Artisan distillers fest coming to Cornerstone
If you like sips of excellent artisan spirits, the upcoming Good Spirits 2017 artisan distillers festival at Cornerstone is for you. Even if you don’t drink, there is lots to learn and lots of non-alcoholic drinks and food nibbles to enjoy.
Organized by Gibson Thomas, publisher of Edible Marin & Wine Country, this will be the first real spirits festival in the wine country. Lots of local distillers will be present and pouring, and many will also be serving food from such locals as the Girl and the Fig.
Co-sponsors with Edible include Cornerstone, Ramekins, and the Edible Communities, which include all the regions of the U.S. where Edible magazines tell local healthy food stories.
The Saturday, Sept. 9 event will include a great list of artisan distillers’ finest products including those of Prohibition Spirits/HelloCello, Hanson of Sonoma, Charbay, St. George, Griffo, Sonoma County Distilling, Napa Valley Distillery, Spirit Works Distillery, Ca’Momi, Ginny’s Gin, and more are signing up daily. Sonoma Syrups and Spendrift squeezed-fruit sparkling waters will have tables as well.
Edible Communities launched its first Good Sprits event in 1999 with Edible Manhattan, bringing together distillers, cocktail makers, and local food producers. This year they have created what the call their National Good Spirits Tour with events in Manhattan, Reno/Tahoe, Aspen, Cincinnati, Chicago and Sonoma. $50 advance, $60 at door. 3 to 6 p.m. More info and tickets at ediblemarinandwinecountry.com/events.
Yoga and wine at Benziger Family Winery
Apparently wine plus yoga equals Vinyasa, a new yoga and wine drinking experience offered by Benziger. OK, the real truth: Vinyasa is the movement you make between poses. It just sounds like wine plus yoga.
Enjoy a Sunday Morning hour-long Vinyasa flow session followed by a walking tour of the Benziger insectary and a splash of Frank Johnson sauvignon blanc, then retreat to the cool tasting room for some more wine. Benziger will supply mats, blocks, straps and water, all on Sunday, July 9. Other dates will be Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. $35. 10 a.m. to noon. To best way to sign up is by reaching out to email@example.com or calling the winery at 800-989-8890.
Sigh officially uncorks
Jayme Powers’ lush Sigh bubbles wine bar opened a week ago, and she did not get away with a “soft opening.” No such thing here. Sigh has been packed ever since Powers took the plastic off the windows and opened the door. Much more exciting and spacious than her original space for her innovative wine bar in Vine Alley, aka Sonoma Court Shops.
Even Monday afternoon groups of women were sitting and sipping on sofas around the edges, and lots of men surrounded the oval bar sipping flights of champagne, wine and even pints of beer.
The walls are lined with mirrors covered with painted quotes of famous French winemakers and philosophers, and the pièce de résistance (other than wine) is a wall back by the beautifully designed bathroom area. Restrooms are marked with male and female figures and all use the same modern marble basin.
But one wall is covered with mounted champagne bottle caps Powers saved since she opened at her first location, expertly arranged and encased in a plastic-like substance. When asked where she got that wall in the back, she said “I made it with my parents,” Jill and now-retired Jim Powers, formerly everyone’s favorite orthodontist. “You know they love you when they spend hours and hours glue gunning.” It’s worth the trip down the hall, even if you don’t need the rest of the facilities.