Few locations on the planet have a more renowned reputation for world class food and wine than Napa Valley. As the premier destination for foodies and wine enthusiasts exploring Northern California wine country, many Napa Valley wineries have taken their award winning wines and created the perfect marriage with chef’s creations and local farm to table edibles. Discover where you can dig into some of the most delicious food and wine pairing experiences in Napa Valley.
Peju Napa Valley
8466 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
: 4.5 Stars, 335 Reviews
Peju Napa Valley offers guests several unique tasting experiences sure to excite the most discerning of palates. Guests are invited to sit in the Peju Kitchen or Rutherford Room and enjoy the Small-Farm Cheese and Wine Pairing, or sample seasonal small bites paired with current wine releases at the Peju Wine and Culinary Exploration. Those interested in a more robust pairing can attend a Farm-To-Table Luncheon for a custom 3 course meal and an informative chat with Chef Alex himself.
We recommend full emersion with the Interactive Culinary Experience, where guests learn hands on about cooking techniques and wine pairings and participate in creating their own unique meals.
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
2555 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
: 4 Stars, 264 Reviews
Take your passion for great food and wine to new heights at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. Weekend warriors can learn wine pairing fundamentals with a Wine 101 course offered Saturdays and Sundays, or sample student chef creations paired with wine from Greystone Cellars at a CIA cooking demonstration. Want to know which wine best pairs with ethnic food, or why certain flavors mix well with different textures? The 2-5 day Wine Lovers Bootcamp – Wine and Dine courses will give you all the tools you need to create your own pairings at home and beyond.
In mid December the CIA will be expanding its offerings by opening a new location at Copia
in the Oxbow District in downtown Napa, with a focus on food, wine, and arts based experiences.
Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry St.
Napa, CA 94559
: 4.5 Stars, 2,466 Reviews
What better way to experience wine and food tasting than from the seat of a vintage train coach as it lazily meanders through the heart of scenic Napa Valley? Napa Valley Wine Train has been running wine enthusiasts along the valley since 1864, offering several unique tours such as lunch tastings, Mystery dinner theater, and a romantic evening journey.
Bring a small notebook. Once the dinner is over, the pairing notes will be discussed in detail and you may want to be able to recreate the flavors in your own kitchen during the upcoming holiday festivities.
The Hess Collection
4411 Redwood Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
: 4.5 Stars, 756 Reviews
Known in the valley for outstanding wine and food, the Hess Collection also boasts one of the most elaborate and celebrated art collections. While the Hess Art Collection is reason alone to visit, the winery offers several pairing experiences that feature Hess Collection wines and Culinary Institute of America alumnus Chef Chad Hendrickson’s seasonal creations. Options include a Wine and Cheese pairing, Chocolate Indulgence pairing, and a Garden Service tasting outside.
Indulge in the comprehensive experience with the Hess Tour and Luncheon, which includes a guided tour of the art museum and 3 course luncheon paired with Hess wines.
1000 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
: 4 Stars, 90 Reviews
Located just blocks from downtown St. Helena, Merryvale Vineyards is considered by many locals to be St. Helena’s hometown winery. Guests can simply show up and belly up to the bar for a daily tasting, or reserve one of their unique pairing experiences. The Artisan Cheese and Wine pairing focuses on blending Merryvale wines with locally sourced family owned products, and the new Burger Butler Tasting experience pairs the fine food from nearby Gott’s Roadside with Merryvale favorites followed by a seated tasting in the winery.
After you have sipped and swirled your way through Merryvale’s distinctive current releases, treat yourself to an early holiday gift by taking home a bottle of the exquisite 2013 Profile.
With so many highly rated chefs taking up residence in the kitchens of prestigious wineries, fine dining is no longer limited to restaurants. If you believe that excellent wine is far better enjoyed with great food, then Napa Valley is the place to elevate your senses and your taste buds.