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Hill of Tara Wines launches first release
Danny Fay and Katie Boyer will release their first wine, a 2015 Moon Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 17.
They have been farming organically and patiently crafting a few barrels of Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon since 2015. With only 50 cases produced from their first vintage, they don’t have enough available to sell to restaurants and stores, so they will sell through an allocation email to their mailing list. To get on the mailing list and receive a wine allocation, visit hilloftarawines.com. If you’re a Sonoma Valley local, Fay will be happy to hand-deliver your wine and say thank you. Boyer has been known to do the same.
“Hill of Tara wines are an ode to our Irish ancestors, who farmed the most sacred land in Ireland, the Hill of Tara. We have been lifelong students of wine, and are both humbled to be a part of the next generation of Sonoma Valley vintners and winegrowers,” said Fay.
Growing up in Sonoma, Fay graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 2001, co-founded Envolve Winery in 2011, and has served as vice president of the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, and as a board member of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.
Boyer graduated from Sonoma State University in Wine Business in 2012 and met Fay through his sister, Colette, in early 2015. Some of their first dates were pruning Bob Nicholas’ Moon Mountain Vineyard. Boyer has worked at Kosta Browne, Chateau Montelena, Three Sticks and now manages hospitality at Lambert Bridge in Dry Creek.
More women winemakers and restaurateurs
God and Goddess know that many women work very hard in hospitality industries, from hotel cleaners to vineyards workers, cooks, bussers, and all the way up those ladders.
Susie Pryfogle started and co-owns Tips Roadside restaurant and the Tips Tri-Tip Trolleys in Kenwood with her husband Andrew Pryfogle. Those Trolleys kept first responders full of good food and energy during our 2017 fires.
Lauren Cotner is a chef who owns Delicious Dish Catering, where throngs of locals now order and pick up dinners to go on week nights.
Alexandra Romanini both owns her own vineyards around Sonoma Valley and serves as winemaker at Canihan Wines.
Nibs & Sips
Sonoma Springs Brewing Company hosts its first Chicken Wing Contest Tuesday, March 19. Yes, you cook ‘em and bring ‘em, judged in hottest, most unique and best tasting categories. You have to bring 24 wings for each category you enter and get them there by 5:30 p.m., March 19. Sign-up sheet is inside by the register. Could grow wild and tasty. 6 to 8 p.m, 19449 Riverside Drive, 938-7422.
Homegrown Bagels owner Stuart Teitelbaum has added fresh-squeezed orange, apple and carrot juices to his menu, and Owen Tuttle’s watercolors of local Sonoma scenes decorate the bagel shop’s walls. Check them out.
Martina McBride returns to Carneros with her cookbook “Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life,” on Saturday, March 30, at Calmére Estate Winery, part of Peju Estates.
She has sold over 14 million albums, is the author of “Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings throughout the Year,” and lives in Nashville with her husband and three daughters. $145 single, $255 couple, with one book. Noon. 2750 Las Amigas, Napa.