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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Launches Culinary Program

August 8th, 2017

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Launches Culinary Program

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is pleased to announce the launch of its first culinary program, led by new winery Executive Chef Brian Sutton and Sous Chefs Ryan Seal and Allie Phelps, granddaughter of winery founder, Joe Phelps. The Joseph Phelps Culinary program offers winery visitors the opportunity to savor seasonal cuisine paired with the latest Joseph Phelps Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wine releases in a beautifully appointed dining room setting overlooking estate vineyards. The program highlights three separate experiences: Wine & Cheese Pairing explores how local and regional cheeses pair and contrast with Joseph Phelps wines, an interactive food and wine pairing known as Playful Plates, and the ultimate culinary journey, a multi-course Bountiful Table lunch to delight the senses.

A native of Colchester, England, Brian Sutton is a graduate of the renowned Colchester Institute of Culinary Arts and has an illustrious culinary background that has led him to some of the most celebrated food and wine destinations throughout the world. Most recently, Brian was the Executive Sous Chef at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley before joining Joseph Phelps Vineyards in spring 2017.

“Knowledge is the greatest gift you can give to another. To be able to share my knowledge of food with exceptional wines is the ultimate gift," stated Sutton.

Sutton is joined in the kitchen by Sous Chefs Ryan Seal and Allie Phelps. Ryan Seal is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and came to Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the summer of 2017 following positions at Morimoto Napa as well as Carneros Resort and Calistoga Ranch.

Allie Phelps, granddaughter of Joe Phelps, is the third member of her generation to work for the family wine business. Allie joined Joseph Phelps in the summer of 2016 as a Wine Educator following a decade of living in San Francisco, CA where she earned a Culinary Arts degree from the Art Institute of San Francisco, worked as an event planner and taught cooking classes at Cavallo Point. Allie moved more fully into the kitchen in spring 2017 to help launch the winery’s culinary program.

“Joe Phelps lived life to the fullest. He gathered family and friends in his home over great wine and food that he had prepared for everyone to share. Our family is pleased to welcome winery guests in that same spirit,” said Bill Phelps, Executive Chairman of Joseph Phelps Vineyards.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Culinary Offerings
Wine & Cheese Pairing: Learn how food and wine interact with one another and discover your own pairing preferences. Join us for a guided wine tasting and pairing of local and regional cheeses along with house-made delicacies during this fun and educational experience. $100 per person. This is a semi-private seated tasting that lasts 90 minutes and is offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Playful Plates: Join us for a unique interactive food and wine pairing experience. Guests will enjoy a flight of five Joseph Phelps Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wines, including Insignia, paired with seasonally inspired bites that contrast and complement our wines. A dedicated Wine Educator will lead guests through the tasting, inviting each person to share their individual experience in relaxed convivial conversation. Please allow two hours to enjoy this experience. $195 per person. This semi-private seated event is offered each Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Bountiful Table: Savor the bounty of our region through a wine and food journey. Join us in our picturesque dining room for a multi-course lunch featuring seasonal ingredients paired with the extraordinary wines of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Begin your visit with passed canapés on our Redwood Terrace overlooking estate vineyards, followed by an unforgettable lunch to delight your senses. Each course will be thoughtfully paired with Joseph Phelps Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wines, including the latest vintage of Insignia. Please allow 3 hours for this lunch. $275 per person. Bountiful Table lunches are offered each Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Further details and Culinary reservation requests are available through the winery’s website or by calling 800-707-5789.

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