Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2019

We are proud to announce that Rue Cler has received the 2019 Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator. With our 200+ bottle list and excellent staff led by our beverage director Dominic DeCastro; we are certain to have the perfect bottle for you.

Vintage 59 Wine Dinner

Join us in welcoming Debra Lewis, a National Sales Team member of Vintage 59 on Tuesday May 28th @ 7:00 pm for a 5 course paired wine dinner. This dinner will showcase the freshest of spring ingredients from the farmers market. Just $79 per person call (919)682-8844 now to reserve your seat. The wines being served are:

Roblin Sancere Rose 2017 – Assorted Canapé

Jacquesson Champagne Extra Brut “Cuvee 741” – Poached Egg, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Creamy Polenta, Hollandaise

Dom. de la Folie Rully “Clos la Folie” 2017 – NC Peach Salad, Hazelnuts, Crème Fraîche, Jombon de Bayonne

Le Rocher des Violettes Touraine Cot VV 2015 – Sliced NY Strip Loin, Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes, Bone Marrow, Red Wine Jus

Ch. Haut-Monplaisir Cahors “Prestige” 2014 – Ardi Gasna (Basque Sheeps Milk Cheese)

Valentine’s Day

Join us Thursday Feb. 14th for a night of delicious food and drink with someone special! Chef Todd Whitney has prepared a wonderful 3-course menu for the special night. When dining ask about our wine pairings that our Sommelier has carefully paired with each dish to enhance the meal. Take a look at the menu below.

Don’t forget to make your reservation today!!! (919)682-8844

Valentine’s Day Menu

Champagne Dinner

Join us for a night of bubbles and fun for our first ever Champagne Dinner on Thursday December 20th @ 7:00 pm. Tickets are only $99 per person for a delicious 5 course meal; each course paired with a different champagne. Tickets will go fast so please call (919)682-8844 to book your seat. Cheers!

Winter Storm

We will be closed tonight, Sunday December 9th due to the weather. We apologize for any inconveniences and wish everyone a safe weekend. Happy Holidays!

Choucroute Dinner with Proof Wine and Spirits

Thursday, October 18
7:00 PM
$79 per person

Join us for a night of traditional Choucroute, a dish that is near and dear to the heart of Chef Todd Whitney, whose previous posts have included Executive Chef positions at both Vin Rouge and J Betski’s.

Choucroute Garnie is a classic Alsatian recipe, pairing fermented cabbage with sausages and other salted meats. For this dinner, Chef Whitney will be preparing, in house, four different styles of sausage, to be served over Sauerkraut, alongside such treats as Kasseler, Smoked Ham, Ham Hock, Trotter and Smoked Bacon. We can think of no better way to welcome the cooler fall evenings than with this hearty classic, expertly prepared by Chef Whitney.

We have selected 5 delicious German and Alsatian crus for the dinner, from the portfolio of our friends at Proof Wine and Spirits. We’re eager for this opportunity to demonstrate for you a bit of the versatility of these wonderful Germanic white wines.

This dinner will be one to enjoy with the company of good friends, as the entree course will be served family style. We look forward to sharing with you, in this true celebration of food and wine. Give us a call at 919-682-8844 to reserve your seats today!


Salad Course:
Hild Sekt Elbling Mosel
Haricot Verts, Apple, Horseradish Crème Fraîche, Comté

Choucroute Course:
Assorted House Sausages, Kasseler, Smoked Ham, Sauerkraut, Ham Hock, Trotter, Smoked Bacon, Potato

Choucroute Wines:
Albert Mann Pinot Blanc 2016
J.B. Becker Wallufer Walkenberg Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2015
Paul Blanck Furstentum Grand Cru Riesling 2015

Cheese Course:
Dr. Hermann Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2015
Munster A.O.C

De Maison Selections Wine Dinner

Wednesday, July 11
7:00 PM
$79 per person

De Maison Selections is the exclusive US importer of exceptional wines, ciders, sherries and spirits from their family of independent producers in Spain and France. De Maison Selections was founded by André Tamers in 1996, upon his return from a three-year journey throughout Spain. It was at this time that we first met André. He named his company in honor of his mother, whose family roots go back to Haute-Savoie in France. Her father had three children, all daughters, thus the name De Maison was destined to disappear. In choosing this moniker, André was able to effect a continuation of the De Maison family name, which would not otherwise have been possible.

The focus of the portfolio is on exceptional family-held properties from Spain and France, which are rooted in their land, and show a respect for their ecology and heritage. It is this originality of identity and intent which defines individual producers in crafting their expression of each wine. The current generation of producers De Maison represents perpetuate their families’ commitment to the sustainability of their culture and environment. For André and his company, their devotion to these values extends to company-wide initiatives such as a solar powered home-office, cold-chain technology, creative and educational initiatives, philanthropy and progressive logistics, among other initiatives.

It’s hard for us to believe that this will be our first wine dinner with De Maison, and we are very excited for it. Chef Todd Whitney sat down with Philippe Broome, the regional sales manager for De Maison, and tasted through about a dozen wines to make selections for the dinner. If you’ve been to any of our previous dinners, you are well aware of Chef Whitney’s mastery in the art of food and wine parings. This promises to be a phenomenal evening, which you will not want to miss!

Wines to be served:

Waris-Larmandier Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs “Particules Crayeuses” NV
Marcel Couturier Pouilly Fuissé Clos Reyssier 2015
Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence Rosé “Tradition” 2016
Nicolas Badel St. Joseph “Montrond” 2015
Clos Guirouilh Jurançon  2012

As always, seating is limited, so call us at 919-682-8844 today to reserve your place at the table.

We will ask for a credit card to secure your reservation, and any cancellation made less than 48 hours prior to the dinner will incur a $40 fee per guest.

Rosenthal Wine Merchant Paired Dinner

Wednesday, June 13
7:00 pm
$79 per person

We are pleased to be joined, once again, by Joseph Frederick of Rosenthal Wine Merchant, to bring to you another fantastic wine dinner!

Neal Rosenthal has been importing artisanal wine from France and Italy into the United States for more than 30 years. Many of our favorite wines are part of the Rosenthal portfolio, and the wines all share a fidelity to place and tradition, above all else. Maybe that’s why, as trends come and go, Rosenthal Wine Merchant stays at the top of everyone’s list of the very best wine importers. Joseph has become a favorite here at Rue Cler, and we’re always happy to have him come by to teach us a thing or two, and to share some great wines.

We recently sat down with Chef Whitney to select the wines and discuss menu pairings. If you have been to one of these dinners in the past, you know that there is a great meal waiting for you, with great wines to match. Some of the treats this time include a rare new release of one of our favorite white Burgundy producers, Domaine Prudhon, as well as a Cornas from Domaine Lionnet which we’ll be pouring from magnum.

Wines to be served:

Commanderie de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé 2017
Henri Prudhon & Fils Saint-Aubin 1er Cru “La Chateniere” 2015
Jérôme Chezeaux Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru “Aux Boudots” 2014
Dom. Lionnet Cornas Terre Brûlée Magnum 2009
Le Clos de la Meslerie Vouvray 2009

As always, seating is limited, so call us at 919-682-8844 today to reserve your place at the table.

We will ask for a credit card to secure your reservation, and any cancellation made less than 48 hours prior to the dinner will incur a $40 fee per guest.

Vintage ’59 Wine Dinner – 5/8

Tuesday, May 8
7:00 PM
$79 per person

We are excited to welcome Deb Lewis, and Vintage ’59, back to Rue Cler for another paired dinner. Last year’s Vintage ’59 dinner was truly outstanding, and we have an equally excellent line-up planned for this year. We’ve known Vintage ’59 founder, Roy Cloud, for over 20 years, going all the way back to our days in the wine business in the DC area. We’ve known Deb for nearly as long, and have an immense respect for her knowledge and palate.

The wines we’ve selected for this event are especially exciting. There’s the new release from Champagne Jacquesson, based on the excellent 2012 vintage. Jacquesson is a legendary house that continues to grow, stretch, and put out better and better wines. It is a treat to show a Burgundy from the outstanding 2015 vintage, particularly the gem of the Voillot holdings, Volnay Champans. We have the deep, intense Cairanne from Haut-Cances, where the vines are over 100 years old. The wines from Le Rocher des Violettes have been a revelation, and this time we get to pour the cuvée, from the oldest chenin vines.

As always, we’ve worked out an excellent menu tasting with Chef Todd Whitney, and the wines will be available for purchase, in limited quantities and at special prices, on the evening of the event. Rest assured, this will be an occasion that you won’t want to miss!

Wines to be served:

Jacquesson Champagne Grand Cru “Cuvée 740” NV

Dom. des Hâtes Chablis 2016

Joseph Voillot Volnay “Les Champans” 2015

Dom. Les Hautes Cances Cairanne “Vieilles Vignes” 2013

Le Rocher de Violettes Montlouis “Negrette” 2015

Seating is limited, so call us at 919-682-8844 today to reserve your place.

We will ask for a credit card to secure your reservation, and any cancellation made less than 48 hours prior to the dinner will incur a $40 fee per guest.