Don't miss this opportunity to relish in the best that the wine and culinary worlds have to offer with our first delectable winemaker dinner at Blackbird. Sip on world-class wines from Chateau St. Jean while you mingle with Winemaker Niki Williams, and enjoy an exquisite dinner from Executive Chef Travis Watson. The evening begins with a meet & greet reception on the patio, followed by a four course dinner in Blackbird. Each course is carefully curated by Chef Travis to perfectly pair with these superb wines.
Winemaker Niki Williams brings a decade of experience from some of Napa Valley’s most revered estates to build on Chateau St. Jean’s rich legacy of winemaking as the storied Sonoma winery’s fifth winemaker. Niki combines a midwestern farmer’s love of the land with a traveler’s thirst for discovery. Raised on her family’s farm outside of Princeville, Illinois, Niki spent her childhood in gardens and orchards, sampling fruit and riding the combine with her dad during harvest. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University with an English degree, Niki worked in the travel sector, and was drawn to winemaking through visits to small wineries in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rioja, Chianti, Piemonte, Rhine/Mosel, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Returning to the states, Niki received her BS in Viticulture and Enology from University of California, Davis. Inspired by winemaking greats Cathy Corison and Chiara Boschis, Williams crafts blends that are approachable when young, yet capable of aging gracefully and balance power with elegance. In both red and white wine programs, Niki prioritizes “letting the fruit shine. We work hard to grow the best fruit possible in the vineyard, so I try not to leave my fingerprints all over the grapes.”