If you live close enough to enjoy California’s wine country, we’ve found a Napa Valley wine tasting with a twist we think you’ll want to try. It’s a wine and potato chips tasting from Shadowbox Cellars.
With almost countless Napa Valley wineries competing to welcome visitors, many are searching for new ways to lure the kind of visitors who vibe with their wines. Many Napa Valley wineries dabble in food and wine pairing experiences. But one particular winery is taking food and wine pairing to a new level of casual. And we like it!
A new kind of wine pairing experience at Shadowbox Cellars
At Shadowbox Cellars, visitors can now make an appointment for a private wine and potato chip pairing. It may be the only Napa wine tasting including salty, crunch, humble potato chips.
Pairing Napa Valley wines and Wine Chips
Calling it their, “Salt & Acid Pairing,” Shadowbox welcomes visitors to experience five of their wines paired with three chips from the Californian company Wine Chips. The wines include a rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, red blend and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The chips and wine experience
The lattice-cut chips served are fun flavors including Hawaiian Red Sea Salt, Smoked Gouda and Dry-Aged Rib Eye. To cater to current hygiene standards, each chip comes in sealed, single-serve container.
The tasting is a guided pairing. Groups are limited to six guests. No more than two groups of two will be served at any time. However, the winery also offers self guided potato chip and wine pairing experiences outdoors in the “parklet” adjacent to their tasting room in downtown Napa.
The winery is closed Wednesdays but offers tasting appointments between 10:30am and 7pm, Thursday through Tuesday. The pairing experience is priced at $55 per guest. Reservations can be made by calling or texting 707.738.0386.
The wine tasting experiences at this boutique winery are by reservation and must be booked in advance. But if you can’t make it to the Napa Valley for wine tasting right now, you can always recreate the experience at home.
Try this Napa Valley wine tasting at home
Shadowbox offers an online wine shop where you can order all five of the wines uses in their wine tasting experience. (Or just order one bottle in your favorite wine style and decide which chip is the best wine pairing.)
You can order the potato chips used in Shadowbox’s tastings directly from Wine Chips.
About Wine Chips
If you don’t know Wine Chips, these are small batch, artisan potato chips designed for pairing with wine. They’re made from Idaho Potatoes and intense seasonings, cooked for great crunch and big flavor.
The brand offers nine different chip flavors on their website, in such intense flavors as Blue Cheese and Dry Aged Ribeye and such simple and pure flavors as Hawaiian Red Sea Salt. On the Wine Chips website, they offer sampler packs if you don’t know how to decide.
So whether you’re ready to go Napa Valley wine tasting or if you live far from California and have to keep your tasting experiences closer to home right now, potato chip and wine pairings can be a great way to spend a weekend afternoon or a romantic wine pairing experience for two.
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