Sommeliers Recommend Perfect Wine Pairings for California Restaurant Month

Jan 13, 2014, 13:30 ET from Wine Institute

California Wine & Cuisine Inspires Chefs, Somms & Home Cooks in January & Beyond

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's chefs and sommeliers have created an unforgettable culinary scene!  The Golden State's diversity and abundance of wines and fresh ingredients gives them a vast array of ways to dazzle their dining guests with perfect pairings.

With California as the nation's top agricultural state producing 100 winegrape varieties and more than 400 crops—as well as artisan cheeses, meats, olives, honey and more—the possibilities are endless for chefs and sommeliers to unleash their creativity on diners' palates.  If you're a wine and food lover, one of the very best times to experience their creations—and pair them with a great local wine—is California Restaurant Month in January, when chefs bring their top "game on" to leading restaurants all over the state with special offerings and fabulous great-value meals.   In honor of this special month, Wine Institute asked some of California's best sommeliers to share their personal favorite pairings, offering inspiration to diners and home cooks alike.  To view all the sommeliers' suggestions—and delicious wine-friendly recipes—visit Wine Institute's website. 

You can also enjoy California's delectable food and wine first-hand this month with special offerings such as Dine LA, San Francisco's Dine About Town, San Luis Obispo's Restaurant Month, week-long events in Newport Beach and San Diego and more!  To learn more about California Restaurant Month and find participating restaurants check out Visit California.

Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.  California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world, making 90 percent of all U.S. wine and three out of every five bottles enjoyed in the U.S.  Each year, 21 million tourists visit wine regions throughout the state to explore and enjoy the wines, the cuisine and cultural offerings associated with California's signature industry. Go to: for more information.  

SOURCE Wine Institute