Spectacular Wine Dinner at Le Vallauris, Thursday December 17

Le Vallauris Wine Dinner
Wines of the Santa Barbara County
Celebrating Babcock Winery !
Hosted by Master Sommelier Reggie Narito Jr
Executive Chef Jean Paul Lair


Wine Dinner

Mise en Bouche

Dungeness Blue Crab and Corn Cappuccino
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Simpatico, Estate Grown, Sta. Rita Hills 



Hudson Valley Duck Foie Gras and Oregon Chanterelle Ravioli
With Truffle Parmesan Creamy sauce
2014 Chardonnay, The Limit, Radian Vineyard-Block 31, Sta. Rita Hills 


Main Course

Seared Venison Tournedos sauce Poivrade


Roasted Chilean Sea Bass on Braised Rainbow
Carrot and Asparagus
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 15, Estelle Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley


Stuffed Pear with Bleu d’Auvergne and Walnut
Slice of Heaven, Rita’s Crown Vineyard  Sta. Rita Hills 


Lime and Pineapple Parfait
2013 Late Harvest Pinot Gris, Naughty Little Nectar, Estate Grown, Sta. Rita Hills

Price: $96.00 plus gratuity & tax
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Opentable: Diners’ Choice winner for Le vallauris Restaurant


You’re a Diners’ Choice winner, Le Vallauris!

Congratulations – our seasoned diners have selected your restaurant for the OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards this month. From cocktails to dessert, they were impressed!

Our Diners’ Choice Award lists are designed to celebrate top-rated restaurants, giving them greater visibility on OpenTable.com. OpenTable diners love these lists and frequently use them to discover new places to book a table. Each month, we feature Diners’ Choice winners on our website and in seasonal emails that target all of our diners.

And, they’re not random or subjective – OpenTable Diners’ Choice winners are selected according to real feedback from diners who booked through us and dined with you (we know they actually seated and paid,too.) After their meal, we ask them to take a moment to review your restaurant. Check out what they raved about in your Restaurant Center profile.

Now, get out there and spread the word! Add your Diners’ Choice Winner 2015 badge to your website by following the instructions here.

We’re grateful for all the work you do to make your restaurant terrific.

Keep it up!

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Your OpenTable Team


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Wine Dinner at Le Vallauris



Ten Acre Winery Wine Dinner at Le Vallauris
Wednesday March 4, 2015

Mise en Bouche
-Cream of White Asparagus Soup
-Duo of Home Smoked Duck
-Hudson River Duck Foie Gras Ravioli Cream of Aged Parmesan

Ten Acre Rosé Russian River 2013


Poached Chef Creek Oysters in Champagne
with Petrossian Caviar

Ten Acre Chardonnay Russian River 2013


Main Course
Seared Organic Veal Tournedos White Port Reduction
Truffled Potato Raviolis Braised Belgian Endives

Ten Acre Pinot Noir Russian River 2012


Humbold Fog Cypress Grove Goat Cheese
Baby Mâche – Quince Paste

Ten Acre Pinot Noir Russian River 2012

Chocolate “Vienneta”
Bitter Manjari Chocolate Mousse Crunchy Praline and Caramel

Bella Late Harvest Zinfandel Russian River 2012

Price: $115.00 plus gratuity & tax


a note about : Bella Late Harvest Zinfandel Russian River 2012
2012 Late Harvest

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Visiting Sancerre

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On a warm day of september, we decided to take the car and drive south of Paris.
Two hours later we arrive in an area, calm and voluptuous, where the greens of the vineyards compete with crispy blue skies.

Sancerre is a charming hilltop town perched in France’s Loire Valley.
Overlooking the Loire river, the town offers plenty of scenic views and is filled with narrow winding streets and medieval quarters. Surrounded by vineyards, the town is famous for its delicious white wine, which is known simply as Sancerre, and mouth-watering goat cheeses (crottin de chavignol).
la tour a sancerre
La Tour

Sancerre is a perfect destination for a wine escapade. The city’s cobweb of twisted streets and medieval buildings provide plenty of sightseeing. Two unmissable attractions include a 16th century bell tower called Belfry of St. Jean and the Maison des Sancerre wine exposition, which is located in a house built in the 14th century.

The town is also filled with dozens of cafes, bistros and iconic wine tasting caves. Visitors at these caves can savor a range of local cheeses and enjoy several glasses of wine. Some wineries also offer jeep tours for a better view of the landscape. Plenty of rooms located in villas are also available for overnight stays.

sancerre history

bourgeois winery
Laporte winery, stainless steel containers with Director Aurelien.

But let’snot loose the initial purpose of our trip!!
Laporte Winery was on the schedule.
Glorious and happy tasting thanks to Bruce Barett our sommelier  who arranged for the appointment as we sell the Sancerre Laporte “Le Rochoy”on
Le Vallauris Wine List.

“The subsoil consist of clay and flint which gives minerality and aging potential.These elements give exceptional Sancerre Wines with 3 Cuvees:
Le Rochoy and Le Grand Rochoy in white, and Les Royaux in Red”

Enjoying and learning about Sancerre

Wine from Sancerre was likely first cultivated by ancient Romans around the first century. Because of its altitude and rolling hills, the terrain received both plenty of sunlight and cool air. These conditions made the area ideal for cultivating grapes.
Originally, Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes were grown in the area. During the Renaissance, local wines from these grapes were sold in the large nearby cities of Orleans and Bourges. In the 19th century, a phylloxera epidemic devastated the region and wiped out most of the Gamay grape varieties. Sauvignon Blanc grapes were later replanted.
During World War II, Sancerre white wine (made from Sauvignon) became popular among many Paris bistros and was considered Beaujolais’s white counterpart. (Sancerre appellation was created in November 1936).About four decades later, a wine quality conscious culture helped elevate Sancerre’s reputation into an elegant white wine. Within a few years, the wine was featured in fine restaurants all over the world including Le Vallauris Restaurant. Today, most winemaking in the region is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes although the region does produce a small amount of Sancerre Rouge made from Pinot Noir.

In couple days now, Sancerre like many wine regions in France will be in a turmoil.
Harvest, although delayed by the fairly bad month of July  will start in about 10 days.
Time for us to return to the USA and enjoy all those great wines sitting under the beautiful ficus trees at Le Vallauris

Paul Bruggemans
Omar Haddedou

Le Vallauris Restaurant
385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California92262
Open Daily for Dinner, Saturday Lunches and Sunday Brunch.

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Fresh Halibut at Le Vallauris

Le Vallauris Restaurant Executive Chef Jean Paul Lair ordered Fresh Halibut direct from Alaska this morning and will start working on our Weekly prix fixe menu that you can start enjoying as of tonight , Thursday the 27th.
This halibut as you see it here is around 80 pounds.It will be grilled & served on a bed of grilled vegetables.




March 27th till April 2nd  2014

Mise en Bouche:
Chilled carrot and curry soup
Wild boar pate
Blue crab in a cone

Appetizer, choose one:  
Sautéed prawns with prawns raviolis
Tomato saffron sauce
proscuitto di parma and mango    
roasted red beet, goat cheese , pear salad
with pistachio dressing

For all appetizers: Phantom Rivers Sauvignon Blanc Santa Barbara

Main Course, choose one:

Grilled duck breast stuffed with Medjool dates
Orange zest sauce

Saddleback Chardonnay Napa Valley
grilled Alaskan halibut, sundries tomato crust, basil oil       
over grilled vegetables
oasted veal filet , truffle sauce   mushroom raviolis, spinach

Alexander Valley Winery Syrah


Chocolate pot de crème, Chantilly and homemade cookie
Trio of homemade sorbet
strawberry delice

Nieport Tawny Port

Menu price:  $59 per person plus gratuity & tax. Menu price including wine pairing:  $96 per person plus gratuity and & tax















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Top Romantic Restaurants in America

le-vallaurisAs voted by OpenTable Diners
The results are in! These are the OpenTable 2014 Diners’ Choice Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. We determined the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.
By Caroline Potter on January 29, 2014

As diners make reservations for romance on Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Featuring restaurants with alluring ambience and seductive menus, the complete list of honorees is scattered among 32 states and includes Canlis in Seattle, The Little Door in Los Angeles, and Zenkichi in Brooklyn. California boasts the greatest number of winning restaurants with 14, followed by Florida with eight. Hawaii, Texas, and Virginia each have seven winning restaurants. Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio claim five winners apiece, while Arizona, Illinois, New York, and Utah have four. Missouri, New Jersey, and Tennessee count three winning restaurants, and Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington have two each. Alaska, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Rhode Island also have winning eateries.

For another year, fondue is a favorite for diners seeking to fan the flames of romance. And, illustrating that home really is where the heart is, American fare restaurants account for the greatest number of winners. French and Italian cuisines are very popular as well. And, because almost everyone loves to share a sweet with their sweetheart, we have an exclusive slideshow of swoon-worthy desserts from our winning restaurants.
The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between January 14, 2013, and January 15, 2014. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “romantic” category along with a minimum “overall” rating. Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/most-romantic-restaurants-in-america/.

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Luxe In The Desert


You and your family have reached a very special oasis in the desert when you approach The Willow Historic Inn, in Palm Springs, California. Literally tucked into the base of Mount San Jacinto, this 1920’s fortress can only be accessed by ringing a private bell. There is no lobby or great atrium but, upon arrival, the super-friendly inn’s manager and assistant will greet you. They unlock the entrance gate and personally assist you with your bags while providing a tour of the home. We stayed in the Loft Room. It’s the Inn’s best-kept secret, accessed by a winding staircase. I was told Dr. Albert Einstein slept there! The home also played host to luminaries like Marian Davies, Former President Ford, and Shirley Temple, to name a few. Every morning a three-course breakfast is served on the patio dining room. The Inn is associated with the iconic French restaurant, La Vallauris, which is located directly across the street. If you desire, they’ll provide room service, but it’s a real treat to visit the restaurant. The best spot to sit is the patio, amongst the trees that Paul the owner himself planted almost 40 years ago.
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