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BALO: INCREDIBLE WINE TASTING AND GREAT FOR BOCCE

Posted on July 16, 2018 by Admin

Article courtesy of SF Chronicle:

We are thrilled to see our listing, Balo Winery & Estate, featured in the SF Chronicle.

Balo could be a quick stop on your Anderson Valley itinerary, if you’re in a rush: Tastings are free, and are usually limited to about four wines. On the other hand, if you want to linger, Balo could be your entire afternoon. You could buy a bottle, order a plate of charcuterie and cheese and relax on one of the outdoor picnic tables, followed by a game of bocce.

The winery was founded in 2009, though vines had been planted here about 10 years earlier. Jason Drew, one of Mendocino County’s top winemakers, made the first five vintages of Balo wines. The winemaking remains solid focusing on Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines. If you’re feeling peckish but don’t want to order an entire block of cheese or roll of cured meat from Balo’s deli menu, don’t fret: Complimentary cheese and salami are always laid out at the tasting bar.


WHAT TO TRY: Balo does produce a rosé of Pinot Noir ($24), but more interesting is its blanc de noir-style Pinot ($32), a red wine presenting as a white. The grapes are taken off of their skin almost immediately after picking, so that they absorb almost no color. It’s a floral, fresh, bright wine, a nice alternative to a rosé. You’ll likely also taste a couple vintages of Pinot Noir ($38 to $45), which are balanced, quiet examples of the grape.

View the Balo Winery and Estate Listing: CLICK HERE

 

Local Farmers Markets in Sonoma County

Posted on July 03, 2018 by Admin

Sonoma County has a ton of really great farmers markets that provide fun and easy access to seasonal bounty. Whether you visit a market for your weekly shop or hope to have fun and discover something new, our local farmers will not disappoint.

Buying directly from a producer is one of the best ways to support our farmers. We are surrounded by world-class growers and vintners of the wine industry ― and we also enjoy incredible agricultural diversity maintained by dedicated, intelligent farmers and ranchers. Our agricultural history is rooted in hops, potatoes, eggs & apples. To this day, our farmers grow a variety of veggies and fruits with plenty of organic and sustainable options. Ranchers generate world-renowned dairy products and sustainably raised meat.

The diverse farmland that we have here in Sonoma County is healthy, productive, and can weather natural and human changes that occur. Small growers discover what works best on their farms, and can select varieties that are unique to this region and their specific microclimate.

Our local farmers markets offer an amazing selection of fruit and vegetables, outstanding local artisanal foods, and the chance to meet dedicated farmers and artisans. Below are some of our favorites.

Healdsburg Farmers Market
Saturdays 8:30 am – noon, May 5 – November 24
Tuesdays 9 am – 1 pm, May 29 – August 28
The Healdsburg market happens twice a week, but there tends to be a better selection on Saturdays ― this usually means bigger crowds. Either day you will find fresh produce, prepared food, meat & dairy, and great crafts.

West End Farmers Market
Sundays 9:30 am – 2 pm, May 6 – October 28
Several farmers markets pop up all around Santa Rosa throughout the week, but the West End Market is our top pick. Located close to downtown, with a great neighborhood vibe, this market has plenty of vendors for all your shopping needs ― including a beer garden and live music for entertainment.

Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market
Fridays 4 pm – dusk, June 1 – October 26
This market takes over the town on Friday afternoons. In addition to the great selection of organic produce, prepared food, and crafters, live music accompanies the market every week. The last market of the year is a mini-festival that includes Taiko drumming, a cake walk, and Day of the Dead crafts. Find more info about Occidental here.

Sebastopol Farmers Market
Sundays 10 am – 1:30 pm, year-round
It can feel like most of Sebastopol comes out to shop at the farmers market, which is a testament to how good it is. There is a delicious selection of hot food at the market, great farms with beautiful produce, live music, and open lawns for picnicking and play.

Petaluma Farmers Market
Petaluma East-Side ― Tuesdays 10 am – 1:30 pm, year-round
Petaluma Walnut Park ― Saturdays 2 pm – 5:00 pm, May 12 – Nov 17
Petaluma Theatre District ― Wednesdays 4:30 pm – 8 pm, June 6 – August 29
With three excellent markets to choose from, Petaluma has you covered. All the markets have a great selection of fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, fish, hot foods, and artisanal goods.

Discover more markets in Sonoma County: CLICK HERE

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