Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin
Wishing Well Restaurant, Wilton, NY, 11/17/2019

The Albany-Capital Region chapter of La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin held a dinner at Wishing Well Restaurant, a few miles north of Saratoga Springs in Wilton, NY.

The host for this dinner was Adrian Chiota. I sat with Jared Shulman, Adrian Chiota, Mathias Chiota, Tom Gannon,and a few of their friends from NYC.

Except for the Champagne which was provided by Adrian and Mathias, all the wines were from the chapter's cellar. None of the wines were decanted, but they were opened for some time before serving. See each wine note for details.

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The Venue

The Wishing Well Restaurant has an actual wishing well:

Reception with Hors d'Oeuvre
There were also magnums of NV André Jacquart Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Experience Brut Nature Mesnil which were gone before I could taste them.


Bob Lee (co-owner with his wife Mary Alice Lee) welcomes us to the Wishing Well Restaurant:

Chevalier Adrian Chiota stands to introduce his guests at our table:
Hans Broscheit, Tom Gannon, Matias Chiota, Ryan White, Antoine Lecompte:

First Course
Baked Halibut with Mushroom Cream Sauce and Dry Sherry:

Second Course
Escargot and Marrow Bone in Garlic Butter with Groovy Greens Caper Salad:

Joel Spiro comments on the first two wines:

Third Course
Duck Leg Confit with Lardons, Frisée, White Beans, Carrots, and Celery:

Fourth Course
Filet Mignon with Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Mushroom Duxelles:

George Weissman comments on the last two wines:

Fifth Course
Cheese Board: Manchego, Stilton, Époisses de Bourgogne:

Custard Fruit Tart:

Closing Ceremonies

Grand Sénéchal Larry Teal introduces Owner Bill Lee who introduces his staff:

Larry gives Bill a memento of our visit which includes the menu for the evening:

Everyone approves:

And now we do the La La song:

Saying goodbye:


Another excellent evening of friends, food, and wine. This was my first time at the Wishing Well. I was quite impressed.

Notes posted from CellarTracker.


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