Certainly, Sonoma’s top wine event of the year, Taste of Sonoma.  Sonoma State University hosts wine and food lovers to sample delicious wines and savory cuisine from top vintners and chefs.  Insightful wine seminars guide you through different varietals, terroir, and fermentation techniques involved in viticulture. Over 120 participating wineries showcase their prized pours and themed lounges offer limited edition and reserve wines.  In addition, a marketplace opens for a shopping artisan goods.

Reserve your Wine Stay weekend for one of Sonoma’s most anticipated events of the year.

Red, White & Boom! is a July 4th celebration that involves more than fireworks.  Bring the family for an afternoon of live music, great food, kid’s activities, and fireworks show at 9:30 PM! In 2018, three great local bands and over a dozen food trucks or tents were available. Come out to the expansive Sonoma County Fairgrounds with your blankets, chairs, and coolers to enjoy the festivities.  Sorry no alcohol, glass, dogs, BBQ, personal fireworks, tents or tailgating.  Parking is $10, with VIP parking available.

Bring in the 4th in one of our Luxury Vacation Homes just miles away from the celebration.

North Coast Wine & Food Festival guests savor over 90 Gold and Silver Medal Wines from five California counties.  Meanwhile, 25 chefs from restaurants like Zazu Kitchen & Farm, Chalkboard, Perch & Plow, Tisza Bistro, Mateo’s Cocina Latina.  Also, tasting stations with mushroom, cheese, cupcake, doughnut and caviar choices.

Plus, Celebrity chef John Ash and Sonoma Family Meal are hosting an ongoing interactive food experience during the day.

Attendees must be 21 or older, with valid ID.  Children, babies, and babies in strollers will not be admitted.  Tickets available here.  $95 for Gold Tasting Experience, $135 for Wine Lovers Lounge.

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Do you love pairing coastal wines with tasty bites? We invite you to read more about how Wine Country is a Foodie Paradise.

Embark on a spring vineyard hike through the beautiful Jordan Estate, home of Jordan Vineyard and Winery.  Begin the day with a continental breakfast to fuel your four-mile journey. Start and end at the winery and weave through hills, valleys, woods, and meadows with elevation change of 300 feet.  This moderate Sonoma County hike reveals the breathtaking views of mountains and wine regions. Take a break at the top of Jordan Vista Point to overlook the 1,200 acre ranch.  Enjoy a charcuterie picnic and wine tasting on the winery terrace to round out your day.  Buy tickets here.

Dates Available:

May 10  9:45am – 2:00pm

May 11  9:45am – 2:00 pm

Book your Accommodations Early at one of our luxury vacation rentals to settle in and relax for the evening The Wine Stay way.

For more hikes in the area, read our blog post 5 Great Hikes in Sonoma.

 

Embark on a spring vineyard hike through the beautiful Jordan Estate, home of Jordan Vineyard and Winery.  Begin the day with a continental breakfast to fuel your four-mile journey. Start and end at the winery and weave through hills, valleys, woods, and meadows with elevation change of 300 feet.  This moderate Sonoma County hike reveals the breathtaking views of mountains and wine regions. Take a break at the top of Jordan Vista Point to overlook the 1,200 acre ranch.  Enjoy a charcuterie picnic and wine tasting on the winery terrace to round out your day.  Buy tickets here.

Dates Available

April 26  9:45am – 2:00 pm

April 27  9:45am – 2:00 pm

Book your Accommodations Early at one of our luxury vacation rentals to settle in and relax for the evening The Wine Stay way.

For more hikes in the area, read our blog post 5 Great Hikes in Sonoma.

Sonoma is all about wine and the local Healdsburg chefs know it.  Top-rated on TripAdvisor and Yelp!, this gourmet food tour puts together a modern dining experience with fresh, local, and organic ingredients prepared by award-winning chefs.  Foodies make 5-6 stops along this tour for incredible bites, drink pairings, and sampling Sonoma wines. Enough food for a lunch or meal.  You’ll discover the rich and flavorful history of the region and why Healdsburg remains an oasis for delicious wine and food.

Tours hold up to 8 people, have a relaxed pace, and are 3-3 1/2 hours in length.  Tours run daily, with Tuesdays by appointment. Start time is 11 A.M.  Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Rain or shine.  Tickets here.

Unwind from this foodie adventure from any of our Luxurv Vacation Homes centered around Healdsburg.

 

 

Wine and Food Affair is a weekend of wine and food pairings from Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys. All of the wineries participating will have a favorite winery recipe available online, which they will prepare both days for you to sample, paired with the perfect wine.

Advance sales only. This event does sell out! No sales at the doors of the wineries for this Wine Road event. Ticket holders will receive their tasting glass and wristband upon check-in.  On sale here.

Tickets can also be purchased for the Winemaker Breakfast and Q & A on Saturday November 3, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Balletto Vineyards. Join winemakers for a casual morning of Q & A and a breakfast before heading out. This is an open forum for guests to meet and chat with winemakers in a casual breakfast setting. It is not a wine tasting experience, simply breakfast and conversation.

All Wine Road events are for adults over 21 only, including no babies or children of any age.

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Sonoma Wine Country is known around the world, but the rich agricultural heritage of Sonoma County isn’t only about grapevines. It’s no coincidence this fertile valley is a gourmet’s dream. Scores of Bay Area residents, including restaurant owners, come here to shop the best ingredients for their menus. And where better to find the freshest, local bounty than the Healdsburg Farmer’s Market?

About the farmer’s market

The market features a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as cheese, honey, olive oil, bread, wild fish, meat, eggs, and much more. This farmer-run market has a long history of providing high-quality, reasonably priced produce to locals and visitors alike. Now in its 38th year, the Healdsburg market is one of the oldest farmer’s markets in California.

And the market just keeps getting better! Since February this year there’s a new market manager, Janet Ciel. You may know Janet from the hugely popular Bodega Seafood Festival, which she’s run for more than 20 years. Janet brings lots of enthusiasm for building local community that benefits both growers and consumers.

It’s about the quality vendors

Twice weekly during summer, Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, locals offer their products — most grown within 15 miles of downtown Healdsburg. “The incredible quality of the vendors really sets this market apart from the rest,” explains Janet. “Not all markets have such high standards.” The Healdsburg market takes a “farm-centric” approach. They cherry-pick local crafts people and only a handful are given space at each event, at least until November when crop production slows down. This keeps the focus on food products.

Saturday farmer’s market

According to Janet, being manager of the Healdsburg Saturday Market is a plum role to step into. “If there was one farmer’s market that was an inherited gift, the Saturday market is it,” says Janet. “Running it is a piece of cake!”

Wednesday farmer’s market

The Wednesday evening event hasn’t been as reliable a success. But change is afoot. They’ve got new hours and more prepared food now; plus, wine tasting will be coming to the market soon. Like the Saturday market, there is a steady lineup of talented local musicians and entertainment. It will be inviting to stroll around and be able to eat dinner and enjoy a glass of wine. Janet is confident that the evening market will take off. “It’s going to be as good as Saturday!”

Both the morning and evening market stalls are totally full with quality vendors for the rest of the year. And in addition to entertainment, the market will continue its traditional annual fall events: the zucchini festival and pumpkin festival — great fun for the whole family!

Shop the Healdsburg Farmer’s Market for homegrown and hand-crafted food products and make your own gourmet meal at home in your luxury Healdsburg vacation rental. Pair it up with a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy the good life of Sonoma Wine Country. And keep your eyes open for Janet milling around the market. Feel free to say hello and find out her personal recommendations for the newest tasty treat.

Saturday Farmers’ Market
8:30am — Noon
May — November
North & Vine Streets, one block west of plaza (behind Bear Republic Brewery)

Wednesday Farmers’ Market
4:00 — 7:00pm
June — October
North & Vine Streets (next to SHED)

Find out more: http://www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org/

Don’t know whether you’ve been in Healdsburg Wine Country lately, but the buzz in town is all about Single Thread Restaurant— a whole new approach to farm-to-table restaurants. I haven’t been there yet, but it is definitely on my 2017 must-do list.

It’s a farm-to-table sensory experience

It just opened at the end of 2016 after a lot of fanfare about how great it was going to be. It seems to be living up to expectations. Single Thread isn’t just well-prepared food — it’s a sensory experience. The eleven-course tasting menu extends over hours, immersing guests in each morsel, each moment. Andrew Dalton in Eater San Francisco called the food “culinary bliss.”

Owned and run by husband and wife team, Katina and Kyle Connaughton, the concept behind Single Thread has been building over time. Kyle’s credentials run from SoCal to New York to Japan to England, where he was head chef of research and development at Fat Duck, a Michelin three-starred restaurant. During his time there, Restaurant magazine named Fat Duck the “best restaurant in the world.“ He developed a signature multi-sensory cuisine for their menu. A culinary scientist and foodie extraordinaire, Kyle is also an award-winning author of several cookbooks.

It’s a local, farm-to-table food experience

Katina oversees Single Thread’s farm, located only ten minutes from the restaurant. Many of the menu’s fresh ingredients come from their five acres along the Russian River. The farm is not only fruit and veggies; Katina also tends olive trees, beehives and chickens. Sourcing Sonoma County ingredients, this is a true farm-to-table approach.

From raising crops to exquisite presentation, this place seems to get it right. The secret sauce of this dining extravaganza is in the details. With an emphasis on hospitality, the staff welcomes each guest with a fully personalized experience. Each step of the meals brims with grace and style.

It’s an unforgettable farm-to-table restaurant experience

To get a seat, you buy a ticket in advance. Then you’re contacted to arrange menu details specific to the preferences of you and your guests. Sounds like an awesome way to celebrate an anniversary, Mother’s Day, or any occasion that you want to be unforgettable. I’ve heard that you don’t even get a menu until the end of the meal, a sort of memento of your evening.

It costs about $300 per person, which includes gratuity and tax. Add on wine-pairing for more. Single Thread is right downtown, just a block off the central plaza. Open 5:30 – 11:00, closed Mondays singlethreadfarms.com. If you go, let me know what you think!