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Saint Jacques with Davis Family Vineyards

Davis Family Vineyards

At Davis Family Vineyards, Guy and Judy Davis believe wine is an essential element in a rich and passionate life. In their quest for palatal perfection, their goal is for every wine to be a true, natural reflection of the vineyard from which it came, as well as the vintage in which it was grown. The earth friendly farming practices that they use enable them to achieve this goal vintage to vintage. Beyond these techniques being environmentally conscientious, they ensure a higher quality of fruit — and life — for generations to come.

Within the Russian River Valley there are many varied micro-climates, much like what has been recognized in Burgundy for centuries. Through their wines, the vineyards tell the story of terroir, an expression of the neighborhood. Soul Patch, Horseshoe Bend and Starr Ridge Vineyards all sit on Eastern facing slopes, with the vine rows running from North to South. This offers grapes warmth from the gentle morning sun while being shielded from the harsh afternoon heat.

Guy Davis' wine roots run deep, reaching back to the age of nineteen when he worked in a French restaurant in Seattle while pursuing an economics degree at the University of Washington.

Guy worked as an assistant to the chef, arriving each afternoon to work late into the night. After the last customer left, and the doors closed, Guy would retire to the kitchen to make dinner for the owner and chef before joining them for a night of food, wine and conversation.

"The most memorable thing about those evenings was the wine," recalls Davis. "The restaurant owner and chef were Parisian expatriates. And during dinner they would school me on the "finer" points of French cuisine, the culinary lifestyle and, of course, the place of wine in a well-lived life."

www.davisfamilyvineyards.com

 

Saint-Jacques

Chef Restaurateur Serge Falcoz-Vigne brings an authentic French fine dining experience to Saint Jacques. As a young man, he was drawn to the culinary capital of the world, and so he moved to Paris in order to pursue his dream of becoming a chef. After several years of cooking and sous-chef experience, he achieved his dream of running his own restaurant Au Passé Retrouvé. After thirteen successful years, he then relocated with his family to the United States in 2007. His reputation quickly grew in his new home of North Carolina, where he became the executive chef at 411 West, 518 West and 18 Seaboard.

Chef Serge actively supports North Carolina farmers by using only the freshest locally-sourced ingredients in his recipes. He is excited to offer diners his interpretations of classic French cuisine, based on his many years of experience in Paris.

Chef Serge and his team bring a truly authentic French fine dining experience to Raleigh, NC. Opened in 2004, Saint Jacques French Cuisine aims to showcase France's culinary heritage, with its love of exceptional food and fine wines.
Saint Jacques is consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in North Carolina and has regularly featured in the Top 100 restaurants in the nation on OpenTable.com.

www.saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com

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