Happy cows really do come from California…. I learned this at my visit to Wente Vineyards a couple weeks back. Their cows are fed a bottle of wine daily – this was one of the many fun facts I learned from Chef Mike during lunch.
The BF and I went to explore Wente Vineyards a few weeks back, when we actually had a sunny weekend (that’s a rare occurrence now for all my friends that don’t live in the bay area). It was amazing! The afternoon started with an incredible lunch at The Restaurant. If any of you plan to go, I HIGHLY recommend making a reservation to sit outside on their patio. They even have heated lamps to make it enjoyable if it is on the cooler side.
So, I am a big fan of a surprise menu. It is more fun for me when the chef makes whatever dishes they think are best and send them out for you to try. It’s too much pressure when I have to make all the decisions on my own LOL… Anyway, shortly after we sat down Chef Mike came and talked to us about Wente, his journey getting there, and what it’s like to work there. He is an extremely down to earth and approachable guy. We laughed and chatted for probably close to 30 minutes before actually getting down to the ordering. I jumped on the opportunity when he asked if we wanted him to make us a four-course menu for lunch.
I sipped on my glass of Sauvignon Blanc while enjoying salad, scallop, pasta, and pork belly dishes. We also were able to try a couple of their desserts – these were off the hook! Over all, my two favorite things were their twice-cooked pork belly and their scallops. Both dishes were cooked perfectly. It was difficult to share as I wanted it all to myself, HA.
After we enjoyed our drool-worthy lunch, we heading on over to the tasting room. Little did we know that our tasting would take place during a walking tour of the property, which included the wine cave, ½ acre garden, and event space. (Fun fact – during the summer Wente transforms the lawn into a concert venue! They have had artists such as Train, Colbie Caillat, and Third Eye Blind. How fun!) Needless to say their wine was amazing. I walked home with a bottle of Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc. I think that many wineries have great wine, but you need to have an amazing team to make people want to come back. The team at Wente is top notch – friendly, knowledgeable, and creative. If you haven’t already, definitely check them out!
Check back to the blog to hear about my weekend in Napa & Santa Rosa. Posts and pics will be up soon 🙂 Even though it POURED we had a fab time, and I now have plenty of recommendations.