Trione Winery Hosts Annual Pig Roast Winemaker Dinner

TRIONE WINERY’S ANNUAL PIG ROAST WINEMAKER DINNER
AUGUST 26TH FROM 5-9PM

Mark Trione has gone up to our Flatridge Ranch and harvested  the perfect wild hog to share! Enjoy wild and domestic pigs that were cooked in a La Caja China (think: cooking a pig in the ground like they do in Hawaii, only this is a huge stainless steel box, a much cleaner way of cooking it with similar taste results) by the chefs from Peloton Culinary & Catering. Feast on garden fresh delights to pair with this succulent pork while sipping on verticals (three different vintages) of Zinfandel as well as some barrel samples and other special release wines. This event is one not to miss! These chefs pull out all the stops – think about all of the fresh, seasonal veggies and fruits you love to eat during the summertime and that will be
on the table in a fancier way.

Seating is limited and this event will sell out. Reserve your seats today!!
$150 per person. Purchase your seats today!

This is a family-style dinner, plant based dieters can still come and enjoy with plenty of food to eat without the pork.

To purchase your tickets call Trione at 707.814.8100 or email tasting@trionewinery.com 

A Few Awesome Beer, Wine, and Food Events Happening in Sonoma County

Food + Wine Dinner Series: Trione Vineyards & Winery welcomes food and wine lovers to an intimate dinner series held on May 13th and 14th from 6-8:30pm. The winery features estate library wines and new releases paired with a farm-to-table menu prepared by local chefs of Peloton Culinary & Catering. This is a 3-4 course meal presented in a beautiful setting in the Old Stone Building overlooking the stunning vineyards of Alexander Valley. This is the perfect gift for mom, grandma, wife, or special person. The dinner is limited to 30 guests, the cost is $100 per person all inclusive. To purchase tickets please call the tasting room at 707.814.8100.

Santa Rosa Downtown Market: Visit the Wednesday night market for artisan food items, delicious street food, artwork, fun, and a wine and beer garden! May 10th, and 17th – 5-8:30pm in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street. Note: 4th Street will be closed early, park on 3rd or 5th and walk over.

Cooperage Beer & Yoga: Every Sunday get fit and drink beer with Cooperage Brewery from noon-1pm. It’s only $12 for a nice workout followed by a cold, delicious brew. They are also releasing a new beer each week, so there will always be a new surprise on for you to choose from! This will happen every Sunday for as long as people keep signing up for it! This is certainly the best drop in yoga deal around.

Beer & BBQ at the Coop: Cooperage is having Camacho’s Southern Style BBQ on May 12th for your grubbin’ pleasure. Belly up to the bar with some fantastic beers, play some cards against humanity or connect four, and enjoy the day. 

Live Music at Local Barrel: Every weekend starting at 5pm.

For more beer events, read my full article on SonomaMag.com here. 

 

Local Food, Wine, and Craft Beer Events in Sonoma County

Just because the rain won’t let up doesn’t mean that should keep you inside! There are so many great events coming up in April and May in Sonoma, here are a few you should put on your radar.

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Dennis Housman sips on cold suds at a local beer event in Petaluma. (Tim Vallery)

APRIL EVENTS

St. Florian’s Brewery hosts Trivia Nights: The third Thursday of each month at the brewery in Windsor.

Cooperage is combining Yoga and Beer: get your workout in and then enjoy a nice cold one! Every Sunday in Santa Rosa.

Ping Pong Palooza: Palooza Gastropub hosts weekly Ping Pong Tournaments outside at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Eat, drink, and play ping pong with friends and your whole family. All levels welcome. Prizes will be awarded. April 18th, 25th, and May 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm in Kenwood. There is no cost to play.

Damnation Returns to RRBC: The popular Belgian Strong Golden Ale from Russian River Brewery will once again make an appearance at the pub in Santa Rosa in April.

For more beer events in April visit Sonoma Magazine here. 

Passport to Dry Creek: Visit 45+ wineries around the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Wineries will host vineyard tours, prelude lunches and dinners, and then the grand event is a two day wine event featuring the valley’s best wines paired with excellent food dishes created by local chefs. Visit Fritz Winery, Mill Creek, and Dry Creek Vineyards to try my favorite chefs food: Peloton Culinary & Catering. Tickets are still available, for more information or to purchase yours, click here. April 29th and 30th.

MAY EVENTS 

Ping Pong Palooza: Palooza Gastropub hosts weekly Ping Pong Tournaments outside at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Eat, drink, and play ping pong with friends and your whole family. All levels welcome. Prizes will be awarded. May 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm in Kenwood. There is no cost to play.

Food + Wine Dinner Series: Trione Vineyards & Winery welcomes food and wine lovers to an intimate dinner series held on May 13th and 14th from 6-8:30pm. The winery features estate library wines and new releases paired with a farm-to-table menu prepared by local chefs of Peloton Culinary & Catering. This is a 3-4 course meal presented in a beautiful setting in the Old Stone Building overlooking the stunning vineyards of Alexander Valley. This is the perfect gift for mom, grandma, wife, or special person. The dinner is limited to 30 guests, the cost is $100 per person all inclusive. To purchase tickets please call the tasting room at 707.814.8100.

Santa Rosa Downtown Market: Visit the Wednesday night market for artisan food items, delicious street food, artwork, fun, and a wine and beer garden! May 3rd, 10th, and 17th – 5-8:30pm in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street. Note: 4th Street will be closed early, park on 3rd or 5th and walk over.

It Takes a lot of Great Beer to make Sonoma County Wine!

A topic that is near and dear to my heart- with my new gig at Sonoma Magazine I was able to incorporate my passion for wine and beer all in the same feature. It’s harvest time for wineries and we all know that beer plays a huge role in the wine-making world; after a long, hard days, winemakers, crew, and everyone who works in the business likes to sit back with a cold one.

Here is the full article.

http://jessposhepny.com/category/beer-2/

Vineyard crews loading up grapes to bring to Trione Winery

Shop LOCAL + Eat LOCAL + Play LOCAL

Summertime is about being out in the beautiful outdoors with family and friends enjoying life. Life for me is all about great food, wine, craft beer, and family. There’s nothing better than being in the middle of a vineyard with stunning views soaking up the sun, sipping on something tasty. Being from here, some would think I’d want to get away to enjoy life, but really, life is so good right here in my backyard. I love the idea of hanging out at Trione {or any of the gorgeous wineries in Alexander Valley} enjoying a good, fresh picnic, playing bocce, and letting the day slip away. I’m excited that at Trione we are offering an incentive to keep people local, keep the money in our area… shop at any of these local cafe’s and grocery stores, bring your picnic to the winery, show us your receipt to receive a 10% discount on wine purchases that day!!

Here are the stores:

Big John’s Market

Geyserville Market

Oliver’s Market- Windsor

Jimtown Store

Geyserville Mud

The Dry Creek General Store 

I shop at these places regularly. I love the cold pressed coffee and breakfast sandwich at the Geyserville Mud. The freshly made burritos at the Geyserville Market are to die for. The Jim Town Store and Dry Creek General made killer sandwiches. The lines for these places can get a bit long so be patient, it’s worth it. And…Big John’s Market and Oliver’s have everything you could possibly want to add to any picnic. I love Oliver’s, I go all the time and they’re 2 minutes from my house, so naturally when they opened {just last month}, my life got a little bit better!

Here’s my perfect picnic:

Here is my perfect whole30 compliant picnic:

  • Salami
  • Butter lettuce leaves
  • Roasted red bell peppers & onions
  • Fresh cut baby bells, carrots, and cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Castelvetrano olives
  • sliced avocado
  • Meyer lemon olive oil & balsamic {for dipping}
  • Roasted red pepper dip
  • strawberries & blackberries
  • tomatoe salad with olive oil
  • fresh fruit flavored water
  • sparkling water with fresh fruit cubes

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Here is more info on Trione’s Summertime special. Enjoy the Summer!!

North Coast Wine Challenge

The Press Democrat Presents the North Coast Wine Challenge- 80 wineries pour their GOLD winning wines and 8 wine country chefs demonstrate and serve wine country fare. Taste some of the best wines from the Norther California AVA’s. Meet the winemakers, the principles, and key wine people to learn about the different varietals and brands. Pair your wines with dishes created by a variety of wine country chefs from Napa and Sonoma Valley’s.

 

EAT

FRIED CHICKEN SLIDERS
BBQ DUCK BISCUIT
CHOCOLATE BUDINO WITH SEA SALT
TUNISIAN-SPICED LAMB MEATBALLS
CRISPY HERITAGE PORK BELLY
SMOKED SALMON RILETTES
BOON BURGER SLIDERS
ROASTED VENISON SLIDER


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DRINK

REISLING, ARNEIS, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, PINOT NOIR, CHARDONNAY, MERLOT, VIOGNIER, BRUT ROSE, PETIT SIRAH, AND MANY MORE!!

Get tickets for $25-90 per person for the may 15th event at the Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park.

http://www.northcoastwineevent.com/

A Mid-Summer Night’s Cherry Roast

Recipe from Tomatomania Cookbook. Tomatomania coming to Trione Winery on April 30th, all day. Join us!! 

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FROM SCOTT: “The unsung heroes of the garden in my book? Cherry tomatoes. Many ’maniacs scrunch their noses when I suggest they grow cherries. Some say they have a “unique” taste. Others complain they had way too many cherries one year because they tend to grow like crazy. This is a problem?

Great on their own, these tomatoes are also fantastic companions for homemade hummus, goat cheese, steamed green beans . . . I could go on. And by all means, play around with the vegetables and herb combos—and tomato varieties. This is a very pile-it-on friendly recipe.”

RECIPE: 

2 pints (4 cups) cherry, grape, or other small tomatoes
¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced and roughly chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 small sprig rosemary, cut in half, or 2 tablespoons mixed chopped garden herbs such as oregano, thyme, and basil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. If the tomatoes are large, slice them in half. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the tomatoes with the onion, if using. Sprinkle the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar over the tomato and onion mixture. Season with a generous pinch of salt and scatter the herbs on top.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes and stir the tomatoes with a heat-proof spatula, mixing any stray pools of vinegar and tomato juice back together as much as possible. The juice from the tomatoes will help deglaze the baking sheet. Bits of vinegar will stick to the spatula; that’s fine (when it cools, it turns into a handy “vinegar candy” snack for the cook). Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
  3. Continue to bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to wrinkle but are still very juicy, 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size, variety, and ripeness of the tomatoes.
  4. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and transfer to a bowl to cool, scraping the baking sheet well, and season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Makes about 2 cups

Prime Picks: Any cherry, grape, pear, or other small variety.

Best left on the vine: Any super-large tomatoes. They release water immediately as they bake so they won’t caramelize well.

Recipe located on page 166-168 of the Tomatomania cookbook.

I {Moxie Lady} enjoy this delightful mix with Laura Chenel Goat Cheese and a sip of Trione Sauvignon Blanc or Route 128 Viognier. This is one of those great recipes you can whip up before hand and look like a superstar for your guests on a nice Spring or Summer afternoon by “throwing together” a delicious appetizer. Want to turn this into a full meal? Roll out some dough and use this as the topping for a seasoned flat bread!

Cheers!

 

 

 

TomatoMania!! Is back at Trione!

Owner Scott Daigre of Tomatomania is headed back up North with over 300 tomato varieties! They’ll be at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma Valley for one weekend and then head further North to Geyserville and will be at Trione Winery on April 30th.

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Scott has been coming up North for years now and helping hundreds of folks find the best variety to plant in their gardens. He comes with a full crew to answer any questions you may have, T-shorts, and his AMAZING cookbook (see recipe featured here). I personally have made half of the recipes in here but one of my all time favorites is Sams tomato Sourdough. It’s so delicious!! For a list of places to buy the book online, click here.

You can count on detailed information from Scott when you buy. Write down your questions about planting and bring them with you. Scott lists his tips here too.

EVENTS FOR TOMATOMANIA: 

April 23-24: CornerStone Gardens: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.

April 30: Trione Vineyards and Winery: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 19550 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville.

 

Trione Winery will also be having a fun event during Tomatomania for those who would like to partake in wine tasting: 2015 Rose of Pinot Noir release party from 1-4pm with a couple of small “brunch like bites” from Peloton Catering , a sample of Rose, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s $15 for the public and then they’re offering a 10% discount on wine purchases!!

 

Here’s to kicking off Spring in wine country!

 

 

CALIFORNIA ARTISAN CHEESE FESTIVAL, CHEESE, YES PLEASE!

I love food and I love to eat healthy, but there is one thing that I cannot ever take out of my diet, CHEESE. It’s the best food in the entire world, in my opinion. In all my years of being a foodie, I have not found a cheese I did not like. I swoon over classic sharp cheddar, Jarlsberg Swiss, smoked Gouda, dry aged Gouda, and triple cream Bries. I have been known to sit down with a chunk of Swiss and sliced granny smith apples and just snack until… well the evidence is gone. It can happen so fast! My love affair with this food group is fun and something I won’t give up, that’s why I am so thrilled about the California Artisan Cheese Festival coming up on March.

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The weekend of March 18-20th the Sheraton Petaluma will host the 10th annual artisan cheese festival and a series of educational and fun seminars, tours, tastings, and events followed by a grand celebration on Saturday night. Local foodies, entrepreneurs, vintners, craft brewers, chefs, and fromagiers from across the country will get together to highlight cheese.

Learn how to eat it, what to look for in pairing cheese with wine, cider, or beer, how it’s made, and how to properly serve it. Enjoy educational tours at local farms for a more in-depth experience. Watch a little friendly competition to create “the best bite” on Friday night sounds fun and exciting: chefs are provided with a wheel, bowl, or block of cheese and are asked to create their best bite. Meet and chat with the cheese-makers, pick their brains, and learn the story and the process along with all of the blood, sweat, and tears that really go into producing cheese.

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On Saturday night from 6-9pm the California Cheesin’ celebration takes place. Chefs from all over are given artisan cheeses to incorporate into a mind-blowing appetizer for gusts to sample throughout the evening. Cast your vote for the very best, the winner will be announced during the event. Tickets are only $75 per person for this delicious event. Wine, craft beer, and cider will be provided to pair with the appetizers.

Here are the cheese-makers and producers that you can expect to see at the events:

Achadihna Cheese Company
Beehive Cheese Company
Bellwether Farms
Central Coast Creamery
Chevoo
Cowgirl Creamery
Cypress Grove Chevre
Dairy Goddess
Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese Company
Laura Chenel’s Chèvre
Marin French Cheese Company
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
Orland Farmstead Creamery
Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
Pug’s Leap
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company
Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese Company
Valley Ford Cheese Company
Weirauch Farm
Willapa Hills Cheese

All of the weekends events are listed here, sign up now in order to reserve your seat, these events sell out!

The California Artisan Cheese Festival supports the artisan the cheese-making community directly by contributing 10% of ticket proceeds to nonprofit organizations that work to protect the lands needed by the artisan cheese-makers for their cows, sheep, and goats and train the next generation of milk producers and cheese-makers. The event also donates money to support these local non-profits: Redwood Empire Food Bank, Petaluma Future Farmers of America, Sonoma Land Trust, California Artisan Cheese Guild, and Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

I will be pouring Trione wines at the Saturday evening celebration, and Tim {my hubby} will be there serving something fantastic and creative with his chef de cuisine, Patrick of Peloton Culinary & Catering. Come by our tables and taste our pairings. I’ll be photographing the grub during the event too, so follow along with me on Instagram and Twitter: @Moxie_Lady.

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Buy your tickets to the events here. 

Hope to see you there!

Cheers to good food, cheese, and craft!

-Moxie

Bird & the Bottle

Cool atmosphere, nice people, the mood was very warm, and the tables were just far enough apart so one doesn’t feel like they’re dinning with the tables next to them. We sat in the room where we had a view of the open kitchen. It’s always fun for us as a chef and general food lover {my husband being the chef, I’m the home-cook} to see the action.

The menu is unique and creative. It is a bit pricey, but that’s nothing too unusual with a Stark restaurant. The quality is there so we don’t mind paying more for good food. I started with my usual cocktail: Maker’s Mark Manhattan up with two shakes of bitters {$10}. It was a tad on the sweeter side and had two large cherries in the glass, that seemed to be made in house, they were plump and added a nice dimension to the drink. We ordered the warm sesame biscuits with pimento cheese and pickled jalapenos {$6}. I was a bit skeptical but took the leap and WOW, it was tasty. The acid on the pickled jalapenos really brought all of the flavors together. Fried cheese curds {$8}. What else can I say? It’s fried cheese curd. Yum. The pimento cheese spread goes well on these too!

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Next was the clam & kielbasa chowder {$11}. This is another dish that makes you think, “hmm… should I?” but yes, you should, it was wonderful. The flavors were rich, spicy, fresh, and worked very well together. There were two unopened clams in the bowl, which definitely happens, hopefully next time the chef will catch that- it’s not the end of the world but when paying those prices, all of the food going out should be edible. All in all, this dish was superb, I will be ordering this one again!

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Lastly, we shared the B&B mini burgers {$8}. These are not to be mistaken for black and blue burgers {clearly it’s for Bird & Bottle}, they have American cheese and grilled onions on them. For a mini, the bun was packed with meat; juicy, full of flavor, and cooked perfectly.

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The general feel of Bird & Bottle is warm, cozy, and the service is great {of course, if there’s one thing the Stark’s know, its how to train there staff}. The cocktail list was well thought out, a lot of 1920’s style drinks, the wine list mostly local, and the beer list was good but not a lot of variety. The one thing that I hope they will fix is the ventilation in the kitchen. The place smelled amazing but after we left my eyes were burning from the smoke and my hair, sweater, and leather purse reeked of smoke, not a huge deal if you have nowhere else to go after…. I defiantly smelled like I had been smoking meats all day at work. Other than that, the place is top notch and a good addition to downtown Santa Rosa.

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