The Somm’s Table is Barndiva’s way of extending our definition of farm to table - eat the view - to drinking it.

We think of the Somm's Table as a salon, a place where we gather to drink, and talk about wine with a particular point of view. Where we can host evenings with winemakers we know and admire, or haven't met, but want to know.  Throw seasonal garden parties with winemaking friends. 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 and visit the room, or come with friends and just kick back. Host a small dinner party. Crowd surf expanded tastings at one of our cooperative summer fêtes, The Pink Party, Fête du vin blanc and Fête du vin rouge.  We're just gonna put it out there, see what sticks. 

Come join us at the table. Let's see where this conversation takes us.

Join us at the Somm’s Table December 8th for a very special dinner with Billecart-Salmon

CLICK HERE for more information about this six course meal prepared by Chef Mark Hopper and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Wycoff, featuring seven fabulous Champagnes from this iconic house.


December winery of the month: Billecart Salmon

It all started in 1818 when Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon were married, marking the creation of their Champagne House. This has been a family story since the beginning with Louis Salmon, brother of Elisabeth and a passionate oenologist, getting involved in the creation of the wines.

Thus, over 7 generations, each member of the family has endeavoured to continue the family tradition, staying faithful to the same motto: "Give priority to quality, strive for excellence". The champagnes of Maison Billecart-Salmon are above all created thanks to the knowledge of the men who rigorously cultivate an estate of 100 hectares, obtaining grapes from an area totalling 300 hectares across 40 crus of the Champagne region. The majority of the grapes used for vinification come from a radius of 20km around Epernay, where the Grand Crus of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay co-exist, in the ethereal vineyards of the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.

Wines We're Pouring

Brut Réserve floral, fresh fruit, ripe pear
( 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier )

Brut Rosé raspberry & a zest of citrus
( 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier )

Brut Blanc de Blancs 1.5L white stonefruit, almond, hazlenuts( 100% Chardonnay )

Brut Sous Bois fresh citrus, grilled brioche, toffee
( 33% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier )

Demi-Sec white flowers & sweet buttered brioche
( 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier )

Extra Brut 2007 lemon verbena, biscuity, white stone
( 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier )

Cuvée Nicolas François 2002 1.5L stone & citrus fruit, madeleines, spruce( 40% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir )

Clos Saint-Hilaire 2002 candied fruits, honey, melted butter and truffles( 100% Pinot Noir )

Clos Saint-Hilaire 1999 crushed rose petals, licorice, smoke, game and tobacco( 100% Pinot Noir )

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“Here at Barndiva we love sharing exquisite wines from fantastic producers.
Each month we highlight one winery that we particualry adore. For the month of December, we’ll be highlighting the elegant cuvées of Champagne Billecart-Salmon, a 200 year-old house planted to the chalk & limestone soils in the village of Aÿ, France. Whether by the glass, or by the bottle, delight in the meticulous winemaking of a world renowned Champagne house as your ‘eat the view.’”

-Chappy Cottrell, Wine Director

November Winery of the Month: Hafner Vineyard

“Here at Barndiva we love sharing amazing wines from fantastic producers with our guests. Each month we highlight one winery that we particualry adore. For the month of November, we’ll be highlighting the Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons of Hafner Vineyard, a gorgeous estate in the heart of Alexander Valley. Come join us around the table to delight in current vintage Reserve Chardonnay by the glass, or pull the cork of a library vintage Cabernet as you ‘eat the view.’”

-Chappy Cottrell, Wine Director

Wines We’re Pouring
2012, 2014, 2015 Hafner Reserve Chardonnay
2001, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 Hafner Cabernet Sauvignon


Hafner Vineyard is a small three generation family winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Dick and Mary Hafner bought the prune and pear ranch in 1967 converting it into a vineyard the following year. The 246 acre ranch has 96 acres cultivated to vines, the rest left for wildlife. In the early years, Dick sold the grapes to local wineries when he wasn’t working at his full-time job at CAL Berkeley.

His oldest son Parke, who had studied viticulture and enology at UC Davis, moved back to Alexander Valley with his wife Sarah when Dick and Mary built the winery. In 1982 Hafner had their first harvest. Parke remains the winemaker today.

From the start, Dick Hafner wanted to sell high quality wine at a good value, but when they began selling their wine in 1984 he and his youngest son Scott decided to take a different route: they choose to eliminate the distributor and sell the wine direct to people at home. This made the wine more affordable, echoing the core pillar of their philosophy, which remains true for Hafner Vineyard today. They sell 95% of their wine direct and only 5% to top restaurants in California.

Hafner Vineyard produces five wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Chardonnay, a Malbec blend called “Next Red”, main Chardonnay and a Rosé of Malbec. All are estate bottled. With a sharp focus is on sustainability, Hafner is very much a family business, with a majority of their staff with them for decades. Families have had multiple generations work at the Vineyard.

Their winemaking style is traditional and Old World, inspired by Parke’s time in Burgundy. Parke focuses on elegance, finesse and balance. Their wines tend to be lower in alcohol, higher in acidity. This increases the age- ability of their wines and their compatibility with food.

Hafner Vineyard does not have a tasting room or hospitality staff but If you would like to visit, contact for arrangements. The tour and tastings are given by a family member, and you will be able to taste barrel samples, current releases and Wine Library Cabernet.

Visit Hafner Vineyard online at

Upcoming Winery of the Month

December - Champagne Billecart-Salmon

January - Peay Estate

February - Ridge Vineyards

March - Gail Wines

April - TBD

May - Arnot-Roberts

To plan a private evening at the The Somm's Table for any sized group, or book Producer Evenings, please contact Chappie:

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Tickets for The Pink Party and Fête du vin Blanc 2019 go on sale in the new year.


To book the Somm's Table for Producer Evenings, purchase wine, or plan you own private event:

The Somm's Table: 707 431 7404

For more on the Barndiva wine program:
Eat the View Blog Post December 12, 2014 "Our Cup Runneth Over"
Eat the View Blog Post August 12, 2016 "Celebrating Excellence"
Eat the View Blog Post November 24th, 2016 "Introducing The Somm's Table"