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September 2013

September 1, 2013

For more pictures and stories from Wine Country Weekend


Leading the way in Wine Country
“Over the past two decades or so, Bernstein has nurtured a thriving food business anchored by her flagship Sonoma restaurant, The Girl & The Fig, known for its French-inspired country cuisine and wine list of mostly Rhone varietals.

She was named the honorary culinary chair for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend along with Phil Coturri, owner of Sonoma’s Enterprise Vineyards, is the honorary winegrower chair; the Gallo family with its E & J Gallo Winery arm in Healdsburg is the honorary vintner chair.” Click for the full article in the Press Democrat.

photo by Conner Jay


Notes from Durae:

It was such fun to participate in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend with the girl & the fig, and awe-inspiring to experience the best of what so many of Sonoma’s growers, producers, chefs and vintners had created.  What a pleasure to hear winemakers speak with such love and pride for their vines, this land, and the wines that have come from it.  So many of them have been working the land they do for generations and to share their very best efforts brings them obvious joy.

Even more gratifying is to know that a portion of the proceeds from wine country weekend, most significantly from the Sunday auction, will benefit local charities, environmental protection and sustainability efforts throughout the county, as well as literacy programs for children.

On that note, according to the Wine Institute of California, Sonoma County leads the pack in sustainability practices in winemaking.  More than 250 Sonoma County wineries and grape growers participate in the statewide Code of Sustainable Winegrowing practices, a voluntary self-assessment program designed to ensure proper care of the land.  It is worth noting that pesticide use in Sonoma County has declined every year since 1997, despite the fact that grape acreage has increased dramatically.  Well done, Sonoma!

To put such effort into your work, to be gratified with sharing the end result, and in the end being able to give back in a meaningful way, is a pleasure.

Samuel Johnson  said, “bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.”  So, kudos to Sondra and John and all of those who made Sonoma Wine Country Weekend a success!  I hope that you all enjoyed SWCW, this beautiful place we call home, and the food and wine that is made here.



During September and October, we will be donating $1 from every dish sold to the JBF Taste America education drive when you order a Basil Panisse Cake (tomato coulis, cherry tomatoes, marinated feta, mizuna).


Très Bonnes Années

We are excited to have our seventh vintage of our Rockpile Syrah available for your drinking pleasure. This year, Jeff Cohn  from JC Cellars only made one barrel for us, which is half of what we normally make. I’m sure we will fly through it!  We will offer it by the bottle and by the glass for a short time.


Gourmand’s Grater
You must take a look at this incredible new invention that you can help turn into a reality! Click to watch the video in the campaign page on indiegogo to see what it is all about! Very COOL!


the farm project
Visit the farm blog to see what’s growing on. Our friend, Anne Abrams updates the Blog weekly and we absolutely love this City Girl’s take on the farm.
You probably know that I am determined to try anything FIG at least once! So when I spied Mahia, a new distilled spirit made from figs, I had to give it a taste.

The team took it seriously and between Jason, Brian and Chef Jeremy they created a new take on an old classic – the Rusty Nail becomes a French Manicure at the girl & the fig. The cocktail is made up of Mahia, Drambuie, Muddled fresh figs, cream over ice. We are featuring this on our Dessert Menu! Let me know how you like it.

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