June 8, 2014
CLIENT TYPE: Private Party
LOCATION: DOMAINE, Calistoga, CA
GUEST COUNT: 6
Our guests were celebrating a milestone birthday and this was also their first visit to Napa Valley! They decided to kick off their trip with a private dinner with wine pairings at our space, DOMAINE. The goal was to provide a relaxed, exclusive setting that would introduce our clients to unique wines and help develop their understanding of food and wine pairing.
We discussed with our guests their preference in style and flavor profile for both the wine and food during the weeks leading up to their event. We worked with Meadowood to create a menu that paired each individual dish with a specific wine. Since it was their first time to Napa Valley and this dinner was the first experience on the trip, we chose to curate a selection of smaller production wines from Napa Valley alongside those from around the world to pair with each course. Tasting notes and descriptions of the wines were provided to accompany the experience. We also shared the stories behind the labels as each wine was poured and explained why we selected each wine to complement the corresponding dishes.
Our guests gained insights on the different styles of wine made in Napa Valley, how they compare to wines from other regions, as well as how to approach food + wine pairing. This ultimate private dining experience gave them a great foundation for the rest of their time in Napa Valley and our guests left feeling relaxed, informed and pampered.