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Mondavi's far reaching influence

Wolfgang Puck's DC outpost, The Source, is celebrating its second anniversary with an Asian-themed dinner On October 12 at 7 PM honoring Robert Mondavi. Mondavi's widow Magrit will be in attendance along with Puck, and the evening will pay tribute to and acknowledge the California winemaker's major influence on Virginia's wine industry.

Priced at $195 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, the evening will kick off with a cocktail reception featuring local Virginia wines from Kluge Estate Winery. Like so many other winemakers across the country, Patricia Kluge credits Mondavi as her mentor in the industry, the force that helped shape her vision, and one that supported Virginia’s growing wine industry.

Chef Puck and Executive Chef Scott Drewno will start the Asian-inspired feast with a delectable array of appetizers, including signature dishes such as the Tuna Tartare in sesame-miso cones and signature Smoked salmon pizza. Other courses will feature dishes such as Shanghai Lobster with crisp spinach and golden coconut curry sauce and “American Style” Kobe beef short ribs with rutabaga puree and tamarind-chili sauce. Asian flavors will make an appearance at dessert as well through a velvety Ginger crème brulee with apricot marmalade and salted caramel ice cream.

The evening will feature vintages from the Mondavi winery, including mature bottles such as the 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and the 1983 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. The dinner will also feature a 2006 Fumé Blanc, a wine designation that Mondavi himself coined in1968 to differentiate his dry-style Sauvignon Blanc from the traditionally sweet ones produced by US wineries.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck is located at 575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (entrance on 6th Street). For reservations to the dinner, please call The Source at (202) 637-6100.