Sequoia Grove is located in Rutherford, housed in a 110-year old refurbished barn and surrounded by beautiful Sequoia trees. Their newest experience, the Sequoia Grove Chef’s Table, is a one-of-a-kind seated, multi-course Wine & Food Pairing. Also available are educational seated experiences such as A Taste For Cabernet or the Cabernet Culinary Challenge which teach the basic tenants of wine and food pairing. For a casual visit, enjoy a Current Release or Single Vineyard tasting at the bar.
Innovative Experience – Cabernet Culinary Challenge – If we learn best by doing, and wine and food are some of life’s great pleasures, why should learning about pairing food and wine be restricted to sitting through lectures? We’ve flipped the typical wine and food pairing lesson into a hands-on, creative, competitive, fun—and yes, educational—group activity. We provide the philosophy of pairing Cabernet Sauvignon with food and then challenge participants to test and apply what they’ve learned through a team-based competition.
Your host will demonstrate the principles of wine and food pairing by having the group try Cabernet with ingredients that represent elements of taste that affect wine flavor. Your group, divided into teams of 2-4 guests, will receive a basket of crostini and 12 different toppings. Your goal: create the most appetizing, creative, Cabernet-complementing crostini ever! It’s challenging because while many of the items pair well with Cabernet, we’ve thrown in some ringers to test participants’ new knowledge of what complements a wine or detracts from it.
We select the winning team’s entry based on creativity, flavor and most importantly, if the combination maintains or improves the taste of the Cabernet.