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This wine and food event is going to be really delicious; and in the process, you’ll learn all about a Paulée Dinner. ~ La Paulée is a series of events celebrating the wines and winemakers of Burgundy, alternating yearly between New York and San Francisco. The event takes its name from the traditional post-harvest celebration, La Paulée de Meursault, where guests and winemakers bring wines to share with each other.

Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW) are going to be hosting a Paulée Dinner at Sonoma-Cutrer, on August 31, 2018. Paulée is a traditional celebration of harvest where winemakers, growers and friends bring bottles from their personal cellars to share over a family-style meal. This year’s Paulée is going to have a five course planned dinner, with each segment being prepared by a different local chef.

From Press Release:

Russian River Valley Winegrowers to Host Intimate Paulée Dinner under the Stars

This elegant evening of wine and food will begin with a welcome reception. Over 30 Russian River Valley AVA wineries will pour tastes of the region’s coveted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. In the spirit of the Paulée tradition—which originated in Burgundy—winemakers, collectors and their guests will also bring a special bottle of wine from their personal cellars to share at this intimate wine country celebration.

“The Russian River Valley Paulée brings together great winemakers with their wines, stories and friends whose love of wine is every bit as rich.” said Rod Berglund, Winemaker of Joseph Swan regarding the RRVW Paulée tradition. “Whether it is wine of legend or only of a special connection, the fact that they are shared with others makes them all special.”

To create a meal worthy of such fine wines, five renowned Russian River Valley chefs were recruited to collaborate on a progressive, multi-course dining experience.

  • The star-studded menu begins with passed appetizers by Estate Chef Kevin Markey of Sonoma-Cutrer
  • followed by a farm-fresh salad course by Chef Steve Litke of Michelin-starred Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant.
  • Epicurean main courses prepared by
    • Chef Tom Schmidt of John Ash
    • and Chef Ben Davies of Russian River Vineyards
  • The culmination of the meal will be a decadent chocolate dessert by patisserie extraordinaire and local favorite, Costeaux French Bakery.

RRVW Board President Giovanni Balistreri said, “The Russian River Valley Paulée is an evening spent under the stars, bonding over world-class wines while enjoying the cuisine of celebrated local chefs.” He went on to say that, “The connections, camaraderie and friendships at this event are every bit as special as the rare and limited wines we will share.”

Over 30 Russian River Valley AVA wineries are confirmed to pour at the event to date, including:

  1. ACORN Winery
  2. Alquimista
  3. Balletto Vineyards
  4. Benovia Winery
  5. Bucher Vineyards
  6. Char Vale Winery
  7. Christopher Creek
  8. Croix Estate
  9. Domaine Della
  10. Dutton Estate Winery
  11. Furthermore Wines
  12. Gamba Vineyards and Winery
  13. Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery
  14. Davis Family Vineyards
  15. Hartford Family Winery
  16. Jigar Wines
  17. Joseph Swan
  18. Kanzler Vineyards
  19. Korbel
  20. Limerick Lane Cellars
  21. MacPhail Wines
  22. Merriam Vineyards
  23. Paradise Ridge
  24. Patz and Hall Winery
  25. Ramey Wine Cellars
  26. Russian River Vineyards
  27. Selby Winery
  28. Sonoma-Cutrer Winery
  29. Tongue Dancer
  30. Williams Seylem Winery

The Russian River Valley Paulée Dinner celebration would not be possible without the support of the organization’s generous sponsors. Special thanks to American Ag Credit, AXIA Architects, and The Engine is Red.

Tickets are $200. Please visit to purchase, and for more information.