Pairing Wine With Design at Darioush Winery in Napa, California
The brash, contemporary design at Darioush packs a punch: the Iran-quarried travertine walls, real Persian rugs, and Le Corbusier furniture make it look more like the Shah’s California palace than a winery tasting room. Fortunately the wines live up to the architecture. Best known for its big, thrillingly complex cabernet blends, Darioush also makes good chardonnay, merlot, and shiraz, all with 100% of the respective varietal. Some of the cabs run hot, leading some to believe that they’re released too early, but this is buy-and-hold wine; it’ll be fine by the time you get around to drinking it. Call ahead about wine-and-cheese pairings. Wear nice shoes; this ain’t Mondavi. Bottles cost $35 to $70, tastings $20.