Winemaking takes a lot of equipment – pumps, presses, tanks – the list goes on. But perhaps the most important piece of equipment that we have is our barbecue. That’s right, our barbecue. Nothing brings our production team together like a hot and salty piece of carne asada straight from the grill.
Once a month on a Friday, our crew gathers together for a potluck lunch of carne asada with all the fixins’. Everybody contributes to the community meal. We have beans and rice with homemade salsa and grilled peppers. There’s queso, onion and cilantro to sprinkle on top, chips and guacamole for snacking and giant chocolate chip cookies to finish the meal. And, of course, there’s the pièce de résistance: the thinly sliced and perfectly seasoned pieces of asada that we pull apart and eat with hot tortillas.
As we all sit around our lunch table, stuffing ourselves silly and cracking jokes, I can’t help but be grateful to be a part of this team. The simple act of sitting down to share a meal brings our crew together and makes it stronger. Because when the going gets tough (and it sometimes does), it’s a lot easier to work through it together as a team. Who knew a barbeque could do that much?!
Whether you're watching the ball drop IRL, throwing it back with a Roaring 20s-themed soiree, keeping it cozy with a quiet dinner party for friends or breaking out the board games and staying in, these four festive late harvest Dolce recipes will up the enchantment of your New Year's Eve toasts, however you decide to celebrate. Inspired by cocktails we've served at Napa Valley winery events throughout the years, these aren't your average wine cocktails! Try your hand at one, or go all out and create a full Dolce Cocktail Bar. If there's ever a time to go extra festive on the sips, it's New Year's.LEARN MORE
Are you ready for the chicken soup and Chardonnay pairing our winemaker can’t get enough of?
Far Niente Winemaker Nicole Marchesi recently had our mouths watering with her recommendation for homemade chicken soup and Chardonnay, specifically Far Niente’s Napa Valley Chardonnay.
Ready to whip up a batch of the chicken soup and wine pairing that had her sighing with comfort? Read on for her garden-fresh chicken and soba noodle minestrone recipe. It's a knockout with Napa Valley Chardonnay.LEARN MORE
This Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes is a dreamy recipe to cook with your favorite culinary partner in crime. Inspired by the golden blooms of mustard sprouting up between our vineyard rows, we encased the tenderloin with toasted mustard seed to give it a Napa Valley twist. Slice it thin; top with our classic red wine shallot sauce.LEARN MORE