Wine Wednesday: Onward 2014 Carignan

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As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively Rhône-alone” wine list.

We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.


In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved California Rhône producers –

This week: Onward, 2014 Carignan, Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley

About the wine maker: Faith Armstrong-Foster

Napa Valley-based Faith Armstrong-Foster is the spirit behind Onward Wines. With a formal wine degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California at Davis and a work record at top North Coast wineries, Faith was well-poised to start her own project, Onward Wines, in 2009.

She is focused on the expression of varietal character and terroir, in essence expressing the personality of the whole vineyard in the wine. We love this old vine Carignan, with its core of red fruit enveloped in a blanket of mineral and suave tannin. A lovely effort from a very talented young female winemaker.

Pairings:

At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing the Onward 2014 Carignan with duck confit (farro, roasted shallots, apricots, bacon vinaigrette) or the sonoma mountain beef burger (grilled onions, house-made pickles, frites) with cambazola cheese.

At home, enjoy this wine with hoisin duck, grilled elk, and pasta with wild boar.

Cheers!


(Thirsty? Shop Onward 2014 Carignan  here, or book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!)

Wine country cocktails make a splash


California wine country harbors a secret: a blossoming craft cocktail scene

Wine country cocktails make a splash

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It doesn’t get more hyper-local than this. In Sonoma, classic cocktails come with a contemporary twist at this French-inflected restaurant, which sources many ingredients from its own staff’s gardens (including produce from owner Sondra Bernstein’s farm). The Bee’s Knees is a must-order this summer; it combines Meyer lemon-infused gin, honey, lemon juice and dried lavender.

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Wine Wednesday: R2 2011 Vin Blancs

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As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively Rhône-alone” wine list.

We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.


In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved California Rhône producers –

This week: R2 Wine Company, 2011 Vin Blancs, White Blend, Santa Barbara County.

About the wine maker: Drew Huffine

Drew says that he started his adult life as a “would-be academic” but halfway through his studies working toward a doctorate in modern poetry, he realized that a life in the cellar was calling to him much more than the stacks of half-graded student essays staring at him each Sunday. Drew left academia behind and began working in the cellar for Eric Kent wines.

He became the winemaker for Tuck Beckstoffer wines in 2010 and has our Winemaker since joining us in 2013. Countless long days and longer nights later on two continents, he calls it the best decision of his life. Drew works hard to let the vineyard and the vintage determine what the final wine will be — he believes that crafting wines from special vineyards is more about what he doesn’t do than what he does. The goal is always to craft distinct, ageworthy and authentic wines.

Tasting Notes:

The rolling hills of Santa Barbara County provide the perfect balance of warm sunshine and the cooling effect from the Pacific Ocean for growing Rhone style varietals. Vin Blancs is a blend of Viognier (80%), Roussanne (16%) and Grenache Blanc (4%).

Floral notes of honeysuckle and citrus blossom mesh perfectly with nectarine and peach, while the mid palate brings layers of more stone fruit, minerality and toasted honey. The lush mouth feel and bracing acidity provide the perfect balance to the wine.

Pairings:

At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing the R2 2011 Vin Blancs with pastis-scented steamed mussels & frites (garlic, leeks, herbs, grilled bread), mt. lassen trout (pole beans, corn puree, corn & tomato relish), or wild flounder meuniere (yukon potato puree, cello spinach, lemon-caper brown butter).

At home, try I enjoy it with thai lettuce wraps or a chicken pot pie!

Cheers!


(Thirsty? Shop R2 2011 Vin Blancs  here, or book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!)

Wine Wednesday: Arrowood 2013 Viognier

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As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively Rhône-alone” wine list.

We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.


In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved California Rhône producers –

This week: Arrowood 2013 Viognier, Saralee’s Vineyard, Russian River

About the wine maker: Kristina Werner

After earning a double-major in Biochemistry and Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, Kristina completed the Viticulture and Oenology Masters of Science program at University of California Davis.

Kristina developed more hands-on experience working at wineries across New Zealand, Portugal and Argentina until landing in Sonoma County as the assistant winemaker for Stonestreet. In 2015 she joined Arrowood Winery as Winemaker. Today, Kristina and her dedicated wine-growing team craft artisan Cabernet Sauvignons that convey the best sites and appellations throughout Sonoma County.

Tasting Notes:

Arrowood’s Viognier from the renowned Saralee’s Vineyard in Russian River Valley is layered with flavors of apricot, orange blossom and honeysuckle. We ferment in neutral French oak barrels to create a round mouthfeel that complements the bright aromatics and crisp acidity.

Pairings:

At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing the Arrowood 2013 Viognier with soft cheeses or salads.  The tuna conserva (local albacore, blue lake beans, cherry tomatoes, pickled garden peppers, egg yolk, grilled bread) or mt. lassen trout (pole beans, corn puree, corn & tomato relish) would be divine!

At home, try a goose liver pate with huckleberry compote and cornichon, or oven roasted chicken with mushroom sauce.

Cheers!


(Thirsty? Shop Arrowood Viognier 2013 here, or book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!)

Wine Wednesday: Le Gran Cros, Sparkling Rosé, Provence

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As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively Rhône-alone” wine list.

We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.


In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved California Rhône producers –

This week: Le Gran Cros, Sparkling Rosé, Provence

From the winery:

In order to better respect our natural environment along with the quality and authenticity of our wines, Julian has striven to blend science and art. We have always been very early adopters of the latest technology: such as the weather station that enables us to precisely adjust our work in the vines and reduce the use of fungicides; or the infra-red camera to calculate the optimal date of harvest. However science does not have answers to everything and its at that point that art and the instinct of the winemaker takes over to ensure the quality of our wines that best reflect the spirit of Le Grand Cros estate.

Tasting Notes:

A salmon pink color. A fine nose with fresh fruit (apricot cherry) and a touch of brioche. The mouth offers lovely freshness with the aromas from the nose: apricot and cherry. The bubbles are fine, delicate and persistent.

A special Rhone-only sparkling wine, we’re also offering it by the glass at the girl & the fig!

Pairings: 

At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Le Grand Cros Sparkling Rosé with our sonoma mountain beef burger (grilled onions, house-made pickles, frites) & cambozola cheese, salad of the season (pickled corn, cucumbers, garlic croutons, heirloom tomato vinaigrette), or a selection of cheeses.

At home, try potato chips with creme fraiche & caviar!


Thirsty? Shop Le Grand Cros, Sparkling Rosé, here or book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!