A lot of winemakers in Northern California are crossing their fingers, rubbing disembodied rabbits’ feet and throwing copious amounts of salt over their shoulders. Why? Because it is the middle of July and 2012 has been a nearly perfect growing season (knock on wood).
Sondra Bernstein is well known as “the girl” of the girl & the fig restaurant, a Wine Country destination right on the historic square in Sonoma. Her inspiration for the girl & the fig is “country food with a French passion,” and this lively spot, popular with locals and visitors reminds you of a bistro in Provence. But “the girl” loves Italian food too, and what Sonoma locals know that not all visitors do, is if you venture just a bit further down Spain Street, beyond the Plaza, you will discover Sondra’s other Sonoma restaurant ESTATE.
Kids aren’t the first thing that pop into your mind when planning a trip to Wine Country. But times are changing. More and more, parents don’t want to miss out on what’s growing right in their backyard, and the wineries, well, they’re listening. Parents with kids in tow can get a new taste of Wine Country and the whole family’s happy about it.
Forget all this “farm to table” nonsense. Why bother, when you can just bring the table to the farm? At least that is Chef William Heubel’s idea behind his Beyond the Kitchen dinner party series, which will be staged at a different farm in Napa Valley each Saturday throughout the summer.
Imagine spending a gorgeous afternoon sipping delightful wines, savoring delectable bites, and shopping to your heart’s content – all while being charmed by some of the most beloved men in the Napa Valley. What makes this afternoon even more sensational? The cause.
With hundreds of wineries scattered throughout Northern California, I never cease to be surprised by how each features unique characteristics that make them stand out from one another. Whether it’s the wine, winemaker, grapes, tasting room, vineyards, or location, they all have distinctions that make them different from one another. Medlock Ames in Healdsburg’s Alexander Valley is no different.
While typical visitors to Healdsburg and Medlock Ames are most interested in the tasting room, and for good reason, it’s important to know about the vineyards and winery, which few have the chance to see.
The Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series headlines artists who have just released (or are about to release) highly anticipated new music. As Mr. Mondavi always wanted, the Summer Concert Series is looking and moving forward, helping to set the stage for great new music coming to you. Where else can you sit on the lawn, watch the moon rise, enjoy excellent wine, great food, and some of the best music in the world?
The wine country is famous for reds, whites, and even pinks. But on the fourth of July, it's all about the red, white and blue. Be sure to call around for specials and deals, especially if you're staying the weekend, and read on to catch the best festivities in Napa and Sonoma this Wednesday: