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Five Napa Wineries with Awesome Food

Offering everything from multicourse extravaganzas to in-house food trucks, these wineries won’t let you leave hungry.

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The Bruschetteria food truck parks outside of the tasting room at Clif Family Winery.

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The tasting room kitchen at Robert Sinskey Vineyards.

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A cooking class at Cakebread Cellars.

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Snacks at wineries are a must: They clear the palate, slow down the pace of sipping, and, well, stave off sloppy drunkenness. But how many breadsticks and cheese cubes can you really take down in day? Because great wine deserves worthy food, we’ve rounded up the wineries where you can get your farm-to-table fix without leaving the premises.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards
One of the first things you’ll see when you arrive at Robert Sinskey is the kitchen, where the wood-burning stove turns out sweet and savory seasonal treats every day. Everything on the table, from the meat to the fruit to the foliage, is raised on the winery’s organic farm. The offerings are textbook Napa Valley: Think lamb and polenta or vegetables with an organic tapenade. Grazers can camp out on the terrace with a half-bottle of spicy pinot noir or easy-drinking pinot blanc and munch on small bites from the kitchen ($65). For $5 more, your snacks will come with a set of wine pairings. Or come hungry and do a garden and cave tour that culminates in a full sit-down lunch with wine pairings ($95). If you really want to make a day of it, go all-in for the chef’s table tour and tasting, capped by a five-course farm-to-table lunch featuring wines from both the vineyard’s current crop and the wine library ($175)
Reservations only. Up to 8 people per group. Prices are per person.

Cakebread Cellars Cooking Classes
Each month, Cakebread Cellars gives laid-back cooking lessons that riff on a seasonal food and a style of wine that complements it. Coming up in November: Dungeness crab and chardonnay; December, cassoulet and cabernet. You’ll get access to a professional kitchen—and, in the Dungeness class, the skinny on the Palace Hotel’s cioppino recipe—but the vibe is more about tasting and learning than proving you’re the next Julia Child. Classes ($195 per person) culminate in a sit-down meal with wine pairings, but they max out at 16 people, so reserve early.

Pine Ridge Vineyards 5x5
In the warmer months, Pine Ridge offers one of the better wine and cheese tastings—you just sit on the terrace overlooking the vineyards and guide yourself through the cheeses and wines. But their 5x5 lunchtime wine and food pairing ($95) is next level: You get a candlelit, barrel-lined room to yourself in the winery’s massive and elegantly decorated caves. A wine educator walks you through five estate cabernet sauvignons, paired with menu items featuring steak, potatoes, and general farm-to-table goodness. The cabernets are exactly what you’d hope for from a Napa Valley cab: bold, complicated and spicy. You’ll learn about the food you’re eating and why it pairs, but you’ll also taste the entire valley. Each of the cabernets comes from one of Napa’s five famed subappellations. 
Reservations only.

Clif Family Winery Food Truck
A welcome departure from the land of reservations-only options, the Clif Family Winery runs a food truck outside its tasting room. True to Napa form, just about everything—bruschetta, salads, stuffed rice balls, and a panoply of peppers—comes directly from the Clif Family Farm. The truck hangs out in front of the tasting room from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Both the mildly peckish and the ravenous will find something to like: Order a few snacks at $5 a pop or go big and get a whole rotisserie chicken for $20. After you order, bring your plate to the patio or tasting bar and for the wine tasting trio ($30) or a pairing of your creation.

Signorello Estate Enoteca and Antipasti
It’s easy to overlook the full professional kitchen at Signorello, what with the big views, the infinity pool, and the wood-fire oven right out front. But when you peel yourself away from all that, you’ll find that this charming, ivy-covered winery has quite the menu: Chef Michael Pryor serves up everything from steak to scallops to ratatouille. The five-course Enoteca option ($175 per person) is pricey, but you’ll get to try the vineyard’s best wines. The lunch features hearty seasonal creations spotlighting fruits and veggies from the Signorello Gardens, plus a final course that’s all about Snake River Farms’ wagyu beef, the American twist on kobe. For a less expensive option, go for the private Antipasti pairing ($65), a guided wine and cheese sampling that is educational, decadent, and still quite filling. Whatever you do, make sure to try the earthy and seductive cabernet franc, as it’s considered among the best in the valley.
Enoteca menu: Thursday to Monday, March through November, at noon. Up to 10 people per group. Antipasti menu: Wednesday to Monday year-round. Five tastings per day beginning at 10 a.m. Reservations only.

 

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