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SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: New festivals, beer pubs, restaurants, and more illustrate Sonoma County’s diversity, abundance, and vitality in the fall season. Here is this month’s quick overview of what is new or changing in Sonoma Wine Country.
It is possible to find passion in Sonoma County, located only 30 miles north of San Francisco and featuring more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, and 50 miles of stunning Pacific Ocean coastline.
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Event. Wine Country Spoken Word Festival. Local storytellers and national and international spoken word artists will bring their talents to Petaluma, in southern Sonoma County, for the inaugural Wine Country Spoken Word Festival.
The festival is a natural outgrowth of West Side Stories. Once a month, West Side Stories gathers together people who tell stories. Every story must be true, original, told on stage without notes, and no more than five minutes long; the winner (determined by the audience) takes home $50.
Wineries. Taste winemaking with a passion at Reeve Wines, now located in the Dry Creek Valley, about four miles north of the Wine Country town of Healdsburg. Reeve Wines is a small passion project by Noah Dorrance, co-founder and head winemaker (still his day job) at the celebrated Banshee Wines, and his wife, Kelly Dorrance.
Reeve Wines is open for tasting Thursday to Monday, by appointment only.
The Rhône Room. Sip and experience more than 85 Rhône varietals in The Rhône Room wine studio and farm, the newest wine bar in the historic town of Sonoma in eastern Sonoma County.The new wine bar is owned by restaurateur and cookbook author Sondra Bernstein. The Rhône Room serves as a tasting room of the girl & the fig’s wines as well as a curated selecton of Rhône varietals from friends. The Rhône Room is located in the new Sonoma Roadside Shops.
Pubs & Bars. 2 Tread Brewing features artisan beers, cocktails, tasty food. Hang out in the beer garden, drink artisan beers brewed onsite, have a cocktail, and share a simple but interesting chef-created meal at the new 2 Tread Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, in central Sonoma County. The seating area and bar offer clear views of the brewery, so you can see the production process while enjoying their small-batch craft beers. The aim is to produce exciting interpretations of classic beer styles along with 2 Tread’s own unique twists in grains, hops, fermentation methods, and aging.
The changing menu offers meals that are simple and tasty, working with the change of seasons for inspiration and enabling fun ingredients. Choose from burgers, California-influenced flatbreads, seasonal salads, and rotating entrées on particular days of the week. The house-made beers are also used in the marinades, dressings, and sauces made from scratch.
Meet, drink, eat. Relax and enjoy great drinks and fine pub fare at The Publican in Windsor, in central Sonoma County. Located a short walk from the Windsor Town Green, The Publican is the handiwork of JC Adams and Brad Barmore. Offering oysters, pork, and beer, The Publican’s eclectic menu is inspired by simple farmhouse fare served in a space similar to a European beer hall. The menu showcases hand-selected and sustainably raised fish, seafood, and pork, from classic Belgian-style mussels and seafood stew to house made terrines and charcuterie. The daily rotating menu reflects the best seasonal and local ingredients available. The rustic menu is complemented by an extensive international beer list, featuring a wide range of modern and historical beer styles, brewery collaborations, and a focused cider selection.
Harvest season. Fall means harvest season in Sonoma County with wine specials at romantic inns, resorts, spas, wineries, culinary experiences and more. Sonoma County provides wine tours, more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, award-winning restaurants, dozens of regional parks and beaches, and 55 miles of stunning Pacific coast.