Culinary Experiences

Joseph Phelps wine food experience dish of lobster bisque

Culinary Experiences

Joe Phelps had a love of food and wine that took root in the late 1960s during a pivotal trip to Italy. He became friends with, and learned a great deal from, the godmother of California cuisine, Alice Waters, with whom he shared a passion for the local provisions and fresh produce that the Bay Area had to offer. By the late 1970s, and continuing for the rest of his life, Joe was known for his legendary gatherings of family and friends in his home, where he would share great wine and food that he had prepared.

“As I’ve journeyed through life one sip at a time I’ve come to think of good food and the right wine as silent poetry.  Enjoyed together, they become a lyrical tribute to the pleasures of the table.”

– Joe Phelps

Inspired by Joe’s lifelong culinary passion, the winery is pleased to offer Playful Plates and Bountiful Table wine and food experiences. Led by Executive Chef Brian Sutton, his illustrious background has led him to work at some of the most celebrated destinations throughout the world, including Calistoga Ranch and Relais & Chateaux property The Point in Adirondacks, NY. We invite you to join Chef Sutton and Sous Chef Ryan Seal on your next visit to Napa Valley for an unforgettable wine and food experience.


Bountiful Table

Savor the bounty of our region through a wine and food journey. Join us in our picturesque dining room for an unforgettable experience of pairing seasonal ingredients with the extraordinary wines of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Learn More

Bountiful Table food course of quail

Private Events

Located on a tranquil hillside overlooking our estate vineyards, Joseph Phelps Vineyards is an ideal location for your special celebration. Learn More

Guests smelling wine from a glass at a dinner table

Winery Recipes

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