Airlie Center’s Culinary Director Jeff Witte and Sébastien Marquet, winemaker at Doukénie Winery, are planning to kick off 2014 featuring their talents when they partner to create the first in a series of winemaker dinners. The award- winning Doukénie Winery, located in Loudoun County, DC’s Wine Country, is pleased to be invited as one of the first in the series.  

The first dinner and collaboration will take place on Friday, January 17, 2014 starting at 6:00 pm.

Airlie is just an hour’s drive from downtown Washington, DC. Airlie’s combination of convenient location and resort setting paired with its dedicated conference center and picturesque surroundings make it the perfect  venue for specialty wine dinners as their new Winemaker Dinner Series.  Airlie Center is a perfect weekend getaway for DC, Virginia and Maryland residents and visitors. It holds Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s E3 (Exemplary Environmental Enterprise) designation and Green Seal ‘Silver’ status.  The Center is also an active member of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC).

This is a perfect fit for Doukénie as Airlie’s service and culinary talents fit with the goals and interests of Doukénie. Winemaker Sébastien Marquet and Chef Witte have planned an outstanding five-course meal combining several of Doukénie’s favorite selections with Witte’s local farm selected courses.

The menu and Doukénie’s wine pairings include:

Airlie House Sustainable Sturgeon Gravlox & ‘Chips’

Apple Preserves, Baby Arugula, Caramelized Cippolini-Kale Oil

Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Pressed Local Mushroom Terrine

Pan Seared with Local Goat Cheese, Sprouts, Poached Local Quail Egg, Brown Butter Vinaigrette,

Honey-Beet Relish, Micro Greens

Chardonnay 2011

Braised Local Pork Belly

Grilled Baby Fennel, Dried Cherry Reduction, Carrot Gelée, Glazed Baby Half, Crispy Kale

Merlot 2011

Local Beef Medallion

Poached Root Vegetables, Potato ‘Cake’, Zeus Demi-Glace, Chervil-Chive Gremolata

Zeus 2011

Dark Chocolate ‘Marjolaine’

Almond Meringue, Hazelnut Ganache, Blood Orange, Joconde, Local Lavender

Hope’s Legacy, Raspberry Dessert Wine

The Winemaker dinner includes a five-course chef’s dinner, expertly paired with five wines, taxes and gratuities for $125 per person. 

If you’d like to stay the night, Airlie also offers a Vintner’s Package for $398 which includes the winemaker dinner for two, overnight accommodations for two, breakfast the next morning, taxes and gratuities. For more information and to make a reservation visit or call (540) 347-1300.