Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates the Founding of Virginia

On the 3rd of May, Queen Elizabeth II began a week-long visit to commemorate the founding of her namesake’s Jamestown colony, and to address the House of Delegates in Richmond in the Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson. For Governor and Mrs. Kaine’s private reception for her that evening, Chef Patrick O’Connell prepared an extraordinarily dazzling menu drawn from his legendary cuisine at The Inn at Little Washington.

We were honored to be the one winery commanded to furnish wines for this doubly historic occasion - to entertain Her Majesty on behalf of the People of Virginia, and to accompany the creations of one of the world’s greatest chefs in offerings of splendor, exuberance, and deep affection.

Viognier Reserve 2005 was served with a Coronets of Home Smoked Salmon Tartar, and with Maine Lobster with Grapefruit Butter Sauce. Octagon 2001 was served with Tiny Pasties of Barbequed Rabbit, and with Pastry of Local Asparagus and Virginia Country Ham with Mustard Beurre Blanc. Malvaxia Passito 2003 carried the day with Ginger Pannacotta with Passionfruit Granite, among 7 other dessert selections.