Frank Family’s new Miller House gives us the opportunity to present our wines the way they were intended to be enjoyed: with food. Director of Hospitality, Liam Gearity alongside Napa culinary icon, Chef Christina Machamer are breathing new life into our once-flourishing food and wine pairing program. Sidelined as a result of Covid, we are eager to bring back our wine and culinary experience to highlight the amazing synergy between expertly crafted wine and food in an even bigger and better way.
“Frank Family’s wine and food pairing experience has been a wonderful addition to our tasting room offerings over the years,” says Gearity. “Watching it grow in demand among our club members and winery guests has been humbling and exciting. We are now ready to expand upon the notion that great wine reveals layers of its personality when properly paired with food by revitalizing this experience in a fun and innovative way.”
After some fun experimentation in the kitchen with Chef Christina Machamer, we are excited to introduce an elevated, hyper-seasonal, and authentically farm-to- table wine and food experience. Each new pairing has been hand-selected to demonstrate how the aromas, textures, and flavor profiles of Frank Family’s estate-driven wines are accentuated by food.
“I like to think of this experience as a masterclass on food and wine pairings,” says Gearity. Liam along with his team of experienced wine educators will guide guests through each pairing and take time to explain why they work well together, providing fundamental pairing tips along the way that can be easily applied at home.
The menu will be ever evolving to showcase the season’s best, always highlighting locally grown ingredients, like Meyer lemon from Frank Family’s Winston Hill or mission fig picked from our Benjamin Ranch in Rutherford. The tasting will start light with the Blanc de Blancs and perhaps a homemade yeasted blini with caviar and crème fraiche. The pairings become progressively more umami as the tasting moves into the reds; think, sliced Spanish Fuet with Winston Hill. The one thing that will always be constant is that guests will leave full of delicious wine, food, and a heightened appreciation for pairing the two.
A Celebrated Chef
Chef Christina Machamer, winner of season four of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, is one of Napa Valley’s preeminent chefs. She has worked side-by-side with some of the world’s top chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Thomas Keller before settling down to her burgeoning business in Napa Valley for the past decade. While her specialty is wholesome comfort food thanks to her Midwest upbringing, Chef Christina is talented in a wide range of cuisines from French, Italian and Asian to California farm to table.
“Frank Family’s wine portfolio is very comprehensive,” says Chef Machamer. “I can’t think of a style or mainstream variety that isn’t represented, which makes my job easy. I love Winemaker Todd Graff’s approach to winemaking, favoring structurally elegant wines where the grape characteristics are clearly translated. It makes for extremely food-friendly and approachable wines that I look forward to matching with my flavorful creations.”
“Frank Family is on a mission to create an extraordinary destination where visitors can expand their knowledge of wine and food,” says Gearity. “I’m excited for the possibilities this new indoor-outdoor hospitality space will bring us in the new year and beyond.
This exploration of food and wine is ideal for private groups or for guests who enjoy meeting others with shared interests in food and wine. Reservations can be made here.