My friends and I have already dined twice this month at Jolé in Calistoga, as we love the restaurant’s exceptional food and wine pairings. To be fair, other restaurants do offer pairings, but not to the extent that Jolé’s offer.
At the bottom of the menu you can select the “Tasting Menus” with wine. Which means you can select a number of items from the menu and the Sommelier would pair those dishes with various wines. I, like other Americans, am used to ordering one bottle of wine and drinking it for all phases of my meal. But after discovering Jolé, it has opened up my eyes to how a meal should really be enjoyed.
I chose “Five Course” with wine pairing (four items from the menu plus a dessert) option. I had: Caldo Verde/Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli, Spain 2011, Octopus/Egelhoff Riesling/Carneros 2010, Roasted Quail/Rosenblum Zinfandel, Dry Creek, 2009, Duck Breast/Valdesil Mencía, Spain 2011, and Frozen Pistachio Parfait/Smith Woodhouse 20-year Tawny Port, Portugal. The food was delicious while Rosenblum Zinfandel converted me to be a Zin lover, and the Smith Woodhouse 20-year Tawny Port was utterly heavenly!
The next time you’re in the wine country, be sure to stop by Jolé to experience their wonderful food and wine parings that are not to be missed.