Meet Real Live Elephants in Sonoma at Trione Winery

MEET & GREET AND FEED REAL LIVE ELEPHANTS AT TRIONE

OCTOBER 1ST

Trione Winery is hosting a charity event for these magical creatures some would not ever get to meet in real life: Elephants!  The money raised will support the Elephant Preserve, a non-profit supporting elephants all over the world, helping to aide in treatment research, orthopedics treatments, education, and the overall awareness to stop elephant cruelty.

 

This 100% a fundraiser and all of the proceeds will go directly towards benefiting the elephants.

There will be two different sessions for people to partake and meet the elephants: an early session for children and families, though adults without children may come to this event as well and an evening session for adults over 21 years.

 

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

Family-Friendly Session:
10am-12pm

  • Education – touch and feel the elephants
  • Watch them paint on canvas
  • Take selfies with elephants
  • Feed them carrots
  • Cookies and drinks for kids and wine for adults will be provided
  • Raffle tickets $10 each or $100 for 20
  • Raffle items: five trunk lifts, six kids can play soccer with elephants, a painted canvas
  • Admission: $50 per person, children under four are free

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE TO THE MORNING SESSION

Trione Ele

Evening Session (Adults Only):
4-6pm

  • Education & information on non-profit, how you can help – touch and feel the elephants
  • Watch them paint on canvas and magnums of wine
  • Take selfies with elephants
  • Feed them carrots
  • Wine and cheese will be provided
  • Raffle tickets: $20 each and $100 for 10
  • Raffle items: five trunk lifts, two magnums, one painted canvas, and one final ride
  • in Sonoma County.
  • Admission: $75 per person, adults (21 and over) only

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE TO THE EVENING ADULT ONLY SESSION

Please arrive on time to get the most out of the elephant experience and to not disturb others enjoyment. In-kind donations are appreciated and welcomed.

Click the links in each session to purchase your tickets, the event will sell out and they may not have tickets at the door so it’s best to buy your tickets right away! You can also pre-buy your raffle tickets and raffle bundles and collect your tickets at check in the day of. If you want to buy your tickets at the winery, just give them a cal in the tasting room at 707.814.8100 or email tasting@trionewinery.com.

This is a once in a lifetime experience, don’t miss this awesome opportunity to meet these majestic, intelligent creatures!!

 

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.

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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!!

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!

 

 

Fun things happening at Trione Winery {As always}

Everyone loves a fun event but in recent years one event has sort of gotten out of hand one could say, or it’s exhausting to put on… Barrel Tasting. It’s lost it’s appeal, in my opinion. So at Trione we wanted to do something super fun and unique so we are doing a we are NOT doing barrel tasting weekend!!

TRIONE WINERY PRESENTS  

“NOT BARREL TASTING” WEEKEND

March 12th & 13th

11am to 4pm

Are you tired of being barrel wasted?! Avoid the craziness of the barrel tasting weekend and come relax at Trione Winery.

From 11-4pm we will have live music from BackTrax on Saturday and the Kyle Martin Band on Sunday. Bring your kiddos and pets, spend the afternoon sipping on wines by the glass in the (almost) spring-like weather, bring a picnic or enjoy sliders and a slaw bar from Peloton Catering.

$20 per person for two glasses of wine and (one serving of food) two sliders.

See more on Trione’s blog. 

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A Simply Delicious Tomato Dish

The perfect dish for a busy hostess….

A Simply Delicious Spread that is sure to make your friends think this took you longer than it did! It’s fresh, vibrant, and tasty. Recipe compliments of one of my new staples: Tomatomania! I love the recipes in this book because it’s all about using garden fresh tomatoes, and I LOVE me some tomatoes… But I also love it because each of the recipes are so beautiful and allows for great, rustic, wine country-esk photos.

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Tomato-Vanilla Bean Marmalade

 

At our annual end-of-the-season Tomatomania tasting in L.A., Southern California ‘maniacs bring their gems of the season to share. After we taste every homegrown tomato (a hard job, I know), chef and fellow ‘maniac Jimmy Shaw prepares an incredible tomato-inspired brunch. At some point, the tomato-doused conversation always seems to circle back to tomato relishes, ketchups, and jams like this marmalade-style tomato preserve with vanilla beans.

The two ingredients may seem like unlikely kitchen friends, but go with me for a second; this recipe is well worth the vanilla bean splurge. The marmalade is fantastic on breakfast toast, pilled on goat cheese-topped crusty bread, or crackers for a quick lunch appetizer, or swirled into tangy frozen yogurt as a nightcap – just my kind of all-day tomato tasting.

Note: To make the jam with frozen tomatoes, reduce the sugar to ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar (they lose juice when thawed). Thawed tomato skins slide off easily, so the marmalade with have a smoother, more jam-like consistency.

 

 

  • 3 pounds very ripe, sweet tomatoes, blemishes and rough spots removed
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • ½ cup vanilla bean, scraped
  • Generous pinch of kosher salt

 

  1. Cut the stem end off the tomatoes and remove and tough cores. Scoop out half the seeds with your fingers (a few left is fine). Place the tomatoes in a colander over a bowl and roughly smash into 1 inch chunks with your hands. Discard any skins that slip off while you work. Reserve the tomato water for another use.
  2. Place the strained the tomatoes, sugar, vanilla bean and scrapings, and salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to retain a low boil, and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated and the marmalade is glossy, 25 to 35 minutes, depending on the juiciness of the tomatoes. (The jam will thicken more as it cools.) Cool and refrigerate for up to 1 month.

 

Note: This jam does not have enough acidity to safely can and preserve.

 

Prime picks: Any sweet red or yellow tomatoes such as Thessaloniki, Lemon Boy, Early Girls, and bicolors similar to Pineapple.

 

Best left on the vine: Purple varieties often take on a muddy color when cooked; citrusy green varieties such as Garden Lime, Emerald Evergreen, and Green Moldovan don’t pair well with vanilla.

 

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Tomato Season!!

With the weather acting like it’s been Spring all along… the gardens are ready early for planting and prep. Fruits and veggies are coming into season early and the farmers markets are going to be opening soon!! Its a glorious time of year. At Trione we are hosting the Tomatomania crew and they’re going to be selling starters for your garden. They’ll have over 300 varieties and they just wrote a book: Tomatomania! It’s filled with creative recipes all revolving around the juicy tomato.

Here is one that I am excited about making this season:

Stone Fruit and Tomato Gazpacho

 

I am a big fan of gazpacho in all forms. Late peaches ripen about the same time as backyard tomatoes and this is one of my favorite summer time versions.

I always make a generous amount, but you can easily cut this recipe in half. I life to strain leftovers to use as a salsa-like topping on goat cheese and sandwiches.

 

  • 1 pound of peaches or nectarines, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 large slicing cucumber, or 3 Persian cucumbers, peeled and cut into small chunks [note: slicers are what most large grocery store cucumbers and called]
  • ½ medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and roughly chopped, or to taste
  • 2 pounds juicy tomatoes, cut into chunks, plus 1 medium ripe tomato for serving
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 lime wedges, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil or parsley, both if you have them

 

  1. Place ¼ cup each of chopped peaches and cucumbers, 2 tablespoons of red onion, and 1 teaspoon of jalapeño in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Place 2 pounds of tomatoes, remaining peaches, cucumber, red onion, and jalapeño in a blender and puree until the gazpacho is as smooth as you’d like. (If you have a small blender, you may need to do this in batchers.) Pour the gazpacho into a large bowl and add the olive oil, cider vinegar, lime juice, and ¾ teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Taste again after chilling and add additional lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.
  3. To serve, finely dice the reserved peaches, cucumbers, red onion, jalapeño, and remaining tomato. Add the basil or parsley (or both), mix to combine, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle the chilled gazpacho into bowls, top with tomato-peach salsa, and drizzle with olive oil.

 

Prime picks: Juicy tomatoes such as Jaune Flamme, Red Boar, Missouri Pink Love Apple, or Chocolate Stripes are great here.

 

Best left on the vine: Paste or plum tomatoes.

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Beauty in Wine Country

This is one of the {many} reasons I live here, and others move here.
The flowering tress, the mustard, the nature. Pure serenity.

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