There’s just something about alfresco dining that brightens even the simplest menus and wines, whether the setting is a backyard garden or an intimate balcony. With summer around the corner and grilling season finally within sight, it’s time to smooth on your SPF, pull the cork on your favorite Chardonnay and take your dinner outside.
Executive Chef Trevor Eliason offers his top three suggestions for super simple menus, plus one gorgeous new halibut recipe. When he created these pairing tips, Chef Trevor had our Collection of Napa Valley and Russian River Valley Chardonnays in mind, which focuses on vineyard-driven white wines made without malolactic fermentation.
Although each shows the hallmarks of their vintage and vineyard provenance, they all possess bright fruit and minerality in youth and develop sophisticated, rich palate profiles over time. And they all pair happily with the menu suggestions, below!
We love how the halibut’s mild, sweet flavors harmonize with the bright fruit and creamy texture of the 2014 Far Niente Estate Bottled Chardonnay, Napa Valley.
We like to keep it simple, with a salty aged blue cheese, a drizzle of honey and a glass of golden-hued 2010 Dolce, Napa Valley.
Whether you're planning a beachside barbecue with four generations or a simple, refined supper for two (preferably beneath a full moon), cheers to a season spent getting outside!
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