This Diamonds & Pearls event includes:
- Friday, December 8: Welcome reception with Serge Laville, Winemaker for Spring Valley Vineyard, 6-7 pm.
- Saturday, December 9: Dinner for two in the Dining Room at 6 pm. (This special dinner will be served instead of our regular dinner menu.)
- A one night stay for two in a Lodge Room.
- Four-course Wine Dinner Package for two starts at $404 for the wine dinner and a room at the Lodge (Add an extra night for $100, excluding Patterson Lake Cabins. Dinner-only price is $125 per person plus tax. Gratuity is included. )
The gourmet four-course meal from Executive Chef Tyler Krost and Pastry Chef Samantha Huntsman will be exquisitely paired with the fine wines of Walla Walla’s Spring Valley Vineyard.
- Winter Salad—Frisee, Endive, Radicchio, Pork Belly Croutons, Mountain Gorgonzola, and Red Wine Reduction Vinaigrette
Wine: Katherine Corkrum Cabarnet Franc 2012
- Proscuitto / Fontina Arincini—Fried Risotto Balls served over a Shaved Brussels Sprouts Nest
Wine: Frederick Red Wine 2013
- 72-Hour Braised Short Ribs with Cauliflower Purée
Wine: Nina Lee Syrah 2012
- Devil’s Food / Orange Mascarpone Cream / Almond Cocoa Nib Florentine / Cherry Brandy Coulis
Wine: Sherilee Petit Verdot 2011
Serge Laville, Winemaker
Not everyone gets the opportunity to try some of France’s most famed wines before their tenth birthday. While growing up in France’s Northern Cote du Rhone, Serge Laville did just that, thanks to his grandfather, a wine connoisseur with a cellar many would envy. Little did Grandpere–or Serge himself–know that Serge would grow up to create highly sought after and acclaimed wines halfway around the world as the winemaker at Spring Valley Vineyard.
As a young adult in France, Serge worked as a photographer, but the early training in his grandfather’s wine cellar, as well as an educational background in chemistry and biology, led him back to enology. He began studying with famed wine consultant Marie Laure Sylvestre, making yearly visits to various wine regions in France and learning the intricacies of terroir, aging, and tasting, and after a decade decided to become a wine tourist in the United States.
In 2000, armed with a camera and backpack, he set out on a journey that eventually brought him to Walla Walla and a chance meeting with fellow photographer and Spring Valley Vineyard founding winemaker Devin Corkrum Derby, who invited him to Spring Valley Ranch.
Serge fell in love with the wines Devin was making, as well as the beautiful old homes and magnificent scenery of the Walla Walla Valley. He also met Walla Walla native Madeleine Call and the rest, as they say, is history. After several trips back and forth between Walla Walla and France, Serge made two big decisions: one to ask Madeleine to marry him, and the other to take Devin up on his offer to become his assistant in the winery at Spring Valley.
Serge started working at the ranch during the 2002 harvest and quickly mastered the unique and special attributes of the vineyard and winemaking style at Spring Valley. “I learned winemaking in France,” he says, “but I learned how to make Washington wine from Devin Derby.” The two discovered they shared a philosophy of “listening to the vineyard” and allowing nature to take its course in the winemaking process with minimal, careful intervention including picking, sorting, and punching down the wines gently by hand.
When Devin died in 2004, Serge quietly tended the wines despite his own grief at the loss of his close friend, and soon made the decision to stay at the winery and continue the legacy of Devin and the winery. He has been Spring Valley’s Winemaker since 2005.
To this day, Serge crafts each wine with the care and attention that is the tradition of Spring Valley Vineyard. And in the tradition of his family, Serge and Madeleine’s daughters Claire and Anna are already at home in the vineyards and the winery at Spring Valley.