Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BBQ Chicken and Chardonnay

Our Wine Educator Dan Walsh recently paired some BBQ chicken with our 2011 Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay from Carneros, and had his mind blown. What is your mind-blowing Chardonnay pairing?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Visit the Sonoma House at Patz & Hall!

Planning a Memorial Day trip or just a summer weekend getaway soon? Come visit us at the Sonoma House at Patz & Hall for delicious single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, great views and relaxation! Read on to learn about the experiences we offer. 

The Salon ExperienceIn our luxurious Salon at The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall, we welcome guests for private, by-appointment seated tastings Thursday through Monday at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. The Salon Experience includes six Chardonnay and Pinot Noir single-vineyard-designate wines, paired with locally sourced gourmet food complements to enhance your tasting experience. The Salon Experience is $50 per person, lasts approximately 60 minutes, and can accommodate up to 10 guests per tasting. Prior reservation is required.

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The Tasting Bar
For a more casual wine tasting experience, we offer seated tastings at our stylish and inviting Tasting Bar at The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall, Thursday through Monday from 10am-4pm, at the top of each hour. Guests will enjoy a tasting of four single-vineyard Patz & Hall wines. Our Tasting Bar experience is $25 per person and lasts approximately 50 minutes. Reservations are strongly encouraged, especially on the weekends.

Book a reservation. 

The Library Experience:
Perfectly Aged Wines and Artisan Cheeses
Every Friday of the month at 3 p.m., our in-house cheese monger and certified sommelier hosts guests in our charming Garden House for an intimate library tasting paired with delicious local cheeses from Sonoma’s acclaimed The Epicurean Connection. These guided 90-minute seated tastings ($75 per person) typically feature four library wines and two current releases, with the lineup of wines and cheeses changing monthly. To ensure the personal nature of the experience, attendance is limited to 10 guests, and reservations are required. 

Our 2014 Vintage Barrel Preview
On the 3rd Friday of every month at 11 a.m., we invite guests into our Patz & Hall Winery for a memorable guided tasting of our 2014 wines in barrel. This fascinating preview of the highly anticipated 2014 vintage begins with a celebratory glass of Patz & Hall sparkling wine, followed by the rare opportunity to taste a selection of our single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from barrel. As a counterpoint to these dynamic, youthful wines, guests will also taste their current release counterparts, while savoring a selection of cheese and charcuterie. To ensure the personal nature of the experience, attendance is limited to 20 guests, and reservations are required. The price is $65 per person, with a special rate of $120, when combined with a same day booking of our Patz & Hall Library Experience.

Book a reservation. (online bookings require 48 hour advanced notice)

The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall is open Thursday through Monday. Reservations are held in advance by credit card, and if possible, we prefer to speak directly with our guests to ensure their utmost satisfaction. For reservations, or inquiries, please phone the Sonoma House Concierge at 707.265.7700, reach us by email atinfo@patzhall.com or book your reservation online.

All current release wines and select non-wine merchandise is available for retail purchase at The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall.

Only certified service animals are permitted at The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall. Due to the nature of our tastings and to ensure an intimate experience, we kindly ask that all visitors to the winery be at least 21 years of age.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring at the Sonoma House

Our co-founding partner often Donald Patz snaps a photo of our "front yard" at Sonoma House at Patz & Hall. Here are just a few of the photos he's captured this spring, from foggy mornings to sunny afternoons to much-appreciated rain storms.

Come see this view for yourself! Book an appointment here

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

San Francisco Terroir Tasting with tablehopper!

We're thrilled to be hosting a Terroir Tasting in San Francisco with the Bay Area's very own tablehopper! 

This one-of-a-kind tastingco-hosted by tablehopper, will be held on Friday June 12th at Naked Kitchen, a restored Victorian home in the Mission District, where guests will be welcomed with a glass of Patz & Hall’s small production 2012 North Coast Brut Sparkling Wine, only available at the winery.
Guests will then be seated for a dynamic wine tasting led by two of our co-founders James Hall and Heather Patz, who will explore the intricacies of terroir and the diversity of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir through a side-by-side comparison of five single-vineyard wines, paired with charcuterie made with Patz & Hall wines by noted local charcutier Peter Temkin (Show Dogs, Foreign Cinema), plus local Sonoma cheeses from The Epicurean Connection. Enjoy mingling with James and Heather (and the tablehopper!) before and after the tasting.

Here is the menu of wines that will be served: 
2012 North Coast Brut Sparkling Wine
2012 Hyde Vineyard – Carneros Chardonnay
2012 Zio Tony Ranch – Russian River Valley Chardonnay
2012 Chenoweth Ranch – Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2012 Hyde Vineyard - Carneros Pinot Noir
2013 Gap’s Crown Vineyard – Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Purchase your tickets here

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Founders' Favorites: Donald Patz

What do our founding partners do in Sonoma during the summer for fun? Read on to find out what Donald Patz does, and then enjoy Sonoma like a local on your next visit! 

Donald's Sonoma Favorites 

Glen Ellen 

I took my daughter here with her class when she was in elementary school. It’s a beautiful nature walk that shows some of the diversity of Sonoma’s native plants.

This magnificent 535-acre nature sanctuary in Sonoma County features diverse oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forest, riparian and chaparral ecosystems and is known for its amazing spring wildflower displays. Bouverie Preserve is home to more than 130 species of birds and 350 species of flowering plants. 

2. Morton’s Warm Springs Resort
Glen Ellen 

Even in the summer it’s fun to go to the hot springs! 

Nestled in a bucolic setting of forested hills and a lively creek, the property’s geo-thermal mineral springs, once sacred to the local Wappo Indians, remain accessible today in three mineral spring pools; water averages between 82-84°, and pool depth ranges from 4.5 to 9 feet. The pool area is furnished with comfortable chaises. You can also enjoy Morton’s hiking and biking trails, which wind into the surrounding hills, along with basketball and volleyball courts, a baseball field, croquet, ping pong, horseshoe pits, a kids’ playground, and plenty of picnic and BBQ sites. 

Glen Ellen
We are doing a PATZ & HALL event on June 20
th as part of the Broadway Under the Stars. This looks like fun at any time! 

Join Laurel Glen Vineyard and Patz & Hall on Saturday, June 20th for the magic and thrill of Transcendence Theatre's “Broadway Under The Stars” - a series of award-winning concerts produced by the Transcendence Theatre Company, which features established Broadway and Hollywood performers in the majestic open-air winery ruins in Sonoma’s Jack London State Historic Park.


It’s hard not to think of NASCAR – (even though the raceway probably sells beer.) I mean, really, watching crazy loud autos race around this track! Whoo hoo!

With several races per week, there is always something going on at the track. Bring something to grill and get your tailgate on, or just sit back in your seat and watch some fast cars. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Congratulations to the Martinelli Family!

May 5, 2015, 11:35AM 

Lee Sr. and Carolyn Martinelli, vintners of Martinelli Winery in Windsor, were among a group of people recently honored for being icons of Sonoma County.

The event, at Healdsburg's Williams Selyem Winery, was on the eve of the first Sonoma County Barrel Auction on Friday.

The auction raised $461,700, roughly a cool half million from lots snapped up by bidders impressed by Sonoma County wines and, naturally, its icons.

Seventy-six year old Lee Martinelli joked, “I guess when you get older and you’ve been around for a long time, you become an icon.”

Martinelli is the third generation of his Italian family with deep roots in Sonoma County.

The Martinelli lineage is best explained through Jack Ass Hill, an ungodly steep vineyard near the winery. It has a 60-degree slope and today nothing is permitted steeper than a 30-degree slope.

Giuseppi Martinelli first planted Jack Ass Hill in the 1890s, after using a horse and plow to clear away the redwoods and oak trees.

When Giuseppe died in 1917, his son Leno Martinelli took the lead in farming the treacherous vineyard, but he quit when he was 87. Since 1993 Lee has farmed the vineyard and continues to in his mid-seventies.

“I’ve been farming Jack Ass Hill for 21 years,” Lee said. “You’d think it would get easier, but it’s getting harder. It feels like the hill is steeper and gravity is stronger though it’s the same … so every year I have more hesitation.”

Martinelli said he rides the tractor with his shirt unbuttoned and his shoe laces untied so he can slip out of either should he need to.

No cell phone is permitted on the job.

“Up there you have to be quick to make the right response,” Martinelli explained.

At the end of the day, Martinelli said he always decides to farm Jack Ass Hill yet another year.

“I go down to the cellar and uncork a bottle of the Jack Ass Hill Zinfandel. Then I say, ‘Yes, I’m going to do this next year.’ Those vines are part of my family so I have to continue to farm them.”

Martinelli said he’s loyal to his Sonoma County roots, and the Sonoma County vintners said the same is true for the other icons they honored. The list includes: John Balletto, Jean-Charles Boisset, the Dehlinger family, Steve and Joe Dutton, Paul Hobbs, Zelma Long, Joel Peterson, David Ramey, Joe Rochioli Jr., the Sangiacomo family, Dave Stare and Burt Williams.

Read the original article here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lunch in the Garden House

This delicious lunch was served in our Garden House for a private tasting last week. If you're celebrating something special or just want to enjoy a great lunch, contact us about reserving your own private lunch and wine pairing! 

Call us at 707.265.7700 or reach us by email at info@patzhall.com. 

Located just north of the Eighth Street wineries, within biking distance of Sonoma Square and the shops of downtown Sonoma, The Sonoma House at Patz & Halloffers our visitors a one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience. Our new home offers the opportunity to relax as you look out over our estate vineyards tucked along the edge of the Mayacamas Mountains while enjoying our acclaimed Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.