was a favorite of President Thomas Jefferson.
  • “Vintage Madeira is one of those exquisite, little-known pleasures that will enhance the already extraordinary experience that guests can only have at Auberge du Soleil,” said Margeurm. “Nowhere else can guests taste the perfect complement of the handcrafted sweets with the pure, lingering golden raisin, chocolate, caramel and nutty flavors of these very special Madeiras.”
  • The dining experience at Auberge du Soleil ends with a with a tasteful farewell — as guests depart the restaurant, each receives a signature box filled with house-made pâte de fruit that will remind them of their culinary adventure at Napa Valley’s legendary resort.
  • Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011, the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil has been serving award-winning cuisine paired with world-class wines to its legions of satisfied patrons. The restaurant offers culinary enthusiasts a range of dining options while still allowing them to enjoy French-inspired cuisine at one of the most revered establishments in North America. For more information about private events and dinner at Auberge du Soleil, call 1-800-348-5406 or visit
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  • Auberge du Soleil is also a member of Relais & Châteaux, the prestigious global hospitality association of intimate, elegant and independently owned hotels and acclaimed restaurants. Founded in 1954 in France, the association is comprised of 480 luxurious establishments in 56 countries.
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