Elegant Southern Charm
A Food and Wine Experience – Summer 2011
By Judy Tischler and Lindy Baker
Kendall-Jackson Winery is a name most people who enjoy wine would instantly recognize. They make fine accessible wines that appeal to many palates; so you might not think, if you are into fine dining and fine wines, that this pairing would wow you. Well, you might not, and if you didn’t you would be oh so wrong. They have two major bonuses: a 2 1/2 acre culinary garden that supplies the fresh seasonal produce, and a passionate Executive Chef, Justin Wangler, who works with his staff to come up with interesting and delicious ways to prepare dishes that show off the wines.
Asian Influences in Sonoma County
A Food and Wine Pairing – Summer 2011
By Lindy Baker and Judy Tischler
Situated right off Highway 12 in Sonoma County is Mayo Family’s Reserve room where they showcase their wines with a food and wine pairing. The Highway 12 / Sonoma Valley corridor is an often overlooked part of wine country – it shouldn’t be. Beautiful vineyards, farmlands and trees flank the highway which winds its way to some fine wineries including St. Francis, Kunde, Arrowood and more. Mayo’s reserve room is a tasting room; the winemaking facility and hospitality center is located nearby in Glen Ellen on Arnold Drive. The grounds are pleasant, but not a place to picnic or stroll.