Joe Phelps had a love of food and wine that took root in the late 1960s during a pivotal trip to Italy. He became friends with, and learned a great deal from, the godmother of California cuisine, Alice Waters, with whom he shared a passion for the local provisions and fresh produce that the Bay Area had to offer. By the late 1970s, and continuing for the rest of his life, Joe was known for his legendary gatherings of family and friends in his home, where he would share great wine and food that he had prepared.
“As I’ve journeyed through life one sip at a time I’ve come to think of good food and the right wine as silent poetry. Enjoyed together, they become a lyrical tribute to the pleasures of the table.”
– Joe Phelps
Inspired by Joe’s lifelong culinary passion, the winery has launched its first culinary program. Joe’s granddaughter, Allie Phelps, contributed to the program’s planning and execution, as well as the recruitment of an ideal chef to lead the program. Today, we are pleased to offer a variety of food and wine experiences prepared by Executive Chef Brian Sutton and Sous Chef Ryan Seal.
Brian Sutton has an illustrious background that has led him to work at some of the most celebrated food and wine destinations throughout the world, including Calistoga Ranch and Relais & Chateaux property The Point in Adirondacks, NY. Ryan Seal joined us after working at many of California’s finest establishments, including Calistoga Ranch and Morimoto in Napa. We invite you to join Brian and Ryan on your next visit to Napa Valley for thoughtful, seasonal cuisine paired with the finest wines from Joseph Phelps Vineyards.
Wine & Cheese Pairing
Learn how food and wine interact with one another and discover your own pairing preferences. Join us for a guided wine tasting and pairing of local and regional cheeses along with house-made delicacies during this fun and educational experience. Learn More
Join us for a unique interactive food and wine pairing experience. Guests will enjoy a flight of five Joseph Phelps Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wines, including Insignia, paired with seasonally inspired plates that contrast and complement our wines. Learn More
Savor the bounty of our region through a wine and food journey. Join us in our picturesque dining room for a multi-course lunch featuring seasonal ingredients paired with the extraordinary wines of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Learn More
Located on a tranquil hillside overlooking our estate vineyards, Joseph Phelps Vineyards is an ideal location for your special celebration. Learn More