Planning a trip to Napa, California? With a breathtaking coastline, enchanting redwood forests, picturesque rolling vineyards, and a world class wine country, Napa County reigns supreme as one of the best wine countries in the world to visit, any time of year.
We’ve summarized the best wine and food pairings in the Napa Valley for you below, so prepare to drool. A lot.
Silver Oak Cellars specializes in Cabernets and is one of the best wineries in Napa county. If you’re tired of regular wine tastings and looking for a more elevated option check out the wine and food pairing experience.
It’s not just a cute charcuterie and wine, food pairing at Silver Oak are a full on meal and wine event where you are treated like the one that matters.
The experience starts with a little tour of the winery and it’s history. Silver Oak is a family winery with a fascinating story. Then you”ll be escorted to the private dining room where you’ll meet other guests. We learned a lot about the history of the winery, the owners, their processes and culture. The decor is very elegant and rustic. It is inviting and comfortable just like the winery staff.
The menu is seasonal so I’ll do a summary of the pairing we had:
The chef presented us the first course – Hamachi Crudo. Amazing start! Complemented by Twomey Sav. Blanc.
Cauliflower Risotto – not usually my thing, but it was delicious. Paired with Twomey Pinot.
Followed by A5 Wagyu steak which was my first time trying this grade of steak. Juicy, melts in your mouth… This steak alone worth doing this tasting. The steak was paired with two of their Cabs – 2013 Alexander Valley and 2013 Napa Valley.
For dessert, we had an interesting take on a classic cream brûlée made with gouda cheese. Again, couldn’t get enough.
On the other hand if you’re more into bubble vs reds, Domain Carneros is a must in Napa and offers a great food pairing events.
THE ART OF SPARKLING WINE PAIRING: BUBBLES & BITES is an hour champagne and food pairing led by one of the Domain Carneros’ sommeliers. This pairing is influenced by Asian flavors which is a rare combination and something I did not expect to see. However, once presented, it made perfect sense and went amazingly with the champagne.
This menu is also seasonal and will differ based on availability and chef’s decisions.
Bay Scallops with Yuzu Sauce is a flavorful bite and a great start to the tasting. It brings out the champagne. Yum! Paired with Ultra Brut… so crisp and refreshing!
Spring Roll with Daikon, Mango and Mint paired with Estate Brut Cuvée is a fun take on a basic spring roll. Very unique!
Ahi Tuna Poke with Brut Rose is an excellent way to elevate the tuna and make it fun.
Soba Noodle and Chicken Salad paired with Demi-Sec is the most unusual combination in my opinion but such a classy way to paired the two.
And finally, the Green Tea Pudding paired with the same 2014 Vermeil Demi-Sec. The pudding is definitely the highlight of the tasting and a great closing note.
Both wineries offer an amazing experience and will take a great care of their guests. Check out the options they offer if you’re looking for a new date idea, special celebration or just a fun day out in the wine country. xoxo