Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blowin' Up the Vines

Three fresh stops to add to your itinerary


Over the years, you've memorized the back roads, added a go-to wine country cabbie to speed dial, and mapped out all your favorite pinot producers.

But the great thing about wine country is that no matter how well you know it, something new is always sprouting up. Here's a cheat sheet to the latest: 

The Barlow Culinary Center in Sebastopol
This Oxbow-style market housed in a former apple cannery just introduced its first tenant -- La Follette Wines -- and will be adding new ones throughout the summer, meaning you can stop by several times this season and always see something new. On the short list: organic coffee roaster Taylor Maid Farms and Spirit Works Distillery, serving small batch gin and whiskey.
200 Morris St., Sebastopol (707-824-5600)

Partake by K-J in Healdsburg
Kendall Jackson's new culinary endeavor specializes in wine flights and paired tastes. Our lazy afternoon pick: green garlic panna cotta with Dungeness crab and Meyer lemon salad, paired with a glass of their Highland Estates Camelot Chardonnay.
241 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Reserve your table

Canneti Roadhouse in Forestville
On those rare spring and summer days when even the North Bay stays overcast, escape to this small space where rustic tables rock Tuscan fare. We like Canetti's fried purple potato gnocchi, pheasant terrine, and pasta with crawfish. In the carafes next to those plates, find William Selyem Pinot and Moshin Vineyards Merlot, and make some space in the trunk for more.
6675 Front St., Forestville (707-887-2232)

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