About Mayo Reserve Room - Mayo Family Winery
Indulge in a Casual & Intimate Wine Tasting Affair unlike any other in Wine Country! At the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room, experience Personal Service and Exceptional Reserve Wines thoughtfully paired with a 4-Star Dining Experience that will renew your expectations of Wine & Food Pairing...
Located in the heart of Kenwood in the beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room will challenge your idea of what a Wine-Tasting Tour can be; enjoy views of Local Vineyards and the Mayacama Mountains while tasting 7 Reserve Wines thoughtfully paired with 7 "tapas"-sized bites prepared by a Professional Chef & Wine Team who are personally committed to your Wine & Food enjoyment!
Book your reservation today at the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room!
Kenwood, CA 95452
Winery, Tapas / Small Plates, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Wine & Food Pairing
Mon, Thu–Sun 10:30 am–5:00 pm
Reserve Wine Tasting
Mon, Thu–Sun 10:30 am–6:30 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available behind the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room
Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mayo Reserve Room - Mayo Family Winery Ratings and Reviews
We had a late afternoon appointment on a Sunday. Maybe it was the combination of late afternoon and Sunday being their Friday, but the volume of wine tasters who had obviously been tasting wine all day who were bellied up to the bar and the very long wait for our first food items greatly detracted from what I had hoped to be a special wine and food pairing for our group.
Our wine and food pairing was excellent. There were 7 courses paired with 7 different wines. The food was delicious and paired very well with the wines. Chef John was extremely cordial and knowledgeable. We would definitely return, as we we had a lovely experience.
Chef Locher was so welcoming and informative, and made us feel as though we were his only guests. The food and wine pairing was SPOT ON, perfectly presented and simply delicious. Even the owner, Jeffrey Mayo, checked in on us a couple of times. This pairing would work for a wine 'rookie' as well as a foodie, and was an excellent value, which could cost twice as much elsewhere. A perfect experience, which met and exceeded all of the excellent reviews I've read over the years. Don't miss it!
A group of us went here for the food and wine pairing on a vacation weekend in Sonoma. Really wonderful - great wine, delicious food, and the chef and the owner were both very knowledgeable, warm and funny. Great value for what you get too. Oh, and a pretty view outside of the rolling hills. If you're in town I highly recommend going here for lunch to start your day of wine tasting!
Great food and wine pairing. Chef John was outstanding, answered all questions pertaining to food and wine, extremely knowledgeable. Does not have the ambiance of Kendal Jackson but the room is more than adequate for tasting and pairing. The pace of the pairing was perfect, 7 wines paired with 7 food selections. I highly recommend Mayo Family Reserve Room.
Chef John is an effective multi-tasker. He prepares the 7 course meal and pour the wines. With an bubbly personality, John makes you feel like family and does a wonderful job. I suggest the Mayp family hire an assistant so he can focus on his art.
We highly recommend the tasting menu and pairing- all outstanding. A must-go destination on Sonoma Route 12 not too far from Santa Rosa.
They do a 7 course pairing for a fraction of the cost of most other wineries. The food was amazing and I left very satisfied. We did have a few youngsters show up and "Jeremy" was three sheets to the wind and needed to chat in between our courses but the chef made up for it. He apologized because they are open later than most wineries and was a very nice and accommodating. He still managed to make the meal and the explanations very informative and really enjoyable.
John, the new chef at Mayo food and wine pairing (Mayo reserve tasting room) is incredible. 7 delicious food pairings with great attention (and explanation) of how and why the food and wines pair together. This is super attention to detail and unlike ANY food and wine pairing you will find in Sonoma. We have tried them all. This is a special treat for friends out wine tasting to real foodies. Give yourself 1.5 hours. If you want to gab and talk and not listen to the explanation, go somewhere else. If you want to be super impressed with how wines and foods can accentuate each other, come to Mayo. This is a must do (and very reasonable, $50 if not a club member - compare this to the $90 tasting at Ram's Gate - this is better) anytime you are in the lovely town of Kenwood.
I have taken different friends to the Mayo Reserve Room food & wine pairing tasting twice in the past month with less than stellar reviews. I loved chef Sam. I think John is terrific as well. However . . . on the first occasion, one of the owners was on site working. My guests and I thought he could have been more congenial/hospitable. He seemed pretty tightly wound, had a script that didn't seem interactive with us. On the second visit, the wine and food we're excellent; the service not so much. I understand being busy mid-day on a weekend day. In anticipation of such, HIRE MORE HELP. The flow of courses should be smooth--without long waits (with no wine/food) between presentations. I'll come back. But third time's the charm as is said. I hope the links are worked out the next time I visit :)
Very disappointing. We came here for lunch and once we finally received our first 3 courses (all 3 on tiny little plates), we realized that this was not going to sustain us (and we are fairly small people!). The courses were miniscule - essentially one bite a piece. Perhaps our expectations were off? What little food we had was very good, as were the wines, which were poured in decent quantities. We never actually got to taste the dessert course as they said they were waiting on a delivery. That seemed awfully strange! The Chef tried to be accommodating, but overall we didn't feel as though we received the attention we deserved. Maybe we caught them on a bad day. It really ruined the rest of our day though because the disappointing experience dragged on for 90 minutes and by the time we left we were so hungry we had to go elsewhere for lunch. After that, we didn't have time to visit any other wineries. There was nothing special about the ambience - really very plain and nondescript.
We are Wine Country professional drivers, checking in on exquisite tasting experiences to refer to our clients. This is the best food and winery pairing around. The chef personally presents and explains the pairings and is passionate about his work. As the menu changes with the seasons, it demands an encore. Soon!
Sam Frumkin was a unique gem filled with unpretentious stories and amazing insights on the wine and food. He helped us to see the pairings in a different way and I will always cherish the memories he helped create...thanks Sam and good luck with whatever your next adventure brings!!!
Our appt was for 5:00 pm and thought this would be well worth the $50/pp with food and wine pairing as we read an article from 2016 in the wine mag that it was compared to French Laundry and high accolades from a newspaper article as well. We arrived at 5:00. The server greeted us by saying "oh you caught me on my break" and had been sitting at a table drinking wine with a man, who she said later, as she was leaving us with just the chef, that she was heading out for her dinner date with him. Felt like her date was much more important than her customers that just paid $100 for not much service, ambiance or communication. She said she would try to turn on music as it was very quiet and we only listened to their conversations. The music was never turned on. We asked for waters and eventually she remembered them. While she did explain the wines on the 1st flight and said the chef would explain the food the chef seemed very nervous explaining. The entire experience was strange. Not at all what we expected!! We are members of 5 wine clubs and thought we would try this and very disappointed. So sorry. Maybe it was an off day with server and chef but at this price you better be at your best always. We are also in a business that gets reviews and understand you better make it happen to receive the great reviews. It did not happen here for us. Sorry. Huge disappointment.
This is an experience not to be missed near Sonoma, CA. Note: the reserve room is not colocated with the tasting room, so be sure to head to the right destination. Sam, the chef, makes amazing tastes to accompany the 7 wines that you will sample. He is a gifted chef and also just fun to listen to. Great way to spend and hour or so. It was a memorable experience and we will definitely come back again some day.
Sam Frumpkin was an amazing host and incredibly knowledgeable! We had a lovely time sipping on delicious wine and hearing stories- very happy with selections of wine Food, however, was closer to 3 stars-- not mind blowing. That being said with the host, ambiance, selection of unique wines, it was a great experience and highly recommended.
We had a wonderful time at Mayo for the wine pairing tasting menu! We enjoyed all of the food and the wine, the chef was very personable and knowledgeable. We arrived about an hour and a half early and they had no problem taking us in and even gave us some champagne while we waited for our table to be set up. I would definitely recommend!
Had heard about this place from a client a long time ago and he recommended it. Took us a while to visit, though, because the place doesn't look that special from the outside. It's not real exciting on the inside either, but the chef, food, wine pairings and service were impeccable. I really think Mayo should look for a better venue or dress this one up a bit. An over haul of the inside decor would do an immense amount for this --- it deserves a better venue. DELICIOUS and so informative and fun!
Again, we left with a big smile on our faces. The food and wine pairings were spectacular!
Sam, the executive chef, is outstanding and we love the passion he has for the food and wine he prepares.
I have to say that this is my favorite wine tasting room in the world by far!
Thank you so much Sam for everything!!! We will be back soon.
First off... this isn't really a restaurant. You're going for a small bite food & wine pairing. That said, we've had food and wine pairings at VGS Chateau Potelle and the food/wine pairing lunch at Signorello both in Napa. This is easily better then either of those experience. The value is better and the food is amazing. Chef Sam changes the menu seasonally. We've tried two of them so far and Sam did not disappoint. You get 7 small bite and wine pairings including dessert. The first time we went we were wishing we could just get a pot of the french onion soup, recently it was the Bouillabaise and the lamb slider that we wanted more of.
The food at VGS is also very good, but you get 4 pairings, the don't seem to change the menu and it's more expensive. Don't get me wrong, I love VGS and choosing either also may depend on whether or not you want to go to Napa or Sonoma. But- if you had the choice between just these two, I'd choose Mayo.
We went to Mayo last weekend for my mother's birthday. What an absolute treat. We have done the wine/food pairing at Del Dotto and St. Francis, so have varying degrees of experience, some very expensive experiences to the very affordable. I would definitely say that Mayo food/wine pairing was an incredible experience. The food was good. I would say that 5/7 courses were excellent. The bouillabaisse was one of the best I'd ever tasted. Full of flavor, but the fish was subtle and added to it rather than being the main flavor. They were generous on the pours, but I must say that the best thing about our tasting was Chef Sam. Talk about personality. He read the room and left us alone when he saw that we were conversing, and then came over when there were breaks. He was extremely knowledgeable about the wines and how they paired with food. He is not only the Chef, but a som as well. He shared personal stories with us about his childhood that were absolutely hilarious and he was just so endearing. Our tasting lasted almost two hours. They made my mother feel special and we walked away feeling extremely satisfied. First rate experience and you cannot beat the price. What a gem!
We have visited the Mayo Reserve Room twice and both times found it to be a delightful food and wine pairing experience. Being seated at tables rather than standing is comfortable for any seniors you may be traveling with. Food bites are small, but not tiny, and really allow you to explore the nuances of the various wines served with them.
The tasting menu was pretty mediocre. The first course had a single bite of tarragon chicken. The chicken was dry. The bouillabaisse was yummy. The eggplant pizza was bland, eggplant was undercooked. The wines were nothing a special. With the second course, the corn tortilla for the pork taco was not even cooked and the pork didn't taste like pomegranate at all. The Lamb patty of the burger was good but the bun was an Untoasted king Hawaiian bead bun. With nothing on it. Overall, way too expensive for amount and quality. The staff was friendly but food was lacking.
This was recommended by a friend and we made reservations for 5pm on a Saturday evening. It was an amazing experience! Felicia behind the bar with her immediate warm welcome; Sam and Sarah in the kitchen with Sam providing a detailed journey through the beautiful food and perfect Mayo wine pairings. As new Kenwood residents, the staff at Mayo made us feel at home. We will definitely be back!
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