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.
To plan a private evening at the Table for any sized group, or to sign up for Barndiva's Wine Club, please contact us @ 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.
August 17: Jeff Gaffner / Michael & Wendi Green /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!
Tickets $120 CLICK HERE
August 25: 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
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.
Tickets $95 CLICK HERE
October 28: Arnaud Weyrich/ Roederer Estate & Darrin Low/ Domaine Anderson
What better way to celebrate the harvest season than a glorious dinner filled with sparkling wines from Anderson Valley's Roederer Estate and special vintages from Roederer's newest estate property, Domaine Anderson.
Arnaud Weyrich is a brilliant winemaker, and a charming, engaging host. Respecting the 200 year old traditions of the house style of Champagne Louis Roederer, where he worked for many years, he has adapted them to the terroir and climate of Anderson Valley, where he has raised his family since 2000.
Darrin Low is the winemaker at Domaine Anderson, which includes the historic Dach Vineyard. A California native who studied winemaking in France, like Arnaud is he is committed to organic farming and biodynamic principles. He will be bringing single vineyard and estate Chardonnays, while Arnaud has promised to pop some very special bubbles. Alexis and Chef Fancher will be on hand to guide the meal and the dinner.
We are honored to welcome them to The Somm's Table.
Tickets $130 CLICK HERE
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.
Wine Club 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.
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