Our own "spoonbar" made the Wine Enthusiast’s list of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants. Located in the H2 Hotel, the bar is known for its artisanal cocktails, featuring local and seasonal fruit and herbs, and an extensive wine list, with California wines. http://www.winemag.com
Did someone say barbecue? Head to fourth annual Wine Country Big Q Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) nationally sanctioned competition at our NEW location, Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park, CA. . Everyone loves barbecue and some of the best Pit Masters will be there to serve you up a slice. Sample great “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award-winning brews while enjoying great rock and blues music. What is your favorite flavor? Sweet, savory, spicy…. YOU be the judge! Tickets include samplings from over 50 pitmasters and vendors. Enjoy over a pound of mouthwatering barbeque, plus beans, bacon dessert, wine, beer, cider, live music and more! http://winecountrybigq.com
Why drive to the wineries, when you can stroll the Plaza? Over thirty wineries represent more than seven appellations and showcase upwards of twenty wine varieties, ALL within walking distance! This diverse showcase of award-winning wines makes downtown Healdsburg the premiere wine country destination. Download a map and descriptions at: http://www.winewalkhealdsburg.com
Also, check out “Wine'd Up Weekend,” July 12th and 13th, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. One weekend of the year Downtown Healdsburg wineries extend their Wine Club member benefits to Wine Club members of other participating wineries. If you're not a member of a downtown Healdsburg winery, you should be! Join your favorite today! See http://www.winewalkhealdsburg.com/ for details.
Combine this event with the local art galleries’ Art Walk, on Saturday the 12th, from 5-8:00 p.m. View local art, sample munchies, sip some wine. Some Galleries will stay open later; some galleries will pour local artisan wines.
Here’s a recipe acknowledging the popularity of California wine and fresh Meyer lemons.
Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
2 cups dry white wine
2 shallots – chopped
Juice of 1½ Meyer lemons
½ Tbsp. rice vinegar
Zest of lemons
¾ c. olive oil
Bring wine to a boil, over medium heat. Cook until reduced by about half. Add lemon zest & shallots. Let steep until cooled (about 20 minutes). Pour into bowl & whisk in the lemon juice & rice vinegar. Gradually add olive oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly.
Season. Serve over seafood or mixed greens.