To celebrate the longer days and the slow thaw of winter, the Far Niente Kitchen has shifted its focus from wintry greens and rich braised meats to bright spring wine and food pairings. Although Chardonnay is our default “go to” wine for spring sipping, as day turns to night, we often find ourselves transitioning to wines that are rich, ripe and red.
We find that Chardonnay makes an elegant companion to a variety of red wines, from our estate-bottled Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon to Russian River Pinot Noir from our sister winery EnRoute. The elegant “duets” below offer the best of both worlds. To complement them, we came up with some of our favorite spring food and wine pairing tips for each.
Far Niente Estate Bottled Chardonnay + Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet = The Far Niente Classic.
This versatile take on Smoked Trout Crepesis one of our favorite ways to do weekend brunch, especially when paired with the textured flavors of our Far Niente Chardonnay. The recipe’s sauce gribiche is also dreamy atop fresh spring asparagus and roasted potatoes. Making a double batch is rarely a bad idea. Chef’s Note: The richer flavor of wild trout (versus farm-raised) pairs especially well with our Chardonnay.
We’re only just beginning to see the first ramps of the season, but we love the strong aromatics these “wild spring onions” give to this super-tender Braised Rabbit Menu. Although rabbit meat is lean, the red-wine braise in this recipe draws out the meat’s rich layers. Served with wilted mustard greens and white beans and drizzled with red wine reduction, it beautifully complements the succulent fruit of ourFar Niente Cabernet Sauvignon.
Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay + Nickel & Nickel Copper Streak Cabernet Sauvignon = Something to Saveur
For those days when spring just doesn’t feel spring-y, we love this fragrant Basil-Coconut Soup with Roasted Lobster. The creamy skewers of lobster knuckles are seasoned with a Japansese seven spice called shichimi togorashi and finished with a quick squeeze of lime juice. It somehow manages to be both fresh and decadent, and it pairs gorgeously with the Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay! We serve ours with crispy kale, which is a great way to use up the last of your overwintered greens.
We love how effortless and crowd-pleasing these Beef Filet Sliders are for weekend get togethers! Here at the winery, we grind the trim of our larger roasts and steaks for the beef, and you can easily ask your butcher to do the same. The easy-to-make mini-burgers pair deliciously with the full body and lingering fruit of Nickel & Nickel's Copper Streak Cabernet Sauvignon.
EnRoute Chardonnay, Russian River Valley “Brumaire,” + EnRoute Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, “Les Pommiers” = a Dynamic Duet.
Sometimes you feel less like cooking and more like enjoying the gorgeous weather. That’s when a dozen (or two) freshly shucked oysters, a squeeze of lemon and our favorite Russian River Chardonnaycome in handy. To really kick your spring relaxation plan into high gear, just add a picnic blanket, a warm beach, and this super Chardonnay-friendly three-ingredient salad: butter lettuce with spiced pumpkin seeds and fresh avocado, topped with a bright citrus vinaigrette.
When rains threaten to ruin your beach vibes, we like to whip up theseAsian-inspired Butter Lettuce Cups with Duck Confit Salad and serve them in bamboo baskets. It’s a delicious way to bring a touch of the tropics indoors. Plus, the rich duck meat melts on your tongue and brings out the beautiful fruit and earth flavors of EnRoute’s flagship Russian River Pinot Noir ,“Les Pommiers.”
Planning Your Mother’s Day menu? Garnish with fresh chives and serve our recipe for herb-infused salmon rillettes as the first course for your brunch, lunch or dinner. Paired with a chilled glass of Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay, of course! This elegantly etched version will lift the flavors of fresh spring dishes and classic brunch fare and double as the centerpiece of your Mother’s Day table.LEARN MORE
The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun. For some of us, it feels like the season for gathering and gratitude sprang up out of nowhere. Others have had their Thanksgiving menus set, seating charts mapped and holiday wines ordered since the first day of fall.
Whether you’re easing back into turkey duty or pulling together an extravagant feast, you’re invited to glean some Thanksgiving wine inspiration from some of our resident food and wine pros. From Bella Union Winemaker Brooke Price to our virtual experiences and senior events managers, they've shared some of their treasured holiday traditions and favorite Thanksgiving wine pairing tips.LEARN MORE
When it comes to personalized wine gifting, our exclusive selection of engraved wines will add a meaningful touch to your holiday giving and gathering.
From classic Far Niente Chardonnay to a party-sized format of Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet, explore three of our most enchanting holiday jewels. Each of these Napa Valley favorites is elegantly etched in festive script, so the bottle can also be displayed long after the last glass has been savored.LEARN MORE