Niner Wine Estates: Your Portal to All that is Delicious on the Central Coast
Imagine nibbling sashimi-style abalone at a local abalone farm, a crisp glass of rosé in hand. Next, you are whisked away to a five-course meal incorporating the seaside flavors, served in scenic Westside Paso Robles.
It might sound like foodie paradise, but this scenario is just one of a long lineup of immersive culinary courses hosted year-round by Niner Wine Estates.
Since debuting the courses in 2011, an impressive array of chefs have wowed crowds at the Niner Wine Estates’ interactive kitchen, including talented Winery Estate Chef Meagen Loring, Tom Fundaro of Villa Creek and Marco and Maria Rosa of Café Roma, to name a few.
According to Heather Lane, Niner Wine Estates director of hospitality, the courses may begin in the winery’s kitchen, but they have a way of transporting guests to the far reaches of the Central Coast’s culinary landscape.
“We really wanted to showcase our wines as well as the incredible food we have in this region,” Lane said. “It’s all about showcasing the farm-to-fork movement for our guests.”
Each class is hands-on, with plenty of opportunity to chop, bake and drizzle. After meeting the featured chef, attendees are dividing into smaller groups for more personalized learning.
“I tell people to do what they’re fearful of—do something you haven’t conquered in your own home kitchen,” Lane said. “This is your chance to ask a professional chef how to cut those onions faster, how hold the knife correctly, or how to blanch those veggies while keeping their vibrant color.”
Lane said people often walk out of the classes with an entirely new mindset toward their own cooking and wine pairing capabilities. Oftentimes, classmates become friends.
“People exchange numbers, go out to dinner after and form a real community,” Lane said. “For us, it’s fun to present the foodie side and the wine side. Together, we’ll show you how to make your next dinner party really come to life.”