Friday, January 20, 2012
Lunch at Charming Dry Creek Valley Winery
Dining at a winery is not easy to do. Only a handful of wineries have restaurants. Many wineries allow catered meals but this gets pricey. Yesterday, I visited Kachina Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley and enjoyed their Tuscan Lunch. While we dined in the barrel room on a rainy day, you can enjoy your lunch on the patio when the sun shines over the valley.
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by Nancy or Gregg Chambers, the owners and winemakers. Gregg makes the red wines: Charbono, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Port-style Zinfandel dessert wine. Nancy makes the Chardonnay. Nancy, who usually does the shopping, picks locally produced and seasonal cured meats, cheeses, fruits, breads, crackers, spreads, olives, chocolate, and other foods that pair well with their wines. The Tuscan Lunch and winetasting costs $45/person and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance to give Nancy enough time to find what's fresh in the market. Plan on spending between 1.5 and 2 hours lunching.
If you want a relaxing and special wine country experience, check out Kachina Vineyards. You can also make an appointment for a complimentary winetasting or a wine and food pairing that costs $15/person. If you'd like to include Kachina Vineyards on a private tour of the Dry Creek Valley, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours at (866) 326-4237 or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.