2017 NY in NYC

On January 22-28, a small band of North Yuba vigneron-pioneers will be visiting NYC and Philly together: Yours truly, along with a group of young wine producers who have sprung into being in part thanks to their connection to Clos Saron: Frenchtown Farms’ Aaron and Cara Mockrish, who were our apprentices in 2015, La Onda’s Dani Rozman, who was our intern in 2013 and stayed connected ever since, and Thee & Thou’s John Donaghue, who was our first ever intern in 2010 and 2011. The common thread linking us all together, is everyone’s commitment to farming and/or sourcing chemical-free fruit grown in the North Yuba section of the Sierra Foothills, and shared dedication to minimalistic wine making practices. While La Onda and Thee & Thou have a few vintages under their belts, for Frenchtown Farms this occasion will mark the release of their first wine: 2015 “Cotillon”, which was made here, at Clos Saron.

Our plan is to offer at least one dinner and one consumer tasting in NYC, and one dinner in Philly. Locations are still being determined and details will be posted here as they come into focus.

The following week, Frenchtown Farms and Clos Saron will visit the Washington D.C. area on Monday and Tuesday, 1/30-31. On Tuesday, a dinner will be cooked by chef Rick Cook of Blacksalt fame at his home (4 seats available, first come first served, $125 all included). Other events and details to follow.

Please email us for any additional information.

An Evening at Heirloom Cafe SF

We will start at 4:30 with a conversation about the Wild in Food & Wine with Connie Green of Wine Forest Wild Foods, Matt Strauss, owner of Heirloom Cafe, and myself.  To help us all get into it, we’ll serve some nibblies and taste three wines while exploring the subject and sharing from our experience.

At 6:30 we’ll sit down for a 5-course dinner, properly libated with four of our wines: Tickled Pink, Carte Blanche, Out of the Blue, and Home Vineyard Pinot Noir.

I will tell you that two of the very rare occasions for Saron & myself to dine (together!) in San Francisco over the past few years were at Heirloom and, all I can say is that I am looking forward to this third opportunity!

Heirloom Cafe is located at 2500 Folsom St, San Francisco. Tel: (415) 821-2500. Make your reservation here.