February is Chocolate Month in the store. Valentine’s Day is the excuse, but to tell you the truth, we’re chocolate mad all year long. We just make an event out of it this time of year!
February 1 - 28
All month long general admission is FREE at COPIA in the Napa Valley, thanks to Guittard Chocolate Co. and COPIA's other sponsors. Call COPIA at 888-51-COPIA for more information, or log on to www.copia.org. Great cheese is best enjoyed with great food and wine; learn more at COPIA!
"Olive You" at B.R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen
Join in the Valley's Olive Festival celebrations by taking a guided tour of the olive grove followed by a cooking demonstration and appetizers featuring B.R. Cohn olive oils and vinegars. To reserve a space ($10), call Teresa Reiss at 707.938.4064, ext. 13. or visit www.brcohn.com
VinOlivo, compliments of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance
Enjoy the Valley's best reserve and vineyard designated wines along with olive-influenced cuisines. An auction of future releases from barrel lots is planned, along with sparkling wine reception, port tasting, chocolate fountain, dessert wine party and live entertainment. For more information, reservations and tickets, call 707.935.0803 or visit www.sonomavalleywine.com
Olive Festival Hike on the Sonoma Overlook Trail
Find olive trees on the Overlook Trail and take in a great view of the City of Sonoma and lower valley. Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m., 90 Mountain Cemetery Rd. (top of First St. West, next to the Veterans Memorial building). 707.332.8180
The Artisan Market on the Plaza
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The grand finale of the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival features olive-themed food, wine, art and entertainment, as well as cooking demonstations and seminars on Sonoma's central plaza. $20 (free for children under 12). For more information, call 707.996.1090. You can also visit www.sonomavalley.com for details on all the events of this year's Olive Festival.
St. Patrick’s Day
What better day to try Cashel Blue, a raw milk blue from a family farm in County Tipperary, Ireland. Or if you’re looking for something to go with your favorite beer or ale, consider Red Spruce Cheddar, Rofumo, or Saenkanter.
The first day of Spring
Easy Cheese Making
Enjoy a hands-on class with Mary Karlin at Ramekins, Sonoma Valley's culinary school, 450 W. Spain St., in downtown Sonoma. Class is scheduled from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. For more information, or to sign up, log on to www.ramekins.com or call the office at 707.933.0450
Farmers Market on Sonoma Plaza
Tuesday evening Farmers Market on the Plaza begins again for the season this month. Starting at 5:30 in front of City Hall, the market is your best source of fresh local produce and community camaraderie. Just do it.
The 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival
The Sonoma Valley Film Festival pairs over 75 new independent films from all over the world with award-winning wine, fine dining, lively parites and galas, exclusive winery excursions and vineyard safaris for a rich and unique "Cinema Epicuria" experience.
Passes are on sale at www.CinemaEpicuria.org or call the Sonoma Valley Film Society office at 707.933.2600
Quite possibly Ditty’s favorite celebration of the year. And in honor of the Cheesemaker’s Daughter, you simply must have a lovely triple-crème (OK, a double-crème if you insist) at your holiday meal. Fromager d’Affinois, Soumaintrain, and Taleggio are our choices in the double-crème category. Or ask about Jean de Brie, Brillat-Savarin, Explorateur, Mt. Tam, and Jean Grogne.
Go outside and hug a tree. Or at least go outside.
To mark Mothers’ Day, we’re celebrating our favorite women cheesemakers. Come by the store for some of Mary Keehn’s Humboldt Fog or Mary Quicke’s special farmstead Cheddar for your Mom. She loves you anyway (your Mom, that is), but she’ll really love you for the cheese.
“A poet’s hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.”
Today we tip our hat to Vella Cheese Company and master cheesemaker Ig Vella. Dry Jack and Mezzo Secco will be out on the counter for sampling. Come by the store or visit Vella Cheese. They’re located at 315 Second St. East in Sonoma.
Red or White with BLUE— cheese that is.
Tomatoes and Mozzarella. You’ve got the tomatoes coming out of your ears. We’ve got the fresh mozzarella, basil, and a stellar oil to go with them. Don’t let this year’s tomato season get away from you without enjoying this classic combination.