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.

Matthiason Wines Paired Dinner

April 19, 2018
7:00 PM
$79 Per Person

We are excited to welcome Jill Klien Matthiasson, of Matthiasson Wines, for what is sure to be another incredible dinner!

Jon Bonné crowned Steve Matthiasson winemaker of the year in 2014, but we had heard rumblings about his wines for a while before, from our friends out west. As one of the leading wineries of the New California Movement, Matthiasson is the go to viticulturist in Napa and Sonoma, specializing in sustainable farming techniques, and a restrained, elegant style of wine. Steve and Jill Klein both have backgrounds in farming, Jill having studied botany, Steve working in the vineyards and co-authoring a book on sustainable vineyard practices. A family owned and operated winery, which has rooted itself as one of the leaders of sustainable and organic farming, Matthiasson’s wines reflect the purity of the variety, as well as the specific sites in which they are grown. Offering classic representations of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, they also produce grapes unique to the area, such as Ribolla Gialla, Refosco, and Petit Verdot.

“Wine is made in the Vineyard” is the winemaking philosophy of Matthiasson. This attitude results in wines that are perfectly balanced and graceful, without sacrificing the natural power of California. These wines are a beautiful representation of the organic and sustainable farming practices which the Matthiassons espouse. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample some of these great wines, expertly paired by Chef Todd Whitney!

Wines to be served:

Rose 2017
Chardonnay Sonoma Coast “Michael Mara” 2014
Napa Valley White Wine 2015
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014
Napa Valley Red Wine 2013

As always, 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.

Cape Classics Wine Dinner

Wednesday, March 14
7:00 PM
$79 per person

We are excited for the opportunity to welcome Zingo Munger, of Cape Classics, to show us some of the great wines from their portfolio. This dinner has been a long time in the making: Zingo has been a friend for more than 20 years, and over the course of that period, he has become something of a local wine legend. Zingo was one of the founders of Santé Wine, which really kickstarted the fine wine scene in North Carolina, about 30 years ago. Cape Classics started in 1992 as an importer of South African wines, and while those wines are better than ever, they aren’t really anything we can work with at Rue Cler. In the last few years, however, they have started to bring in some truly excellent wines from France (here you can definitely see Zingo’s fingerprints), and we are finally able to do a wine dinner together.

A few weeks ago, we sat down with Chef Todd Whitney, tasted through the wines, and discussed pairings for the dinner. The pioneering natural wines from Carême and Pacalet are old favorites that were out of the market for years, and the current wines are even more delicious than before. Vrignaud and La Réserve d’O are new to us, but we were really impressed. Chef Todd has already demonstrated his skill at creating the perfect pairing at recent dinners, so we can be confident his menu will be right on point. This is definitely going to be a blast, and we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Wines to be served:

Carême Vouvray Petillant “L’ Ancestral” 2013
Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume “Vieilles Vignes” 2014
Pacalet Gevrey-Chambertin 2015
Dom. de La Réserve d’O Les Terrasses du Larzac “La Reserve d’O” 2014
Carême Vouvray “Le Clos” 2015

Seating is limited, so call us at 919-682-8844 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.

Génot-Boulanger Wine Dinner

Tuesday, February 27
7:00 PM
$89 per person

It isn’t every day that a wine maker from a storied Burgundy estate makes his way to our neck of the woods, so when our friend Jeff Kellogg shot us an email to ask if we would like to host a dinner with Guillaume Lavollée of Génot-Boulanger, we said “hell yes!” The wines of Génot-Boulanger had been out of the NC market for some time, so we were really excited to see them back. We enjoyed them in the past, and heard rumor that the quality was better than ever, with the new generation in charge (this is a theme up and down the Côtes).

Guillaume and Aude Lavollée are the fourth generation of vignerons at Génot-Boulanger. Their wines are produced exclusively from estate-owned vineyards, located along all three Burgundy Côtes, from Chambolle Musigny, down to the domaine in Meursault, and on to Mercurey. Génot-Boulanger is one of only a few family-owned Burgundian domaines to produce such a diverse range. What is so striking about the current wines is the real upsurge in quality due to the commitment to farming shown by this new generation. Since 2008, Guillaume and Aude have worked painstakingly to improve the quality of their wines by improving their farming methods; first converting to organic farming practices, then experimenting with biodynamics. The domaine’s philosophy is “maximum work in the vineyards, for minimum intervention in the cuverie.” The wines are more graceful and deep than they have ever been, while (first and foremost) being true to their terroir.

Wines to be served:

Savart Champagne Brut 1er Cru “L’Ouverture” NV
Génot-Boulanger Puligny-Montrachet “Les Nosroyes” 2015
Génot-Boulanger Meursault “Les Meix Chavaux” 2015
Génot-Boulanger Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru “Clos Du Chapitre” 2015
Génot-Boulanger Pommard “Vielles Vignes” 2015

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Seating is limited, so call us at 919-682-8844 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 $45 fee, per guest.

Louis Dressner Paired Dinner at Rue Cler

Tuesday, February 13
7:00 pm
$79 per person

The wines of Louis Dressner are dear to our hearts. When Rue Cler first opened in 2006, our entire list was made up of wines from the LDM (Louis/Dressner/McKenna) portfolio. Their selections include growers who will be familiar to many of you, and whose wines we have championed over the years: Baudry, Texier and Pépière.

We are very pleased to welcome our dear friend, Josefa Concannon, the national sales manager of Louis Dressner, to host a dinner featuring some of our favorites from LDM. These are more than just wines for us: Joe Dressner and Denyse Louis were dear friends, and Joe’s passing from cancer in September 2011 was a personal blow… but, life evolves, and we maintain. Jules Dressner, Joe’s son, has become an integral part of the business, and the portfolio has never been stronger. While there are any number of LDM imported wines that excite us, we have chosen to go with a few of our best-loved, from our friends Frank Peillot, Marc Olivier, Matthieu Baudry and Eric Texier.

Wines to be featured:

Peillot Bugey-Montagnieu Pétillant Brut NV
Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine “Clos des Briords” 2016
Baudry Chinon “Clos Guillot” 2015
Texier St-Julien-en-St-Alban “Pergaud Vieille Serine” 2011
Roally Viré-Clessé 2015

This will be a special night, with great wines, and expert pairings from chef Todd Whitney. It will also be a chance (maybe the only chance in NC, for certain items) to purchase some fantastic bottles from Baudry, Texier and Pépière.

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

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

Louis Boillot Paired Dinner – 1/17

January 17, 2017
7:00 pm
$99 per person

This will be the inaugural of what we hope to be an annual event: The Winter Burgundy Dinner at Rue Cler. The dinner will be hosted by Rue Cler owner and Burgundy collector, Nathan Vandergrift. For our first year, we are going to feature the wines of Domaine Louis Boillot. We will be tasting some older vintages, as well as a couple of wines from the heralded 2015 vintage. Everything sampled will be made available for purchase, at special pricing, for that evening (although there will be only a few bottles of some of the wines.)

We have been big supporters of Louis Boillot since we purchased Rue Cler in 2013, and are responsible for the wines being available in the state of North Carolina. This started with our love for the wines of Ghislaine Barthod, who is married to Louis, and through whom we were first introduced to his wines. This is a rare opportunity to try before you buy, and we hope to see you there.

The line-up of wines, to be paired with Chef Todd Whitney’s 5 course menu:


Boillot, Louis Volnay “Les Grands Poisots” 2014
Boillot, Louis Volnay “Les Grands Poisots” 2015
Boillot, Louis Volnay 1er Cru “Les Brouillards” 2005
Boillot, Louis Volnay 1er Cru “Les Brouillards” 2015
Boillot, Louis Gevrey-Chambertin 2015
Boillot, Louis Gevrey-Chambertin “Evocelles” 2008
Boillot, Louis Pommard 1er Cru “Les Fremiers” 2008
Boillot, Louis Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Champonnets” 2008

As ever, seating is limited. Please call us today at 919-682-8844 to reserve yours!


Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Bourgogne Rouge

This week, we’re featuring Domaine Bachelet-Monnot’s 2015 Bourgogne Rouge.

Here is one of our first wines from the heralded 2015 vintage. You get the fruit that we would expect from such a stellar vintage, but with the finesse and class that we’ve come to expect from Marc and Alexandre Bachelet at Domain Bachelet-Monnot. A quarter of the fruit comes from Maranges, a quarter from Santenay, and half from the commune of Puligny. Fermented with 15-20% whole cluster, raised in older barrels for ten months, and then racked into concrete vats for six to eight more months. Have this with our Poulet Rôti and you’ll be in heaven!

Regular price: $65
Discounted price: $52

Paired Dinner With Noel Sherr of Bonhomie Imports – Tuesday, November 14

The people have spoken, their hero has returned.

At every wine dinner we host, former customers of Cave Taureau always ask about Noel Sherr. Well, guess what? He’s doing great! Noel is now the National Sales Manager for Bonhomie Imports, a small importer based in New York. Bonhomie doesn’t do trends. Their book represents artisanal winemaking by family growers who attempt to transmit the terroir to the bottle, without artifice. Their book ranges from Champagne in the North, to Southern Italy, Spain and Portugal, with carefully chosen producers at each stop.

Come and enjoy an evening with Noel tasting some great wines, with a paired menu designed by Chef Todd Whitney. The wines will be available for sale at special pricing that evening, some for the first (and maybe only) time in NC.

The featured wines will be:

Jean Velut Champagne Blanc de Blancs “Lumiere et Craie” NV
Moissenet-Bonnard Bourgogne Blanc “Les Chazots” 2014
Domaine Petitot Ladoix “Vielles Vignes” 2015
Plani Arche Sagrantino di Montefalco 2011
Az. Ag. Viviani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012

The dinner will begin at 7pm, and will be priced at $69 per person. As always, seating is limited and will go quickly. Call the restaurant today at 919-682-8844 to reserve your place at the table!