New flights announced to Sonoma Wine Country

New flights announced to Sonoma Wine Country; what’s new for Spring 2016

New flights announced to Sonoma Wine CountryNew flights into Sonoma Wine Country, a new book from the “father of Wine Country cuisines,” and an historic inn gets new owners and a facelift – all this and more are new in Sonoma County.

Spring in Sonoma County: With cool to warm days and cool nights, vineyards are awakening with a new leafy canopy. The mustard is still in bloom. Goats and sheep – nature’s lawn mowers – are hard at work grazing, tilling, and fertilizing vineyards and pastures. The fresh air, lush grass, and rich soil are building blocks to Sonoma County’s fantastic artisan cheeses and locally grown organic produce.

Sonoma County, located only 30 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, provides a genuine, independent, and adventurous Wine Country experience, featuring more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, and 50 miles of stunning Pacific coast.

For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit or call 707-522-5800.



New flights from Phoenix and Las Vegas to Sonoma County start in May
Allegiant Air will start offering nonstop flights from Las Vegas and the Phoenix area in May.

Flights from Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport (LAS) begin May19, 2016, with flights from Phoenix via the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) starting May 26. Both flights will be scheduled twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays, on a McDonnell Douglas MD-80, which seats 166.

Allegiant becomes the second airline to operate flights out of the recently renovated and growing STS airport. Alaska Airlines offers flights to STS from Los Angeles, Orange County, Portland, San Diego, and Seattle.

Allegiant Air
P.O. Box 371477
Las Vegas, NV 89137

Chef John Ash ‘Cooking Wild’ in May
Learn how to eat wild foods without having to crawl through the forest or hunt your own game in “Cooking Wild: More than 150 Recipes for Eating Close To Nature,” available May 2016 from Chef John Ash and cookbook author James O. Fraioli.

Uncultivated foods are better for the planet and your plate, and many of these foods can be as close as the local supermarket. “Cooking Wild” covers plants, seafood, meat, and birds in more than 150 recipes, with tastes as varied as Warm Dandelion Salad, Fried Wild Rice, Spatchcooked Pine Chicken, Manhattan Clam Chowder, and Rhubarb Galette.

Known as the “father of Wine Country cuisine,” award-winning author, teacher, and restaurateur Ash is a two-time James Beard award winner. A Santa Rosa resident, Ash co-hosts a weekly local food and wine radio talk show, The Good Food Hour, and teaches cooking classes at various schools. Fraioli has written 20 cookbooks, won a 2014 James Beard Award for “Culinary Birds” with Ash, and has contributed to dozens of food and wine magazines.

The SHED in Healdsburg hosts a Taste of Place dinner with John Ash on July 28, with the menu inspired by “Cooking Wild.” Visit for more details, or for information on upcoming events featuring “Cooking Wild.”

Chef John Ash
Running Press
2300 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

New Owners Restoring Historic Jenner Inn
Renovations are under way at the venerable Jenner Inn, a landmark hotel and restaurant on the rugged Sonoma County coast.

Spread over more than four acres at the mouth of the Russian River, the inn itself is a collection of historic buildings, some of which date back more than a century, to the inception of the seaside hamlet of Jenner. The unique main building was constructed entirely from redwood in about 1948 by Swedish boat-builders.

The new owners are the Coyne family — Northern California native Charlie Coyne, his wife Katie, and cousins Marty and Tom. In the early 1980s, Charlie and his brothers restored the decaying, partially submerged Delta King paddle-wheel steamer, and turned it into a thriving Sacramento hospitality showpiece. The Coynes envision a similar comeback for the Jenner Inn.

Renovation of the Jenner Inn will occur in stages, one building at a time, with the hotel continuing to operate throughout the process. The goal is to maintain the inn’s legendary charm while updating its décor, furnishings, and amenities. In addition to renovating the inn’s 21 guest units, the new owners plan to update the on-site restaurant, and will begin by offering a hearty, made-to-order breakfast to hotel guests in the coming months.

The Jenner Inn
10400 Coast Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450


Follow Self-Guided Trails on Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures
Stroll along beautiful rows of grapevines while learning more about what is in your wine glass on the Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures, a series of free unique self-guided vineyards walks at seven wineries in Sonoma County’s diverse wine regions. (The walks are free, tasting fees at the wineries may apply.)

Vineyard Adventures is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful vineyard landscapes and the outdoors, while learning about various sustainable farming practices and winemaking techniques.

Each vineyard walk is individualized to showcase and educate wine lovers about that vineyard site’s specific terroir, their sustainable farming and winemaking practices, and other important aspects critical to growing and producing some of the most distinguished wines in the world.

Participating wineries include:

  • Balletto Vineyards & Winery
  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Paradise Ridge Winery
  • Matanzas Creek Winery
  • Schug Carneros Estate Winery
  • St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
  • Stryker Sonoma Winery

To learn more, visit (details will be posted online by April 22, 2016) or call Andriana Duckworth at 707-522-5867.

Sonoma County Winegrowers
400 Aviation Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Immerse Yourself in Three Sonoma County Wine Valleys
Sample signature varieties from three of Sonoma County’s most distinctive valleys with the new “Sonoma County Three Valley Adventure,” an all-day experience offered by Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, DaVero Farms & Winery, and Lancaster Estate.

Enjoy highly regarded Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley; dense, flavorful Italian varieties from the Dry Creek Valley; and distinctive, approachable Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux varieties from the Alexander Valley.

Learn about the grape-growing and winemaking philosophies of each winery while getting an in-depth education in the microclimates and growing conditions of each of these outstanding wine regions.

Start the day in the private tasting salon at Gary Farrrell in the Russian River Valley with a special flight of current and library releases. Then head to Dry Creek Valley for a winery and farm tour, followed by a tasting and lunch at DaVero. The day wraps up at Lancaster Estate in the Alexander Valley, with an estate tour and hillside cave tasting.

Cost is $175 per person, or $135 for wine club members of any of the three wineries. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance.

Sonoma County Three Valley Adventure
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
10701 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Taste Unique Brews at 101 North Brewing Company
Sample the wares in the new taproom at the 101 North Brewing Company in Petaluma, in beautiful Sonoma County.

Founded in 2012 by brothers Joel, Jake, and Joey Johnson, with friends John Brainin, John Lilienthal, and Anthony Turner, 101 North produces award-winning craft ales using inventive interpretations of traditional styles. Its line-up includes Heroine IPA, Golden Naked Ale, Stigmata American Red Rye Ale, Naughty aud Imperial Stout, and High Gravity IPA.

Joel and Jake Johnson designed the new taproom, drawing inspiration from their grandparents’ farmhouse on Petaluma Boulevard. The taproom features reclaimed barn wood on the walls, illuminated by soft old-school lighting, including a chandelier Joel welded from scrap metal.

With eight taps and one nitro handle, the taproom pours a rotation of pub-only beers, including barrel-aged stouts, sours, and small batch ales and lagers. Heroine, IPA Golden Naked Ale, and Naughty aud Imperial Stout are always on tap. The 101 North taproom is open 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

101 North Brewing Company
1304 Scott St.
Petaluma, CA 94954

New law allows sales at distillery tasting room
Effective in 2016, craft distillers can join their colleagues at breweries, wineries, and cider houses in selling directly to customers who come taste their products at the tasting room or production facility.

A change in California state law allows direct sales, making it easier to visitors to take home a bottle of gin, whiskey, or other spirits distilled on site. Prior to the law change the tasting room staff had to direct customers to a retail establishment for purchases. The new law allows for not only the sale of the artisan spirits, but also for cocktails and mixed drinks can be made with the spirits to showcase how best to use them.

A complete list of distilleries open to the public in Sonoma County is at



Savor Southeast Asian Fusion at Persimmon on the Square
Bold traditional Asian flavors and fresh ingredients are melded and reinvented at the new Persimmon on the Square restaurant in Healdsburg, in beautiful Sonoma County.

In Buddhism, persimmons symbolize transformation, and six persimmons symbolize enlightenment. This new Asian fusion restaurant by executive chef Danny Mai, formerly of the Sheraton Tolay, transforms everyday Asian cuisine.

According to the restaurant’s mission statement, “We want common Asian ingredients to be redefined as an emotional journey on the palate. With local fresh ingredients and a community driven atmosphere, we’d like for our dishes to be a twist of what is familiar.”

Persimmon on the Square
335 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Guiso Latin Fusion Brings New Tastes to Healdsburg
With the debut of the Guiso Latin Fusion restaurant, authentic Latin American and Caribbean cuisine come to the historic Healdsburg Plaza in beautiful Sonoma County.

This family-owned, bistro-style, cozy little restaurant is the work of entrepreneurs Hector Lopez and chef Carlos J. Mojica. Entrees include New York steak topped with pickled onions on a bed of sautéed bell peppers, or sautéed fish of the day in a coconut, papaya, bell peppers, and white wine reduction sauce.

Sandwiches and tacos are also on the varied menu — the sandwiches come on homemade fresh bread and may have yucca fries on the side, while the tacos could be stuffed with Jamaican-jerk seasoned chicken, purple cabbage, and mango-pineapple salsa, or pulled pork marinated in mojo, chive crema, and lightly pickled cabbage.

Guiso Latin Fusion
117 North St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Sonoma Grille Opens in Sonoma
Located just steps off the historic Sonoma Plaza, the new Sonoma Grille offers an innovative menu highlighting steaks, spirits, and seafood in a newly renovated setting in downtown Sonoma.

Varied dishes include vegetable flatbread, grilled Spanish octopus, Monterey Bay calamari, steamed clams and mussels, roast chicken, rack of lamb, and filet mignon. Pastas include spinach ravioli, saffron fettuccine, and lobster risotto.

Owner Neema Sherpa stripped and redecorated the restaurant space, which now features an entirely new kitchen, bar, brewery, and beer garden. Open daily, 5 to 9 p.m.

Sonoma Grille
165 W. Napa St.
Sonoma, CA 95476

Fiori’s Serving Lunch, Dinner in Santa Rosa
Tuck into tasty burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and more at the new Fiori’s Grill in picturesque Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa, in beautiful Sonoma County.

The menu includes the Grill’s signature burgers and sandwiches, small plates for sharing, a variety of pasta dishes, the popular Minestrone soup, and salads, as well as wine and beer. Fiori’s Grill serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Fiori’s Grill
722 Village Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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Tomatina Opens Santa Rosa Location
A Bay Area favorite since 1998, the Tomatina restaurant chain recently opened in picturesque Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Santa Rosa, offering modern and fresh interpretations of traditional Italian recipes.

Under the guidance of executive chef Rogelio Jacinto, Tomatina has become best known for its signature piadine — a fresh, hot flatbread topped with crisp salad, ready to fold and eat. Other customer favorites include the pastas with made-from-scratch sauces and the homemade pizzas. The menu also includes vegetarian, gluten-free and kid-friendly options.

The Santa Rosa location is run by general manager James Weber, with head chef Lucio Castaneda.

2323 Sonoma Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Go Peruvian at Quinua in Petaluma
Traditional Peruvian family recipes are highlighted at the new Quinua Cocina Peruana restaurant in Petaluma, in beautiful Sonoma County.

Executive chef Francisco Acosta, born in Yucatan, Mexico, brings more than 15 years of experience in Peruvian cuisine to Quinua. Business partners Juan Gutierrez and Abel de las Rosa met while working together at a restaurant in Oakland, and opened Quinua as an expression of their shared passion for food.

Born in Peru, Gutierrez grew up surrounded by the tasty aromas of the culinary creations made by his father and grandmother. After moving to California in 2003, he worked his way up to general manager positions in renowned Bay Area restaurants. Born in Mexico, de la Rosa worked in Acapulco hotels for 10 years before moving to California in 2002.

Quinua Cocina Peruana
500 Petaluma Blvd. S.
Petaluma, CA 94952

Boost Your Energy at Seed to Leaf Organics Juicery & Café
Enjoy vibrant, organic, cold-pressed juice blends and choose from a nutrient-dense, gluten-free café menu at the new Seed to Leaf Organics in Santa Rosa.

In addition to tasting great, their juice blends support alkalizing and detoxifying the body, while also boosting energy, restoring health, and strengthening immunity. The juice is cold pressed to extract the most vibrant nectars possible, maintaining potent nutrients and the freshest flavors. Processed without heat, it is channeled into sealed containers to avoid oxidation.

Seed to Leaf serves breakfast and lunch from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Menu items include an Acai bowl and fresh fruit crepes for breakfast, and vibrant pizzas, tacos, soups, and salads for lunch.

Seed to Leaf Organics
25 Old Courthouse Square
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Get Your Burgers at Bibi’s in Santa Rosa
Drop into Bibi’s Burger Bar in downtown Santa Rosa to kick back, relax, and wrap yourself around a mouth-watering burger and fries. Or maybe you’ll want Buffalo wings, nachos, or a Caesar salad. It’s all here in this trendy neighborhood restaurant and bar.

The appetizer menu includes crispy fried green beans, roasted Brie with honey & almonds, and truffle French fries. There are numerous burger choices, including the Classic Bacon Cheddar, Cabernet (carmody cheese, Portobello mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, horseradish sour cream, whole grain mustard), Thai (chili-lemongrass coleslaw, carrot, daikon radish, coriander, and lime mayo), and The Smokey (bacon, smoked gouda, chipotle mayo, BBQ sauce, pickle, tomato).

Bibi’s offers classic, specialty, and happy hour cocktails. For dessert, enjoy traditional and specialty milkshakes like the Salted Caramel or Chocolate Brownie. Adults can add a well shot to their favorite shake, or go for the Jameson & Baileys shake topped with whipped cream and caramel.

Bibi’s Burger Bar
630 Third St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Step Into The Vault For Café Delights
A former bank space gets new life as The Vault Café in Oakmont Village in eastern Santa Rosa in beautiful Sonoma County.

Owner Gabriela Vannier and baker Kim Kaiser, both graduates of the Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary Program, aim to provide quality food, prepared creatively, and with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients.

Scones, muffins, cookies, and other sweet treats are baked fresh daily. The café serves Bella Rosa coffee and includes a full espresso bar. Other morning offerings include bagels, croissants, house-made granola, fresh fruit parfaits, and oatmeal.

The lunch menu offers a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, and paninis, as well as a seasonal green salad, a superfood salad, and a hot bowl of the day served with house-made crostini. With a beer and wine license, The Vault Café offers its afternoon small plates menu with an emphasis on wine pairings at happy hour prices.

The Vault Café
6580 Oakmont Drive, Suite C
inside the First Community Bank building
Santa Rosa, CA 95409


Escape to The Guesthouse at The Farm
Enjoy a romantic Wine Country getaway or celebrate a special occasion at the new Guest House at The FARM in rural Sebastopol, in beautiful western Sonoma County. Take in the peaceful scenery, and let pressures of daily life melt away at The FARM.

Located down a private lane on a small family farm, this 1,000-square-foot guest house sleeps four. Surrounded by a lush landscape — including an apple orchard, oak and olive trees, and gardens — this private residence offers a full kitchen with gas cooking grill, gas fireplace, large deck, 40-inch flat screen TV with DVD player, and Wi-Fi.

During your stay, enjoy organic eggs from the farm’s hens, as well as locally baked organic bread and fresh local fruit. Dinners and wine pairing are available, and larger gatherings can be catered.

Guest House at The FARM
1474 Bloomfield Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472



Follow the New California Cheese Trail
Meet artisan cheese makers in Sonoma County and statewide by planning your visits and mapping your trip online at the recently upgraded, interactive

Find out how to sign up for cheese and farm tours, and be in the know about cheese-related events statewide by visiting Some cheese makers are open to the public on a regular basis, others are open seasonally or by appointment, and a few are too busy making cheese to be able to welcome the public.

In addition to the website, the cheese map is available in printed form from the California Welcome Center in Santa Rosa, the Marin Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, and companies, hotels, and wineries throughout Sonoma County.

Created and run by Vivien Straus, the nonprofit California Cheese Trail initiative supports cheese makers and, by extension, small farmers. A longtime organic food and sustainable farming advocate, Straus developed the Cheese Trail idea in 2010. The Cheese Trail has increased the visibility, sales, and appreciation of local cheese makers.

California Cheese Trail
Sonoma County, CA 94952

Taste Sonoma County Brews with On Tap Beer Tours
Sample tasty IPAs, farmhouse ales, lagers, porters, stouts, ciders, and sours at Sonoma County’s coolest breweries with On Tap Beer Tours.

The North Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area are home to a dense concentration of some of the finest breweries, brew pubs, and craft beer bars. Based in Sonoma County with offices in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and San Jose, On Tap Beer Tours offers personalized public and private brewery and beer-tasting tours throughout the greater Bay Area.

Offered every Saturday and Sunday, the five- to six-hour Brewery Hopper Tour visits up to four breweries on a social tour, providing a great way to meet up with other beer fans and tour local breweries without the need for a large group.

On Tap Beer Tours
1040 N. Dutton Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Enjoy Independent Biking with California Touring Bikes
Located in the charming Northern California town of Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, California Touring Bikes equips travelers with dedicated touring bicycles and the gear needed to explore Northern California on self-supported bicycle tours.

Self-supported bike touring gives you independence from tour groups to ride on your schedule, at your pace, and allows you to tailor the trip to your interests. Rent the most popular bikes specifically designed for fully-loaded touring, with gear to camp along the way.

Discover paths alongside vineyards, through redwood forests, and along the spectacular Pacific coastline. The company provides potential routes based on the number of riding days, giving you complete freedom to fully customize your tour.

California Touring Bikes
1083 Vine St., Suite 726
Healdsburg, CA 95448



Sonoma Barrel Décor & Design Crafts One-Of-A-Kind Wine Country Furniture
Wine barrels become functional works of art at the new family-owned Sonoma Barrel Décor & Design in Santa Rosa, in beautiful Sonoma County.

A wine barrel is comprised of a number of solid white oak staves bound together by galvanized steel rings. The outside of the barrels range from natural tans and blonds, to gray and black markings; some exteriors may be stained red from the process of removing the wines. The exquisite wine-stained interiors vary from deep purples to soft reds.

From the shape of the barrel itself, to the contrast of metal, wood, and the subtle nuances of the wine-stained French and American oak, Sonoma Barrel incorporates all aspects of the carefully selected wine barrels into hand-crafted tables, chairs, bars, stools, and other furniture, décor, and art. The goal is to use the natural beauty of each stave to shape and craft the wood into a distinct work of art.

Tours of their warehouse and shop offer the opportunity to see their hardworking, eclectic, and talented team in action, and are available by appointment only.

Sonoma Barrel Décor & Design
1535 Farmers Lane #122
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Nomad Chic Joins Cornerstone Sonoma Shops
Boutique owner Linda Hamilton recently added the apparel, accessories, jewelry, and home décor in her Nomad Chic collection to the unique assortment of innovative shops and gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma in southern Sonoma Valley in beautiful Sonoma County.

Hamilton spent years traveling the world searching for distinctive, handcrafted items to feature in her shop. She specializes in small, independent designers worldwide, and knows most of them personally.

In addition to creating unique items, these designers also give back to their communities. So finding that perfect item at Nomad Chic contributes to charitable causes everywhere.

Nomad Chic
23570 Arnold Drive
Sonoma CA 95476

Petaluma Shop Now The Sweet Zone
After more than eight years as a franchise, Petaluma candy store owners Monika and Will Bomar are now operating as an independent family-owned business under the name The Sweet Zone.

Highlights of the recent changes include an expanded chocolate section with more local chocolatiers (and more than 100 chocolate bars), more loose bulk candy, a slushy machine, unique (and tasty) gift items, and a bright new look.

The store hosts The Sweet Pursuit, a scavenger hunt where children solve clues to win a gelato. Other options include a Sweet Zone Club, with members-only deals, giveaways, and specials, as well as two Chocolate Clubs, which operate like wine clubs (only sweeter), with quarterly shipments of exclusive, innovative, and unique chocolates.

The Sweet Zone
Theatre Square
151 Petaluma Blvd. S., #113
Petaluma, CA 94952

Kitty Hawk Gallery Moves to Larger Location
Offering contemporary art and handmade goods both local and global, the Kitty Hawk Gallery recently moved into its new location in downtown Sebastopol, in beautiful Sonoma County.

Serving as a hot spot for fresh fine art by Northern California and East Bay emerging artists, Kitty Hawk Gallery also offers ethically sourced fine goods from around the world, and hosts monthly events and exhibitions.

You’ll find hand-loomed clothing from Peru; eco-friendly toys designed in the Netherlands; exquisite soaps and scents made in Northern California and Brooklyn; antiques; jewelry; and one-of-a-kind artists’ goods.

Kitty Hawk Gallery
125 N. Main St.
Seabstopol, CA 95472

The Loop Fine Clothing Adds Cornerstone Location
After 14 years offering fine women’s clothing on the Sonoma Plaza, The Loop recently expanded with a second location in the Cornerstone Sonoma shopping center in beautiful Sonoma County.

Owners Andrea Jensen Hill and Joene Mogensen Kelly share a passion for showcasing classic, stylish, and luxurious clothing and accessories that are designed and made in the United States. Their goal is to bring customers of all ages a unique and enjoyable shopping experience in an elegant yet fun boutique setting.

The newest version of The Loop joins an innovative and eclectic selection of shops, galleries, and gardens in Cornerstone Sonoma, which is soon to become the home of the Sunset Magazine test kitchen and gardens.

The Loop – Cornerstone
23570 Arnold Drive,
Sonoma, CA 95476

Fundemonium Ups the Ante in Rohnert Park
Its recent move to a 14,000-square-foot facility in the Sonoma Wine Country town of Rohnert Park means the independent toy, game, and hobby store Fundemonium can offer an even wider range of activities to its customers.

Owned by Steve and Jean Elliott, Fundemonium offers a children’s play area, a slot car track, a 1,200-square-foot indoor radio-controlled car track, rock tables for radio-controlled rock crawlers, birthday party rooms, a snack bar, LEGO play, and space for activities like club meetings or gaming, such as Magic The Gathering, D&D, and Miniatures.

579 Rohnert Park Expressway W.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928


Sonoma County, located only 30 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, provides a genuine, independent, and adventurous Wine Country experience, featuring more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, and 50 miles of stunning Pacific coast.

For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit or call 707-522-5800.