Festive celebrations, seasonal pop-ups and activities
SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, – November marks the beginning of the best parts of the season ahead: Festive celebrations, seasonal pop-ups and activities, the joy of giving, and lots of delicious ways to wine and dine with friends and family. ‘Tis the season to enjoy the spoils of autumn, from savoring cozy winery experiences to catching beautiful fall sunsets over colorful vineyards and the stunning Pacific Ocean. The night air is crisp and invites travelers to enjoy each other’s company under festive lights strung over al fresco experiences.
This month, we are delighted to announce all new places and ways to experience culinary delights, discover unique Sonoma County wines, and celebrate the spirit of the season.
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WINERIES & BREWERIES
Gehricke Wines Tasting Room makes a home at the 3 Badge Beverage firehouse
Taste through the terroir-driven Gehricke wines at a historic, refurbished fire station in Sonoma. Explore the diversity of Sonoma County’s many AVAs with their tasting menu, featuring the Russian River Valley Chardonnay, the Los Carneros Rose, the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, the Sonoma Valley Petite Sirah, and the Knights Valley Cabernet.
Tastings by appointment Fridays from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Gehricke Wines Tasting Room
32 Patten Street
Beresini Vineyards Opens Tasting Room in Glen Ellen
Experience the Beresini family’s meticulously-farmed Pinot Noirs and explore the different vintages at their new tasting room in the charming village of Glen Ellen. The unique tasting room at Beresini Winery features a large building-sized barrel, which was used for winemaking, circa 1885. Inside, the space is decorated with hard-edge abstract artwork from Edwin Forrest.
Beresini Winery Tasting Room
14300 Arnold Drive
Glen Ellen, CA
Lambert Bridge’s Dog Friendly Picnic in the Gardens
Savor a curated picnic basket with local cheeses, charcuterie and other provisions with Lambert Bridge’s new picnic experience, where picnic tables are tucked away in the foliage and carefully manicured gardens. Complimentary picnic experiences are offered to first responders and firefighters, along with a self-guided tasting.
Picnic tables in the gardens are available by reservation at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily. Outdoor tastings are also available at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by reservation, under covered tents, featuring a flight of wines paired with a local cheese plate.
4085 West Dry Creek Road
Black Knight Vineyards Opens Petaluma Tasting Room
Taste small-lot estate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sparkling wines at the new Black Knight Vineyards tasting room in Downtown Petaluma in southern Sonoma County.
This family-run winery is based on property with a rich tradition of grape growing. The first vines were planted in the 1880s, and the vineyards thrived up until prohibition. In 1980 the vineyards were re-planted in Chardonnay, Syrah, and Merlot, with the Black family buying the property in 2007.
Black Knight Vineyards Tasting Room
155 Petaluma Blvd N
Miracle at Brewsters Beer Garden Returns through Early 2021
Get into the holiday spirit at Brewsters Beer Garden’s Miracle Christmas pop-up, featuring seasonal cocktails, kitschy décor, and an explosion of festive garb. This seasonal extravaganza transports visitors into a holiday wonderland filled with photo ops, and featuring a menu full of cocktails mixed with festive flavors like spiced apple cider, cinnamon fat-washed cognac, and brown butter.
Cozy up under massive heat lamps while enjoying cocktails served in over-the-top glassware and mugs.
Make your reservations online, Monday November 23rd through early 2021.
Brewsters Beer Garden
229 Water St. North
Muscardini’s Winter Wonderland Tent
Enjoy magical tasting experiences under the winter tent at Muscardini Cellars, where visitors are surrounded by a dazzling display of 2,000 sparkling lights, stunning silver snowflakes and twinkling olive trees.
Located in Sonoma Valley, Muscardini Cellars offers Italian-style wine and fully immersive sensory experiences. The lighting ceremony and toast is on November 7th, 2020, and the Winter Wonderland Tent experience extends into the spring of next year.
9380 Sonoma Highway
RESTAURANTS & EATERIES
Scowley’s Burger joint
There are so many good reasons to grab a bite at Scowley’s Burgers – from the Lamb Gyro Sausage, with pickled red onions; to the Chili Cheese Dog with Lagunitas beer cheddar/jalapeno sauce; to the Grilled Beyond Sausage with a side of Sauerkraut, all on toasted buns. But all those are secondary to the burgers. The Scowley’s Burger is the flagship, which is the perfect vehicle for having your grilled andouille sausage while eating a double stacked burger too. The meats are sourced from 100% grass-fed beef and Petaluma’s own Yanni’s and Caggiano’s sausages. The veggies, craft beer and wine are all locally sourced, and the menu caters to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets.
229 N McDowell Blvd.
Bottomless Bellinis and Mimosas at Café Bellini
Celebrate the joy of brunch any day of the week at the new Café Bellini, where bottomless Bellinis, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys are served daily until 2:00 p.m.
With a spacious patio, Café Bellini is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a full bar and a juice bar, offering build-your-own Bellini, Mimosa and Bloody Mary options.
100 S. McDowell Blvd.
The Girl & The Fig opens Noodlespring Take Out
The fig girl has made her highly coveted, once-a-year ramen pop-up concept into a more permanent offering, cooking up take-home ramen kits, Asian comfort food, and a wide sake selection out of her famed Sonoma Plaza restaurant. Indulge in the Spicy Tan Tan Ramen made with chili broth and spicy ground pork or the coconut curry ramen with fried tofu and enoki mushrooms, both served with a 6-minute egg. Noisy slurping is encouraged in these soul warming dishes. The Karaage chicken is served with a chili aioli, and the duck fried rice is made with a duck confit and a fried duck egg. Add a side of kimchi and take home some cocktails for the perfect in-room or at-home meal.
At Noodlespring, the mouthwatering menu is drawn with fun embellishments with a nod to Japanese anime. There is an illustrated instruction sheet on how to prepare and eat the to-go ramen. Open every day from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for takeout from The Girl & The Fig.
110 West Spain Street
The Mill at Glen Ellen
Enjoy the classy comfort food at the newly opened The Mill at Glen Ellen, featuring Mediterranean-American dishes, beer and wine served in an enchanting outdoor patio space surrounded by gardens and woodlands.
The restaurant lives in the 175-year-old former gristmill, where a 40-foot-tall gristmill waterwheel welcomes visitors into the tranquil spot overlooking Sonoma Creek. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Mill at Glen Ellen
14301 Arnold Drive, Suite 32
Glen Ellen, CA
Nimble & Finn’s comes to Santa Rosa
Indulge with dishes like the hearty grilled cheese made with pear and Cambozola cheese, caramelized onions, and kalamata tapenade, waffle dogs made with Zoe’s organic hot dogs served with house-made curry, or a double cream Brie and kale pistachio pesto on Goguette bread at Nimble & Finn’s new downtown Santa Rosa location.
Available for takeout and pick-up Thursdays through Mondays beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Nimble & Finn’s
123 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA
Single Thread awarded 2020 “Green Star” by Michelin Guide
The Michelin Guide announced a new category of stars this year, recognizing Single Thread with a Green Star. It’s an award presented to those who “have taken responsibility by preserving resources and embracing biodiversity, reducing food waste and reducing the consumption of non-renewable energy,” according to organizers.
Single Thread Restaurant and Farm
131 North Street