IS THERE SUCH THING AS A CALIFORNIA-STYLE WHISKEY? FINALLY, THE ANSWER IS YES

IS THERE SUCH THING AS A CALIFORNIA-STYLE WHISKEY? FINALLY, THE ANSWER IS YES

Spirit Works Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($50/750ml, 45% ABV; Spirit Works Distillery, Sebastopol): This distillery, owned by husband-and-wife team Timo and Ashby Marshall, former merchant marines who worked with environmental nonprofits, opened in the Barlow complex of Sebastopol in 2012. Whiskey was always a goal for he distillery, and upon opening, he Marshalls began laying down whiskey in 53-gallon barrels. This bourbon from Spirit Works’ head distiller Krystal Goulart was fist released in April 2020, as it took a few years to source the organic California-grown corn that is essential to bourbon. Aged four years in new American oak, this bourbon has the classic flavors of cherry, orange and herbal menthol typical in the style, buttressed with more grain flavor in the form of whole-gran toast with honey and light floral aromas…

Read more  |    December 18, 2020

San Francisco Chronicle

WINES TO REMEMBER IN A YEAR TO FORGET

WINES TO REMEMBER IN A YEAR TO FORGET

Back in February, before 2020 took its dangerous turn, I flew to Northern California to, among other things, report an article on Pax Mahle Wines in Sebastopol, a winery that is home to six exceptional producers, all sharing space, working similarly in the cellar with no commercial yeast or other additives, but making very different wines…

Each of the labels – Martha Soumen Wines, Jolie-Laide, RAEN, Jaimee Motley Wines and Monte Rio Cellars – makes beautiful wines. But the one that stayed with me was a syrah from Pax Mahle Wines, made by the husband-and-wife team at the center of the group, Pax and Pam Mahle.

Read more  |    December 10, 2020

The New York Times

9 SONOMA BUYS TO KEEP YOU WARM AND COZY THIS WINTER

9 SONOMA BUYS TO KEEP YOU WARM AND COZY THIS WINTER

It just got cooler outside, which means there’s an imperative to get cozier. And with activities moving outdoors and remaining so for much longer this season, it’s really important to bundle up. Here are a few finds that will keep you warmer and cozier or both whether we’re in the field, on a hike or curled up on the couch.

This cozy hoodie is a stylish defense against dropping temperatures. The fact that it’s cut and sewn in the USA and screen-printed in a Mendocino studio should give you extra warm fuzzies. $68 Barge North Company, The Barlow, 6780 McKinley St. Ste. 140, Sebastopol, 707-503-6018, bargenorthcompany.com

Read more  |    November 2020

Sonoma Magazine