This month, the WA Crew lent a hand to USA Today’s 10Best to help them find the most awesome tasting rooms, winery restaurants and wine festivals in America. Here you will find our picks for the raddest winery restaurants, but until August 15th you get to vote for who you think should reign complete supreme! Go forth, check out each one, and cast your vote!
Brooklyn Winery’s Wine Bar serves a small but delicious menu of shared plates to complement the minimalist wines. Options include local cheese and charcuterie plates, duck pâté, crispy Brussels sprouts and, for those with a sweet tooth, warm cake donuts with salted caramel.
St. Helena, CA
Part of Long Meadow Ranch – a winery and ranch devoted to organic farming and sustainable agriculture – Farmstead features post-and-beam architecture, soaring ceilings and enough rusticity that you never forget its more humble beginnings. Simultaneously refined and sophisticated, the restaurant places a premium on terrific ingredients, transforming them into satisfying dishes like chicken and dumplings, short rib and potato hash, meatloaf with roasted root vegetables, and a wonderful cheeseburger.
Fork and Spoon, the on-site restaurant of Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards in Pittsburg, Texas, features live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays to accompany a menu of wood-fired pizzas, tapas, salads and cheese platters. Outdoor seating offers stellar views when the weather permits.
Diners at J’s Restaurant, located at Nashoba Valley Winery, enjoy lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch inside an intimate rustic farm house. The menu is varied, with hearty dishes like house-made ricotta gnocchi, braised venison osso bucco, fried chicken and waffles and a grilled Block Island swordfish. Reservations are required.
Paso Robles, CA
The open-kitchen lunch served at Niner Wine Estates takes inspiration from all things local. The culinary team sources ingredients from local farmers, butchers and artisans, ensuring the highest quality dishes make it to the table. The restaurant mills their own olive oil and raises their own chickens for farm-fresh eggs. Each dish on the menu has its own suggested wine pairing.
The first winery in Michigan to offer fine dining, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant serves a menu of dishes by Chef John Paul Verhage, inspired by fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Modern dining rooms with high ceilings offer fantastic views of the vineyard.
At Napa’s Signorello Estate, diners enjoy by-reservation-only guided tastings of five estate wines. Dining options include an antipasti pairing of charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, olives and nuts or a five-course Enoteca experience led by the Signorello Estate Chef, with courses featuring Snake River Farms American Kobe Wagyu beef.
At The Restaurant at King Estate Winery, diners enjoy wines from the Pacific Northwest paired with dishes made from organic, seasonal and regional ingredients whenever possible, including from the estate’s own 30-acre garden and orchard. Oregon’s famed Pinot Noirs pair with oysters on the half shell, local goat cheese with roasted beets, Dungeness crab cakes, line-caught salmon, portobello cannelloni and Oregon hazelnuts with truffled sea salt.
Fiction at J. Bookwalter Winery in Washington serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch featuring local ingredient-driven dishes like Draper Valley chicken and mushrooms, Pacific wild halibut and Snake River Wagyu strip loin. Live music sets the soundtrack several nights per week.
The Bistro at Red Newt Cellars serves lunch to hungry wine tasters in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Dishes, such as pasta primavera with seasonal vegetables or a grilled cheese sandwich with New York sharp cheddar cheese, are served inside or on a deck overlooking Seneca Lake.