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ORO Restaurant and Lounge with Au Bon Climat and Clendenen Family Vineyards

Au Bon Climat Winery and Clendenen Family Vineyards

Au Bon Climat Winery

Description: Rancho La Cuna Estate Vineyard - Home Page

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County.

The Au Bon Climat winery is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. 

Clendenen Family Vineyards

Jim also established the Clendenen Family Vineyards brand. Under this brand, Jim makes small, artisan lots of distinctive wines. By using smaller lots, he focuses on a wider spectrum of varieties, which are allowed to remain in their barrels until they are deemed complete. One such wine under Clendenen Family Vineyards is Jim’s Nebbiolo that remains in its barrel for five years. Each wine is nuanced, long lived, food-friendly and contains firm acidities and moderate alcohol. Come experience these distinctive, adult style wines from Jim Clendenen

Jim Clenenen - Owner Winemaker, Au Bon ClimatWe welcome our friends from the "other south."

Jim Clendenen is recognized worldwide for his classically-styled wines (in addition to his Burgundian-focused ABC wines, Jim is also highly regarded for his Italian and other French varietals). In 1989 and 1990 Au Bon Climat was on Robert Parker's short list of Best Wineries in the World, and in 1991 was selected by Oz Clark as one of fifty world-wide creators of Modern Classic Wines. Dan Berger of the Los Angeles Times named Clendenen the "Los Angeles Time Winemaker of the Year" in 1992;  Food & Wine Magazine named him "Winemaker of the Year" in 2001. Germany's leading wine magazine, Wein Gourmet, in 2004 named Clendenen “Winemaker of the World;” and in 2007, Jim was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.” The winery has cultivated an international reputation for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.



ORO Restaurant and Lounge

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tU9XvSWPezY/T84fyhxLNmI/AAAAAAAAAiU/j2dWtgUgEac/s1600/oro2.jpgORO Restaurant & Lounge, located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, is a fun, chic, and casual restaurant in the PNC Building. Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, ORO serves dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal. ORO’s wine list, cocktail selection, and variety of local beer is diverse and exciting to please all palates.

http://media2.triangle.com/smedia/2012/08/21/08/42/qg44E.St.167.JPGChris Hylton, Owner and Executive Chef of ORO, began his culinary career in Los Angeles, California at age 18 and came to Raleigh from Washington, DC where he was the Executive Chef at OYA Restaurant & Lounge. Prior to making his way to the east coast, Chris held a number of culinary and management positions at various restaurants in Los Angeles including Mobay, Kas-bah, and Linq. Chris enjoys pairing recognizable foods with international flavors and ingredients to create unique dishes that are powerful in flavor and beautiful in design. Chris uses local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible and is constantly evolving the menu to create the latest in food trends and seasonal delicacies.


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