5 Course Bouchaine Wine Dinner @ Columbus INNBouchaine Pinot Noir

 Wednesday, November 7th 2012 @ 6:30pm

Enjoy 5 devine courses created by Chef Ross Essner, PERFECTLY paired with A Bouchaine Wine, in the company of the WINEMAKER! Don’t miss out on this RARE opportunity to meet the head winemaker for Bouchaine Vineyards, Michael Richmond. He’s coming straight from Carneros, California joined by local Bouchaine representatives to host an evening of fabulous food, wine and conversation.

This is a wine & food lover’s dream evening.

“We’re really looking forward to and feel honored to be hosting this dinner with the Bouchaine Winemaker. My kitchen crew and I are looking forward to the challenge of building the bridges of really great food and really great wine.”

– Chef Ross Essner, Columbus INN


 Amuse Bouche

 Chef Selection

 1st Course

 Crispy Brie, apples, cranberries, walnuts and pumpkin

 Chene d’ Argent Chardonnay

 2nd Course

 Seared Diver Scallops, butternut squash risotto, black pepper, arugula

 Estate Chardonnay

 3rd Course

 Steak & Egg Raviolo

 Carneros Pinot Noir

 4th Course

 Duck fat poached Bison Tenderloin, pear & parsnip puree, roasted brussels

 Rockin Syrah


 Chef Selection to enjoy with your remaining Syrah


 Apple Tasting – caramel lady apple, beignet & ice cream, hot cake & pie

 Bouche d’Or

 Tickets are $75 for reservations made by November 3rd. After the 3rd they will be $85. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 302-571-1492 or email [email protected]


Michael Richmond was named winemaker in 2002. His approach is on the grapes themselves, carefully blending the various vineyard blocks to create wines that capture the elegance of Burgandy and the exuberance of Napa.

 “Being at Bouchaine has rekindled the student in me. Though wine is steeped in tradition, it is vital to stay current with trends and new technologies in the most dynamic of industries. I don’t accept innovations automatically, but it’s incumbent on me to try them on for size. Winemaking is a very soft science.”

– Michael Richmond, Bouchaine Winemaker


The Bouchaine Winery is the oldest winery operating in the Carneros District and it is owned by Wilmington’s own Tatiana and Geret Copeland. I’m sure you are well aware of Tatiana and Geret for all of their Philanthropic endeavors related to the Arts and Enviornment in Delaware, but were you aware that they were responsible for bringing the fabulous Bouchaine Chardonnay’s and Pinot’s to Delaware?

I have to say that I am a true fan.

In 1981, following their love for wine, Tatiana and Geret Copeland along with some other investors purchased the Bouchaine Winery and surrounding vineyards. This was at a time whem only winemaking pioneers realized the potential for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros.

 “My first trip to Bouchaine, in 1981, was for testing rather than a tasting. I was on a business trip in LA, and my husband called to tell me that there was a winery in Napa Valley for sale… Now, almost 30 years later, the property had truly blossomed into an elegant country winery, and I am ever more delighted.”

– Tatiana Copeland, Owner Bouchaine Winery

Geret and Tatiana Copeland

“I fell in love with Burgandy on my first trip there with my father, when I was 16. The world of wine caught my imagination and never left it. Bouchaine is the realization of my boyhood dream.”

– Gerret Copeland, Owner Bouchaine Winery


The Copelands bought out the partnership in 1991 and completely rebuilt the winery from top to bottom as well as replanting almost all of the estate vineyards. In 1995 they purchased the adjoining winery giving them more than 100 acres of estate vineyards in Carneros.

Click here for more on this fascinating story of the Copeland’s and how the Bouchaine Winery came to be what it is today.  A lot of the information from this article is taken directly from their web-site.