Arriving to the historic Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars for the fabulous Cellarius Kitchen Experience with Chef Travis Westrope.
We were welcomed with a lovely glass of this beautifully rich and creamy Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc.
After the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc welcome we proceeded outside for views of theHistoric Stag’s Leap Vineyard (S.L.V) before proceeding into the caves followed by the fabulous culinary experience…
Views outside of the winemaking facility showcasing all the various partners Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has collaborated with over the years!
All smiles as we are about to head into the Cellarius Kitchen Experience at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.
Literally jumping for joy I’m so excited and happy to be here!!
What is the Cellarius Culinary Experience?
Pouring world-renowned wines and using only the freshest, local ingredients, Chef Travis Westrope and our culinary team introduce guests to new flavor experiences. Available seasonally by advance reservation.
What: Chef Travis knows the Stag’s Leap District well and understands how to highlight the unique characteristics of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars wines. He harnesses the individuality of the wines to create dishes that both complement and contrast their flavors and aromas.
During The Cellarius Kitchen Experience Chef Travis or a member of our culinary team will present plates, sharing the story behind each pairing, linking the dish to the wine, enhancing the narrative, and creating lasting memories.
Where: This gourmet experience is hosted in the Cellarius Kitchen and includes a winery tour and seated tasting. Maximum of 12 guests.
When: Offered at 12:00 pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 15th – May 19th and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, May 30th – end of the year.
Book a Reservation: Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. This experience lasts approximately 2.5 hours. Special pricing for club members. Reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 707-261-6410. Club members can make reservations at email@example.com or 800.973.6423.
Views of the dining room as we arrived for the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cellarius Kitchen Experience. Hard to believe it’s just four of us in this incredible dining room with Chef Travis Westrope.
Could this view be any more stunning looking right into the kitchen? During our visit it was a party of 4, me and Aliye and 2 other guests. However, this experience is available for up to 12 guests. How fun to come here with a big group of friends!
The first wine we tasted during the experience was the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Arcadia Chardonnay. As a Chardonnay lover you can imagine how excited I was. This wine had an old world style to it and was extremely balanced with no oak as it’s fermented in stainless steel tanks, not oak. This was my favorite of the Chardonnays we tried and super approachable, drinkable and not a big California Chardonnay as typically found in California.
Chef Travis Westrope welcoming us and explaining the first course we enjoyed.
The first course was a Puffed Pastry with green peas with a pea sauce. It was so fresh and light and paired beautifully with the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Arcadia Chardonnay pairing.
The second course which was Eel Inspired Duck Confit Leg Lamb which was paired with the Fay Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was the earthiest of the Cabernet Wines tasting during the visit. It was fascinating to see how two vineyards next door to each other on the property had such unique and distinct flavor profiles. Terroir really is such an important thing!
Our lovely guide, Kaleigh. She was literally one of the most experienced, knowledgeable wine hosts I’ve been hosted by in my 300 – 400+ winery visits. She was great at understanding the group’s needs (half were serious wine writers and industry members, the other half this was their first winery visit ever). Kaleigh made the experience interesting and knowledgeable for all of us as well as adding a lovely personality and fun energy to the visit.
Thanks to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars for hosting me and Aliye for this spectacular wine experience. We had the most amazing time and I can’t wait to return again soon!