Three Napa Wineries Serve Up Wine With Perfectly Paired Cuisine
Stunning mountain views, acres of verdant vineyards, and the historic grandeur of the local architecture make a visit to Napa Valley worthwhile, even if you do nothing more than drink in the ambiance. Of course, aesthetics aside, you might want to drink in the area’s world-famous creation too…their wine. I mean, you’re already there. Why not? This journey is even more extraordinary because so many wineries that dot the valley’s landscape serve delicious food perfectly paired to complement their vintage. Here are the Food Pairings from 3 Napa Wineries in this article.
From Wild Grapes to Winemaking Mecca
In 1839, settler George Calvert Yount was the first to recognize the perfect climate and rich volcanic soil made Napa an ideal spot to cultivate wine grapes. Other pioneers followed suit, and by 1861, Charles Krug had established the area’s first commercial winery. This was followed by a wave of new growth, with the likes of Beringer and Inglenook setting up shop in the ensuing years.
Despite insect infestations, prohibition, and more recently, wildfires and a global pandemic, Napa Valley wineries continue to flourish, with over 350 wineries in the area. It is recognized worldwide as one of the best wine-growing regions on the planet.
The following three Napa Valley wineries go a step beyond winemaking by serving up mouthwatering cuisine for a truly sublime tasting experience. While they’re not the only ones who do, these three take pairing to a whole new level.
In the late 19th century, German immigrant Jacob Schram started this winery on Diamond Mountain. Over one hundred years later, owners Jack and Jamie Davies have restored the glorious estate and become known for the distinctive sparkling wines they produce.
Located in St. Helena, Davies Vineyards serve up a positively stunning brunch tasting. The Bubbles & Caviar Brunch offers guests a full ounce of caviar, potato chips, creme fraiche, eggs, quiche, and smoked salmon, along with an exquisite glass of Schramsberg’s sparkling wine.
Louis M. Martini Winery
The historic winery was one of the first to open after the repeal of Prohibition. Originally constructed in 1933, in 2019, the vintners completed a significant restoration to the property. With a passion for good wines and delicious food, the Louis M. Martini Winery serves up an unforgettable pairing experience.
The Heritage Terrace Tasting combines five small-lot wines with five nibbles, like crispy pig ears and pink peppercorn panna cotta. Guests who want to enjoy the scenic outdoors will love The Outdoor Cabana Tasting featuring wine complemented by wood-fired pizzas, meat, cheese, salami, truffle popcorn, and duck rillettes.
Their grandest tasting invites guests to partake of a seven-course meal of wine and food in the winery’s 85-year-old underground wine cellar that is lined with giant redwood casks.
Your adventure here begins with a tour of the winery’s garden and estate grounds, followed by a seated wine and food pairing.
The chef prepares small plates of lighter fare to enhance the first of five wines. As the tasting progresses from whites to reds, the food becomes richer with offerings such as smoked pork belly served with a pinot noir. In addition, B Cellars invites guests to sample a variety of cheeses, charcuterie, and chocolate pairings to please the palate.
If a Napa wine tasting is on your bucket list, a visit to anyone (or all three) of these fine wineries is well worth your time.
About the Author
Jon Notarius is the Vice President of Premier Gourmet Corp. which operates the store’s online business via WineDeals.com.