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July 2012 figbits

July 4, 2012
photo by Steven Krause

Sonoma Valley Sharecropper Pickling Spices

Sonoma Valley Sharecropper Pickling Spices, our exclusive blend of pickling spices is now availabe as part of the Agrarian Seed-to-Table collection for Williams-Sonoma.  This new line of handcrafted pickling spices for the home cook, the same as used by chefs at the girl & the fig, brings a bit of Sonoma Wine Country to your kitchen.
Williams-Sonoma specifically chose Sonoma Valley Sharecropper Pickling Spices because it was a perfect fit for their the new Agrarian collection. 
Three varieties with tips from the Chef, these blends are easy to use and take only 30 minutes of hands-on time and 24 hours in the fridge to transform and preserve your bounty. So, go ahead and indulge at the farmers market or plant whatever you like in your garden! Pickling is a great way to enjoy your vegetables in new ways.Follow our farm blog for updates on what vegetables we are growing and what John might pickle next!

You can also get these pickling spices at any of our restaurants, online at the FIGstore.

July 7
i Leoni Dining & Culinary Essentials
Book Signing
July 25
all restaurants
will be closed

July 28
Willams-Sonoma Union Square SF
Book Signing


Sonoma County
Wine Country Weekend 


Très Bonnes Années
the girl & the fig’s Wine Label

photo by Steven Krause

Every year about this time, the finishing touches of our new wine releases take place. This year will mark the 6th release of our Très Bonnes Années Syrah and the 2nd release of Très Bonnes Années White. We created the Très Bonnes Années label to celebrate our 10 year anniversary in 2007 and it has become a permanent element in our Rhone-Alone wine program.

the white …
Jeff Cohn of Jeff Cohn Wines and JC Cellars joined us atCRUSHPAD to determine our final blend for this year’s white wine. The Marsanne grapes are from Saralee’s Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
We added a touch of Viognier from Catie’s Corner Vineyards to amplify the aroma.

The Très Bonnes Années Marsanne should be available later this month. We produced 2 barrels/50 cases and this will be a perfect refreshing wine for the summer (probably won’t last too long – it’s really yummy).

the red …
Jeff presented me with this year’s finished Syrah at a recent lunch at the girl & the fig. I don’t think he was kidding when he told me with some regret that he wished he had kept some of the Rockpile Syrah for some of his own wines this year. Now – that is a good friend!  Did I mention how amazing the wine is? The 2010 Très Bonnes Années Syrah is extraordinary! This is a hearty, luscious, articulate Syrah from the Rockpile appellation in Sonoma County. We are letting it settle for a few weeks and than it will be available for my drinking pleasure – oh right – your drinking pleasure!

the labels …
Our wine labels for this year, with the incredible art fromJulie Higgins, the resident artist at both the girl & the fig and the fig cafe & winebar. The syrah label was designed by Patti Britton of Britton Design.

Company Updates

This year, spring cleaning included a website redesign.

We look forward to the many upcoming celebrations that we have on the calendar in the next few months (weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversary, birthday parties, and more).

ESTATE‘s hours are Wednesday – Sunday nights from 5 pm and Sunday Brunch from 10 – 3. Special lunches and private parties on Mon – Tues may be arranged by calling Tracy at 707-933-3663.

Plats du Jour

Remember, theFIGstore is always open whenever you want any of our goodies.


More News

We did not waste a single carrot in June. The abundance resulted in; carrot & beet puree for our HARLOT cocktail, pickled carrots for salumi, carrot soup with fava bean pistou was served at the SENSE of PLACE event for TEDx Sonoma County Event as well as at the SF Ferry Building Farmer’s Market. Chef Bryan used the carrots with a lavender honey glaze that was delicious with the steak entree.

John & I looking like Ma & Pa Kettle at CUESA at the SF Ferry Building last month, preparing for a Strawberry Panna Cotta Demonstration.

Our staff is so talented and it shows in so many different ways – art, music, theater, pleasing our guests


and making babies!
Congrats to all the new parents and the rest of you that are expecting!!!

Suite d

By the time you read this, we will have done our 1st reward dinner. Sunday Supper for 20+ guests fed Devil’s Gulch Ranch Porchetta with Westwood Wines.

Fencing & metal panels are in place,
succulents, bamboo & grasses have been planted

Still Working:  compression of gravel, low voltage lighting, drip

I found these ladders at Harvest Barn in Petaluma – not sure what I would do with them at the time, but as you can see I found a purpose.

They are now attached to the ceiling waiting for track lighting which will give me the ability to switch out all of my funky light fixtures at a whim.

Still to come: Barn Doors, Reconstructed Demo Bar, Useful Pulleys, Buffets on Casters!

Continue to follow our progress on facebookand pinterest.
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