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 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.
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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.
Our evening with Eric Sussman will be the last of our first season. We have three collaborative fete already scheduled for 2018; our spotlight dinner series for the new year will be published shortly. Sign up to the newsletter!
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 breadth 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.
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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, or as a flight, in both Barndiva and The Gallery Bar + Bistro. Cheers!
THE DECEMBER SET: Champagne!
Life is worth celebrating... and we certainly don’t do it enough. Because the holidays are about love, friendship and family, they are perfect time of year to raise a glass filled with sparkling wine. It isn't just that Champagne bubbles defy gravity, floating up to the drinker in a seductive and sensual aromatic foam, its that the pleasure they incur is contagious - no drink comes close! Here are three of our favorites for the season.
Nytimber Classic Cuvee Brut, West Chiltington England
Traditional method: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
England’s first world-class sparkling and the crown jewel of English wines. Established in 1988, Nyetimber has received more accolades than they can count and have contributed more to the reputation of English sparkling wines than anyone else. What separates them from the rest is the much longer lees aging which gives the wines a toasty richness and complexity. Nyetimber is the closest wine we’ve tasted to a fine Champagne made outside of Champagne. Sharing the same chalky soil and marginal growing climate as the world-famous region across the channel, English sparkling is something to keep your eye on! $60
Pol Roger Brut Reserve, Epernay NV
Traditional method: equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier
Established in 1849, Pol Roger is a favorite wine of the House of Windsor, and notoriously Winston’s Churchill’s favorite Champagne. The prime minister was known to order the wine in great quantities, and after his death the company created a prestige cuvée in his honor “Sir Winston Churchill.” Pol Roger Champagne is known for it’s deep and rich Pinot Noir heavy cuvées, and also still continuing to hand riddle all of their bottles! The Brut Reserve is a bright and intensely fruity Champagne that we absolutely adore! $49
J-M Seleque Solessence Brut, Pierry NV
Traditional method: 100% Chardonnay
Jean-Mark Seleque is a small grower in the village of Pierry, and a rising star winemaker to watch. Seleque returned from internships at Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley as well as Austrialia’s Yarra Valley and converted his family’s domaine over to organics, even going so far as to return to plowing the rows with a horse rather than tractor. The wines are precise, expressive of place and just plain delicious. We are happy to have stumbled upon this gem of a wine! The Solessence brut is dry, fresh and full of energy and makes a perfect starter to any occasion. $45
The November set:
Anderson Valley Wines perfect for Thanksgiving
Whether you take on entertaining this Thanksgiving or are a guest at a friend’s table, you will certainly need plenty of well chosen bottles. While we have a cellar full of wines from around the world to select for you, after the recent fires here in the North Bay, we prefer to offer you three selections from Mendocino. Two are from our favorite local region, the dynamic Anderson Valley. Not only is the Anderson Valley a tranquil and idyllic place to live (our family farm is in Philo), its terroir is well suited to producing superb Pinot Noir, sparkling wine and unique white varietals like Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. We pass two of these wineries almost everyday; they are hands-on smaller family concerns that make wine with passion. Though the winemaker for the Chenin is our friend Leo Hansen, the grapes speak to a different part of Mendocino. We’re excited to share these wines with you!
Lichen Estate Blanc de Gris, Anderson Valley 2012 $48
Lichen Estate is a 100% organic estate just north of Boonville. Winemaker Doug Stewart focuses on Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and this sparkling wine inspired by Champagne but with an Anderson Valley twist. Blanc de Gris is a bubbly made from 100% Pinot Gris, a grape that gives a nod to the Alsatian and Germanic roots of the valley. Vibrant yellow apple and peach flavors with mouthwatering freshness and purity made this a satisfying aperitif.
Balo Suitcase Clone 828 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2015
Balo Vineyards also produces 100% estate wines from their 14 acre property in the Anderson Valley. Founded in 1998, the Mullins family focuses on Pinot Noir and have planted four different clones on their property. The Suitcase Clone 828 is a single clone bottling made from a clone of Pinot Noir that was supposedly brought in from Burgundy by a well-known Oregon winery owner. This clone has a very unique flavor profile somewhere between Pinot Noir and Gamay and is an exciting departure from typical California Pinot Noir. This luscious wine combines rich raspberry, velvety cherry and plum with anise, lavender and rose with a long finish.
Leo Steen Peaberry Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Mendocino Ridge 2016 $25
Healdsburg local, Leo Hansen of Leo Steen Wines has long been part of the Barndiva family. Early in his career we featured his Chenin Blanc on our opening wine list, and have loved to taste each new vintage. Leo has made his name by focusing on the Chenin Blanc varietal, now making three different Chenins. Leo’s 2016 Peaberry Chenin Blanc can be considered a natural wine, made without the use of sulfur and bottled without filtration. The fruit comes from an old vine vineyard in the hills of Ukiah, with vines planted in the 1970's. This is a natural wine that is a low-alcohol expression of the Chenin Blanc grape which will pair beautifully with food.
The October Set:
Fall Feelings: cool nights, spicy reds
As the Indian summer here in Sonoma County comes to an end we welcome cool evenings and the comforting, rich foods of winter. Our cravings for crisp whites and rosés segue into heartier red wines with spice and weight. We are ecstatic to release our 2015 Barndiva Syrah, Sonoma Coast, as part of this month’s set, alongside two reds from our cellar that will pair perfectly with your fall table.
Syrah, Barndiva Sonoma Coast 2015 $30
We couldn’t be more pleased with the timing of the release of our next private label wine. Fall weather is perfect for Syrah, and we can’t wait to pop a bottle with a burger in the bistro, or a leg of duck confit in the restaurant this month! Eric Sussman, owner and winemaker for County Line Cellars has sourced Syrah from several cool-climate vineyard sites in the western Sebastopol Hills to make this private bottling for Barndiva. This is a very approachable Syrah, full of plummy fruits and chewy tannins, with hints of white pepper, blueberry and forest floor. The wine was aged in neutral French oak for 11 months and in bottle for an additional year before release. We will be pouring this wine all winter and hope you enjoy the fruits of our collaboration!
Zinfandel, Nalle Estate Old Vine Dry Creek Valle 2014 $35
Dry Creek Valley is rich with the history of grape growers farming the land for over one hundred years, and we love the long traditions of winemaking and farming of old vines that are cherished by thesefamilies for generations. Doug and Lee Nalle have lived on their estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley for over forty years, caring for the vineyard Lee’s family planted in 1927. Andrew Nalle, second generation, now runs the winery and makes the wine for his parents. Nalle Winery has become known locally for its elegant and balanced style of Zinfandel which we absolutely adore for its food-friendliness. Their production is tiny, and we are happy to have their old vine Zinfandel, which comes from seventy-five year old dry-farmed vines to offer you this month.
Tasting notes: Dusty bramble, lush raspberry, piercing minerality and black pepper. Smooth and rich, fresh and dried red fruits are accented with Chinese five spice and vanilla.
Nebbiolo, Nervi Gattinara 2013 $34
Nervi is the oldest officially-recognized winery in the Gattinara DOCG which is located in Piedmont in northern Italy. The vineyards can be traced back to being planted in 1242! Nestled in the foothills of Monterosa- Europe’s second highest mountain- the estate has been growing grapes for over one hundred years, and producing an elegant, aromatic style of Nebbiolo from this mountain vineyard. The soil is volcanic gravel with a high clay content, which creates a unique site unlike surrounding Piedmontese vineyards.
Tasting notes: Aroma of violets, roses, rosemary and cedar. Flavors of black currant, alpine strawberry and dried cherry. The wine has firm tannins, with a silky texture and long finish.
The September Set: Eastern Bloc!
Central and Eastern Europe - once the heart of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War era - is now home to some of the most exciting white wines in Europe. Many of us who love “old world” white wines don’t venture outside of the classic Sancerre and Chablis from France and Pinot Grigio from Italy. And countries like Austria, Hungary and Germany are not making it easy on the consumer by labeling their wines with grape varietal names like “Harslevelu” and “Rotgelpinger” or place names “Tokaji” and “Nackenheimer”, but despite these hurdles in marketing, we cannot ignore the stunning wines that are arriving from these locations.
At the end of August we were hit by an incredible heat wave in Healdsburg. These late summer days, with temperatures reaching 117, drove us to seek out some tasty, bright, crisp whites to keep our sanity. As the Indian summer stretches on we encourage you to put down the Chardonnay and Sav Blancs to try one of these exciting whites from these up and coming regions.
Rosé Bubbly: The August Set
If you have the space, even if it’s just a cool corner of your garage, we highly recommend grabbing a case of these stunning sparkling rosés. If you love Champagne, and would drink it more often if it weren’t so pricy, these are your wines – Champagne quality sparklers at less than half the typical Champagne price. This is the ‘way-better-than-necessary’ wedding wine. It’s the ‘affordable but respectable’ gift. Or maybe it’s just your new, next-level house wine to drink often. Who needs Champagne when bubbly can be as good as this? By the Set: $74
Pinot, Pinot, Pinot!: The July Set
3 Pinot Noirs that actually taste like where they were grown
All three can be shipped, or picked up in Studio Barndiva, or simply enjoyed as a flight in the Barn or Bistro. To meet the winemakers for a fascinating evening of talk, food and drink, make a reservation for one of our extraordinary upcoming dinners.
Wines for Summer a BBQ: The June Set
Summer is upon us, and with it comes barbecue season and outdoor entertaining! BBQ means many different things to all of us - for purists it’s a brisket cooked long and slow ; for many others it's sausages or hamburgers on the grill. But while you can cook just about anything on the grill, and in doing so, make it better, wine pairings for strongly flavored grilled fare is another story. Should you wish to wander from go-to, heavy bodied zinfandels. No one region offers more diversity and flexibility of wine options for grilled food than France’s Rhone Valley. This month’s wine club features a delicious white and two amazing reds of the southern and northern Rhone Valley appellations. These are delicious wines which can be sipped before dinner and enjoyed long after the sun has set.
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.
Rosé All Day: The April Set
The Healdsburg Pink Party was such a success, we hope to make this an annual event!
Island Wines: The March Set
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.
Healdsburg Wines: The February Set
3 unique wines from Healdsburg Vineyards