Home Winemakers Sunday tasting reminder
Don’t forget to check into Sonoma Uncorked to taste 40 unusually good wines from 40 home winemakers on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Vets Building. Co-sponsored by Kiwanis of Sonoma Valley to benefit Stand by Me Mentoring Alliance. $40 advance, $50 at door. 2 to 5 p.m. sonomauncorked.eventbrite.com.
Cheese, whiskey and bourbon at Murphy’s
Check out Murphy’s next cheese pairings and tastings on Friday, Sept. 22. People who attended Sondra Bernstein’s cheese and beer tastings by Robert Raney of Sonoma Springs Brewery raved that the tastings were a huge success.
Bernstein paired Sonoma Springs Kolsch with Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, NomaWeiss Bavarian Hefeweizen with Laura Chenel Chèvre, AJ Apricot Ale with Delice de Bourgogne, Bruja Majik Altbier with 18-month Gouda, and Subliminal Gold IPA with Fourme D’Ambert, all beers from Sonoma Springs.
Next up in Murphy’s snug will be Bohemian Creamery cheeses with Prohibition Spirits whiskeys on Friday, Sept. 22, presented by cheesemaker Lisa Gottreich from Bohemian Creamery and Amy and Fred Groth from Prohibition Spirits. So you will learn about both making cheeses and making six small-batch whiskeys. $42. 6:30 to 8 p.m.
On Oct. 12, Bernstein and the Groths will also offer a pairing of four Prohibition Spirits artisan gins with Tsar Nicoulai caviars. $54. 6:30 to 8 p.m.
At both tastings, Murphy’s chef will prepare other nibbles, and guests who stay for dinner will get 25 percent off their dinner check. 464 First St. E., Sonoma. Reservations at sonomapub.com. Use code MCPAIRING to get $15 off admission price.
Glen Ellen pâtisserie
BJ Blanchard last week wrote an interesting history of the “yellow building” property next to Chauvet Hotel, and owner Christine Hansson’s plans to launch a French patisserie and bakery. Hansson, whose work and development of the Chauvet Hotel is universally admired, is making a painstaking effort to do every bit of this next venture to perfection, which takes time.
Lots of permits, red tape and hoops still to jump through, so let’s give her a chance to do it all right. But a real French patisserie and bakery would be a fabulous addition.
Epicurean Connection cheese shop pop-up
Never one to miss a good idea, Sheana Davis is going to hold a series of cheese tastings at Steiners Tavern this afternoon, Sept 15. Tastes will be free but she will sell her products retail as her “pop-up cheese shop.”
Try her Delice de la Vallee, Crème de Fromage, P-1 Brie (imported from France), arugula pesto, blackberry pomegranate jam, raspberry jam, and honey orange blossom marmalade. Hubby Ben Sessions will serve Brie Brûlée. Davis plans other pop-ups at Steiners on Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and 27, and more dates during the holidays. 3 to 6 p.m. 465 First St. W., Sonoma. More info at email@example.com.
Honore Comfort to lead Wine Business Institute
Honore Comfort, former executive director of Sonoma County Vintners succeeded by Jean Arnold Sessions, was just appointed Wine Business Institute’s “executive in residence.” Most recently she worked as president of Brack Mountain Wine Company in Sebastopol. Previously she marketed wine internationally for Penfolds, Rosemount Estate, and Wynns Coonavara Estate of Australia, part of Treasury Wine Estates.
Dinner at Ram’s Gate
La Confrèrie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the Société Mondiale du Vin USA, and their Napa-Sonoma “Baillage” host a fabulous dinner at Ram’s Gate Winery to be prepared by Culinary Director and Chef Taylr Behnam on Saturday, Sept. 23.