According to the Miwok and Pomo tribes, Sonoma, is translated to “Valley of the Moon,” and the mysticism of its name is typified by the area’s sunny days, fog-infused dawns, and varied geography.
With its proximity to the Russian River and sixty miles of California coastline, the benefits to winemaking rely on the ideal combination of weather, temperature, fog, and rainfall and we’re pleased to be back in California as the inspiration for our spring menu.
From Santa Rosa and Point Reyes to Healdsburg and Sebastopol, Sonoma is rife with picturesque beauty and superior winemaking. Boasting eighteen appellations and over sixty varietals, the region has been producing wine for two centuries when Russian colonists first planted grapes.
With World War II fresh off the heels of the repeal of prohibition, the cessation of the importation of French wine gave local wineries a moment to replenish and revive their production.
By the 1970s, a second wave of wineries was established in the region. The seminal Paris tasting of 1976 between California and French wines vying for top honors, brought prestige to Napa Valley and its surrounding wine regions.
From the late 1980s, Sonoma transitioned from being known for its agricultural to finding itself as a world-class wine destination, where revered winemakers are turning out coveted and exceptional bottles.