109 Cheese and Wine welcomes winemaker Michèle d’Aprix to Bernard’s for a special dinner on August 25

109 Vigneron Village Cheese and Wine Dinner on Thursday August 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Bernard

With the winemaker Michèle d’Aprix

Appetizers

Spring rolls with braised short ribs

Ratatouille & Cheese Tart with Herbs

Seared tuna with olive tapenade

Candied onion tart

Maz Caz Rosé Costière de Nîmes 2020

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Stir-fried soft-shell crab with zucchini flower tempura and garden vegetable fricassee

Garlic Scape Almond

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Wild Boar Duo: Roast Rack & Crispy Belly

Faro Risotto with Wild Mushrooms & Summer Vegetables, Truffle Sauce

Maz Caz Rouge Costiere de Nîmes 2020

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Assorted cheeses selected by 109 Cheese

2018 ‘Pentimento’ Côtes de Castillon Bordeaux

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Tarte Tatin Almonds Apricots, Vanilla Ice Cream

Château des Fougeres Graves White 2010

&125 per person

(Taxes and 20% additional service charge)

About Michele

Michele D’Aprix remembers when she started to understand wine. She followed winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt to a Bordeaux vineyard 13 years ago. Derenoncourt, the son of a steelmaker who started working in the vineyards at 19, put a grape in his mouth and told him to focus on textures.

“The seeds were crunchy, like a hazelnut. The skin snapped,” recalls D’Aprix. Although she had a degree in viticulture and oenology, D’Aprix soon realized how much she ignored wine as a product of dirt, insects and intuition rather than refractometers and balances of price and pH. This bite showed her that she could identify when grapes were ripe and ready to harvest using only her own senses.

Since then, D’Aprix has become the only American woman to produce her own wine in Bordeaux. It bottles under its own label, Pentimento, at Château Beauséjour in Montagne-St-Émilion, where it also participates in the making of the house labels. All are made with organic methods. She also imports Bordeaux wine (her own and others’) to the United States.

Elisha A. Tilghman