Bloomsbury bistro

With Lail Vineyards

Sponsored by Mark & Linda Leithe and Peter Grossi & Jane Trinh


Lail Vineyards

Lail Vineyards was founded by long time Napa Valley vintner Robin (Daniel) Lail and her family. Robin’s history in the Napa Valley is significant and deeply rooted. Her great-grand uncle was Gustave Niebaum the founder of Napa’s iconic Inglenook Winery. Her father was John Daniel Jr. who inherited the great Inglenook winery from his father (and was instrumental in helping put Napa Valley on the wine map in many ways). Robin co-founded Dominus in 1982 with her sister Marky and famed winemaker Christian Moueix (General Manager of Château Pétrus in Pomerol), co-founded Merryvale Vineyards with Bill Harlan – where she was President of the winery for 12 years, was general manager at the prestigious Meadowood Resort and was Robert Mondavi’s personal assistant for a number of years… the list goes on.

Well regarded Philippe Melka has been their winemaker since the beginning; in fact, Lail Vineyards was his first wine consulting job in the Napa Valley. Today Philippe is the winemaker for a number of small premium producers mostly based in Napa. In the past he has been voted American Winemaker of the year by Robert Parker in Food & Wine Magazine. Philippe has a geology degree as well as a degree in enology and agronomy (he knows his Napa terroir very well) and especially enjoys working with Napa hillside vineyards. For someone with such recognition, he is one of the most down to earth winemakers we have met on this project.

Lail owns and uses fruit from two estate vineyards; the Totem Vineyard in Yountville was part of the original Inglenook vineyard estate. This vineyard is named after a totem pole that the founder of Inglenook Winery, Gustav Niebaum (Robin’s great-grand uncle) gave the de Young Museum in San Francisco (see below for description and photographs of this totem pole). Their Mole Hill vineyard is located high on the slopes of Howell Mountain at about 1600 feet. The name of this vineyard has interesting origins. When Napa pioneer Louis Martini first made red wine locally, John Daniels decided to make some home red wine and included an image of a mole on his label with a cute saying on the back “Mole Hill Red, A Wine You Will Gopher!” Today this small vineyard is planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon and is farmed organically.

Matthew Perry, National Sales Manager for Lail Vineyards, began his wine career at the age of 19, working at a prestigious wine shop in Miami. He took his love of wine to Argentina where he led sales for a young producer.  Returning to the U.S. Matthew continued his career in the distribution tier, selling fine wines in South Florida. Opportunity presented itself and Matthew became regional manager for an importer of superb Greek wines, managing wholesalers along the East Coast.


Bloomsbury Bistro

Located in the heart of Raleigh at Five Points, Bloomsbury Bistro has served nationally renowned cuisine in a comfortable neighborhood setting for well over a decade. Critics and food writers agree that the Bistro has a firm grasp on the entire dining experience. With a seasonal menu that changes every six weeks, chef John Toler stretches the bounds of traditional French cooking by incorporating vibrant ethnic flavors into the Bistro’s globally inspired menus.

Chef John Toler, a West Virginia native, completed his formal training in classical French cuisine as first in his class at L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, Maryland. Before settling in North Carolina, he worked with several well-known chefs in the Washington DC area. John’s relocation to Raleigh coincided with Rick Robinson’s decision to open Mondo Bistro in Chapel Hill where John served as sous chef from the restaurant’s inception until early 1995 when he left to open Bloomsbury Bistro. Chef John Toler’s entrees are French in style, but they meander into Southern, Asian, and other cuisines that liven up the recipes and produce multitudes of quotation marks on the menu descriptions, because nothing is done quite in a traditional manner. Both John and the Bistro have become recognized locally and nationally for his innovative menus and the Bistro’s sophisticated, yet comfortable dining atmosphere. Publications such as USA Today, Bon Appétit and Southern Living have cast a flattering spotlight on Chef Toler’s cooking style.

The list below are the available TWE Winery Dinners for 2019. You can search by Restaurant, Sponsor, and Winery to find the perfect wine dinner to attend. Click on the name to learn more about each dinner and purchase tickets.

Kenneth & Pamela Adler

ALPS Insights

American Airlines

Angus Barn I (Thad Room)

Angus Barn II (Alice Room)

Apex Fine Wine

Arkenstone Vineyards

Au Bon Climat

Lennie Austin

Trey & Marci Bailey

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

Barboursville Vineyards

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar

Bedrock Wine Co.

Tyler & Phyllis Bennett

Bida Manda

Bin 54

Kurt Bland & Meredith Keyes

Bloomsbury Bistro

Bodega Catena Zapata

Roland & Missy Boney

Bricoleur Vineyards

Jill & Chad Bridge

Cameron & Sandy Bridger

Broadbent Selections, Inc.

Etta Buckman & Robert Long

Buku – Wake Forest

Dean & Gail Bunce

Cantina 18

Capital Club 16

The Capital Grille

Capital Pest

Mary & Dale Carey

Carolina Exotic Car Club

Casa Lapostolle

Taylor & Ben Cash

David & Stephanie Casmer

Castello Banfi


Champagne Delamotte

Champagne G.H. Mumm

Champage Jacquart

Champagne Palmer

Champagne Perrier-Jouët

Champagne Pommery

Champagne Roederer

Michael & Melissa Colantuoni

Cortez Seafood + Cocktail

Crawford & Son

Crocker & Starr Wines

Cucciolo Osteria

Cruse Wine Co.

Dakota Shy

Dalla Valle Vineyards

Danis Construction

Julie & Vern Davenport

Davis Family Vineyards

Denner Vineyards

Adam & Martha Derbyshire

Louis & Lyn Dickerson

Dirk & Colleen Dimitry

Donum Estate

Stacy Doster & Randy Pozsar

DRINK Raleigh

DuMOL Winery


Elliott Davis LLC

Evening Land


Joseph Patterson & Kellie Falk

Fantesca Estate & Winery

Farm Table

Jeffrey & Lauren Fieldman

First Horizon Bank

Fisher Vineyards

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

Barry & Pam Gardner

Peter Grossi & Jane Trinh

Chef Sarah Grueneberg

Gundlach Bundschu

William Hamlin

Lyle & Bette Hart

Amy & Jay Hendrickson

Guardian Wealth Partners

Alan & Evelyn Hughes

Herons at Umstead Hotel

Hirsch Vineyards

Husic Vineyards

Italics Winegrowers

Jimmy V’s Steak House


Brian & Heather Johnson

John Alan & Aimee Jones

Suzanne & Charles Jones

Justin Vineyards & Winery

Keller Estate


Tom Kobylarz

Anthony & Heather Krasznai

Ross Lampe

Lando Wines

Law Estate Wines

LAZ Wines

K. LAZ Wine Collection

Lail Vineyards

Landmark Vineyards

Lede Family Vineyards

Rich Lee

Mark & Linda Leithe

Jackie Locklear

Lombardi Wines

Loring Wine Company

Domaine Louis Latour


Margaux’s Restaurant

Metaphora Wines

Mateo Bar de Tapas

Todd & Elisabeth McGowan

Mid Atlantic Roofing Supply of Raleigh

Midtown Grille

Modus Operandi Cellars

Morlet Family Vineyards

Mothers & Sons

Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar

Sharat & Lavanya Nagaraj

Nana Steak

Oak Steakhouse

Mike & Oz Nichols

O-Ku Sushi Raleigh

Michael & Candace Olander

O2 Fitness

Martin Osterhout


Pappas Capital

Paradigm Winery

Doyle Parrish

Pax Mahle Wines

Peay Vineyards

Andy Penry & Karen Moriarty

Perliss Estate Vineyards

Piedmont Restaurant

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen

Poole’s Diner


Private Home in Cary

Private Home in North Raleigh

Private Home in Wake Forest


Lee & Cindy Pryor


Quilceda Creek

John & Debra Ratliff

Ramey Wine Cellars

Raymond James (Chris Johnson)

Mark & Tara Rein

Rey’s Restaurant

Reynolds Family Winery

Carmen & Jay Ritz

Robert Sinskey Vineyards


Rudd Estate

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, North Hills


Sangiacomo Family Vineyards

Second Empire I

Second Empire II

Janet Sellers & Rich Goodin

Senses Wines

Sigmon Construction

Silver Oak Cellars

Skipstone Wines

Sloan Estate


South State Bank

Southern Bank

Greg & Paula Stafford

St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar


Eric & Victoria Stokes

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Sullivan’s Steakhouse II

Sullivan’s Steakhouse I

Summit Hospitality, Ltd.

Eric Surface

Pam Swanstrom

Mitch & Brittany Taylor

Taylor’s Wine Shop

Twomey Cellars

VHR (Vine Hill Ranch)

Vidrio – Library Room

Vidrio II

Vin Rouge

Vinnie’s Steakhouse

Thomas & Jennifer Walters

Mike & Rita Whalen

Wine & Soul