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8 Wineries With Fabulous Food

By Linnea Covington
October 9, 2013
Photo by: Linnea Covington

Food and wine go hand in hand in most settings, but oddly enough, not every winery offers meals to pair with their vinos. Part of this is due to laws surrounding wineries’ ability to open a restaurant on premises (ahem, California) and some just don’t have the space or means to support such an endeavor. But if you are looking for the best of both worlds, here are eight wineries where you can enjoy a stellar meal with your wine.
 

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    Domaine Chandon in Yountville, CA

    This is one of the prettiest wineries in Napa, and also one of the only allowed to operate a restaurant. Enter the award-winning eatery Étoile, run by chef Perry Hoffman. Here, Hoffman finds inspiration for his seasonal American-French dishes from the winery’s extensive gardens, which happen to be within feet of the kitchen. You can see this influence in menu items like the wild king salmon with pole beans, Hoffman’s Liberty Farms duck with fennel, chanterelles and apricot, and the summer fruit ice pops you can get in the hotter months. Each dish comes with a suggested wine pairing, and oddly enough, this includes vinos from around the world, not just the winery’s famous sparkling wines. To experience Étoile, they recommend you make a reservation, especially since it’s only open for lunch 11:30 AM-2:30 PM, and dinner from 6-9 PM, Thursday through Monday, save for the month of January when the restaurant is closed.

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    Barboursville Vineyards in Barboursville, VA

    Since 1976, Gianni and Silvana Zonin have been redefining the wine scene in Virginia, and at their Palladio Restaurant, award-winning chef Melissa Close Hart has worked to pair those wines with authentic Italian cuisine. Get a glass of the 2012 Pinot Grigio and couple it with a starter of house-cured prosciutto and salted figs. Then follow that up with a homemade pasta dish like Close Hart’s buckwheat gnocchi or the butternut squash-stuffed ravioli; both go great with the 2012 reserve Chardonnay. For a main course, it’s suggested to try the 2012 Nebbiolo with seared pheasant breast, or try a 2012 Viognier with the pan-seared diver scallops and roasted cauliflower. Aside from the usual menu at Palladio, they also offer special winery dinners that overlook the vineyard, and feature everything from holiday meals to truffle feasts to gatherings focused on The Octagon, their signature wine.


     

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    Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna, British Columbia

    Located in the heart of Okanagan Valley, this stunning winery benefits not only from the design smarts of architect Tom Kundig, but also from the natural beauty that surrounds it. It’s only fitting that they offer Terrace, a seasonal restaurant under the care of chef Matthew Batey, which has a spectacular view of the vineyard and the lake. The lunch and dinner menu focuses on local products that Batey sources from farms nearby, and you can find dishes including a tasting of green Croft beets, free-range elk carpaccio, duck sourced from Yarrow Meadows and guaranteed Okanagan beef, served with gremolata and sieglinde potato. Each menu item comes with two wine pairing suggestions - for example, they suggest you pair the duck with their 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir, a vino that just won ‘World’s Best Pinot Noir’ at the Decanter World Wine Awards. 

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    Red Newt Cellars Winery and Bistro in Hector, New York

    Chef Brud Holland pushes so hard to make everything at the Red Newt Bistro local, that over 90% of the ingredients he uses are sourced from the Finger Lakes and New York State, including the salt. This attention to detail really comes out in the food he serves, which also acts to highlight the delectable wines they make at Red Newt Winery. Pair the roasted beet soup with a 2011 dry Riesling, or the housemade pasta with shiitake mushroom ragu and 2011 Pinot Noir. No matter how you mix it, eating here really gives you a sense of this region’s terrior, in so many ways.
     

  • Tagaris Winery in Richland, WA

    Nestled into the charming Tagaris Winery in Washington’s Columbia Valley, Taverna Tagaris offers imbibers the chance to sit down and pair their vinos with seasonal fare sourced from all over the valley. Chef Joshua Duquist has a whole menu of tapas, with options including patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo or sautéed shrimp in spicy garlic butter, and Greek-style chicken skewers, as well as heartier entrees that focus on red meat and fresh fish. Another thing this young chef does is utilize select Tagaris wines in his cooking - for example, the cheeseburger comes with Cabernet-caramelized onions and the clams and chorizo plate have a white wine butter sauce. Each menu item suggests a wine to go with the food, and though some blends you may be unfamiliar with, like their Syrah-heavy Red Roan, Cabernet Sauvignon-focused Boar Doe and varietals like Cinsault and Counoise, the helpful staff will certainly fill you in.

  • Ferrari Winery in Trento, Italy

    As if heading to Italy to dive into the wine scene wasn’t reason enough to go, if you happen to be in Trento you should definitely check out Locanda Margon, which overlooks the Ferrari winery’s vineyards in the Adige Valley. Acclaimed chef Alfio Ghezzi, who has competed on behalf of Italy in this year Bocuse D’Or competition, runs this award-winning eatery, and once here, order a bottle of Ferrari Brut and indulge in Ghezzi’s artfully arranged dishes of delicate meats and vegetables. 

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    King Estate Winery in Eugene, OR

    The goal of chef Ben Nadolny, of King Estate Winery’s restaurant, is to take Northwest wines and pair them with regional foods, something he does very well. Of course, the 30 acres of organic gardens and orchards in Eugene help, as well as the access he has to any of the King Estate wines. Though the menu changes seasonally, past dishes have included skirt steak with brown butter and sage roasted potatoes, autumn ratatouille with polenta and poached egg and Pinot Gris-steamed green beans. All the wines on the menu come from King Estate, and they have dozens to choose from, from all across the board. For instance, the 2011 Signature Viogner, Freedom Hill Pinot Noir, Acrobat Rose and the 2008 Blanc de Gris, not to mention a huge library of their other vintages.

  • Round Pond Estate in Rutherford, CA

    At this family-owned and operated winery in Rutherford, food is as important as the wines that they make. This is why aside from vineyards, Round Pond Estate also has orchards and a biodynamic vegetable garden, which chef Eric Maczko utilizes in the private lunches, dinners and garden-to-table brunches that they offer. Though this winery doesn’t have a restaurant you can just pop into, it’s great if you want to plan ahead and book a table for two at the Il Pranzo lunches, which also includes a tour and tastings of wine, vinegars and their artisanal olive oils. 

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