The Casual Vineyard Table


Incorporating the “good life” into everyday living, means completing each day with a flavorful meal accompanied by a robust glass of wine. The Casual Vineyard Table, the second cookbook collaboration between Carolyn Wente, Fourth Generation Winemaker, and Kimball Jones, former Corporate Chef of Wente Family Estates, features dishes that can be prepared daily for friends and family. Although the concepts for the recipes are simple, the flavors are complex, including Heirloom Tomato Soup with Poached Salmon, Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate Glaze and Apple Tart with Riesling Ice Cream. Complementing the restaurant-based recipes of their first book, Sharing the Vineyard Table, these recipes feature wine recommendations and a preparation and cooking time of about an hour-because at Carolyn and Kimball’s table, good food and fine wine are part of their everyday lives.

Sharing the Vineyard Table


The essence of Wente Vineyards, California’s lifestyle winery, is engagingly revealed in Carolyn Wente and Kimball Jones’s first cookbook, Sharing the Vineyard Table: A celebration of wine and food from the Wente Vineyards Restaurant. Carolyn Wente’s dedication to the family table, wine, and entertaining is invitingly coupled with former Corporate Chef Kimball Jones’ culinary talent for memorable meals. The authors make the world of wine and food accessible and enjoyable in a season-by-season format. Their generous use of recipe headnotes, cogent sidebars, and wine notes creates an enjoyable, straight forward cookbook that brings the flavors of wine country to life.

To purchase either of these cookbooks, contact our tasting rooms at either 925.456.2305 or 925.456.2405