Peju Recipes

PEJU Chef Nic Montañez and Winemaker Sara Fowler collaborate closely to craft innovative pairings that epitomize culinary luxury. Sara’s winemaking philosophy prioritizes quality, resulting in impeccably balanced wines with complex flavors and vibrant acidity—ideal complements to gourmet fare. Chef Nic’s approach emphasizes enhancing both the wine and food, ensuring they elevate each other to new heights. His boundless culinary creativity shines through in every dish, harmonizing perfectly with PEJU’s exceptional wines. Taste the results of this partnership through one of our elevated experiences.

Zesty Crab Cucumber Bites

Smoked Salmon Mousse Crostini

Fuyu Persimmon & Endive Salad

Rib Eye Brochettes With Horseradish Cream

Potatoes Au Gratin

Holiday Prime Rib

Grilled Lamb Burger with Moroccan Spices

Spice Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops


Watermelon Wine Cocktail

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Merlot Spiced Hot Chocolate

Nicolas Montañez, Chef

Nicolas Montañez was born and raised in Michoacán, Mexico. Growing up he was surrounded by the flavors of the region. As a child he recalls wandering through the open-air markets where fresh fruits, vegetables and mushrooms were at every stall. Montañez has brought creativity and the inspirations from his early childhood, combined with California’s seasonal bounty to craft delicious selections that celebrate wine and food. Montañez enrolled in continuing education classes at the acclaimed Wine Spectator Restaurant in St. Helena. Over a span of two years, he learned from some of the top Chefs in the country such as Jean Louis Palladin, Rick Bayless, and Charlie Trotter. Those experiences left him yearning to learn more, so he enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Today, he works closely with PEJU Winemaker Sara Fowler, tasting through each dish along with the wines and adjusting to ensure a perfect pairing. He is immensely grateful to work with a winemaker that is as equally passionate about food as wine. Chef Montañez is excited to be at PEJU to share his unique recipes with wine and food lovers.

PEJU Culinary Gardens

Our 30 acre certified organic vineyard in Rutherford is also home to the PEJU Gardens. Here at PEJU we have raised beds that rotate seasonally with fresh herbs, vegetables, and greens. Originally spearheaded by HB Peju, the gardens were a means to grow fresh and delicious vegetables to use in the family kitchen and to share with the PEJU employees. What began as a simple backyard garden has blossomed into a diverse kitchen garden for Chef Nic and his team to gather inspiration.


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