Southside Cafe now open in Yountville

On a picture-perfect Monday morning, we gathered at Stewart Cellars in Yountville to sample the fare of its new Southside Cafe.

The hosts included Irma Robinson, Chef Morgan Robinson, Caroline Stewart Guthrie and her husband, Stewart Cellars winemaker Blair Guthrie.

The Robinsons are the chef/owners of the immensely popular Southside Cafe on Old Sonoma Road in Napa.

The fare, much like that of the Napa cafe, displays a fresh, local and authentic approach filled with colorful, textural and aromatic elements. The wines shined in a seamless orchestration of layers and distinctive qualities.

The first course consisted of a healthy and balanced serving of Chef Morgan’s house-made granola with organic oats, smoked almonds, dried cherries, coconut and yogurt.

“This is the ideal grab-and-go for breakfast,” Irma said. Complete and satisfying, the mix of granola and yogurt had a bright layer brought by local wild honey that enhanced the crunchy layers of nuts and fruit.

It was matched with a zippy Napa Valley sauvignon blanc.

“Being originally from New Zealand, I love playing with aromatic white wines,” winemaker Guthrie said.

Other dishes included the Tuna Confit Salad with chicories, cucumber, chickpeas, castelvetrano olives, preserved lemon vinaigrette and toasted breadcrumbs paired with a balanced and intriguing rosè.

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