Thursday, August 27, 2015

Patz & Hall Harvest 2015: Pisoni Vineyards "Big Block" Harvest

Winemaker James Hall reports from the front lines of Harvest 2015: "It’s always a red letter day when the mighty Pisoni Vineyards​ “Big Block” comes in! Fruit looks perfect: small berries, lots of crisp acidity, super dark skins - I am one happy winemaker!"

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Patz & Hall Chardonnay with Crab and More!

Soft shell crab, corn on the cob, prawns, hush-puppies and 2013 Patz & Hall Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay (wine club exclusive). We're pretty serious about food and wine around here...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Celebrating Pinot Noir Day with Wine Spectator's Favorite Patz & Hall Pinots

Happy Pinot Noir Day! We're celebrating with three of our Pinot Noirs that recently received stellar scores from Wine Spectator​: 

2012 Hyde Vineyard – Carneros Pinot Noir (92 Points)
2013 Jenkins Ranch – Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (91 Points)
2012 Chenoweth Ranch – Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (90 Points)

How are you celebrating this delicious day? 

Monday, August 17, 2015

5 Questions with Artist Jeff Long

Meet one of the two artists we have partnered with for the final installment of Art Harvest at the Sonoma House at Patz & Hall, Jeff Long. 

Jeff Long, who is a Bay Area resident, fuses elements of modernist design and motifs of tribal art in his paintings. Now in his fifth decade as an artist, Long has created a body of work characterized by the distillation of landscape, votive traditions from various cultures, tribal design elements and modernist motifs. His work has been displayed in public collections at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Oakland Museum, and the US Embassy in the Philippines, among numerous other locations. 

1-When did you realize that art was your passion? My father was a skilled illustrator and art director, who painted watercolors in his free time, so I had a model of a creative life.

2-Why is expression through art important to you? Art mediates the world and leaves a subjective impression of the world.

3-What or who is your biggest inspiration? Nature is my source.

4-What are you working on now? Biomorphic graphic elements superimposed on a collage of maps.

5-Favorite wine, food and art pairing? A hearty Shiraz, white bean salad and a view of a Richard Serra Torqued Elipse.

Art Harvest is a program in partnership with Luxe Interiors + Design magazine and Nancy Toomey Fine Art in San Francisco to bring inspiring art to wine country. Come see Jeff's art this summer and fall! Make an appointment here

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scrumptious Summer Meal Pairings from Patz & Hall

Our Hospitality Manager, Courtney Wilson, and our Concierge and resident culinary expert, Steven Harlor, put together the following guide to creating a delicious summer meal, paired with Patz & Hall wines every step of the way, to wow your guests. Read on! 

Occasionally I have the chance to entertain with friends, coworkers and wine club members. As the summer bounty is at its peak, my imagination runs wild when developing a menu for such occasions. As I walk through the produce section of the local Whole Foods, I always think of dishes that might pair nicely with some of my Patz & Hall favorites.

To start I want something that is going to awaken the taste buds. With bright acidity from Sherry vinegar and delicate nuances of toasted almonds I can’t resist thinking of a classic White Gazpacho to pair with the 2013 Patz & Hall Rued Vineyard Chardonnay (available only to Salon Society members). 

Who doesn’t like fried food? I like to indulge, in moderation, on calamari – let’s say fritto misto instead because both fried squash blossoms and zucchini go equally well with lemon aioli. Set me up with a glass of 2013 Patz & Hall Durell Vineyard Chardonnay and I’ll be hard pressed not to repeat this course for the rest of the meal.

Every once in a while I get a bit more adventurous with my choice of proteins. For instance, roasted quail with farro stuffing served over white bean puree and finished with a cherry gastrique. I promise it sounds fancier than it really is and it’s even more approachable with our 2013 Patz & Hall Brown Ranch Pinot Noir (available only to Salon Society members).

One of my all-time favorite dishes incorporated IbericoPork, forbidden rice and Japanese turnips. As the seasons change this dish is extremely versatile especially when considering the sauce. The dark fruit profile of a huckleberry glaze elevates the earthy and savory characteristics already on the plate and accentuates the complex nature of our 2012 Patz & Hall ChenowethRanch Pinot Noir.

Happy Entertaining!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Harvest Has Arrived!

Harvest has arrived at Patz & Hall! This morning we brought in some beautiful Chardonnay from the Ritchie Vineyard in Russian River Valley, and now we're checking cluster samples to see what's ready to come in next. Off we go with ‪#‎vintage2015‬!

Founders' Favorites: James Hall

What does Patz & Hall winemaker and co-founder James Hall do on the weekends? Discover James' secret Sonoma below!

1. Picnic on Sonoma Square – it's okay to drink wine and it's fun to watch the kids, chickens and crowds. Always a great way to get a feel for la Dolce Vita! 

2. Highway 12 from Sonoma to Santa Rosa – this section of Highway 12 is one of the most beautiful wine routes in the business. Absolutely stunning in the fall. Lots of wineries to stop and visit too.

3. Boozy lunch outside at a nice restaurant – always a favorite with out-of-town friends! I love El Dorado Kitchen's back patio, and Della Santina's is also is good for lunch out back. If Guinness and fish and chips sounds good, Murphy's Irish Pub has outdoor seating too.

4. Walking and hiking – Jack London State Park is fantastic! There's everything from easy loops to strenuous mountain hikes. If you're up for it, you can hike up and see Jack London's cabin by the lake. Great family outing with some moderate exercise.

5. Mountain biking - for serious mountain bikers, Annandale State Park located off of Highway 12 just south of Santa Rosa offers a well-built, technical mountain biking trail that attracts riders from all over the North Bay. 

6. Visit breweries - Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, Lagunitas, or Bear Republic in Healdsburg. All make fantastic beers and are category leaders in the craft brewing movement.

7. Race go carts at Sonoma Raceway – one of the only European specification go kart tracks on the West Coast. You can rent advanced competition grade karts and learn how to drive high G-Force turns!

What are your favorite things to do in Sonoma?