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Snooth User: dmcker

Wineries with good restaurants attached

Posted by dmcker, Apr 24, 2010.

I'm in the middle of a complex move (of residence), so am not able to spend much time on Snooth at the moment. Nonetheless I  just was asked for a recommendation, and thus thought it would be good if we could all compile a list in this thread of restaurants attached to wineries. Hopefully with some critique. As long as the restaurant doesn't become a distraction and otherwise dissipate business and creative energies, I've always thought it civilized to have a good place to eat and try to match a winery's wines to some good food, right on the spot.

California has a number of legal issues, and my guess is that most wineries there can't be fussed. I used to go to the Souverain restaurant in Sonoma back when I was wet behind the ears, but that winery was bought by Coppola a while back and last I knew they were redoing the restaurant. John Ash and the Vintner's Inn has a winery connection, and I know of one place in Paso Robles and another down in Temecula, though I haven't been there for awhile.

So what restaurants do you know that are connected to wineries, and of those which ones are doing a good job and are worth a visit? Definitely not just California, but let's spread the net worldwide....


Reply by Philip James, Apr 24, 2010.

DM - I was going to say that California has some licensing issues there, and I think that Domain Chandon is one of only a few (2-5) Napa wineries that have restaurants on site. I've not eaten there, but have heard good things about it.

Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 24, 2010.

Nice topic dmcker.  I am able to speak for Canada, more specifically the Okanagan region of British Columbia.  There are plenty of wineries with restaurants attached, which is big contrast from California due to the legal issues you've mentioned.  While I haven't been to all of them, I can reccommend:

They have a patio outside which overlooks the Okanagan Lake, or you can dine inside as well.  I've been a few times, as my father (pictured) lived but a few minutes from there.  We'd often head for a meal and wine when I'd visit. They have a contemporary menu with wine pairings for each entrée!  Both chefs have European backgrounds and a great resume which you can checkout on the website.  A photo from last fall outside:

A view you can expect from the patio:

They also have a indoor restaurant, bar, as well as a patio that overlooks the Okanagan Lake and some of their vineyards.  Again a contemporary menu which reccommended wine pairings. They also offer 'flights' of their varietals which is excellent.  A long standing winery in the region, one of the first, offering great Pinot's. Some view's you can expect:


I'll be sure to post more as I experience them!  I plan on a return trip in a few months if anyone wants more information I'd be glad to share.

Reply by GregT, Apr 24, 2010.

Bodegas Acon in Ribera del Duero has a beautiful restaurant as part of the winery, Lopez de Heredia in Rioja is talking about one to come in the future, Konyari Pince at Lake Balaton owns a wonderful restaurant, and I don't believe I've ever been to any in California. 

Reply by dirkwdeyoung, Apr 24, 2010.

Chateau de Jau, fantastic!!

Cotes de Roussillon

Château de Jau
66000 Cases de Pène
Tél : 04 68 38 90 10
Téléphone restaurant : 04 68 38 91 38
Menu degustation: 31 Euros, well worth it!

Reply by outthere, Apr 24, 2010.

Phillip: Good call on Domain Chandon, I had eaten there probably 15 or more years ago courtesy of a good friend who was a member of the  Chandon Club. I wasn't sure if it was a regular restaurant or something set up just for events since it had been so long ago. I remember a lovely meal with a Chandon sparkling wine vertical tasting.

The only other I know of for sure had posted here just yesterday about their Mothers Day Brunch and that is Corks which was formerly known as Topolos which had a very long stay at Russian River Vineyards until they sold the property about 4 or 5 years ago. In between we had a short stint by Stella's Cafe which went from fabulous to unremarkable when it moved to the Russian River Vineyards site. Have not yet eaten at Corks. Friends of ours went there last Mothers Day and did not have a good experience. It may have blossomed since then but my wife has her mind made up after our friends unkind review.

Funny, I read dmcker's question before we left the house today and asked my wife as we drove past Corks if she could think of any other winery with a restaurant on site. She couldn't. While they are two separate businesses on the same property they area actually adjoined with the winery tasting room being under the restaurant.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 25, 2010.

For a little background on the situation in Sonoma you can read from midway down the 3rd page of this old thread.

Down in Temecula the winery I was referring to was Callaway. Can't remember the Paso Robles place off the top of my head. Plenty of lovely places in France. How about Italy, Greg?

Reply by WineGeekJen, Apr 29, 2010.

Tarsitano, a small winery in Conneaut, OH has great wine and INCREDIBLE food. It is 3 hours away from where I live and we have driven there just for dinner.

Reply by chadrich, Apr 30, 2010.

A bit off the regularly beaten wine path (except perhaps for ChipDWood), the Palladio restaurant at Barboursville Vineyard near Charlottesville, Virginia is outstanding.

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