Sonoma Index-Tribune

Retro Food at Sonoma Museum of Art, Annadel Estate for sale, Corner 103 lobster lunch, Sante to host Sixteen 600 winegrowr dinner and more

July 29, 2017

Zucchini races and Food Truck Friday tonight You can either watch and cheer or enter and cheer. If you want to enter, take your zucchini vehicles to the Sebastiani Winery park from 5:30 to 6:15. The race begins at 6:30 sharp. “Cars” are categorized as small, medium, or large. No more than 10 inches wide. [...]

West Coast Crab season wide open, but wait a sec; Wine Country Chocolates

January 1, 2017

Crab season wide open While the price of whole Dungeness crabs went up one dollar locally to $7.99 a pound at Sonoma Market, but stayed at $6.99 at Broadway Market, the state of California announced that it has opened the commercial crabbing season along the California coast all the way to Pt. Arena. Hopefully with [...]

Valley Wine Shack, Planet Organics and PK Sonoma to close; Coturri family news; Transcendence food for real this time; General Mills to clean up its cereal; Suite D’s upcoming French dinner

July 2, 2015

Transcendence Theatre’s opening night last Friday was nothing short of spectacular on a warm almost-summer evening. The crested moon and Jupiter hung over the mountain vineyards, almost distracting theatregoers from the show with their beauty. One could just imagine Jack London sitting there with us and even hosting the audience. The show was “Oh What [...]

Sonoma’s Nepal/Sherpa fundraisers; Cinco Day Mayo May 2; Olive fruit fly is back but different; Lobster sale; Mother’s Day next Sunday

May 4, 2015

Late Breaking: Out of respect and love for Sonoma’s Sherpa family, many of us are planning events to raise funds for their relatives who have lost everything, including their homes, in Nepal’s horrible earthquake. Café LaHaye owner Saul Gropman will dedicate his restaurant Wednesday, May 6 to raising funds for relief, with 50 percent of [...]

Wine Tool Museum opens; Film Festival food wrap; Jewish Winemakers’ Tasting & Nosh; Tarantula Tempura and Panko-battered scorpions

April 11, 2015

Jean-Charles Boisset’s Wine Tool Museum, on the third floor of Buena Vista Winery’s historic sparkling wine building, opened this week. Do go see it. I can assure you it is informative and spectacular. Museum Tours are available by appointment daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. Walk-up visitors will be accommodated as availability [...]

Deerfield Ranch Winery files for bankruptcy; Buena Vista’s new Wine Tool Museum; Corner 103 update; As Sonoma’s world turns

February 20, 2015

Late breaking: Robert and PJ Rex’s Deerfield Ranch Winery filed for bankruptcy on Friday, Feb. 13, a sad note in the Sonoma Valley’s wine business. According to the Press Democrat, Deerfield Ranch has been producing about 15,000 cases if their own wine and 15,000 cases of others’ custom crush wines. The Rexes attribute their problems [...]

Baking disaster; Name droppings; Pangloss Cellars to Hotz Building; Bocuse d’Or event coming; Travels with Henri Episode No. 13

December 4, 2014

Yikes! Today’s missive marks my 300th column for the Index-Tribune. HHH Since our daughter and her family were coming for Thanksgiving, I decided to make chocolate chip scones for them, a breakaway from brother Kirk’s and my late mother’s traditional, or un-traditional, cranberry muffins. Not smart. Knowing I am not an expert baker as is [...]

Giving thanks for Thanksgiving; Guy Fieri’s new direction; Pop-ups popping up; Travels with Henri Episode No. 11

December 4, 2014

We all have lots to be thankful for, no matter what our circumstances are, and those can vary tremendously. We can especially be thankful that we don’t live in Buffalo, New York right now or last week. Even though our state is thirsty for water, such an overdose of frozen and melting water was too [...]

Sonoma-Enoteca closing; Bedrock wine #15 in world; Goldfish tea bags? Wine tasting events; Travels with Henri Episode No. 10

December 4, 2014

Crab alert: Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market both have freshly caught and cooked-in-house Dungeness crab, the first of the season direct from Bodega Bay and Half Moon Bay. And as of my deadline, it was just $6.99 a pound, fully cooked, cleaned and cracked. Considering that the crabbers are getting $3 a pound, [...]

Francis Ford and Eleanor Coppola celebrate at La Salette; Dungenness crab season starts Saturday; Depot Museum food exhibit; Travels with Henri Episode No. 9

December 4, 2014

Eleanor Coppola’s exhibit at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art opened Friday and is as quiet, demure, and complex as she is. Her praise of this museum was lovely and heartfelt. She and I share an appreciation of Executive Director Kate Eilertsen’s willingness to see art in odd things, from my antique kitchen utensils to Coppola’s [...]

Charles Creek closing, Enkidu opening Plaza tasting rooms; Cookbook Club next Wednesday; Lots of food and wine events; Travels with Henri Episode No. 8

November 10, 2014

While their departure had been rumored for months, Charles Creek Vineyards will actually close their tasting room Nov. 26. Proprietors Gerry and Bill Brinton offer substantial discounts on their remaining wine stock. You must pick up your wine at the tasting room, 483 First St., W., Sonoma between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Gerry and [...]

Michelin 2015 Sonoma scores out; Happy goblins and goodies; Changes for Drakes Bay oysters and Shiso Sushi; Farm Bureau and Farm Trails dinners; Travels with Henri No. 7

November 10, 2014

Michelin ‘s 2015 Restaurants ratings for the San Francisco Bay area & Wine Country were announced last week with few changes, once again. In fact, the last three years’ editions have mentioned, almost as Sonoma’s only claim to fame, that Chuck Williams started Williams-Sonoma here. Obviously there writers, or copiers, had no inkling that the [...]

OSO and Rocket Sushi opening; Lobster alert; More restaurant news; Travels with Henri Episode No. 6

November 10, 2014

Renowned Sonoma Valley chef David Bush hopes to open his OSO restaurant on Sonoma Plaza early next week. He plans invitation-only soft openings this weekend, that is if the Sonoma Fire Department gives him clearance. Bush’s logo plays on Sonoma’s Bear Flag history. The chef who took St. Francis Winery to be voted the top [...]

Woman falls into wine vat; Afternoon Tea; Fire House pancakes Sunday; Community Olive Press days; Travels with Henri No. 5

October 19, 2014

Horrible wine story: a cautionary tale According to mirror.co.uk, 25-year-old wine specialist Nerea Pérez fell into a wine vat after being overcome by fumes and lost her balance while watching the fermentation process. A leading Socialist political figure in her hometown of Ponferrada, El Bierzo, Spain, Pérez apparently drowned and paramedics could not revive her. [...]

Williams-Sonoma behind the scenes; Culinary & Agriculture exhibit opens tonight; Glen Ellen Village Fair Sunday and Big Weekend; Travels with Henri Episode No. 4

October 19, 2014

Opening tonight: The Depot Park Museum launches an exhibit tonight called “Before the Vine” featuring Sonoma Valley Agriculture and Food History at the Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s Depot Park Museum. Many of our longtime food-growing and producing families have loaned their finest, as have I. See it all across First Street West from the Depot [...]

Welcome home, Chuck! Local Harvest Fair wine winners; Losing Bonnie Tempesta; Travels with Henri Episode No. 3

October 19, 2014

Wow! Chuck Williams is back home in Sonoma where he started it all. And an emotional return it is, as it often is for many of us. Ever since Chuck Williams left Sonoma and moved his burgeoning kitchen equipment store from a hardware shop on Broadway to San Francisco in 1956, he has wanted to [...]

Williams-Sonoma opening updates; Corner 103 tasting room coming; Got figs? Petaluma best visit in world? Travels with Henri Episode No. 2

October 6, 2014

Williams-Sonoma has a string of events scheduled for their “re-opening” on Broadway next weekend. Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze of the girl & the fig will cater some private doings and pizza and Prosecco for company folks and local office holders on Thursday, Oct. 2, followed by media tours and a ribbon cutting on Friday, [...]

Back from France; Ceja closes Napa tasting room; Sonoma 10th quirkiest in U.S.? Whole Hog Feast at Grange; Travels with Henri Episode No. 1

September 24, 2014

Yes, we are back from our fabulous trip to France in quest of flea markets and farmers’ markets, all organized by Chateau Sonoma’s Sarah Anderson. I couldn’t possibly pass up the chance to add old French kitchen utensils, food signs, and cracker tins to my Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection, visit gorgeous local farmers’ markets [...]

“Bachelor Ben” out of winery; Paula Wolfert decked and bounces back in Chicago; Zucchini Races tonight; Sonoma’s Best Pinot Envy

August 13, 2014

“Bachelor” Ben Flajnik has left Envolve Winery. He posted on Facebook Tuesday evening that “It saddens me to say today that I am officially no longer a part of Envolve Winery. After many years of hard work, I say goodbye to the people who have made it great, you drinkers. Onward and upward to Gratci [...]

Bad stone fruit caution; Cuban sommeliers in Sonoma; French Nest closing; Tips Trolley Brunch at Fat Pilgrim;

July 28, 2014

Wawona Packing co. of Cutler, California has “voluntarily recalled” (in consultation with the USDA) tons of yellow and white peaches, yellow and white nectarines, plums, and pluots because listeria monocytogenes have been found in some of the tree fruit, also called stone (not stoned)  fruit. According to the company’s website, wawonapacking.com, many of the boxes [...]

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