For those who believe that good wine and good food go hand in hand, a visit to St. Helena's Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Farmstead is a must.

In addition to wine tasting there's a small, sweet farmers market every weekend featuring fruits and vegetables grown on Long Meadow's nearby properties.

During late summer, shoppers will find vibrant bunches of basil; freshly picked green beans, beets and onions; and plenty of plums, pluots and some of the first apples and pears of the season -- all certified organic. As the seasons change, so will the produce.

At Long Meadow Ranch, wine tasting includes complementary olive oil tastings and shopping at the farmstand.
At Long Meadow Ranch, wine tasting includes complementary olive oil tastings and shopping at the farmstand. ( jennifer graue )

This food and wine paradise is the vision of the Hall family who live nearby on the main estate, the 650-acre Long Meadow Ranch nestled in the Mayacamas Mountains. Here they grow grapes and olives and raise grass-fed beef, which is also for sale at the farmers market. The family owns another 90 acres in the Rutherford appellation that's home to more wine grapes, as well as the nearly 6-acre fruit and vegetable garden that supplies the market.

But most of the action for visitors centers around the St. Helena tasting room, which is in the property's historic, renovated farmhouse. Polished wood floors, wainscoting and crown molding give the room a homey feel. While tasters sip wine, they can browse the general store that stocks estate-grown olive oil, preserves and other condiments.


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Outside, a cafe features coffee and house-made granola and cookies. And those who want to enjoy Long Meadow's bounty right then and there can mosey over to the acclaimed Farmstead Restaurant, which is open daily for lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch.

The details: The winery, farm stand and Farmstead Restaurant are at 738 Main St., St. Helena. Basic tasting: $15; reserve, $25. Both include a sample of the estate olive oil.

The sips: We enjoyed the crisp, tropical 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20); the flagship wine, the E.J. Church Reserve ($85) is made only in the best of years, and the 2010 is a classic with distinct notes of green pepper with rounded dark fruit finish.

Nearby: Merryvale Vineyards, Bello Family Vineyards

-- J. Graue, Correspondent