Garden Delight

Enjoy the spoils of Indian summer at these wineries highlighting fresh produce plucked from the garden.

Kendall-Jackson Winery may be known for chardonnay, but the four-acre outdoor garden there is the star of the farm-to-table dinner series this fall. The event begins with a welcome drink as you enter the stunning garden and take a seat at the outdoor table to embark on a family-style meal. We have our eyes on the October 14 supper featuring a surf-and-turf theme. Hog Island Oysters and Marin French Cheese partner up on this dinner, pairing food options with Kendall-Jackson’s produce and of course, wine. $175, $125 for members, October 14, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

This small-lot winery in the Sonoma region has views of San Pablo Bay and a plot of land where fresh herbs and veggies along with 10 varieties of tomatoes are grown. These are highlighted in several dining experiences available at the winery, including a Carneros Estate picnic for two. The intimate event begins with a full tasting of a selection of Ram’s Gate wines in which guests pick their favorite bottle to accompany a picnic complete with garden veggies, homemade pickles, fresh cheese, house-cured meats and something sweet to finish. $175 for two people.

With nearly 100 varieties of fruits and seasonal veggies including hyacinth beans, wasabi greens and Charentais melons, Jordan Vineyard and Winery’s garden is the very definition of bounty. To make it easier to sample some of the exotic produce, Jordan has joined forces with Relish Culinary Adventures to bring you Farm-to-Table Interactive Cooking Luncheons. The day starts with breakfast and champagne in the garden followed by plucking your own earthly bounty and a visit to the Healdsburg farmers’ market. Once all ingredients have been harvested or purchased, the fun begins with a hands-on cooking class at Relish’s downtown Healdsburg kitchen, paired with Jordan’s wine throughout. $200, October 7, 9:45 a.m.–3 p.m.

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