Cellars of Sonoma Tasting Room
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If the name La Sirena doesn’t have you running, not walking to Cellars of Sonoma to try this wine then perhaps the name Heidi Peterson Barrett will. Hailed as one of world’s most renown producers of cult wines like Screaming Eagle, Fantesca, Amuse Bouche and more, her full range of La Sirena wines can be tasted at Cellars of Sonoma tasting room, and is just one of the reasons this collective should be on your list to visit when in Healdsburg. Located downtown, just steps off the main plaza, the small-lot vintners are carefully selected by owner Scott Jordan and his esteemed tasting panel comprised of industry veterans and lauded winemakers. Their goal: Source the highest quality wines from rare and hard-to-find producers throughout wine country and showcase them in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Most of their vintners like Estate 1856, Mengler Family Wines and Deering Winery are handcrafting wines in the low hundreds, and in some instances, 40-50 case-lots. These wines aren’t found in mainstream distribution so stopping in for a tasting is the only way to gain access. For a $15 tasting fee (waived per bottle purchase), guests can choose from an all-white or all-red flight, or sample from the Club List – a sneak peek taste of the high caliber wines shipped quarterly to members. Scott and his team of seasoned tasters are well-connected in both valleys so after your tasting ask about their concierge services like arranging tasting appointments with their vintners and other lesser-known wineries or popular eateries for the best in local dining.
Gourmet Grilled Cheese … and Wine Pairing? YES, PLEASE!
What’s not to love about grilled cheese? And, when it’s paired with your favorite sips from small-lot producers, well, it doesn’t get much better than that. The shop has crafted a tasty menu for $35 per person featuring four grilled cheese bites that will delight your tastebuds. The menu changes seasonally so stop in often to try combinations like The Brie Grilled Cheese, oozing with warm French brie on sourdough paired to a Grenache Blanc or The Grilled Blue Cheese loaded with creamy American blue cheese paired to a Dry Creek Valley Malbec. Or, perhaps just a plate of fine artisan cheeses is more your speed. Skip the bread and nosh on their Artisan Cheese & Nut Plate for $15 (serves two) paired with a wine-friendly assortment like Dubliner, Manchego, Jarlsberg, almonds and olives.