VOL2 2016

Gastronome is the official publication of the U.S. Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. The magazine provides coverage of local, regional, national and international Chaîne events as well as feature stories about members and member establishments.

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VGS Tour de America BY JOHN F. FLAMMANG, Vice Chargé de Presse ON DECEMBER 7, Bonita Mondiale members enjoyed a "VGS Tour de America" event at the decked-out-for-the-holidays Pelican's Nest Golf Club. Leading the seminar and tasting was Jean-Noël Fourmeaux, owner and vintner of VGS Château Potelle located in St. Helena, California. He covered some of the finer points of VGS winemaking, explaining that the Mount Veeder-cultivated grapes are grown in a microclimate that is twenty degrees cooler than the valley floor. This allows them to have a longer growing season and later harvest. VGS Château Potelle is a boutique winery that creates limited-production wines that are sold only to individuals. The wines that were poured included a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 VGS Chardonnay, 2012 VGS Zinfandel, 2012 Syrah, and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, which, the group learned, was made with very select grapes. The crowd favorite seemed to be the 2012 Illegitimate—a marriage of several reds. At evening's end, Chambellan Provincial/Bailli Susan Vareschi and Vice Echanson Philip Schmitt presented Mr. Fourmeaux and the club's Assistant Food and Beverage Director Jason Jones with commemorative decanters as mementos of the event. G BONITA Chevalier Tom Briers, Mike Briers, Jane Martin and Officier Commandeur Quinn Martin. Chambellan Provincial/Bailli Susan Vareschi, Pelican's Nest Golf Club Assistant Food and Beverage Director Jason Jones and VGS Château Potelle Owner/Vintner Jean- Noël Fourmeaux. Dame Linda Haynes, Eileen Johnston, Chevalier Jim Johnston and Audrey Laucirica. Chevalier Leon Bartos, Susan Bartos, Kimberly Philbin and Chevalier Mitchell Dannenberg. Vice Chancelier-Argentier William Vareschi, Chambellan Provincial/Bailli Susan Vareschi and Chevalier Ed Delahanty. Dame Patt Suwyn and Chevalier Mark Suwyn. Toni Bruce, Chevalier Bob Bruce, Nancy Byers and Craig Byers. MONDIALE 2 0 1 6 v 2 :: G A S T R O N O M E :: 139

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