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An Evening with Jim Clendenen at The Cypress Room
The Cypress Room
Miami, FL
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An Evening with Jim Clendenen at The Cypress Room

For someone who named his winery "a well exposed vineyard", Au Bon Climat's Jim Clendenen - the man, the myth, the legend himself - is severely underexposed in Miami.  While we'll leave that glimpse of his wild sandy mane blowing in the heady South Beach breezes to tickle your imagination for now, you don't have to look hard to come across his wines at Michael Schwartz's restaurants. His love for Jim's expression of what Santa Barbara does best is no accident.

Wine Director Eric Larkee explains, "Au Bon Climat is a great California wine maker, well known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but what may tickle Michael most is his passion for Italian and French old world varietals.  You never know what you're going to get with Jim, yet you always know it will be interesting and good."

Celebrate the arrival of Lua Rossa no. 3 to Miami, the third release of chef Michael Schwartz's red blend with longtime friend and compadre, Jim Clendenen -- and their FIRST wine dinner in Miami at one of Michael's restaurants.  Prepare to be transported to wine country for an explosion of California road trip love.

$175 plus tax & gratuity includes:
- welcome rosé and canapés
- 5 course dinner paired with Santa Barbara's unexpected varietals, from its most curious producer
- a special bottle from the first shipment of Lua Rossa no. 3, signed by both Chef and Winemaker

Passed assorted Hors d'oeuvres
Clendenen Family 2014 Mondeuse Rosé

Garam Masala-Cured Fish, coriander emulsion, puffed rice
2013 Clendenen Family Gewürztraminer Au Bon Climat

Slow Baked Fish, herb crust, baby vegetables, shellfish broth, shrimp tortellini
2012 Clendenen Family Viognier "Second Coming" Au Bon Climat

Duck Breast, leek pudding, foie gras, cranberry gastrique
2009 Clendenen Family Nebbiolo "Bricco Buon Natale"

Braised Beef Cheek, celery root, wild mushroom, black truffles
Lua Rossa 3 Syrah/Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Mondeuse Stanta Maria Valley

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart, compressed pears, creme fraiche
1995 Il Podere Dell'Olivos "Sittin' Pretty" California Aleatico

In a 5-course dinner with wine pairings we get a first taste of Lua Rossa 3 and enjoy exploring the lesser-known varietals that Jim's coffers have to offer.  

Guests are greeted by passed Clendenen Family 2014 Mondeuse Rosé and assorted passed hors d'oeuvres. The seated plated dinner for 47 will unfold in Cypress's intimate dining room with 2013 Clendenen Family Gewürztraminer Au Bon Climat, 2012 Clendenen Family Viognier "Second Coming" Au Bon Climat, 2009 Clendenen Family Nebbiolo "Bricco Buon Natale", Lua Rossa 3, 1995 Il Podere Dell'Olivos "Sittin' Pretty" California Aleatico. Everyone leaves with a special bottle of Lua Rossa 3 signed by chef and winemaker.

More on Jim:  If one were to climb a mountain seeking an oracle of wine knowledge there would be no shock to find Clendenen sitting on the top. Besides already knowing you were coming, he also would hold all the answers, at least his answers to your questions. After college graduation a month in Burgundy and Champagne convinced Clendenen that he would be better at making wine rather than law. In 1978 he started as an assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa, and in 1982 he branched out on his own starting Au Bon Climat (which means "a well exposed vineyard"). While never a favorite of the magazine critcs, Jim's wines have found appreciation with Chefs and restaurant guests who seek wines to compliment and not overpower their foods. Chef Michael Schwartz and Jim first met almost twenty years ago and have maintained a close and convivial relationship since. Back then Chef Schwartz had a haircut much closer to Jim's wild mane. Like a musician with his regular band as well as side projects, Jim has the the Ici/La-Bas and Clendenen Family Vineyards brands which he also produces under.  

More on The Cypress Room:  The Cypress Room, Michael Schwartz's elegant American dining room in Miami's Design District, is a nod to the spirit of classic 1920s fine dining in polished food, service and décor.  The menu centers around the kitchen's wood-burning grill and rotisserie, offering elegant American cuisine with French touches using the freshest, highest quality ingredients, hand-picked from America's best small farmers, foragers, and fishermen.  Tasting menus allow chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia to get creative and experiment with some of the restaurant's best ingredients, while The Beverage Book features classic cocktails and 124 wines that are a bit old school - not just old world, with a story and a place in the wine world history.


The Cypress Room (View)
3620 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
United States



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