When former film producer Mark Tarlov established Evening Land Vineyards, he  assembled a team of Burgundy fanatics, including two superstars:  famed winemaker Dominique Lafon and James Beard award winning master sommelier and former GM of Rubicon Estate, Larry Stone.  What was to be a hobby soon became his second career.  Evening Land’s distinctive Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, based on estate vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills and Burgundy, have placed the winery on Wine & Spirits 2011 “Top 100 Wineries of the Year”, garnered raves from Wine Spectator’s Harvey Steiman and scores in the mid to high 90’s.  Twenty-four lucky guests will get red carpet treatment at an exclusive Evening Land wine dinner to be held Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 pm in the Jeroboam Room at John Howie Steak in Bellevue, pairing an incredible menu with amazing wine.

Proprietor and author John Howie, together with Chef Mark Hipkiss have designed a sumptuous six-course dinner, as follows:

Tempura King Crab

Tapioca pudding, lobster butter, chervil, chives

Chardonnay, 2009, Burgundy, France


Frisée Salad

Maple sherry vinaigrette, Kurobuta pork belly lardoons,

crispy poached egg, black pepper-Reggiano Parmigiano zabaglione

Gamay Noir, 2010 Seven Springs, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon


Sous Vide Lamb Loin

Pinot crust, creamy yellow grits, roasted garlic,

Ceregnola olives, rosemary demi-glace

Pinot Noir, 2009 Seven Springs ‘Summum’, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon


American “Kobe Style” Wagyu Beef Cap of Rib

Caramelized fennel, leek and potato cake, wild mushrooms, sauce Bordelaise

Pinot Noir, 2009 Seven Springs ‘La Source’, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon


Fromager d’Affinois

Apple, pear and sage jam, red wine honey, walnut crisp

Assorted Cookies

Illy coffee

Evening Land Vineyards winemaker’s dinner will start at 6:30 pm, is priced at $150.00 per person (tax and gratuity are additional), and is limited to 24 seats.  John Howie Steak is located in The Shops at the Bravern at 11111 NE 8th Street, Suite 125, Bellevue, Washington.  For information or reservations please contact Wilma Manchester at 425.440.0878.  Available seats will be allocated on a first contact, first serve basis.

About Evening Land Vineyards

Evening Land has brought together a collection of pinot noir and chardonnay vineyards in the three great growing regions of the American West.  From the Eola Hills in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, to the Sonoma Coast in the town of Occidental, California and ending on the western lip of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Rita Hills, Evening Land organically farms over 120 acres of heritage vineyards that produce 13 Estate wines imbued with this unique spirit of place. An orchestrated mix of old vine own rooted Oregon and California heritage clones, cuttings from the great established pinot noir and chardonnay vineyards of Burgundy and an experimental block of pinot noir grown from seed, the Vineyards of the Evening Land present a vivid view of Burgundy´s legendary grapes raised in the amazing diversity of America´s climate and soil.  “The Evening Land” has long been a symbol of the dream quest for the perfect garden. From ancient Greek myth to now, the search for The Evening Land is synonymous with adventure and romance that inevitably leads to the extremes of America’s West Coast.

About Larry Stone

Larry Stone, renowned master sommelier and former general manager of Napa´s Rubicon Estate Vineyard and Winery, joined Evening Land Vineyards as president.  “Larry Stone is one of the most respected professionals in the wine business and we are thrilled to bring his expertise as a producer, manager and restaurateur to Evening Land,” said Tarlov. “I don´t know of a person with a better palate or commitment to making a high quality product.”  Stone brings with him a wealth of wine knowledge. Most recently, Stone was general manager of Rubicon Estate and a two-time recipient of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service. An English-certified Master Sommelier, Stone passed the examination on his first attempt. He was elected to the board of directors of the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2004 and became a trustee of the James Beard Foundation in 2005. He is the only American to earn the title of Maître Sommelier from the Union de la Sommelerie Française.

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