In Napa, fine dining isn’t limited to restaurants. A number of prestigious Napa Valley wineries now offer food pairings to elevate the traditional tasting room experience. If you believe wine is best appreciated with food, make reservations at these wineries.
Del Dotto Family Vineyards
Based on the winery’s philosophy that high-caliber wine deserves to be paired with equally exceptional food, the five extravagant courses in the Delicacies by Del Dotto tasting experience will impress the food and wine connoisseur. The chef, who spent a decade at the French Laundry and Per Se, spotlights ingredients like caviar, truffles, lobster, Wagyu beef and foie gras, complemented by produce from the property’s five-acre culinary garden. The winery’s classical Italian architecture, a nod to the Del Dotto family’s Venetian heritage, is equally grand. $75. 1445 St. Helena Hwy. S, St. Helena
Designed by some of the nation’s preeminent artists and design talents (including Thomas Britt and Kate Spade co-founder Andy Spade),the intimate Swanson Salon has a colorful and feminine ambiance. A seated tasting here feels like a whimsical party in someone’s living room, where guests chat over wines accompanied by caviar-topped potato chips, pistachios, cheeses and select chocolate truffles. $65. 1271 Manley Ln., Rutherford
Napa’s definitive winery pairing experience, Signorello Estate’s two-hour, four-course Enotoca tasting menu rivals a meal in one of the region’s acclaimed restaurants. Based on the winery’s sentiment that wine is better understood with food, the lunch begins with an appetizer and tour of the vineyard and continues with a series of seasonal dishes, including a course featuring Snake River Farms Wagyu beef paired with Signorello’s famed Padrone Cabernet Sauvignon. $175. 4500 Silverado Trail, Napa
Founded in 1979, this small family winery surrounded by coastal sequoias has quietly produces top-tier, limited-production wines from the most prestigious Cabernet Sauvignon appellation in Napa. Learn the elusive art of pairing food with Cabernet in its smart Taste for Cabernet seminar. $40. 8338 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford