I have to say, I feel like a pretty lucky girl when I get invited by my pal Michael (in the K.J. Business Development Team) for a day of Wine Tasting with the Kendall Jackson Family. By family, I mean visiting a few of their various wineries hosted by the various wineries they own, not Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Jackson themselves! I had the pleasure of visiting The Kendall Jackson Estate to experience their Reserve Wine & Food Pairing. For a Foodie and Wine lover, this was a dream come true. Not only was I invited as their guest (meaning I was treated to the delicious pairing thanks again fabulous hosts), but I was able to bring two friends to join in on the fun. Upon arriving, me, Sean of PunkedDomestics and his husband Paul were greeted with a delicious glass of Rose. My kind of start to any meal! We relaxed for a few minutes in the foyer and then were taken into the dining room for the Reserve Wine & Food Pairing.
The menu included a seven course pairing created by Chef Justin Wangler focusing on the winery’s small-production, limited release wines. The cost is $35 per person (25% off for Club Members). You may think this reasonable price is a typo, however, it is not. The brilliance of the Kendall Jackson Estate’s Reserve Wine & Food Pairing is how accessible it is both in pricing and that they offer it to the public. This is fairly unique, as many wineries limit food or tastings to member’s only such as a Food & Wine Pairing I experienced at Rams Gate Winery (a fabulous Sonoma winery I adore). To make an appointment for the fabulous Kendall Jackson Estate’s Reserve Wine & Food Pairing contact the Tasting Room Scheduling Desk at 707.576.3810.
What was amazing about this tasting was that with each course there was a wine pairing. I found the food delicious, the Sweet Tea Brined Niman Ranch Pork Belly Slider and the Lamb Sugo with Creamy Polenta and Bellwether Farms Pepato were my favorite of the mains. Of course their wine pairings really brought out both the flavor in the Food and Wine, probably why I fell in love with both. For dessert I was obsessed with the Caramel Corn. So much that I finished it before we left the table. As evident, both the Wine & Food are quite fabulous at the Kendall Jackson Estate Wine & Food Pairing. I highly recommend experiencing it and seeing what you think for yourself. We were also told that the estate gardens are phenomenal (it was too windy when I visited). So, prepare yourselves for a lovely stroll in the garden after your visit. Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens. 5007 Fulton Road. Fulton, CA 95439.
866.287.9818 or at Partake by KJ. 241 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg, CA 95448. 707.433.6000.
I’m pretty excited to be enjoying the delicious Rose before heading into the Dining Room for the Wine & Food pairing!
The gorgeous Dining Room
2012 Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands CHARDONNAY paired with Tempura Kabocha Squash, Trout Caviar, Delice De La Vallee
2012 JACKSON ESTATE OUTLAND RIDGE PINOT NOIR paired with Chanterelle & Lunberg Wild Rice Pudding With Braised Duck and Cherry Gastrique (1st dish on left)
2012 Jackson Estate Alisos Hills Syrah paired with Sweet Tea Brined Niman Ranch Pork Belly Slider, Syrah BBQ Sauce (middle dish)
2012 Grand Reserve Merlot paired with Lamb Sugo with Creamy Polenta and Bellwether Farms Pepato (dish on right)
2007 LATE HARVEST CHARDONNAY paired with Meyer Lemon Pot de Crème, Lemon curd, Candied pine nuts, lemon thyme meringue
After our fabulous lunch we were given a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour, read more in the post!
DISCLOSURE: The JetSetting Fashionista and guest enjoyed a complimentary tasting during this visit. Emily only write posts or features about food, hotels, products or destinations that she personally enjoys and proudly endorses and wants to share with my friends, family and readers. All opinions expressed are her own.