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Restaurant at Niner Wine Estates wins Best Winery Restaurant award

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The open-kitchen lunch served at Niner Wine Estates takes inspiration from all things local.

Nothing pairs better with a great glass of wine than a tasty plate of food. Many of America's best wineries also operate some of the best restaurants, where chefs and sommeliers work together to create the perfect marriage of food and wine.

  • Restaurant at Niner Wine Estates
    Paso Robles, Calif.

    The open-kitchen lunch served at Niner Wine Estates takes inspiration from all things local. The culinary team sources ingredients from area farmers, butchers and artisans, ensuring the highest quality dishes make it to the table. The restaurant mills their own olive oil and raises their own chickens for farm-fresh eggs. Each dish on the menu has its own suggested wine pairing.
    Photo courtesy of Niner Wine Estates

  • The Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery
    Temecula, Calif.

    The Vineyard Rose specializes in California cuisine, paired masterfully with South Coast Winery’s selection of wines. The menu changes frequently to embrace fresh, locally grown ingredients, including many sourced from the estate’s own garden.
    Photo courtesy of South Coast Winery

  • The J Bubble Room at J Vineyards & Winery
    Healdsburg, Calif.

    Diners at the J Bubble Room at J Vineyards & Winery enjoy a five-course wine and food pairing menu celebrating the bounty of Sonoma County. Executive Chef Carl Shelton develops a new seasonal menu every six weeks with a focus on progressive cooking techniques.
    Photo courtesy of J Vineyards & Winery

  • Farm & Forage at Sokol Blosser Winery
    Dayton, Ore.

    The Farm & Forage experience at Oregon’s Sokol Blosser Winery includes six bites paired with six wines, curated by Executive Chef Henry Kibit. Ingredients are sourced locally when possible, with mushrooms, nettles and greens foraged on the property.
    Photo courtesy of Sokol Blosser Winery

  • Chateau Morrisette Restaurant
    Floyd, Va.

    The Chateau Morrisette Restaurant offers fine dining in a casual setting. Diners can enjoy a meal outside on the terrace or indoors (fireside in the winter), with a menu that focuses on the local bounty whenever possible.
    Photo courtesy of Chateau Morrisette

  • Cass Cafe at Cass Winery
    Paso Robles, Calif.

    The Cass Café opens each afternoon, offering a casual setting for a winery meal. The menu features salads, sandwiches and small plates, as well as locally made gelato and house made seasonal desserts.
    Photo courtesy of Chaz Roberts / Cass Winery

  • The Kitchen at Barnard Griffin
    Richland, Wash.

    The motto at The Kitchen at Barnard Griffin is “globally influenced, regionally sourced.” The menu of small bites, salads, sandwiches, pastas and other entrees pairs with Barnard Griffin wines. The restaurant frequently features live music.
    Photo courtesy of Barnard Griffin Winery

  • CafĂ© Provençal at Williamsburg Winery
    Williamsburg, Va.

    Chef David McClure takes the helm at Café Provençal at Williamsburg Winery with a menu highlighting local farmers, watermen and “agri-artisans.” This farm-to-farm menu includes dishes like ham and pea soup made with Edwards Country Ham, butter-poached lobster tail salad, seared diver scallops with local purple rice and grilled swordfish with lemon basil polenta and a mustard cream sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Williamsburg Winery

  • Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom
    Portland, Ore.

    The first winery in Oregon dedicated to keg production, Coopers Hall Winery welcomes guests to the Taproom, featuring 44 taps of wine, beer and cider (more dedicated to wine than anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest), served alongside a menu of cheese plates, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and internationally inspired mains.
    Photo courtesy of Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom

  • F.L.X. Table at Element Winery
    Geneva, N.Y.

    Chef and Master Sommelier Christopher Bates is the man behind Geneva's Element Winery and FLX Table, a restaurant in the form of a 12-person dinner party where diners are treated to a five-course meal with dishes changing nightly. 
    Photo courtesy of FLX Table

The top 10 winners in the category Best Winery Restaurant are as follows:

  1. Restaurant at Niner Wine Estates - Paso Robles, Calif.
  2. The Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery - Temecula, Calif.
  3. The J Bubble Room at J Vineyards & Winery - Healdsburg, Calif.
  4. Farm & Forage at Sokol Blosser Winery - Dayton, Ore.
  5. Chateau Morrisette Restaurant - Floyd, Va.
  6. Cass Cafe at Cass Winery - Paso Robles, Calif.
  7. The Kitchen at Barnard Griffin - Richland, Wash.
  8. Café Provençal at Williamsburg Winery - Williamsburg, Va.
  9. Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom - Portland, Ore.
  10. F.L.X. Table at Element Winery - Geneva, N.Y.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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