Winter in wine country – TravelMole

Winter in wine country – TravelMole

A wintry escape to Sonoma County is an intimate experience with new sights to enjoy, and people to meet. The Pacific Ocean brings the lively whaling and bounty of the crab season, while the dormant vineyards shine in yellow colors of wild mustard flowers after the rain, and new, dynamic experiences emerge to whet the appetite for curiosity. Check out what to expect when you visit Sonoma County this winter.

Milestones in 2022

That Charles M. Schulz Museum celebrating its 20th anniversary and Charles M. Schulz’s 100th birthday in November. The exhibition From Spark Plug to Snoopy: 100 Years of Schulz kicks off the 100th anniversary celebration (March 20-September 18, 2022). Look for special events and galleries to discover the universal appeal of Peanuts’ remarkably uplifting legacy

Jordan winery celebrates its 50th anniversary and will announce a range of exceptional wine dinners, winery walks and other exclusive events.

New food and drink

Sonoma County’s culinary establishments welcome sipers with new non-alcoholic beverages. Shrubs are liberated fruit and herbal infusions made with ingredients from nearby gardens and farms that bring vibrant colors and complex flavors.

Find a sparkling hibiscus tea, blood orange and lemon drink The Birds & The Bottles, a California star thistle honey soda at Matheson, a dragon fruit lemonade and cucumber cooler mocktail at Blue Ridge Kitchen, a grapefruit, agave and Fresno chili soda on, or huckleberry bush at. White & Wisdom Tavern.

Sonoma County is now home to more than 50 local breweries, cideries and distilleries, which earn a national reputation for craft beverages. Celebrate in February the return of the Russian River Brewing Company’s coveted Pliny the Younger release, and explore Santa Rosa’s brewing heritage below 5th annual February.

On Mondays, Fridays, and select Saturdays at Old Possum Brewing in Santa Rosa, Austin’s Southern Smoke BBQ pop-up dishes serve slow-smoked, Texas-style barbecue made with Joe Matos’ heritage-bred beef in Santa Rosa. To explore the specialty micro distilleries in the region, grab one Sonoma County Distillery Pass and enjoy tasting flights with vodka, whiskey, rye and more.

New restaurant and bars

Chefs / owners duo Stephanie Saint Louis and Steven Vargas, alumni of the popular Petaluma foodie places Della Fattoria and The Shuckery, have found a new permanent home for Table Culture Regulations. Their new haute-cuisine-meets-comfort-food restaurant serves hyper-seasonal Californian-French food for brunch, lunch and dinner. Try their wildly popular Delicata Squash Rings.

Chef Christian Caiazzo, former owner of the celebrated Osteria Stellina, has opened its new Italian-inspired bakery café with its wife, Katrina Fried, in Petaluma. The freshly baked breakfast buns, olive oil cakes, hot focaccia and Italian sandwiches and salads are made with ingredients from Green String Farm and local markets. Drink orders are filled with the espresso machine and frothed with Straus Family Creamer milk.

In the historic city of Petaluma, Michelin-Bib handed out Stockhome has been serving Scandinavian food since 2018 and recently expanded their retail collection with kitchenware, pantry items and home goods made locally or by BIPOC and BIWOC artisans.

In Healdsburg, Melissa Yanc and Sean McGaughey’s new 2020 bakery, Quail and Condor has been a hot spot for Danish rye and olive champagne and pistachio croissants. The culinary couple has just debuted with a new concept called Troubadour Sando, a sandwich shop specializing in their world-class bread.

Nearby, Laura Sanfilippo and Tara Heffernon open from the original Duke’s Spirited Cocktails Lo & Behold Bar + Kitchen at the south end of Healdsburg, serves elevated mac n ‘cheese with white miso and panko, steamed pork buns, smoked duck and cocktails from ground to glass.

A group of Michelin-starred SingleThread Restaurant alumni open a new modern wine bar by name Healdsburg House, designed to sip after dinner can be enjoyed from kl. 14.00 to 02.00


Visitors are asked to adhere to the region’s no trace principles when exploring the various natural resources that serve as a mecca for well-being.

Medlock Ames Winery offers guests the opportunity for a deeper look at critical elements of their organic farming and soil conservation practices. Developed by local composer and sound artist Hugh Livingston, the 90-minute experience includes a self-guided tour exploring the sights and sounds across the 340-acre Bell Mountain Ranch, followed by a guided tasting of six current release wines, paired with locals, organic cheeses.

Bicycle guide Steve Zavestoski founded Comova cycling for those who want to embark on adventures in Sonoma County’s natural hidden gems on two wheels. Zavestoski curates custom bike rides in mixed terrain that include accommodation under the stars, in Comova’s cabin with hot tub or at a 5-star hotel.

Sebastopol’s new Radiate Studio offers indoor and outdoor vinyasa flows and soothing balance courses for all levels of practitioners. Those looking for an extra dose of healing and relief can enjoy Gua Sha facials and massages from the studio’s experienced holistic healer.

Helen Putnam Regional Park, named after a former teacher and the first female mayor of Petaluma, covers 216 acres of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Visit the newly paved West Wind Trail, a multi-use trail for all fitness levels, from the park’s new parking lot on Windsor Drive. Climb the grassy hillside to see sweeping views of the Petaluma Valley. Hikers may see hares, foxes, and other wildlife calling these forests home.

Sonoma County tourism is the region’s official Destination Stewardship Organization. Through a multi-channel sales and marketing program, the organization promotes Sonoma County as a global visitor and meeting destination. The region’s wine, culinary, wellness and sustainability continue to define its character.

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