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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - September 2015


Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - September 2015

THAT’S THE SPIRIT – Cheers! I will drink to that.

Watch out Petaluma Beer and Wine.  Move over and make room for Spirits.  The ever growing Scott Street in Petaluma is becoming a world known destination for those seeking fine Petaluma crafts.  When you think of Scott Street you naturally think of beer.  Not the case now.  Sonoma Coast Spirits, owned by Jill and Doug Olson who are 4th generation Sonoma County family, is making their way into the spirits industry with their pre-mixed ready to drink cocktails. Recently they introduced Mango Tango and Pomegranate-Lime Craft Cocktails. For all you whiskey lovers, their Whiskey Sour will launch this fall.  Griffo Distillery, also on Scott Street, has also made a leap into the grain-to-glass spirits making top shelf gin and whiskey.  They built a large copper still called “Betty” named after a “salty” and “tough” aunt who lived to age 99.  Betty has sensors that collect thousands of bits of data that help them to refine and create top shelf gin and whiskey.  The big news for them is in August they landed their first distributor agreement with Southern Artisanal Group in Northern California which will enable them to start selling their products. 

Speaking of wine…

did you miss the Petaluma Gap Alliance’s Wind To Wine Event? Hundreds of wine lovers showed up for the wine tasting event.  Attendees were able to select from events such as a wine seminar, VIP wine lounge, and the Grand Tasting. . The wine seminar, hosted by sommelier Chris Sawyer, was an excellent way to truly learn what makes this wind-driven region unique. Winemakers offered their perspective on the terroir, weather, varietals and the wind. For those who were there it truly made a difference tasting comparing wines side-by-side and be able to ask the winemaker questions.  At the Grand Tasting all wineries, mostly made up of small boutique producers, poured their luscious wines including handcrafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah wines. The core three make up the majority of the region. So for lovers of these three varietals, event goers found themselves in a wine lover’s paradise. There were also other varietals including Viognier, Rosé, and a Tempranillo.

Here are some standout wineries to check out from the tasting:

Sojourn Cellars: Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Rodgers Creek Pinot Noir

Keller Estate: 2014 Rosé, 2013 La Cruz Vineyard Chardonnay, 2012 “Rotie” Syrah

Fogline Vineyards: 2013 Zephyr’s Block Chardonnay, 2012 Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Kosta Brown: 2012 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Calstar Cellars: 2010 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay.

WALT Wines: 2013 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Pax Mahle Wines: 2013 Sun Chase Vineyard Chardonnay

Pfendler Vineyards: Rosé of Pinot Noir and Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

Trombetta Family Wines: 2011 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

(Credits to the wine coverage goes to Sherrie Perkovich, and contributor). 

Upcoming Events

Speaking of beer… Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival is on Saturday, September 12th between 1-5PM will have 20 regional craft breweries, live music, and local food purveyors at historic Water Street.  This event is sponsored by the Petaluma Valley Rotary and Petaluma Chamber of Commerce to benefit River products, non-profits, and community activities. 

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