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An Evening with Jim Clendenen

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10477 Lombardy Ln
Dallas, TX 75220

Date: June 27, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Event Type: Wine Dinner

Price: $175 per Guest Plus tax and gratuity

Special Guest: Jim Clendenen

Jim Clendenen graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was during his "junior year abroad" in 1974, while turning 21 in France, that he discovered life beyond tacos. After graduation, a one month stay in both Burgundy and Champagne convinced him to attempt a career in wine rather than continue on to law school.

Beginning with the 1978 harvest, Jim Clendenen was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for three vintages, a valued training experience. In 1981 his vision broadened with three harvests in one year as Jim worked crush and directed the harvest at wineries in Australia and France. Three harvests in one year confirmed his masochistic tendencies.

In 1982, Clendenen decided, along with now ex-partner Adam Tolmach, to start his own winery in leased quarters. Au Bon Climat (which means "a well exposed vineyard") has grown over its history to over 30,000 cases through careful re-investment from its own production.

The winery has cultivated an international reputation for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat, is recognized worldwide for his classically-styled wines (in addition to his Burgundian-focused ABC wines, Jim is also highly regarded for his Italian and other French varietals).

 Jim Clendenen is recognized worldwide for his classically styled wines produced under the Au Bon Climat and Clendenen Family Vineyards labels. Meet the mind behind these unforgettable wines at Pappas Bros. Dallas' Jim Clendenen Wine Dinner on Friday, June 27th at 7:00 pm.

Wine Dinner Menu


2009 Clendenen Family Vineyards Santa Maria Valley Dry Riesling

First Course

Pan-roasted Wild Salmon
Summer Vegetables, Saffron Broth

1999 Ici/La Bas “Philippine Dennison Vineyard” Anderson Valley Chardonnay (from magnum)

2009 Au Bon Climat “Hildegard” Santa Maria Valley White Blend (Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc/Aligoté)

Second Course

Apricot-glazed Moulard Duck Breast
Roasted Beets, Assorted Petite Greens 

2008 Barham Mendelsohn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2010 Au Bon Climat “Knox Alexander” Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

2011 Au Bon Climat “Isabelle” California Pinot Noir

Third Course

Char-broiled Filet of Veal
Northwest Porcini Mushrooms, Potato Purée, Black Truffle-Madeira Sauce

2005 Clendenen Family Vineyards Santa Maria Valley Nebbiolo

2005 Clendenen Family Vineyards “Bien Nacido Estate Plantings” Santa Maria Valley Petit Verdot


Cherry and Rhubarb “Crisp”
Cherry Pit Ice Cream

2012 Clendenen Family Vintners Santa Barbara County Late Harvest Viognier

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