Afternoons at Arrowood

I spent the perfect rainy day afternoon at the beautiful Arrowood Winery with some incredible people. The afternoon featured a tasting of a wide selection of Arrowood wines accompanied with food by The Girl and the Fig and lots of education.

First off, I love that Kristina Werner, their head winemaker, is a total badass. To quote her, “We’ve never met a grape we didn’t want to squeeze,” and we are all very fortunate that they feel this way.


The fabulous menu and pairings included the following:

  • 2015 Arrowood Saralee’s Vineyard Viognier paired with roasted baby heirloom carrots, saffron crema, honeyed almonds
  • 2012 Arrowood Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon paired with house ground polenta, braised oxtail, cocoa nibs, winter squash, sage pesto
  • 2013 Arrowood Proprietary Red Wine paired with black pepper ravioli, triple cream mornay, black truffles

I could definitely eat the ravioli all day, every day. After seven glasses of wine, I’m not sure how I managed to not ask for seconds of the ravioli. That’s some real self-control.


After dinner, we sampled three different cabernet sauvignons from different AVAs (that stands for American Viticultural Area). Out of the three, the Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was my favorite, and it was silky and luxurious. In comparison, the Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was slightly more acidic and the Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon had a dustier mouthfeel at the end. I was so ready to die full and happy by the end of the tasting. Afterwards, I got a tour of the cellar where I found wine that’s as old as I am! I think I’ll take this one for the road 😉
Thanks Arrowood Winery for hosting me! Want to give their wines a try? Use promo code “Arrowood15” for 15% off anything on Arrowood’s online shop.


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