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Wine Country Personalities

Chef Eric C. Maczko:

Pine Ridge Winery Chef

From “Appellations and Appetizers” to “Creative Culinary Combinations”, Pine Ridge Winery, located in the historic Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, boasts an active culinary program to compliment their award-winning wines. Led by Chef Eric Maczko, the winery’s food-focused events include a variety of cooking demonstrations, cave dinners and extensive wine tastings.

Always a full house, Sundays mark the day for Chef Maczko’s food and wine pairing seminar at the winery. During the winter months, this seminar called “Creative Culinary Combinations” teaches guests how to create a delectable dish to pair with the perfect Pine Ridge wine. The hour and a half exploration incorporates lessons on deconstructing the flavors that flourish within different wines and how they can compliment specific ingredients within the entree.

Chef Maczko says what people really enjoy most is the time and attention paid to their questions.
Whether during a cooking demonstration or on a tour of the winery, it’s truly about the experience and the story behind the wines.

“I aspire to increase the guests’ enjoyment of Pine Ridge wines with their favorite foods by sharing trade secrets and cooking tips. I take full advantage of the time spent with these guests, impressing upon them my enthusiasm for the wines and winery,” says Chef Maczko.

The current Exclusive Experience at Pine Ridge Winery allows both connoisseurs and those new to the pleasures of the vine a fascinating glimpse into winemaking that is usually reserved just for winemakers and industry insiders. This pass for two provides barrel and bottle tastings of premium cabernets in the Pine Ridge caves, artisan cheese pairing and insider access to the Estate Gardens.

Wine lovers can further explore the magic behind Pine Ridge Winery and Chef Maczko’s talents through a private “Signature Dinner.” The custom-created, multi-course menu features the highest quality local seasonal ingredients with emphasis on organics. In addition to the exquisite seasonal dishes, you also get to enjoy the signature charm and ease of presentation as Chef Maczko personally guides guests through each dish and wine pairing.

Prior to taking over the culinary program at the winery, Eric was the Sous Chef and Pastry Chef at Celadon Restaurant in Napa for two and a half years. He also worked the kitchens of Relais & Chateau property the Auberge du Soleil, as well as Thomas Keller’s, Bouchon. To read more details on his private dinners and cooking demonstrations at Pine Ridge Winery online.

Your Exclusive Experience wine tasting at Pine Ridge can be found on WineCountry.com under Estate Winery: Cave Tasting and Gardens Tour.