They say family knows best, and when it comes to the world of wine, the Wente family certainly knows a thing or two. Founded in 1883 by C.H. Wente, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously operating, family-operated winery in the United States.

Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is cultivating quite a legacy as California’s first “Family of Chardonnay,” credited with bringing Chardonnay cuttings to the state of California more than 100 years ago. With their numerous accolades, including Wine Enthusiast’s American Winery of the Year, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation and Wine Business Monthly’s “Top 30 Wine Company” award, this family of winegrowers definitely knows best.

Shore Lodge is excited to announce that Karl Wente, fifth generation winemaker of Wente Vineyards, will join The Narrows at Shore Lodge for its winter winemaker’s dinner, Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Karl will discuss the Wente family philosophy as well as pair award-winning Wente Wines with The Narrows’ carefully crafted menu of seasonal dishes, in a five-course setting.

Take a look at the evening’s menu below. Dinner is priced at $120++ per person and reservations are required. Those who wish to make a night of the exclusive event, overnight lodging is available and offered as a package in addition to dinner tickets starting at $172 per person, based on double occupancy. Reservations can be made online or by calling 208-634-2244.

Wente Vineyards

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Passed Appetizers

2012 Small Lot Brut, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Kumomoto Oyster/ Apple Mignonette

Risotto Cake/ Asparagus Cream

First Act

2013 Nth Degree Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Chanterelle & Pancetta Ravioli/

Parmesan Cream


Second Act

2012 Riva Ranch Pinot Noir- Single Vineyard, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Spiced Duck Breast/ Mizuna & Mint Salad/ Crispy Turnip Shoestrings/

Charred Strawberry Gastrique

Third Act

2012 Nth Degree Cabernet, Karl Wente, Livermore Valley San Fran Bay

Braised Snake River Farms Wagyu Short Rib/ Applewood Smoked Celery Root Puree/

Caramelized Carrots & Shallots/ Black Tea Demi-Glace

Fourth Act

2012 Small Lot Petit Syrah Port

Molten Dark Cherry Lava Cake/ Vanilla Chantilly/ Dark Cherry Coulis