New restaurants open, wine weekends, festivals and more in September


Valette opens The Matheson, Roof 106 in public preview

After a four-year planning and construction process, The Matheson and Roof 106 at the southwest corner of historic Healdsburg Plaza has opened its doors to the public in preview for the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, diners can expect a limited number of seating on the Matheson’s ground floor and upstairs on Roof 106, which is only open to walk-in guests.

The hours during the preview period are 5:30 p.m. at 10 p.m. from Thursday to Monday. Later in September, the Roof 106 will offer lunch and the Wine Wall downstairs, offering wines on draft, will open at noon.

Reservations for The Matheson are now available on Open Table up to two months in advance.

The ambitious food and wine emporium is the brainchild of chef Dustin Valette, whose great-grandfather once ran a bakery in the same building. Valette teamed up with longtime friend Craig Ramsey to make her dream come true, along with architect Cass Calder Smith and local artisans.

“Our laid-back Roof 106 will focus on outdoor wood-fired cooking overlooking Healdsburg Square, while the downstairs will focus on Sonoma County’s agricultural bounty and (be) centered around our wall of 88-bottle wine, ”said Valette.

The first floor will serve à la carte dishes and two seasonal tasting menus. A sushi kitchen will offer à la carte sashimi rolls and specialty dishes. There is a bar that seats 12 people in the open kitchen.

This is the second restaurant in Healdsburg for Valletta. He opened restaurant Valette with his brother, Aaron Garzini, six years ago.

To book at Matheson: Telephone: 707-723-1106. 106, rue Matheson


Bacchus Landing will host many fall events

Bacchus Landing, a new collective of wine tasting rooms, has launched a series of food and music programs for this fall.

Food trucks will park at “Frank’s Place”, just outside the walls of the square, from 4 pm to 7 pm every Friday from this Friday with the food truck Charro Negro. The Hot Box BBQ will serve food on September 17th, followed by Camacho’s Southern Style BBQ on September 24th. Visitors can also take advantage of the pétanque courts, lawn games and picnic tables.

From October to December, the tasting room will host local musicians for Live Music in the Piazza on the first Saturday of the month. The events are free.

Other plans for the holidays include Grandparents’ Day on September 12, Bacchus Bocce Bowl on October 17, Gallery Galore on October 23, and Halloween on October 31.

During each event, the tasting rooms will be open for tastings and sales by the glass and by the bottle.

Bacchus Landing is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 14210 Bacchus Landing Way. For more information:


Varietal weekends in the Valley

Through September, Sonoma Valley wineries will feature curated wine experiences that focus on specific varietals, from Cabernet and Carignan to Chardonnay and Pinot.

In the last two weeks of September, customers can try a vertical tasting of four Carignan-based wines in the cellars of Kivelstadt.

Meadowcroft Wines will feature tastings of zinfandel, and Sebastiani Winery will take tasters on a journey through two vintages of Cherryblock cabernet sauvignon and two vintages from another exclusive cab from one of the Sebastiani / Foley Family sister properties.

Visitors can join Sojourn Cellars in its tasting room and experience new Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

Reservations are required for all experiences. For more information:


A Taste of Hopland offers wine, food

Destination Hopland’s Taste of Hopland Wine Festival will be held on September 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a dozen wineries across the region.

Participating tasting rooms will offer wine with music and tours. There are two levels of tickets: coach tickets include wine tasting at all wineries; First-class tickets include one wine tasting, three dining tickets, and the option of being a wine club member for the day at all wineries.

Food tickets can be redeemed at local food establishments participating in the festival.

Bus tickets cost $ 40 and first class tickets are $ 65. For more information and to book:


Dutton Estate offers Crushpad tours

During harvest season, Dutton Estate Winery will offer a tour of the grinding area, giving guests an overview of their cider and winemaking process.

Tours, free for customers who book morning tasting experiences, include a close-up view of the crushing tank and barrel room during active harvest activity.

The tour dates are at 10:30 am on September 11, 18, 25 and October 4, for those who have a tasting at 11 am or 11:30 am; and at 11:30 am on Sept. 15, 22 or 29 for those who have a tasting at noon or 12:30 pm.

To book a tasting and a visit: and click on visit. 8757, path of the green valley.


West Wines hosts vineyard walks

West Wines winemaker Katarina Bonde will be hosting grape-tasting tours of the vineyard this month during the harvest.

There will be morning tours this Saturday and September 18 for a maximum of 10 people. Guests are requested to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Bonde will take grape samples, field test sugar and pH levels, and taste the grapes while explaining how winemakers decide when to harvest.

Cost is $ 35, with packed lunches and cold cuts available to order in advance for an additional fee. To book: and click on events. 1000 Dry Creek Road.


Handyman uses Palmer and Appleman as advisers

Chefs Charlie Palmer and Nate Appleman have joined the Bricoleur Vineyards team as culinary advisors to the estate’s extensive food and wine program.

Palmer, who owns 13 restaurants and bars across the country through his Charlie Palmer Collective, will bring his progressive American style of cooking to the tasting menus. Appleman, formerly of the A16 and SPQR in San Francisco, will refine the estate’s menu of pizzas and other wood-fired dishes.

Palmer and Appleman will also help create menus for seasonal winery picnics and wine pairing dinners and work with the estate gardener to grow wine-friendly products.

“Bricoleur Vineyards is a great place to come together,” said Sarah Hanson Citron, co-founder of the winery. “Chef Palmer and Chef Appleman share our enthusiasm for bringing people together. “

Bricoleur Vineyards is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, by appointment only. To reserve: or 707-857-5700. 7394 Starr Road.

Editor-in-Chief Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or [email protected] On Twitter @ dianepete56

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