The Somm’s Table is Barndiva’s way of extending our definition of farm to table… eat the view to drinking it.
We're not calling it a wine club just yet. We think of it as more of a salon, where we will gather monthly collections with a particular point of view, and drink and talk about them. Where we can host evenings with winemakers we know and admire, or haven't met, but want to know. There is an actual table, forged by Jordy Morgan, but The Somm's Table is really more of a state of mind. Come in and have a singular interactive experience with a glass of wine, or come with friends. Join us for a small dinner party with great winemakers. Crowd surf expanded tastings at one of our cooperative summer fêtes. We're just gonna put it out there, see what sticks for all of us.
Curated by our insightfully poised Sommelier, Alexis Iaconis, inspired by our brilliant chef Ryan Fancher, The Somm's Table is very much a creation and reflection of this time and this place.
Come join us at the table. Let's see where this conversation takes us.
To plan a private evening at the Table for any sized group: email@example.com
These are Barndiva co-hosted dinner parties, with menus by Chef Fancher. While winemakers will be present and (no doubt) scintillating conversation will flow as easily as the wine, these are not intended as your typical winemaker dinners. Booked through The Gallery, 707 431 7404, or at the showcased winery, the cost and menu will be confirmed when you reserve. We ask guests to arrive at 6pm.
May 26: This month's Lioco Winery Lunch
Matt Licklider and Kevin O'Connor are big city boys who went country. For over a decade they have been producing wine from some of the best grapes grown in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz in search of an astute definition of 'vintage California.' Negociants of distinction, they are back by popular demand for Barndiva/Lioco Lunches, held on the last Friday of every month. Reserve these directly through the winery. liocowine.com
There's a reason they call the soil type of Green Valley ‘goldridge,’ as wine produced in the smallest, foggiest and arguably 'coolest' corner of Sonoma County is truly special. Andy Smith has been harvesting grapes there & making wine for DuMol, since the 90’s. Though famous for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs, over the years Andy has expanded wine varietals (and vineyards, into Coombsville and the Spring Mountain District in Napa) exploring a lighter more finessed palate, with floral aromatics and great herbal complexity. In the past it was often hard to find bottles of DuMol once allocations to restaurants were filled, for these are superb food wines - lucky we are then, that we will have enough to offer by the glass all month, at the Table. Come eat and drink with Andy on the 16th.
CLICK HERE to make a reservations, or call 707.431.7404
July 28: Ted and Heidi Lemon / Littorai
I almost never send people to websites, but Littorai’s tells a beautiful and true story in clear and muscular prose that makes you want to find a bottle of their wine and open it. The plot: foreign travel, applied talent, introspection, boy meets girl, hard work, a shared desire to bio-dynamically farm and lots of awards. I’d say there was a happy ending, but no, wait, we are not at the end, Littorai’s Ted and Heidi Lemon are still going strong, and as luck (and all of the above) would have it, with three young ones to keep on keeping on someday, while they sit on the porch in rockers.
Lots of firsts here - first American to manage an esteem French vineyard, buying grapes by the acre instead of the ton to ensure the vineyards were sustainably farmed, first straw bale winery- which are all impressive. But it's Ted and Heidi's commitment to “the opportunity to redefine what wine farming will be for the future,” that had us at hello. That and the wine.
Come and meet Ted and Heidi for an evening of incredible food, fascinating talk, and lots of sipping.
We are VERY excited to host this event with over 20 of the greatest producers of bubbles and unique white wines around....
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August 17: Rebecca & Tom Birdsall; Jeff Gaffner / Black Kite
The exquisite land that rises up from the Navarro River in Anderson Valley has been in this family since the 1950’s - passing from one set of grandparents to another, then on to their grandchildren. It has grown from a small four acre Gewürztraminer vineyard to a rising Pinot and Chardonnay producer that now sources grapes from Sonoma Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands - and a second estate vineyard in Freestone.
But everything goes back to love of Kite's Rest - and though the black shouldered kite no longer hovers in the air above the vineyards (or Barndiva Farm, not five miles as the crow, or kite, flies) it is a lovely homage.
The wines too are an homage, to the Burgundian traditions of terrior. Working with award winning winemaker Jeff Gaffner, whose 1996 Cinq Cepages was Wine Spectators Wine of the Year in 1999, Rebecca and Tom Birdsall produce wines that are lean, elegant and expressive. You can almost smell the early morning ocean fog that rolls down their ridge to the river, ripe fruit that sings the praises of the long hot days that make this micro-climate so unique.
We look forward to welcoming our Deep Ender neighbors to the table. Join us!
Sept 14 : Matt & Alexis Iaconis / brick and mortar
Make no mistake: We love this dynamic duo - brick and mortar's brilliant winemaker Matt Iaconis and his equally talented wife, our wonderful (and world class) Sommelier, Alexis. Talent abounds in this family, but above all else it's the focus and passion they bring to everything they take on that continually amazes us. Matt's speciality is working with high elevation mountain vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino, making delightful old world style Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. He will bring all of them. Alexis is The Somm's Table resident genius.
Get ready for a very very special evening. They are Family.
December 8: Eric Sussman / Radio Coteau
Eric Sussman is a vintner of formidable talents. Whether working from Radio Coteau’s old vine dry farmed estate vineyard in Western Sonoma County, or across the breath of Anderson Valley in Mendocino, he embraces a truly enlightened agro-ecology. Organic gardens, a mindful use of water, night harvesting - these are all things he feels are not incidental to the making of great wine. His curiosity and dedication to capturing a coastal expression of soil, season and the people who farm extends to a natural, “non-interventionist” approach in the cellar as well. Native fermentation with minimal use of sulfites results in wines with vibrant balanced fruit, great drinking wines for food, as his list of notable restaurant partners attests. Barndiva has always been proud to be one of them.
Eric also has a longstanding commitment to the arts, so it’s a thrill to have him in the gallery for our last wine producer evening of the year.
To book the Somm's Table for Producer Evenings, purchase wine, or plan you own private event: firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a reservation at Barndiva Restaurant for an upcoming Wine Country Event: 707 431 0100
April 29-30 Passport Weekend
The Somm's Table: 707 431 7404
The Monthly Set
Every month we offer a concise and (we think) extremely interesting collection of wines for sale in The Somm's Table, in Studio Barndiva. They come in a Barndiva carry bag, with Alexis' wine notes and Chef Ryan's suggested pairings. Each wine in the set is also available by the bottle, and with 10% discount, by the case. Not sure? Come in and enjoy them By The Glass in Barndiva and The Gallery Bar + bistro.
Bright Futures: The MAY Set
This month we have chosen three wines that are perfect for late spring as all three have a refreshingly vibrant acidity and freshness. In this selection we have paired the emerging local producer of brick & mortar with two French classics: Domaine des Braves, an estate established in 1901 and now carried on by the founder’s great grandson, and a Loire Valley producer who tends his 80 year old vines in Pouilly-Fumé.
Sauvignon Blanc Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fumé 2015 $20
The appellation of Pouilly-Fumé sits across the river from the hills of Sancerre, in the eastern Loire Valley. Sauvignon Blanc grown here is characterized by an unmistakable smoky, flinty aroma—indeed, fumé means “smoked” in French. Long before “silex” was made into a brand name, it was simply the term used to describe the type of soil found in the best vineyards in the Loire. Since the early 1990's, Francis Blanchet has been bottling wine from his 80 year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines. The wine is crisp and light on the tongue, with flavors of lime and grapefruit, combined with the flinty aroma that makes Sauvignon Blanc here so special. Try this wine with Thai or Vietnamese!
Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend brick & mortar Vin Clair, Napa Valley 2016 $28
Our 2016 Vin Clair is a unique white wine made from 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay.
Vin Clair is made with the same philosophy as producing a base wine for Champagne. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were harvested on the same day, pressed immediately and co-fermented into a crisp un-oaked white wine. This is a lovely white for summertime, and a great match for scallops, crab, and fresh cheeses. Delicious flavors from Chardonnay of yellow apple, quince and grapefruit are intertwined with creamy strawberry, and white cherry from the Pinot Noir. The wine is intriguingly aromatic with both floral, fresh citrus and chamomile, with a long, bright finish.
Gamay Domaine des Braves Regnie 2015 $20
Régnie is one of Beaujolais’ more elegant wines. From the “cru” or superior village in southern Burgundy, this Gamay combines floral perfumes with complex black-fruit and berries. Like so many French winemaking families, the Cinquins have passes the winemaking torch from father to son for four generations. Today it is the founder’s great-grandson Franck, who cares for the old-vine Gamay vineyard. The vineyards sit on a stony plateau, facing full south. Soils are sandy, with a mix of pink granite and limestone that is unique to the Beaujolais region. This combination results in wines that are supple and textured, with refined tannin. The 45 year old vines are farmed “lutte raisonée,” or according to organic practices, avoiding chemicals. Franck also is committed to “natural” or low-intervention winemaking in the cellar, and does not filter his wine or add excess sulfer.
Buy the whole set $65 ($3 off)
The April Set: Rosé All Day
(All wines are currently offered by the glass at Barndiva Restaurant and The Gallery Bar + bistro. You can also purchase them by the bottle.)
We are so excited to be hosting the Healdsburg Pink Party again on April 23, with no less than 25 great local wineries putting their best Rosé foot forward. This has become the official launch of the summer for us, a chance to open the gardens and celebrate the coming season with great wine, food, music.
Bad news first: The Pink Party is sold out. The Good News is that we serve a lot of Rosé at Barndiva, so we’ve got you covered with three of the best drinking Rosés around, in our April Set. (Two parts to this good news: tickets are about to go live for Fête Blanc, this August.)
Claypool Cellars Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2016 -100% Pinot Noir
Les and Chaney Claypool have been making world-class, small production wines from the Russian River and Sonoma Coast appellations since 2007. While they produce less than 1,000 cases annually, the bulk of it in Pinot Noir, their esteem winemaking team of Ross Cobb and Katy Wilson also produce a limited amount of Rosé. Lucky are we to have enough to serve it by the glass in both restaurants.
Their 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Rosé boasts beautiful notes of white peach, stone fruit, fresh strawberry, nectarine and lemon zest. It has bright acidity and minerality with a nice mid-palate texture from the natural barrel fermentation. This Rosé more than holds it's own against our two other contenders from France.
Mas Des Cadenet Rosé Sainte-Victoire 2016 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault 10% Syrah
At the base of the Sainte-Victoire mountain in the heart of Provence, (Cézanne’s favorite view) this family estate has been owned and run by the Negrel family for seven generations. Sainte-Victoire was one of twenty-two winemakers who fought for their sub-appellation of Côtes de Provence to be recognized as Rosé – about time, as Rosé from this region is unarguably some of the best produced in Provence. The vignerons of Sainte-Victoire also all elected to practice organic viticulture and have all been certified organic since 2013.
Long dry summers here produce a wonderfully balanced Rosé, with a white floral bouquet, delicate fruit and restrained minerality. Free run, cold maceration, drawn off as the soft sunset pink color begins to show.
Peyrassol Rosé Commendarie de Peyrassol, 2016 - Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache
Such beauty and pedigree rarely come along in the same bottle, much less for this price. Founded in the 13th Century as a way station for pilgrims heading to the Holy Land, Peyrassol is truly blessed. First, with its location, 1000 feet above the Massif de Maures in the heart of Provence; secondly with its clay and limestone soils, known to produce Grand Crus in their AOC category; third for the fact that since 2001 the vineyards have been under the clearly focused control of the same Cacaret/Austrys family.
Peyrassol was a favorite wine to pair with Ryan’s summer menus last year, and we are pleased to offer it because it represents the essence of what we love about Provencal Rosés. It has gorgeous pale rose color with a delicate fruit blossom nose that opens to an elegant, but lively minerality.
Night harvest, direct press and cold maceration, aged in SS after fermentation. Wonderful history, great drinking Rosé, and the sculpture gardens aren’t bad either.
The $80 March Set: Island Wines!
This month we are excited to share a set of wines grown on three different island vineyards! Island vineyards are unique for their maritime-influenced climates and dramatic terroir. We have selected a sparkling Rosé from the volcanic island of Sicily in Southern Italy, a crisp white from the Mediterranean island and popular vacation destination of Sardinia, and a red from the up and coming US region for Bordeaux varietals, Long Island.
All wines are currently by the glass at Restaurant Barndiva and Bistro Barndiva. Guests can come sample the wines and take home the collection or any single bottle. Cheers!
Brut Rosé, Murgo Metodo Classico, Sicilia 2012 $25
100% Nero Mascalese, made in the traditional method
Sicily is Italy's southernmost and possibly most dramatic vineyard area, with vines planted dramatically up the slopes of Mt. Etna, the world’s most active volcano. For more than 2500 years Sicily has been a significant center of Mediterranean viticulture. While the reputation and style of wines from this region has changed greatly over time, they now produce surprisingly enticing wine like this luscious bubbly.
The Scammacca del Murgo family is one of the few winemaking families who can claim long, deep Etna roots; incredibly, longer than even some of the older Nero Mascalese vines! For more than 100 years this family has cared for olive and fruit trees, crafted fine olive oils and jams, and nurtured Etna’s native grape, Nero Mascalese, under the Etna’s looming shadow. Flavors of ripe strawberries and cream, orange peel and fresh baked bread make this wine the perfect way to start the meal.
Vermentino di Sardegna, Chessa Mattariga 2015$25
Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. It has nearly 2,000 km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous and rugged interior. Sardinia’s wines have little in common with those produced in the rest of Italy. The Island’s remote Mediterranean location, as well as the historic influence from other cultures gives the wines a unique character that might be considered to have more in common with Spanish than Italian wines. The soil here is limestone-rich, producing a wine that is refreshingly crisp and mineral. The Chessa Vermentino is full of aromas and flavors of lemon peel, flowers and “macchia,” the smell of the wild herbs that surround the vineyards. Fresh acidity makes this a very versatile food wine and a natural choice with seafood.
Cabernet Franc, Southhold Farm + Cellar “Love Habit,” North Fork Long Island 2015 $30
100% Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley has made Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc familiar to American wine drinkers, but the journey did not stop there. Welcome to the North Fork of Long Island, where Carey and Regan Meador of Southhold Farm + Cellar produce some of the most interesting, creative, and exciting wines in this appealing new American appellation. The North Fork is a singular vineyard site, with sandy, glacial soils and a maritime climate that takes as a model another coastal Atlantic site with geological and geographical similarities, Bordeaux. This tasty boisterous red is juicy and rich on the palate with lots of blackberry and black currant flavors and a dash of dried herbs and pepper. More reminiscent of a Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley than something from California, it is fresh, and invigorating. This is a great entry bottle to learn more about New York state wines!
February: 3 unique wines from Healdsburg Vineyards-$113
Pinot Noir, Alysian Floodgate Vineyard, Russian River Valley, 2010 BTB $38
The best winemakers in Sonoma County + Exceptional Vineyards = Wines that have the capability to age gracefully, becoming more interesting with time. We were therefore impressed but not surprised to find how complex, elegant and food friendly Alysian's 2010 Floodgate Pinot Noir has become after six years in the bottle. Located on Trenton-Healdsburg Road in Russian River Valley, the Floodgate Vineyard borders Mark West Creek, which floods every winter, submerging the flat areas of the vineyard. Made by the legendary Gary Farrell, this Pinot is an beautiful expression of grape and place.
Zinfandel, Comstock Rockpile Sonoma County 2013 BTB $45
The Comstock family came to Dry Creek in 2002. They produce exciting zinfandels that are true to the Rockpile terroir perched high above Dry Creek Valley with elevations ranging from 800-2000 feet. Sitting in the sun above the fog, this vineyard produces powerful and richly flavored fruit. The 2013 Zinfandel is luscious, full of aromas of blackberry jam and ripe blueberry. Dark coffee and vanilla cream balance notes of herbal anise but it is the black fruit and warm spice on the finish which make this Zinfandel ideal for smoky barbecue and classic Italian fare.
Fiano, Ryme Lago Vineyard, Sonoma County, 2015
Fiano is an intriguing white grape originally from Campania in southern Italy. Megan and Ryan Glabb discovered a small planting of this rare-to-California grape in the Lago Vineyard adjacent to Lake Sonoma on Skaggs Springs Road. Excitingly crisp, textured with floral and honeyed notes, with balanced spice and tropical fruit (think pineapple). BTB $30
January: Great Winter Wines-$95
Barndiva Chardonnay by Copain, Anderson Valley 2015 $25
This Chardonnay is quite special to us for several reasons. Made from organically farmed grapes a hop, skip and jump from our farm in Anderson Valley, it is one of three wines with our label on them made by the extraordinary Wells Guthrie at Copain Winery. Crisp and fresh, with no new oak to obscure the bouquet, it’s alive with lemon, jasmine, and fresh apple aromas we’d like to think wafted down over the vineyard from our orchards on the Greenwood Ridge.
Domaine la Manarine Côtes du Rhône 2014 $17
This Southern Rhône red from 100% Grenache produces a classically spicy, full-bodied red that speaks unmistakably of the “garrigue,” the fragrant plants that grow wild along the Mediterranean coast. For generations the specific terroir at Domaine la Manarine have been recognized as unique, consisting of a deep layer of more than 60% hard limestone “galets,” the perfect soil to produce elegant and aromatic wines.
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013 $34
A luscious Tuscan red made from 85% Sangiovese and 15% Colorina, Caniolo and Merlot, this wine is loaded with tart red fruits, hard spice and a hint of cocoa. Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano wines are considered “baby Brunellos.” The Sangiovese grown in this village is the noble Prugnolo Gentile clone, known for its silky, elegant texture, and exquisite purity of fruit. Qualifies at Barndiva as a 'Chef Fancher ++approved red.'