When you live in Napa, wine is a big part of your life. That goes double for chefs, whose food needs to pair seamlessly with the valley’s varietals. Here, eight especially wine-friendly recipes from star Napa chefs.

By F&W Editors
Updated May 23, 2017
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Cabbage Velouté with Poached Pears and Croutons

1. Roasted Artichokes and Prosciutto
Artichokes are notorious for making wine taste bitter. To prevent that, Michael Chiarello slow-roasts artichoke hearts in extra-virgin olive oil to bring out their sweetness, then serves them with prosciutto, an ingredient that matches particularly well with wine.

Roasted Artichokes and Prosciutto

2. Easy Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine
"A good sauce is the bridge between the meat and the wine," says chef Ken Frank. When pairing beef with Cabernet, he usually serves a hearty red-wine sauce, like the one on these short ribs.

Easy Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine
Credit: © Tina Rupp

3. Whole Grilled Chicken with Wilted Arugula
Thomas Keller’s simple, smoky chicken works equally well with Chardonnay or a full-bodied Pinot Noir.

Whole Grilled Chicken with Wilted Arugula
Credit: © Quentin Bacon

4. Seared Scallops with Cauliflower, Capers and Raisins
Chef Chris Blanchard’s exotically rich sautéed scallops are fantastic with a tropical Viognier.

Seared Scallops with Cauliflower, Capers and Raisins
Credit: © Tina Rupp

5. Cabbage Velouté with Poached Pears and Croutons
Christopher Kostow is a big fan of cabbage; when he makes this soup, he uses cabbage juice to amplify the flavor, but it's also great made with vegetable stock. Try it with a good quality Chardonnay that's not too heavy on the oak.

Cabbage Velouté with Poached Pears and Croutons

6. Chanterelle Omelets with Fines Herbes Suace
Crisp, acidic Champagne is wonderful with Thomas Keller’s creamy one-egg omelets.

Chanterelle Omelets with Fines Herbes Sauce

7. Lemony Shrimp Salad
Chef Richard Reddington pairs his light and crunchy salad with a ripe, full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc.

Lemony Shrimp Salad
Credit: © Tina Rupp

8. Roast Brined Chicken with Raisin and Pine Nut Agrodolce
Pinot Noir is perfect with Michael Chiarello’s extra-juicy, spice-rubbed chicken.

Raisin and Pine Nut Agrodolce