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July 7, 2010

July 2007

the girl & the fig Debuts First-Ever Wine Release
New Vintage Celebrates Famed Restaurant’s
10-Year Anniversary

(Sonoma, CA) –Toast the 10-year anniversary of one of Sonoma County’s favorite restaurants with a glass of the girl & the fig’s first release of its own wine.  Proprietor Sondra Bernstein and award winning winemaker Jeff Cohn from JC Cellars have partnered to create Trés Bonnes Annèes, a 2005 California Syrah.  This very limited release will be available August 1, 2007 and available only at the girl & the fig restaurant, the fig café and the fig pantry.  The wine sells for $48 per bottle and only 50 cases were made.  Customers at the girl & the fig restaurant in Sonoma may order the wine by the glass after August 1.

Trés Bonnes Annèes is French for “very good years” and for Bernstein, describes the years since she opened the doors of her first girl & the fig restaurant in August of 1997.  In keeping with the restaurant’s theme of serving only “Rhone-Alone” wines, Bernstein worked in tandem with friend and winemaker Cohn to create a Syrah customized to her personal French Rhone palate.  The wine has flavors of big juicy berry fruit, white pepper, and barnyard nuances.  It is rustic with lingering tannins and a velvety mouth feel.  Grapes used in the wine come from Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Napa, California.

The label design is a joint inspiration between Patti Britton of Britton Design in Sonoma and artist Julie Higgins.  Britton is the designer of the “fig” logo and Higgins is the restaurants’ resident artist.  Higgins painted “Trés Bonnes Annèes” especially for the 10 year anniversary with a symbolic showing of 10 luscious figs featured throughout the image.

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