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Best Crab Cakes Recipe

Best Wine with Crab Cakes: Dry White Zinfandel

By Lenzil Hoaglund | November 21, 2022

If you’re searching for the best wine with crab cakes, you’ve come to the right place. This Dry White Zinfandel (actually a Rosé) is complex, sophisticated, and refined. And it pairs perfectly with this crab cake recipe. It’s rare to find a food and wine pairing this good. The crab cake recipe is simple, yet…

Best Wine with Salmon

Best Wine with Salmon at Mourad in San Francisco

By Scott Butterfield | November 14, 2022

Among the best wine with salmon pairings can be found at Mourad, a San Francisco Michelin-star restaurant that fuses the rich and vibrant style of Moroccan fine dining with the local, artisan ingredients of northern California. Currently, on the menu is smoked salmon in a tart tomatillo sauce, which pairs perfectly with the 2021 Halleck…

Best Wine with Duck Confit: Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

By Eric Schwartzman | November 7, 2022

The best wine with duck confit, according to wine aficionado Jennifer LaRue, is a little-known small-production Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from Halleck Vineyard, which is not available in stores. When LaRue hosted an intimate wine dinner at her Colorado Springs home earlier this year, she set out to find the best wine to serve with …

Sonoma Wineries and Businesses Help Ceres Raise Over $300,000

By Scott Butterfield | November 4, 2022

Sonoma wineries, local businesses, and community members rallied to help Ceres Community Project raise over $300,000 at this year’s Harvest of the Heart fundraiser on Sept. 18, 2022 at Gambonini Family Ranch in Petaluma. Nearly 300 people attended what is their biggest fundraising event of the year. Partnering with local chefs and Sonoma wineries, the…

Wine Harvest Party in Sebastopol at the Halleck Vineyard Estate Winery

Inner Circle Gathers at Sebastopol Winery Harvest Party

By Eric Schwartzman | October 22, 2022

On Saturday Oct. 15th, over 100 Inner Circle Wine Club Members and their guests from across the US gathered at the Halleck Vineyard Sebastopol Winery Estate for their annual wine harvest party. The Sebastopol estate winery – surrounded by a single-acre Pinot Noir vineyard whose maiden vintage in 2001 earned Best of Class at the…

The Barlowe in downtown Sebastopol offers an eclectic mix on wine tasting rooms, restaurants and shops.

Top 12 Sebastopol Wine Tasting Spots (with Map)

By Scott Butterfield | October 5, 2022

For over 150 years, Sebastopol was known as a farming and agricultural center of northern California. Once a plum and apple growing industry, the area is now a diverse paradise of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and of course, rolling green vineyards. Some of the wineries on our list are on Gravenstein Drive, which runs through the center…

Executive Chef Victoriano Lopez and GM Thomas Medl at La Mar in San Francisco.

World Class Sonoma County Wine Tasting at Private Peruvian Dinner

By Katy Haute | October 4, 2022

We usually imagine a Sonoma County Wine Tasting paired with a charcuterie board of hard and soft cheese, cured meats, pickles and olives. Those are familiar flavors, so they’re easier to balance with different wine varietals. And food and wine pairings are all about balance. Henri Matisse once wrote that he dreamed of art in…

Average Sonoma County Wine Tasting Prices in 2022

Sonoma Wine Tasting Prices Surge Post Lockdown

By Eric Schwartzman | August 25, 2022

Since the California stay-at-home lockdown order was lifted, the average price of wine tasting in Sonoma County rose 44% over average prices before the lockdown, according to the 2022 Sonoma Wine Tasting Report. The average price of an entry-level Sonoma wine tasting was $25.75 before the lockdown on March 19, 2020. But since the lockdown…

Best Time to Visit Wine Country

By Eric Schwartzman | August 15, 2022

“The odds are against every farmer. All the time,” says Samantha Dorsey, president of McEvoy Ranch on the Point Reyes Petaluma Highway. And finding a way to overcome those odds in the age of climate change and create a top-tier, artisanal product has become increasingly challenging.  Over the last three years, two of the top…

Wine Dinner at La Mar

By Eric Schwartzman | August 15, 2022

This Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 6pm La Mar on The Embarcadero in San Francisco will be hosting a special wine dinner with Halleck Vineyard. Executive Chef Victoriano Lopez, Sous Chef Ricardo Younis and Vintner Ross Halleck will pair cool climate Sonoma wines paired with La Mar’s award-winning Peruvian cuisine for an intimate sit-down dinner in…