Outstanding food and wine
Outstanding food and wine pairings presented by the chef. Non-pretentious,friendly, helpful, very willing to discuss ingredients and techniques. A true pleasure.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
A perfect unique place to
A perfect unique place to go for lunch and wine tasting.
A great way to learn about wine and food from an expert. We were served by the chef who was very informative and willing to share his knowledge. I would definitely return again and recommend the experience to others. Ambiance not great-too much like the former office that it was, but after you start tasting the food and wine it doesn't matter any more.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
WOW! The whole experience
WOW! The whole experience was beyond description. Not only does the chef's culinary brilliance show, his genius pairing abilities with the wine completes the experience. Chef Clayton and Mayo Family Winery are the best you will find in wine country. Thank you, thank you!!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved the wine and food pairings!
Loved the wine and food pairings! A must do for any wine country visitor!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Clayton, the chef, was very
Clayton, the chef, was very engaging. Good schmoozer and quite articulate about the food and wine paring. Good southern boy!
I'm a foodie and wine slob. I do not exaggerate when I state this is the best value meal in the country!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent wine pairing with
Excellent wine pairing with outstanding commentary by the chef. If in the area (Kenwood) it should be on
your list of stops!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
great wine and food pairings
wonderful wines with tasty food pairings to match, been coming here for many years
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great example of how food influences wine. The pairings were excellent and the food was beautifully presented.Clayton is a real pro as his knowlege of wine was equal to his skill with the food.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I had a truly wonderful time at the Mayo Reserve Room. The food was absolutely delicious and was paired with really lovely wines all set in a beautiful atmosphere and presented by a warm and friendly staff. Clayton, the head chef, was gracious and his sous chef was very informative. The "Silenced Lamb" was particularly out of this world! We would definitely recommend this experience to others.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wine, food, service were all
Wine, food, service were all excellent as was the value. The next time we go (and we will!), we will have a larger breakfast. It is truly a 'tatsing' menu with a lot of wine....
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wines that both compliment the small gourmet bites and augment their flavor. In a similar way, the food brings out nuances in the wine. Highly recommended. Both chef and wine steward very well informed and helpful.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful experience
We had a wonderful experience with our Mayo team, Kurt and Edwin. This is a food and wine pairing experience in a small venue, where handcrafted Mayo wines are paired with small plates of delicious food prepared on-site by chef Edwin. Kurt met us at the door, served us wine, engaged in interesting conversation and was an extremely charming and efficient host and server. Chef Edwin talked with us about each dish and how it brought out the best qualities in the particular wine, and vice versa. Wines and food were both delicious. This is a terrific experience for anyone looking for a great food and wine pairing experience.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique & wonderful wine country duo
Four of us ate a spring menu at the Mayo Reserve Room. The knowledge that Chef imparted to us when pouring and serving was interesting and helpful. I learned a lot about pairing and chemistry when I asked questions. One of us was "in the biz" and she and Chef had a good time exchanging anecdotes: Chef knows what he is talking about, he is not a poser. The portions were TASTING portions that matched the generous pours. I was full from the 6 small bites plus dessert. The price is very, very reasonable. It was an experience unlike any I have had in the wine country. It was very special, very intimate, very lovely. Highly recommend, can't wait to return.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Food and Wine Pairing Destination
Mayo Reserve Room is not a restaurant where you want to drop in at the last minute without reservations. The concept here is to provide perfectly fresh, farm-to-table small courses (up to 7) paired with local single-vineyard wines. And this concept is beautifully executed. Each of the small tapas-like dishes were paired with a wine that most people probably have not heard of, and in each case, the pairing is described and explained by both the sommelier and the chef. Our sommelier was a local with a wide knowledge of local wineries and vineyards. The chef was amazing, combining his chemical engineer education with an artistic flair that results in wonderful, and sometimes counter-intuitive combinations.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mayo Reserve Room does it again!
This was our second visit to the wine room, and the experience was just as wonderful as the first visit! The chef presented a great assortment of small plates, paired perfectly with a glass of wine. A total of six plates and six glasses of wine, what a treat!
What's even better, they offer other local wine in their tastings besides Mayo Vineyard, a nice community touch!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rarely do I come across a place I enjoy so much. I can't wait until I can bring some of my other foodie friends. I thought I knew what I was getting into with a food-wine tasting, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I can't believe how much I learned! Chef Clayton Lewis was so informative in his explanations of how the food enhanced or even changed the characteristics of the wine. And he was oh-so patient with our questions. This was truly one of the best food experiences I've ever had. I even discovered that I like red caviar - look at me grow!!
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and wine pairings are a great idea with most wineries not having restaurants. We had a great time!!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
"Finally" - I get it
My husband and I had a great experience here. I think I finally 'get' the food pairing thing now. Clayton was knowledgeable and unpretentious. We really had a nice time...and I found out that while I am not a fan of lamb, in general, I do like lamb tongue!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mayo Reserve Room was a hit!
I took my husband to the Mayo Reserve room for a food/wine pairing for his birthday. He loves and appreciates good food and wine. We were there on a Friday afternoon at 1:30pm and we had the place to ourselves. The Chef greeted us and we picked a table by the window. There were menus at each table setting along with 3 wine glasses. He explained each of the wines he poured and then brought out the food to pair with it. Each appetizer was beautifully presented on a plate which held 3 appetizers on the first round and then we had an additional 3 appetizers come out for the second round of pourings. The Chef did an amazing job of telling us about the food and how it complemented the wines and vice versa.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Way to Spend an Afternoon
I have always wanted to do this food and wine pairing so when I had company for a week I booked a table. I had been there before but just for a tasting. The executive chef was knowlegable without being pretentious or snooty. He explained the food and the wine without talking down to us. The food was amazing and the tasting room was simple and classy.
All-in-all it was a very positive experience.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not to be Missed
This is a must for a wine country tour. While many wineries will offer a pairing of wines and a nibble of cheese or a bit of chocolate, Mayo has a 5 star chef who prepares delicious mini-meals to go with each of seven wines. Each "bite" (more like three bites) consisted of a variety of deliciousness that brought out the best in the wine. The first three were appetizer/salad bites, the middle three were steak, fish and pork and then the last was a dessert. All were excellent and the equivalent of the best restaurants in wine country. They require a reservation but were excellent about accommodating us when I called to say we were running late. You get personalized explanations from the chef and great wine. What could be better?
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wine and Food pairing
What a great experience! The food was excelent and the knowledge and attention the chef gave us was terrific. I would highly recommend this food & wine experience to anyone. Our chef and server, Clayton was truly wonderful.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food and wine very knowledgea
great food and wine very knowledgeable staff great time had by our entire group
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful time and our host was excellent, very helpful, knowledgeable, and fun. If you're interested in trying some great wines paired with some unusual food, it's a great place to go. The food portions are small, but very tasty!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great learning experience
As wine novices we really wanted to learn more about wines. Mayo was a wonderful place to come and Clayton and Curt were great teachers. We were able to taste 7 different wines paired with chef prepared food that would enhance the flavor of the wines. I never have liked reds, but I found with the right food pinot noir could taste wonderful. My favorite course was the dessert course of gewürztraminer with a cheese fruit Danish. What a great experience! I only wish there had been a little more food and a little less wine. I really just wanted to taste - but they provided a rather ample pour considering there were 7 different wines to try.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and wine pairing. Seven small courses each paired with a different wine. Pours were generous. We went to the last seating and had the room to ourselves. Wonderful vs.ue for $35 per person. Bought wines that we had tasted. Good find in the Valley of the Moon
We live locally and will go again.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food-wine pairings!
We had lunch here with the food and wine pairings and it was amazing! The young chef explained each dish and the thoughts that went in to each combination. We completely enjoyed it and i would highly recommend it. It was also an amazing value for the quality of both food and wines presented.
7/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Seven courses and seven glasses of wine well worth the price. The executive chef described the food and wine and was willing to talk as much as we wanted. Fresh beautiful plates with select ingredients caviar,ono,seaweed,and steak. Excellent food,wine,conversation. We will be back.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Definite OMG Experience!!
OMG!!!! What an incredible experience we had at the Mayo Reserve Room!! Our visit to Mayo was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to the wine country. Thank you for offering such a special experience at such a reasonable price. We will definitely visit with you again. The food was absolutely incredible and the wines were amazing. I was incredibly impressed with the actual food/wine pairings. Thank you so much for what you do - your passion for food and wine is obvious!! Everyone needs to experience the Mayo Reserve Room - at least once in their lifetime!!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our pairing experience was
Our pairing experience was one of the most fun wine tasting experiences we've had in a long time. It made for a great afternoon with friends!
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Doesn't matter if you are a wine aficionado or a novice you will have a great time and learn a thing or two about the magic that occurs between wine and food when perfectly paired. Mayo sets a high bar without being pretentious or alienating first timers. Highly recommended as a way to begin one's adventures into real wine country.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Where else can you get a 7 course food and wine pairing for so little?
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't miss Mayo!
The Mayo Reserve Room is not a restaurant, but a very special tasting room. Chef Clayton Lewis has put together excellent pairings of wine and food samplings and takes great delight in telling participants how to appreciate the union. The menu consists of 9 (an unusually large number) Mayo wines, each accompanied by a tapas-size serving of food. From starter to dessert, this is a delightful - and sometimes surprising - experience. Pop Rocks?
Reservations may be made via Open Table, but are probably necessary only on weekends.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Truly Fun & Delicious Experience
If you are looking for something really fun to do for lunch, this is definitely the place. We are members of the Mayo Wine Club, so the price is amazing--$25.00 per person for a six-course, small plate food and wine pairing. The wine is outstanding and the pours are more than generous. The chef and the staff are informative, attentive, and knowledgable. AND, it's a room where you can actually hear your tablemates in conversation! We'll be coming back every three months when the menu changes for seasonal pairings. We loved it!!!!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
First timers to Napa
Our friend recommended the reserve room tasting for our first Napa/Sonoma trip. He had been there 4-5 times and is a member of the club. It was fantastic! Kurt, the host/Sommelier was very welcoming and knowledgeable about thd wines and the pairings. And the chef was a fun guy who really shared the tasting experience with the diners. They had great energy and made us East Coasters feel very welcome to wine country!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great wine pairing experience
What an amazing experience this is. A leisurely seated seven course pairing of excellently prepared and presented small plates with rare Mayo family reserve wines. Service is top notch, each course is delivered and explained by the chef and the size of the pours very generous.
Making a reservation by open table ensures your table is set and ready when you are. Highly recommended when in wine country.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Mayo is the best!
This is THE best winery in the state. They never disappoint with any aspect of the wine tasting experience. The wine/food paring at the reserve room is amazing and is a must do on every visit. Do yourself a favor and go here. You will not be disappointed.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best stop in Sonoma
Wine & food pairing was outstanding. Wines were excellent on their own, but the pairings really made them shine. The menu we had was a take on "chili dogs", but of the 6 items only 1 was actually a hot dog. So creative! We really enjoyed this and would highly recommend for foodies!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Clayton and his staff never cease to amaze us with their unique tasting experience.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mayo Family reserve Room
Chef Sinclair Lewis created some very interesting food experiences for us. We had a blast. Food was great, wine was great, and had a great time. I would highly recommend.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mayo Reserve Room
10 years later, I returned to the Wine and Food Pairing at Mayo.
It's still a treasure with fabulous wines!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have done these wine pairings
I have done these wine pairings several times already and am always extremely pleased with the wine quality and the food served!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good treat
A serendipitous treat! My first time was a complete accident -- my boyfriend and I had stumbled upon this place after an entire day of wine tasting and walked in thinking it was another tasting room that was on our Wine Tasting pass. We were disappointed to find out that the actual tasting room was a few miles down the road, but Clayton greeted us and explained what the Reserve room was all about -- 7 mini courses and wine pairing! We are self-proclaimed foodies and decided to jump on a reservation for the next day. The next day, we went in for our pairing and immediately were in love! I applauded every single piece of food in front of me and we vowed to be back! Come october, we were there again and I was (again) applauding each dish.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food & Wine. Ooh la la.
Take an hour out of your Sonoma trip to stop here (around lunch time - you're going to eat). Best food and wine pairing. Because the menu changes so frequently, it's not helpful to identify what we had. But it was our 3rd visit, and each time the food is excellent, served with energy and passion. This is a "do not miss" on each of our trips.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Civilized Wine Tasting with Food
If the "stand at the bar and fight the crowd" wine tastings are not for you, here is a superb and civilized, sit-down and enjoy experience that will impress your friends and bring smiles to all of you. Six wines, each paired with its own unique small plate food creation. The wines at Mayo Family Winery are superb: well-made, balanced, single vineyard, and elegant; the zinfandel is among the best in Sonoma County and the pinot noir is a fine wine. The sous-chef, Edwin, was absolutely a perfect host, pouring the wines, preparing the dishes personally, and explaining the nuances of the wine production. Overall an excellent experience. And the price is affordable allowing us to purchase half a case with which to remember the afternoon.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Outstanding Wine
This food and wine pairing is a lovely was to spend the afternoon in Sonoma. The chef and wine room employee were both extremely helpful and friendly. The food paired perfectly with the Mayo family wine. Would return for sure and recommend to friends.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a unique wine tasting
This is a unique wine tasting experience. This would be a great place to go with a group. Wine and food pairings were very interesting. Worth the cost of the experience.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious wine pairings
The food is wonderful and the reserve wines they are paired with are fantastic. A great little gem in cute Kenwood. We always try to fit this into our Sonoma journey. A great value and well worth the cost. An gastronomic experience you dont want to miss .
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again, Clayton's creations exceeded our expectations.
Wonderful food and wine pairings. Who would ever think to pair
an awesome cab sauv with a hot dog!?!
Thank you. We will return.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
All of the food we tasted
All of the food we tasted was excellent. Great pairings.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM