Luxury Wine and Food Experiences in Sonoma County
Savor the ultimate food and wine pairings in Sonoma Wine Country. For those who enjoy the good life, Sonoma County offers the perfect dual experience - sipping premium vintages, deliciously complemented by farm-to-table delights designed by the estate chef to bring out the best in both the wine and the food.Wineries throughout Sonoma County offer a variety of food and wine pairings, but several go a step further, creating unique presentations in exclusive settings. Here are just a few of these special opportunities.
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa
Stunning vineyard views and a fine-dining experience blend in the multi-course Wine & Food Pairing at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards off Highway 12 in Santa Rosa.
In a relaxed, fun, and unforgettable Sonoma Wine Country experience, guests gather at a shared table, to enjoy an assortment of small dishes created by executive chef Peter Janiak, paired with hand-selected artisan wines.
Trip Advisor called it "the best Wine & Food Pairing we've ever experienced," and Bite Club Eats said the small plates "rival the kitchen of any Michelin-starred restaurant." Each seating is hosted by a friendly wine expert, and the dishes change daily to reflect seasonal markets.
Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Healdsburg
Get the ultimate inside look at Jordan Vineyard & Winery on its Estate Tour & Tasting, a three-hour, farm-to-table, wine-and-food-tasting excursion showcasing foods grown on the property.
In addition to extensive vineyards, this nearly 1,200-acre property in beautiful Alexander Valley is a working ranch with chickens for eggs, cattle for beef, bees for honey, olive oil, and a cutting garden for floral arrangements, as well as a culinary garden.
More than three-quarters of the estate is dedicated to natural habitat, creating an oasis where craggy oak trees surround the vineyards, herons and geese swim the lakes, and rabbits and deer roam the rolling hills.
After riding in style to remote areas of the estate, enjoy a sit-down wine and food pairing in a glass-encased pavilion atop a knoll at 650-feet elevation, with a 360-degree view of the Mayacamas and Vaca mountains. The tasting includes current release Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, special vintage selections, estate extra virgin olive oil, and an array of delicacies prepared by the estate chef.
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg
Escape from the everyday on this more than 1,300-acre estate hidden away in the rugged foothills of the Mayacamas mountains. Visitors to Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery are greeted by extraordinary vistas, cooling maritime breezes, and a sense of serenity and seclusion. The property includes vineyards, a winery, hospitality center, culinary garden, residence, stables, equestrian pavilion, sports fields, fishing and swimming ponds, guest houses, and expansive wilderness areas.
The Culinary Tour and Tasting starts with a brief excursion through the estate vineyards, followed by an exploration of the organically-farmed culinary garden. Guests then arrive at the Pavilion, a conservatory with panoramic views of the valley, and the site of a sit-down tasting of Chalk Hill wines artistically paired with several small plates.
Or, schedule an elite Estate Luncheon, which begins with a driving tour of the magnificent estate, followed by a decadent meal in which the chef expertly pairs Chalk Hill wines with fresh food from the estate's culinary garden.
Other High End Wine and Food Pairings to Consider:
- Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, in Healdsburg, offers customized and private seated wine tastings.
- Mayo Reserve Room, in Kenwood, presents seven reserve wines paired with seven artisan bites.
- Ram's Gate Winery, in the Carneros region of the Sonoma Valley, presents a Gateway Tasting that is ideal for first-time visitors, seasonal pairings, and the Chef's Table, a customized interactive wine and culinary experience. Private pairings can be arranged.
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Henley