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Bites & Flights: Cabernet fries, beet tartare (yes, beet) and salted caramel ice cream sandwich cookies are just a few of the tasty bites on the menu at Partake, Kendall Jackson winery’s “untasting room” opening March 25, 2013 in Healdsburg.

A cross between wine tasting room and restaurant, Partake features an a la carte food and wine pairing menu with luxe small plates and Kendall-Jackson wines.

In addition to wine-bathed fries, exec chef Justin Wangler, Tracey Shepos and Eric Frischkorn will offer local cheeses, fresh-baked bread, estate olive oil and grape seed products from K-J chair Barbara Banke’s WholeVine line. Much of the Partake’s produce will be sourced from K-J’s expansive winery gardens.

“We want you to sit down and enjoy the food,” said Wangler, of the 55-seat dining area which includes a casual lounge on one side and custom-hewn ash tree tables (a legacy of Shimo) on the other. “We want people to pop in and have a bite, a drink and hang out,” he said.

Black wine glasses add fun to the tasting, letting visitors guess the varietal. Is it pinot? Cabernet? Or Chardonnay?
Black wine glasses add fun to the tasting, letting visitors guess the varietal. Is it pinot? Cabernet? Or Chardonnay?

On the a la carte menu: Luxe bites including a salad of shaved celery root, faro and sea salt (paired with Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc), Cabernet Fries — crispy French fries given a wine bath before their dip in the fryer; beet tartare with black sesame; and Chef Buttercup’s lemon curd and ice cream sandwich macarons.

Slated to be open from 11am to 10pm(ish), Biteclub’s especially excited about the dessert and sweet wine pairings perfect for an apres-dinner nosh.

241 Healdsburg Ave. in Healdsburg. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May through October, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. November through April, seven days a week, excluding major holidays. Reservations are suggested and can be made at info@partakebykj.com or visit partakebykj.com.