The Somm’s Table is Barndiva’s way of extending our definition of farm to table… to vine to table.
We're not calling it a wine club just yet. Think of it as more of a salon, where we will gather monthly collections, each with a particular point of view, and give you the opportunity to purchase them, at a reasonable discount, with wine notes and food pairings. We'll also have Producer evenings, where we will eat and drink a lot of great wine, meeting the people who grew and made it. The room will be made available to rent, and we'll let you know when interesting guests pitch their tent. Our hope is that The Somm's Table will give us a social opportunity to link inquisitive wine drinkers to an exciting community of winemakers and somms, some close by, some not, many of whom do not yet have a visable presence in Healdsburg.
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 book The Somm's Table for scheduled wine events: 707 431 7404
To plan a private evening at the Table for any sized group: email@example.com
Wine Maker Evenings
Barndiva co-hosted dinner parties, with menus by Chef Fancher. Booked through The Gallery, 707 431-7404, or at the showcased winery. The evening events are $110, all inclusive. We ask guests to arrive at 6pm.
February 24: This month's Lioco Winery Lunch
Matt Licklider and Kevin O'Connor were big city boys that went country for all the right reasons. For over a decade now they have been producing wine from some of the best grapes grown in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz in a search for an astute definition of what we should mean by '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
April 13: Leo Steen
That winemaker Leo Hansen has one of the best classically trained palates in the business is well known; the son of a chef and hotelier, this native Dane literally grew up in the food and wine business. Then he traveled the world, studying and winemaking, until luckily (for us) landing at Stulhmuller, where he is still making their award winning wines. Leo Steen is his own label, and his style here reflects a true understanding of the wine/food paradigm. A good friend of Barndiva since we opened, we adore Leo and the wines he makes and look forward to a special evening with this elegant and deeply talented man.
April 23: The Pink Party
Without a doubt one of the most joyful wine events of the season, the Pink Party returns to The Studio Barndiva Gardens on April 23. This sipping and grazing event allows you to taste through extraordinary Rosés, all from small Sonoma winemakers. You will eat, you will drink, you will make merry .
This event sells out swiftly, so we encourage you to buy tickets ASAP. Reservations: click here
FYI: Dress in pink!
May 4: Alysian Winery
Alysian is known for sourcing off the beaten path grapes from veteran growers and little know vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino County to as far north as Willamette Valley, Wa, . But they always handcraft their "nuanced libations" right here in Healdsburg. Join winemaker Woody Hamrecht, whose talents now include production of vermouth, at The Somm's table. And don't forget to ask for a taste of their kosher wine, to our knowledge, the first in Sonoma County.
June 22: 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. Get ready for a very very special evening.
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 upcoming Wine Country Events: 707 431 0100
The Monthly Set
Every month we offer a concise and interesting collection of wines for sale in the Gallery. 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.
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 alley with elevations ranging from 800-2,000 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