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Join us to raise money for Charlotte-area children's charities at a five-course wine pairing dinner featuring the premier wines of VGS Chateau Potelle including the inaugural vintage of the Auction Napa Valley record-setting wine, The 2016 Fourmeaux Red. Fourmeaux 2016 Red Blend was crafted by Kale Anderson, the youngest American winemaker ever awarded a perfect 100 points by wine critic Robert Parker. Since the very beginning of that vintage, Anderson knew he had the ingredients for a very superior wine. The winery owner, Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, will join us to tell the story of his journey from Bordeaux to Napa and his path to creating world-class wines. The dinner menu will be curated by Charlotte’s renowned chef and Bank of America Executive Dining Room Chef, Tom Condron (formerly of Lumiere). The evening will end with a live auction featuring exceptional wine lots and experiences.

 

6:00 pm Reception followed by Dinner and a Live Auction
6:30 pm Seated Dinner
Business chic. No ties required.

Bank of America Corporate Center | Executive Dining Room
100 N. Tryon Street, 59th Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202

Must be 21+. A valid ID is required to gain entrance to the venue.
Self-parking with validation is available in the Corporate Center Parking Deck (100 North College Street) | Ride Service (Uber/Lyft) Recommended

Terms & Conditions

Please email info@charlottewineandfood.org to be added to the waiting list!

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Sent to the Napa Valley by the French government “to spy” for 6 months, Jean-Noel Fourmeaux reported back home “Looks good, I stay”.

This son of Bordeaux created VGS Chateau Potelle 35 years ago on Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. Originally seduced by the exuberance and generosity of the Napa Valley fruit, Jean-Noel makes wines that have dimension, subtlety and definitive character. Their assertiveness is all in the nuances and their successive layers, not in the bold over ripeness of fruit.

Jean-Noel’s unconventional but very serene and comfortable approach to life and wine is guided by his passion for making wines true to his standards and of his loyal customers. “To make mainstream wines has never been my calling”.

He is a winemaker, traveler, teacher, storyteller. He enjoys sharing his passion and spreading the essence of wine, which he believes should be a sensual gratification not an instant one. Jean-Noel empowers people to be themselves and to embrace their own personal taste and give it the chance it deserves. “Once you know your taste, your taste will never let you down”.

The Fourmeaux Red, Jean-Noel’s latest creation, received the highest price at the Napa Valley Barrel Auction two years in a row.

A true French-American blend, he travels the world sharing the culture of wine with his customers and friends, from Bordeaux where he is from, to South Africa, Latin America and beyond.

 
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Our vision at VGS Chateau Potelle is to produce wines of style and character that are representative of their birth place. Like for each of us, our "roots" provide us with a unique culture, a set of mores and traditions...Our job as winemaker is to stay humble so we can listen, understand, respect and enhance the unique qualities of our "roots"... to craft wines that are distinct in their personality and have a sense of place.

Winemaking, like parenting, is an art always reinvented. They are guidelines of course but no defined set of rules. Every year it’s different!

Chateau Potelle’s first vintage was 1983. Over the next few years, after purchasing and planting an 200 acre estate high atop Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley, Jean-Noel refined his own wine style and released the first VGS designated wine in 1990. These wines: VGS Cabernet Sauvignon, VGS Chardonnay, VGS Zinfandel and VGS Syrah gained immediate recognition and consumer acclaim. They were different then:

“Chateau Potelle wines remind me of Chanel suits. They are classic French in design, timeless, and they go with everything. These wines complement so many foods and make them taste better, the way a Chanel suit makes the wearer feel ultra elegant” - Chicago Tribune May 1990.

And they still are different today:

“VGS Chateau Potelle does every varietal Justice with generous local fruit and French finesse” - The Wine Muse 2019.

In April 2013, VGS started a brand new concept in Napa Valley hospitality and opened the VGS Tasting House & Garden in St. Helena. The first hospitality center to offer an unparalleled food & wine experience, showcasing VGS wines thoughtfully paired with food bites from the acclaimed Michelin starred La Toque Restaurant.

“We invite our guests to come to a place that reflects the style of our wines - elegant, restrained, and extremely well done in all details. A place in which our attitude resonates throughout. Super high quality in a fun, easy, sometimes irreverent, but never pretentious ambiance.”

 
 
 
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The wines featured at this dinner as well as some future vintages will be available for sale to event attendees direct through the winery with 10% of proceeds benefitting Charlotte Wine & Food’s charity partners. The wines of VGS Chateau Potelle and Fourmeaux Wines are typically only available to winery club members so event attendees will have a one-time special opportunity to purchase these limited production wines. A limited allocation of the Fourmeaux Wines will be offered for purchase and orders will be fulfilled equally across all orders based on demand vs. supply.

 
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ABOUT CHEF TOM CONDRON

British-born and French-trained, Chef Tom Condron has been in the restaurant business since he was 14, starting at the famed Dorchester Hotel in England. He has worked for no less than eight Michelin starred chefs throughout his career, including the late Jean Louis Palladin, whose fearless and exacting tutelage in the kitchen is legendary.

Condron is a University of Florida graduate, and later attended Johnson & Wales. He went on to work at such restaurants as Le Cirque, Jean Louis at the Watergate, Aqua Restaurant in San Francisco, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Restaurant, the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, and the Blue Ridge Grill in Atlanta.

For more than two decades now Condron has made Charlotte his base of operations and has helped open many of Charlotte’s best restaurants. He is best known as the chef and co-owner of the Liberty, a gastropub, and its sister bistro, Lumiere, before becoming the executive chef at the Bank of America Executive Dining Room.

 
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