July 20 Join us for this special dinner introducing our Stratford Hall Special Reserve Madeira. This exciting evening will include a four-course dinner prepared by Stratford Hall’s Executive Chef, Benedicte Merian, and an opportunity to learn about Madeira from wine expert Mannie Berk, founder of the Rare Wine Company. Both Berk and his company are recipients of numerous wine industry awards, and the Rare Wine Company is one of America’s most respected wine merchants. The dinner will also include lively discussion provided by Richard Henry Lee, portrayed by Frank Megargee. Overnight lodging is also available. Reservations are required by July 13, 2012. Call 804-493-1966 for reservations and more information.
Stratford Hall Special Reserve is a type of Madeira that was desired by the colonial Virginia elite in the mid-to-late 1700s. It is a medium-dry wine of remarkable quality, aged ten or more years, with enormous depth of color in addition to its rich, tangy, and complex flavors.
The Madeira dinner is limited to a seating of 40 people. The four-courses consist of: Cream of lobster & chestnut paired with Savannah Verhelho Madeira; Beef tournedos rossini with Madeira sauce vegetable fricassee paired with 2007 Chateau Clos Canon, St. Emilion Premier Cru; Salad and cheese platter paired with Stratford Hall Special Reserve; and Chocolate mousse cake with creme Anglaise and berries paired with New York Malmsey Madeira and coffee. The $140 covers the dinner, tax and gratuity per person.
Overnight accommodations at Stratford are available for a rate of $160 double occupancy; your stay would include a Saturday brunch in the Dining Room and tickets for a Great House tour.