It’s time to visit St. Francis Winery and Vineyards in Sonoma County again – for the first time – to discover a different way to go wine tasting.
“The winery began crafting merlot and old vine zinfandel 35 years ago and developed a cult following,” said winemaker Katie Madigan. “I like to use different varietals from Sonoma County only. Our chardonnay for ‘non-chardonnay’ drinkers is a favorite.”
The big news is the winery’s food and wine pairing. This unique gourmet, six course adventure is offered five times a week (Thursday to Monday) at $42 per person. The times are Monday -Thursday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Here are a few exotic examples of what Chef Dave Bush might have on the menu:
Ahi Tuna Taco, paired with St. Francis chardonnay; Pan Pork Chops with Tart Dried Cherry and Balsamic Vinegar Sauce, paired with St. Francis merlot; Roasted Meatballs with Ratatouille and Couscous, paired with petite sirah or Mixed Berry Shortcake with Chantilly Cream, paired with St. Francis port.
Another grilled tuna recipe includes a couple of surprising ingredients … sweet potatoes, baby turnips, bacon garlic chips and ramen broth.
“I like to pair this with our 2010 sangiovese,” said winemaker Madigan. “The smoky background essence of the wine is great with the broth over the tuna.”