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.
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.
The 2.50-hour Culinary Tour and Tasting is available by appointment at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and the cost starts at $120 per person. Estate Luncheons are available by appointment Tuesday through Saturday; for pricing quotes, reservations, and other information, contact [email protected] or 707-657-4839.
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery, 10300 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg, 707-657-4837
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 Bryan Jones, 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.
For a more intimate, one-of-a-kind experience, schedule a Private Estate Dinner, a two-and-a-half-hour culinary journey for eight to 16 people. Begin with a wine and cheese reception with sweeping views of the beautiful estate. For dinner, gather at a circular table for a memorable seven-course prix fixe dinner prepared by your personal St. Francis chef, under the direction of executive chef Jones, creating a seasonal menu of multiple courses paired with St. Francis' iconic wines.
The Wine & Food Pairing is offered in three seatings Thursdays to Mondays (closed Tuesday & Wednesday); $68 per person, reservations strongly recommended (and required for groups of six or more). Private Estate Dinners are offered Tuesdays to Sundays, by appointment; $162 per person plus tax and gratuity.
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, 500 N. Pythian Road, Santa Rosa, 707-538-9463
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.
Up to 12 guests can join for this three-hour tour via luxury vehicle and by foot. This tour is available by appointment only at 9:45 a.m. Thursdays through Mondays, May to October; $120 per guest, plus tax.
Jordan Vineyard & Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, 800-654-1213
Other High End Wine and Food Pairings to Consider:
- Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, in Healdsburg, offers customized and private seated wine tastings.
- Mayo Family Reserve Room, in Kenwood, presents seven reserve wines paired with seven artesian bites.
- Ram’s Gate Winery & Estate Vineyards, in the Carneros region of the Sonoma Valley, presents Palate Play and The Vineyard Table, two levels of food and wine pairings; and private pairings can be arranged.
Written by Patricia Henley