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The Naked Pig, Williams-Sonoma top what’s new in Sonoma Wine Country

October 11, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

A famous store — Williams-Sonoma — returns to its roots, three new wineries open tasting rooms, helicopter tours take off, a naked pig serves brunch, and a secret kitchen round out what’s new in Sonoma County.

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Fort Ross – Seaview Wine Festival adds cheese tasting event
This is the second year for the Fort Ross Seaview Wine Festival, which offers a grand tasting of wines from the area and a luncheon created by a group of well-respected chefs. This year the event adds a cheese sampling with local expert, Omar Mueller.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets and information are available at

Mueller, who owns the Freestone Artisan Cheese Shop and produces his own cheese, will present cheeses at the grand tasting during the wine festival. The tasting will also feature Fort Ross-Seaview growers and wineries that source grapes from within the wine region (or AVA). The luncheon is a four-course culinary experience served on a marine terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Four of Sonoma County’s top chefs will each prepare a course:

  • John Ash, chef and James Beard award-winning author
  • Barbara Hom, executive chef Fort Ross Vineyard
  • Richard Whipple, executive chef Sea Ranch Lodge
  • Marianna Gardenhire, pastry chef-proprietor Backyard, Forestville

The Fort Ross Seaview Wine Festival takes place at Fort Ross State Historic Park during the annual Fort Ross Harvest Festival. The Harvest Festival is a family-friendly day spent outdoors celebrating old-world seasonal abundance through song, dance, and crafts. Both events come together to showcase the abundance of what Fort Ross has to offer.

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