A “French Countryside Celebration” Wine Dinner with Debra Lewis of Vintage ‘59 Imports

Please join us at Cypress on the Hill for a very special “French Countryside Celebration” wine dinner on Thursday, July 7th @ 7 PM. To celebrate the Fourth of July and Bastille Day (July 14) the staff here at Cypress has planned a festive, yet casual, dinner of amazing French wines paired with light French cuisine using fresh local products, and highlighting our summertime favorite: local Heirloom tomatoes. For this dinner, Chef Alex Gallis and GM Greg Pfaender will be partnering with 3 Cups Wine Merchants (www.3cups.net) and The Country Vintner of NC to feature the wines of Vintage ‘59 Imports (www.vinatage59.com). The dinner will be hosted by Vintage ‘59’s Southeastern Sales Manager, Debra Lewis. The menu for this unforgettable evening will feature five of Deb’s beautiful French wines paired with five courses of Chef Gallis’ exciting presentations for only $75.00. Seating will be limited to 50 people, so call the restaurant @ (919) 537-8817 and reserve your seat today! The delicious menu is as follows:

1st Course

Local Heirloom Cherry Tomato and Melon Salad

Crispy Fried Proscuitto, Basil, Mint, & Farmers Market Honey Vinaigrette

Wine: 2008 Claude Branger “Terrior les Gras Mouton” Muscadet Sévre et Maine, Loire Valley, France

-This rich (from lees aging), yet dry & mineral, 100% Melon de Bourgogne has great acid cut, and a fascinating twist of salinity to make for a stellar tomato pairing.

2nd Course

Seared New Bedford Dayboat Sea Scallops

Creamed Leeks with Sherry & Benton’s Country Ham & Crispy Fried Zucchini with Parmigiano Reggiano

Wine: 2009 Gilbert Picq Chablis, Burgundy, France

-Chardonnay as Chardonnay should be: dry, crisp, mineral, perfect.

3rd Course

House-Made Chicken Liver Confit

Served on Crostini with Local Tomato Chutney

Wine: 2010 Henry Natter Sancerre Rosé, Loire Valley, France

-A Rosé of 100% Pinot Noir, this wine possesses an amazing balance of fruit, mineral, earth, and acid tones. It’s just perfect for summer and a stellar pairing with Charcuterie of any kind.

4th Course

Local “Overnight” Pork Shoulder Ragu

House-Made “Open Faced” Raviolo with Purple Cherokee Tomatoes in Tomato Consommé

Wine: 2010 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly, Beaujolias, France

- A rustic, bright Cru Beaujolais possessing plenty of tart cherry fruit, but with herbal and earth tones that will compliment this wonderful savory course.

Dessert Course

Grilled Fresh Pineapple

Served with House-Made Ginger Ice Cream and Assorted House-Made Cookies

Wine: 2010 Château de Caladroy Muscat de Rivesaltes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

-A sweet, yet light, dessert wine, loaded with dried pineapple, pear, and peach flavors, nice acid to balance the sweetness, and a wonderful lingering finish. What an exciting ending!