A Taste of Wine Country

Wineries serving plates with their pours.

Sipping your way through a vacation is the ultimate treat for wine lovers, but sometimes, after trekking from winery to winery, it’s just nice to sit down and enjoy wine the way it was meant to be tasted—with food. To help you out, here’s a look at some wineries around the U.S. that are serving up a plate with their pours.

Seghesio Family Vineyards: Chef Jon Helquist (formerly of Chez Panisse) whips up Italian foods made from old Seghesio family recipes and seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. The tapas-style treats are served with four library wines and a side of Seghesio history delivered by Rachel Ann, matriarch of the current generation of Seghesios. GO: Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $25. Reservations: 707.433.3579; events@seghesio.com.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards: Maria Helm Sinskey, cookbook author and chef, pairs treats like crostini with aged gouda and fig-quince jam with walk-in tastings at the wine bar; reserve in advance for the Bento Box tasting at noon on Saturdays and Sundays, a seasonal food and wine pairing lunch. GO: Tastings daily 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $20; Bento Box at noon Saturdays and Sundays, $60. Reservations: 707.944.9090; tours@robertsinskey.com.

Schramsberg Vineyards: Discover the dynamics of food and sparkling wine at “A Sparkling Affair.” The experience includes a tour of the historic caves. Reservations are required. GO: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., $50. Reservations: 707.942.2414.

Quintessa: Sample two or three bite-sized canapés prepared by rotating Napa Valley chefs with two barrel sample vineyard block wines and the current vintage, hosted by a personal wine educator. Reservations are required. GO: Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $65. Reservations: 707.967.1601; info@quintessa.com.

Troon Vineyard: Lounge on the back patio and sample tapas like Buffalo Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms and Port Truffles served on a “spyglass” right on top of the wineglass in a five-flight pairing. GO: May-September Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., $15 (including a commemorative glass). Reservations preferred: 541.846.9900; lwan@troonvineyard.com.

Chateau Ste. Michelle: Sample gourmet cheese, nuts, cured meats and olives with five of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s current releases and learn about the terroir of the Columbia Valley from the hosts of the Ultimate Tasting. Reservations are required. GO: Daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $50. Reservations: 425.488.1133; info@ste-michelle.com.

New York
New York Wine and Culinary Center: The Wine & Food Pairing class matches seasonal New York food from artisanal cheese to mushroom ragout with local wines. Walk-ins are accommodated if space allows; in summer, make a reservation. GO: Saturdays and Sundays year-round and Mondays and Fridays in the summer, $20. Reservations: http://www.nywcc.com.

Lakeshore Winery: Have a seat in Lakeshore’s tasting room and sample snacks like spaghetti-seasoned pretzels and chocolate brownies while tasting your choice of dry or sweet Lakeshore wines. GO: January to April: Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 p.m.; May to December daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 12-5 p.m. Free. 315.549.7075; info@lakeshorewinery.com.

Published on August 6, 2009
Topics: Travel, Wine Destinations

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