Friday, October 16, 2015

The Majestic Cafe to Host Wine Dinner with Ox-Eye Vineyards

From our friends at The Majestic Cafe...

The Majestic Cafe, located in the heart of Old Town at 911 King Street, 22314, will partner with Ox-Eye Vineyards from Staunton, Virginia, to host a special wine dinner on Wednesday, October 21st. Priced at $59 per person (tax and gratuity not included), the menu will consist of five courses prepared by Executive Chef Lisa Marie Frantz. Each course will be paired with wines from Ox-Eye Vineyards’ 100-acre farm, which is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Featured wines include Scale House Reserve Riesling 2014, Lemberger 2012, Chardonnay 2014, Cabernet Franc 2012, and Gew├╝rztraminer. The complete dinner menu is listed below.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM, limited seating is available and reservations are required by calling (703) 837-9117 or emailing, or

WHERE: The Majestic Cafe, located at 911 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, has been an Old Town favorite since 1932. For more information, please visit

WHY: In 1996, John and Susan Kiers purchased a 100-acre farm in the Shenandoah Valley for the purpose of growing wine grapes. The Shenandoah Valley drew their attention because of its relatively low rainfall, its cool climate, and its deep limestone soil. Of particular interest was the strong diurnal temperature shift, the difference between day and night temperatures that typifies most of the valley. Diurnal shift is desirable during late summer and fall ripening as it allows sugars to rise without overly diminishing acidity. The site chosen was dubbed Ox-Eye after the ox-eye daisies that at times proliferate the landscape. The Kiers family planted their first two acres of grapevines in 1999, eventually covering 23 acres with vines. After selling grapes to area wineries for over a decade, the Kiers family built their own winery in 2010 and now bottle 100% estate wines from fruit grown on their farm. For additional information please visit:

October 21st Ox-Eye Vineyards Wine Dinner

First Course:
Farmstead Pate, Fields of Athenry Farm chicken liver, served with drunken cherry compote, stone ground beer mustard, pickled vegetables and grilled baguette
Scale House Reserve Riesling 2014

Second Course:
Roasted Bone Marrow, Virginia whiskey barrel smoked, parsley lemon sea salt, served with grilled baguette
Lemberger 2012

Third Course:
Kabocha Ravioli, handmade pasta with toasted hazelnut sauce
Chardonnay 2014

Fourth Course:
Cheerwine Braised Short ribs, cornbread puree, roasted baby vegetables
Cabernet Franc 2012

Fifth Course:
Seasonal local cheese & fruit with local honeycomb and nuts