Nepitella Laminated Manicotti and Wild Chanterelle Mushrooms + Pinot Noir. Goat Cheese Panna Cotta & Pink Peppercorns + Rosé. Roasted Cauliflower & Oyster Green Goddess + Sauvignon Blanc.
Bricoleur Vineyards is excited to announce that James Beard Award-winning chefs Charlie Palmer and Nate Appleman have partnered with the winery’s in-house culinary team to create a new six-course pairing menu called “Rooted,” that debuts on October 21st and marries Bricoleur’s wines with inventive dishes made from ingredients grown on the estate. Chef Palmer and Chef Appleman joined Bricoleur Vineyards as Culinary Advisors earlier this summer.
The Hanson family, who owns Bricoleur Vineyards, laid down roots in Sonoma County in the 1800’s when co-founder Elizabeth Hanson’s great grandfather became the original oenologist for Sonoma County’s historic Italian Swiss Colony. The Hanson’s extended family is now five generations deep in Sonoma County winemaking, and this new tasting menu, “Rooted,” is an ode to the generations who led the way.
“Partnering with Chef Palmer and Chef Appleman has been a joy for our culinary team,” said Bricoleur Vineyards’ co-founder & CEO, Mark Hanson. “Our family is rooted in Sonoma County and this new tasting menu is rooted in our love of farming, elegant wines, fine food and the Sonoma community. Our family invites everyone to gather at our table to revel in these exciting new pairings.”
Bricoleur’s wines are the star of this wine-forward “plant-to-plate” offering, accompanied by an inspiring ensemble of dishes comprised of ingredients plucked fresh from the winery’s culinary garden. By taking a wine-first approach, the culinary advisors Chef Palmer and Chef Appleman have worked with Bricoleur’s in-house culinary team to craft dishes that bring out the best characteristics in each of Bricoleur’s wines.
“We look at Bricoleur Vineyards as a whole. We take things that are primitive in nature and elevate them to fit this beautiful environment and experience,” said Appleman. “There’s an intriguing dialogue between the wine and food teams. Bricoleur’s Hospitality Director, Chris Richard, knows food really well and talks about things that are tangible for chefs.”
That collaboration has produced the new Rooted tasting menu, a distinctive exploration of wine & food pairings. For Bricoleur’s 2020 Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, the wine’s minerality inspired the chefs to incorporate fresh oysters in the Green Goddess Dressing that accompanies Roasted Cauliflower and Romanesco. The chefs turned to Bricoleur’s garden for Fresno Chilies to create a non-traditional recipe for Grilled Jamaican Jerk Marinated Carrots and a Spiced Carrot Purée to pair with Bricoleur’s 2019 Kick Ranch Viognier. An uncommon herb grown at Bricoleur Vineyards, Nepitella, has been folded into the dough of handmade Manicotti with Wild Chanterelle Mushrooms to pair with Bricoleur’s 2018 Estate Pinot Noir. The full Rooted menu can be found here and it will be refreshed every two months to capture the best flavors of the season in the culinary garden.
“Bricoleur Vineyards has such an energetic, dynamic in-house culinary team and the chefs work hand-in-hand with the winery’s farmer, so it’s ideal,” said Palmer. “It’s inspiring to bounce ideas back and forth. Our partnership is thriving, and each pairing in the new Rooted tasting menu is in harmony.”
Bricoleur Vineyards opened in the Sonoma County town of Windsor, just south of Healdsburg, last spring in the midst of the pandemic and in a short time has already earned recognition from San Francisco Bay Area press as the region’s “Best New Emerging Winery” and “Most Romantic Winery.” It’s a 40-acre picturesque destination with 21 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards that have produced critically-acclaimed, award-winning wines. In addition to culinary gardens, the sustainably-farmed estate also has fruit trees, olive groves, chickens, and honeybees.
Bricoleur Vineyards is open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only and reservations can be made by visiting www.bricoleurvineyards.com or by calling 707-857-5700. The new Rooted tasting is $95 per person. Bricoleur Vineyards is close to the Santa Rosa airport, which accommodates both commercial and private planes, and it’s only an hour north of San Francisco. Bricoleur Vineyards is located at 7394 Starr Road in Windsor, California and can be found on Instagram @bricoleurvineyards.
Here is a link that includes photos of Chef Palmer, Chef Appleman, Mark Hanson, Sarah Hanson Citron, the new “Rooted” dishes, and beauty shots of Bricoleur Vineyards.
About Bricoleur Vineyards
Bricoleur Vineyards, which launched its first vintage in 2017 and opened its tasting room in 2020, is tucked away in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley – just south of Healdsburg. Founded by the Hanson family, Bricoleur Vineyards can be found at the end of a winding road in the charming, bucolic town of Windsor, only an hour north of San Francisco – and very close to the Santa Rosa airport. The distinctive name, “Bricoleur,” is French for one who starts building something with no clear plan, adding bits here and there, cobbling together a whole while flying by the seat of their pants.
The Bricoleur Vineyards estate produces two families of critically-acclaimed, award-winning wines – “Bricoleur” and “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants.” Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are crafted under the “Bricoleur” label, while Rosé of Grenache and Brut are produced under the humorous, irreverent “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants” label. The wines are crafted by charismatic veteran Winemaker Cary Gott and Assistant Winemaker Tom Pierson.
In addition to Bricoleur Vineyards, the Hanson family also owns Kick Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma County’s Fountaingrove District AVA. The Hanson family’s roots run deep in Sonoma County. Mark Hanson was born in Santa Rosa, and Beth Wall Hanson’s great grandfather, Pietro Carlo Rossi, was the original oenologist for Sonoma County’s historic Italian Swiss Colony. Rossi revolutionized California winemaking in the 19th century and under his direction, the Italian Swiss Colony became one of America’s leading wineries.
Bricoleur Vineyards is open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only and reservations can be made by visiting www.bricoleurvineyards.com or by calling 707-857-5700. Bricoleur Vineyards is located at 7394 Starr Road in Windsor, California and can be found on Instagram @bricoleurvineyards.