Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
5007 Fulton Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, USA
| +1 800-769-3649
Photo by Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate of Justin and Taylor, a great pairing.
Sun - Sat 10am - 5pm
Kendall-Jackson Sensory Experience Delights VisitorsIf you're looking for a top-notch pairing experience with your wine tasting in the Santa Rosa, Sonoma area this is one of the best. And here's why.
First you meet with Tucker Taylor, the laid-back master gardener who is the Director of Culinary Gardens. He walks you through his expansive garden, stopping to explain the sensory garden which is planted with all manor of herbs, citrus and other plants that carry the same flavor notes as some of the wines you will taste. From Tucker you'll learn sustainable planting, taste some unusual plants and meet " the girls" his beautiful laying hens.
From the garden you sit down at a table to lovely plates of pairing foods, most grown by Taylor or locally sourced, and artfully prepared. Menu rotates as to what is happening in the garden. As the wine for each tasting course is poured, the sommelier explains the wine, flavor profiles and the food pairing. Then you are left to enjoy. A note about the chefs here all directed by Executive Chef Justin Wangler; they are all incredibly accomplished and by working in concert with what Tucker is growing, the wine and the tastes are sublime. A note about the wines; when I was there all of the wines for the pairing were Grand Reserve or Estate wines- really great ones. And of course they are available to purchase in their shop.
Head to the website because throughout the year there are special dinners and events here too. Some upcoming stand-outs are the Harvest Celebration in October-Taylor's tomatoes are famous, and the Farm-to-Table Dinner Series in which takes place throughout summer and fall.
Photos: Kurt Winner, and Kendall- Jackson Wine Estate