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July 7, 2010

di Rosa Preserve’s 2nd Annual Community Celebration
Join us in the Olive Grove at the di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature for the 2nd Annual Community Celebration on Sunday, June 15 from 11 am-3 pm. This will be a day to roam free and enjoy the art, nature, gallery tours, nature walks, and family art workshops along with live music and, of course, delicious food and wine by the girl & the fig CATERS!

The di Rosa Preserve is considered to be one of the most significant collections of Bay Area art in the world and houses approximately 2,200 works of art by more than 900 artists. This is a hidden treasure in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley.

The 2nd Annual Community Celebration is not to be missed!  Reservations are requested and the charge is $10 per car. For more information, please visit their website or call  707.226.5991 Ext 47.
Alicia Pergerson
the girl & the fig CATERS!

Silversea cruise this August
Join Executive Chef John Toulze and a few fig friends this August on an intimate Silversea cruise from Barcelone to Rome.  Enjoy a variety of enticing activities including cooking demonstrations, food and wine pairings, tastings, photography walks, and (of course!) relaxing aboard an all-suite luxury cruise ship.

Don’t miss your chance to sign up for this once in a lifetime experience!  Space is limited and there are only 3 cabins left!

For more information and to sign up, please visit the Millennium Travel website.

What We are Tasting…
This past month our staff had an opportunity to get out of the restaurant to visit two wineries whose wines are currently featured on our wine list.  Both Landmark Vineyards and Deerfield Ranch Winery happen to be in Kenwood and offer an exceptional array of wines including, of course, Rhone!

At Landmark Winery we were warmly greeted by Mr. Hospitality himself, Bruce MacKay. Bruce escorted us around for the first half of our tour, and then left us in the hands of winemaker Eric Stern and his assistant, Greg. We sat down for over an hour with platters overflowing with an array of cheeses, and we were able to taste and chat about the Landmark Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and of course, the Steel Plow Syrah. Steel Plow is a well balanced Syrah with supple tannins balanced with acidity. A great food wine!  Taking a tour out into the vineyards surrounding the winery was fascinating to us all because Landmark has replanted their vineyards with all Rhone Varietals. Being “Rhone-Alone,” how could we not just love that!  We are all excited about the future of what Landmark has to offer, not only to us at “the fig,” but to the world of wine!

Our next stop, Deerfield Ranch, was equally as wonderful an experience.  While wandering into their vast caves that were built into the mountain range, we were able to taste their wonderful array of wines, including of course (once again!) their Ladi’s Vineyard Syrah.  P.J. Rex, the owner, passionately described each wine along with a great story to go with how that wine came to be for them.  You can definitely taste the passion in all of their wines.  Most fascinating with Deerfield Ranch was learning that they are certified organic and are very involved with restoring the wetlands that lay in front of their winery.

With the spectacular views of the Mayacamas Mountain Ranges, the beautiful wines and the wonderful hospitality that both wineries offer, I hope that everyone has a chance to visit both wineries while traveling about in Sonoma!
Gary Saperstein
Director of Hospitality

Rhone Around the World: Pretty in Pink
It’s not too late to sign up for the June shipment of the girl & the fig’s Rhone wine club, “Rhone Around the World.”  This special delivery entitled “Pretty in Pink,” will focus on all things Rosé and include three bottles of specially selected wines and information on this budding wine and its makers.

Visit our website to sign up, and don’t forget about Sondra’s Rhone Around the World blog!

Upcoming Cooking Classes at Ramekins with Chef Chris Jones
Last month’s cooking class with Chef Chris Jones and winemaker Jeff Cohn was not only a successful event for teachers and students alike, but also a blast!  Students were taught to prepare a selected menu paired with JC Cellar’s wines, as well as the idea behind the pairings.

In this month’s class, Chef Chris will teach the basics of charcuterie and how it’s made.  From the Ramekins’ website: “Charcuterie is a French culinary art dating back to the 15th century.  It refers to pork specialties, including pâté, terrines and galantines.  In this new class, Chris Jones, chef de cuisine at the popular the girl & the fig restaurant, will work with students in teaching the fundamentals of charcuterie.  Students will learn about marinating meats, making sausage, and how to create elegant mousses using equipment readily available in home kitchens.”

Chicken Liver & Shallot Mousse
Pork & Summer Herb Rillettes
Duck Liver & Applewood Smoked Bacon Terrine
Shellfish & Salmon Mousse Sausage

Don’t miss your chance to sign up for this compelling class, which takes place on June 20th!
Sign Up!

the girl & the fig in Wine Spectator’s June Issue
Be sure to pick up a copy of the June issue of Wine Spectator for their cover story entitled “Exploring California.”  The subsequent segments focus on the wine growing regions in California, one which, of course, is the Sonoma Valley.  A select few of the areas best wineries, restaurants and lodging are featured, including the girl & the fig!
Visit Wine Spectator online for other wine country related news and features.

Thank you!
Thank you for all of the kind words and support that we have received in reply to April’s accident at the fig pantry.  The responses that we have received are heartwarming, and we are very thankful to have such loyal friends and customers!

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