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. 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, 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.
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.
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!
April 22: The Pink Party
THE event that launches summer, join us for the 3rd annual Pink Party in the beautiful Barndiva Gardens when over 30 of the most exciting rose producers gather and pour. There is food, there is music, there is a joyful community to kick off the season.
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
SAVE THESE DATES!
May 25: Chantal Forthun
When we talk about the wine coming from what is known as 'the extreme Sonoma Coast,' Flowers Vineyards, just two miles from the Pacific, is usually the first name that comes to mind. These 321 acres of soaring ridge top, owned by Walt and Joan Flowers since 1989, have been organic and bio-dynamically farmed since 2010, the same year they adopted native fermentation for 100% of their grapes. They benefit from cooling maritime breezes, reaching full expression of this extraordinary location through the remarkable talents of winemaker Chantal Forthun, whom we are thrilled to welcome to The Somm's Table in May.
Vanessa Wong, Nick and Andy Peay
When Vanessa Wong joined husband Nick Peay and his Brother Andy in 2001 to become the winemaker at the brothers remote vineyards 8 miles from the Pacific in Annapolis, she believed the unique climate and soil of this fog blessed Sonoma Coast location was the new frontier for American wine. Since then this intrepid family unit - Nick farms organically, Andy runs the business side ~ have been making outstanding estate wines that manage to be complex but highly approachable. We are so very pleased to welcome this dedicated and exciting family of winemakers to the somm’s table in June.
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!
It's April & Rosé Season is here!
The warm weather is here and we couldn’t be more excited to start sampling the new vintage of pink wine! The Pink Party on April 22 is sold out, but here are a few of our favorites you can drink in the Barn and the Gallery or take home by the bottle or as a set this month.
Quivira Rosé, Dry Creek Valley 2017 $23
Quivira's estate-grown, single-vineyard Rosé boasts bright, fresh flavors, and refreshing acidity. Their home vineyard, Wine Creek Ranch, possesses a nearly identical climate to Provence with 3,000 hours of sun, warm summers and mild winters. A classic mix of red Rhône grapes, layered with thoughtful clonal variation, and a range of desirable well-drained soil types gives the perfect painter's palette from which to craft a fine Provencal-inspired Rosé. From vineyard to bottle, this is an intentional Rosé a sustained commitment, throughout the vintage that yields only the best Rosé.
By Ott Rosé, Côtes du Provence 2017 $22
Pale and pretty in crystal-clear pink with orange undertones. The nose is delicate and fruity with notes of white peach and apricot mixed with passion fruit and mango. The taste is full, fresh and crisp with echoes of the fruity aroma amplified by citrus zest and sweet spices (cinnamon and cardamom). All of the great Domaines Ott* tradition in a friendly and elegant wine.
Tyler Rosé of Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 2017 $30
A perennial favorite for us. Released in small batches each year, the 2017 Tyler Rose is a beauty. Light and lovely nose of rose petal, orange peel and a bright apricot note. The palate is clean and taunt with moderate acidity binding up flavors of apricots, white peaches, citrus and a just there hit of clay spice on the finish. Very limited and won't last long.
Buy the set: $75
March 2018 Set:
I can't believe it's not butter
We couldn’t be more excited to introduce our latest Barndiva label wines! The crisp and citrusy Chardonnays from Chablis have always been a staple at Barndiva, and owners Jil and Geoff have always leaned towards the “old world” in their wine preferences. Our latest foray with winemaker Dan Fitzgerald, who has made many of our Barndiva wines, was to find cool-climate vineyard sites in the area to mimic the refreshing and earth-driven style of Chablis. Both of are Chardonnays can be considered “non-traditional” California, and are quite perfect in our book!
The January 2018 Set:
Spicy Reds from the Southern Rhône $110
We love Grenache for it’s unique spicy quality: white pepper, resinous herbs laced into delicious silky red strawberry and plum. When choosing a bottle from the Southern Rhône names like Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Vacluse may be confusing, but in this part of France blending is mandatory by law, though wines must be made up of at least 50% Grenache. Wines from the Southern Rhône are rich with fruit and spice without being heavy with new oak as the tradition here is to use concrete tanks or large old barrels. Southern Rhône is blessed by the Mistral wind, which blows up from the Mediterranean through the region, keeping the vines temperate in an otherwise hot climate. We love these wines with stews and braises, or a warm pot of polenta.
THE DECEMBER 2017 SET:
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.
The November 2017 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!
The October 2017 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.
The September 2017 Set:
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.
The August 2017 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
The July 2017 Set:
Pinot, Pinot, Pinot!
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.
The June 2017 Set:
Wines for Summer a BBQ
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.
The May 2017 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.
The April 2017 Set:
Rosé All Day
The Healdsburg Pink Party was such a success, we hope to make this an annual event!
The March 2017 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.