Food & Wine – Good Things Come in Pairs

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Since wine and food are perfect compliments of each other, it only makes sense that wineries would feature this pairing more prominently as part of your wine tasting experience. See our picks in the Oakville/Rutherford region of wineries with a flare for culinary paired delights!

Wine & Food Tasting Experience at Cakebread Cellars

Cakebread Cellars The Wine & Food Experience at Cakebread Cellars is a must-stop  experience on your itinerary if you’re a foodie! The experience begins with a tour of the winery followed by an interactive wine food pairing with your tasting host.  Guests are guided through four wine-food pairings created by the in-house Chefs who use the fresh ingredients from the garden onside.  Each pairing (and the components of how wine and food play together) are discussed which will surely enhance your ability to confidently match wines with food in the future. See what one of our message board members said about a recent visit to Cakebread Cellars: “First stop was Cakebread. We had recently rejoined their wine club and my husband was eager to take advantage of those member perks. We were seated in the fairly new membership area and enjoyed tasting through their array of wines. We are partial to their Chardonnay, and the Dancing Bear Cab is delicious with it’s dark fruits and barest hint of chocolate.Reservations Required: (800) 588-0298 Fee: $40 per person; $20 per person for Wine Club Members Event Capacity: Maximum of 6 people per group, 12 people total

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery Not that you need a reason to visit Robert Mondavi Winery, but if you’ve been several times why not try one of their culinary programs on your next trip.  Currently, the winery offers four distinct experiences: (1) The Harvest of Joy Tour and Lunch, (2) Wine and Chocolate Expressions, (3) Pairing Wine & Artisanal Cheese, and (4) The “Four Decades” Tasting and Dinner.  The Chocolate and Wine Pairing program is a perfect couples activity especially for those in the area during Valentine’s Day Weekend. Explore delights from local artisan chocolatier Woodhouse Chocolate  (sweet versus bitter, dark versus light milk chocolate and terroir-driven versus fruity) paired with both red and white Robert Mondavi wines. Reservations: Required and limited to 10 guests Hours: Offered every Saturday at 3pm Fee: $50 per person