Mike Ward is Executive Chef of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. Prior to that he lead the kitchen as Executive Chef at Tyler Florence’s El Paseo in Mill Valley. Mike is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet and I highly recommend you try his uniquely flavorful and beautifully prepared meals for lunch or dinner.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards features California wine country cuisine using sustainably and organically grown local ingredients including produce from The Restaurant’s organic garden. The seasonal menu changes daily and the award-winning wine list offers more than 1,000 selections, providing numerous options for wine pairings.
Gratitude Gourmet recently dined at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards for Lunch and every single bite was perfection! See the Picture Slideshow below.
We started our meal with Homemade Rosemary and Black Pepper Bread with Olive Oil and a Garden Inspired Cocktail:
(1.5 oz bourbon, 1/4 oz ginger juice, 1 oz strawberry juice, 1/2 lemon, and 1 egg white. Shake all ingredients with 3 ice cubes until ice is dissolved. Strain pour into a coupe glass and garnish with fresh flowers or an orange slice.)
(Gratitude Gourmet highly recommends this World Class Wine!!).
Wente Limited Production Winemakers Studio Lot No 001 2012 Livermore Valley Red Blend (45% Petit Verdot, 40% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot)
For Appetizers: we greatly enjoyed the flavors of the Hamachi Crudo (crispy ginger salad, kumquat, fermented wasabi, aoili, shiso) and Market Green Salad (strawberry vinaigrette, riesling soaked strawberries, manchego cheese and walnuts).
Main Courses: Roasted Sea Scallops (PAELLA! which was excellent!, clams, spanish chorizo, safron aoili, charred green garlic) and Roasted Sea Bass (mushroom quinoa, red beet yogurt, sunchoke chips, horseradish, trout roe)
Dessert: Savarin (cream cheese, walnut, milk gelato, carrot) and Portuguese Custard Tart (strawberries, cassis meringue, strawberry balsamic sorbet)
We recommend you go to The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and experience this amazing gourmet lunch or dinner yourself! Enjoy!