Wine Wednesday: Flanagan Wines 2013 Syrah, Bennett Valley

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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 Rhône producers –

This week: Flanagan Wines 2013 Syrah, Bennett Valley

About the winemaker: Cabell Coursey

Cabell describes his philosophy:

Winemaking is the culmination of a vast number of decisions. Starting with the site, the farming practice, the response to weather conditions, the picking date, the tank and barrel programs, ferment protocols, and continuing through blending and bottling.  It is the daily decisions, actions, and sometimes lack of action that unlocks a vineyard’s highest potential.  This quest to reveal each vineyards unique personality, while dealing with the challenges inherent in farming, is what makes winemaking challenging, interesting, and highly rewarding. My goal is always the same, to deliver each vineyard’s best expression in each vintage and to make a wine where the last glass is better than the first.

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Tasting Notes:

The nose is an intriguing mix of dark red fruits and more savory notes like bay leaf. The palate has
a classic Rhone profile with fruit components, bacon fat, and hint of white pepper, briar and earth notes. 

Pairings:

At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Flanagan Wines 2013 Syrah, with steak frites (6-ounce flat iron steak, frites, roasted garlic & herb butter)grass-fed steak tartare (traditional with raw egg, caperberries, lavendar sea salt, toast), hard cheeses.

At home try it with pot roast with horseradish whipped potatoes, beef with mole sauce, Wagyu beef with simple salt & pepper.

Cheers!


(Thirsty? Shop Flanagan Wines 2013, Syrah, here, or book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!)

5 things that made our week!

It’s been quite a week for the fig family, which included many a long day, and many, many things to be thankful for!

Sometimes it’s good to stop for a moment to catch your breath, and take a look back.

#1

the girl & the fig’s New Website

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We’re so excited to debut the girl & the fig’s new website – full of figgy news, events, recipes, and beautiful photography by the talented Untapped Media Co.

Check in with us there often to keep up on all fig world happenings; find out what we’re cooking (eating!), sipping, snapping, Pinning, growing!  And please share your feedback with us on the new site. We’d love to hear from you!

#2

Summer Grillin’

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As the season winds down, we felt these final Indian summer days called for a sweet send-off.  Which is why we decided to share one of the most-requested recipes of the last few months: grilled peaches with bacon and Ricotta.  There are still a few weeks left to throw together this incredibly simple and delicious celebration of summer flavors!

We hope you’re enjoying the last bit of sweet peach season, even when you aren’t with us. Find the recipe here, and enjoy often while this warm weather lasts!

#3

the girl & the fig CATERS! Cheese & Charcuterie Platters

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We’re always happy when we can send a little fig love out into the world, which is why we’re very excited about the launch of our new Cheese & Charcuterie platter (online) shop.

Bountiful platters of artisanal cheeses, house-made charcuterie & salumi, fresh fruits, spiced nuts & jams are now available for your nibbling pleasure. Perfect for entertaining groups sized 2 to 20!  Browse offerings HERE.

#4

The Taste Club & Eat. Feed. Love

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If you haven’t been introduced yet to Eat. Feed. Love, here’s the scoop: these passionate people curate an online shop chock-full of delicious food made from quality ingredients.  Even better – for every purchase, they make a contribution to feed a hungry person in the world:

Every single purchase made, Eat Feed Love feeds a person in need. Every single one. We’ve fed thousands of people since it’s inception, and we’d love to feed thousands more.

We were thrilled and honored when our black mission fig cakes were selected to be included in their Taste Club subscription boxes and highly recommend that you check them out!

#5

#thefigrigrolls

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the fig rig sent summer off in style at the 2016 Vintage Fest on the Sonoma Plaza last weekend. It was incredible to see so many friends as well as meet new ones. Thanks for lettings us feed you!


Whew. It’s been a whirlwind of excitement, fun, good food, and friends and reminds us, as always, why we love to do what we do.

Thank you!!

Planning a Wine Country Wedding: Wedding Shower Trends

(This is Part 15 in a series.  Did you miss Part 14?  View the post here!)

I love showers!  There is something so special to me about family and friends coming together ahead of a big event to show love and support.  Hosting is even more fun.  If you’ve been tasked with hosting an upcoming wedding shower, here are some of our favorite ideas for throwing a fun celebration.

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Wine Tasting Shower

A perfect precursor for a Wine Country wedding, a wine tasting party gives your guests a fun activity to participate in.  Look into hosting the event at a local winery, or do it yourself at a private home.  Choose a fun theme like vintages from a certain year or varietals from a certain region (Rhone is our favorite!).  Don’t forget the food; cheese and charcuterie, like our platters from the girl & the  fig CATERS!, make a great wine accompaniment.

Here are some basics on hosting a wine tasting to check out from Real Simple and Epicurious.

Couples Shower

A couples shower is the perfect way to combine an engagement party and shower into one and include everyone in the festivities.  When planning, consider the couples’ joint interests.  An outdoorsy couple might love a camping themed shower with a request for gifts to build their stash of camping gear, or plan a casual, low-key back yard barbecue for the laid back couple.  The possibilities are endless.

Check out these ideas from The Knot for Coed Couple Shower Themes.

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Brunch Shower

Who doesn’t love brunch?  You can’t go wrong with some mimosas and sparkling wine.  If you’re hosting a brunch shower at home, save yourself time by planning a make-ahead menu and mixing pitchers of brunchy beverages.  We love this cocktail recipe using homemade pear-infused vodka and this subtly sweet recipe for stone fruit clafoutis.  Still need menu inspiration?  Search through our recipe archives and then check out Real Simples 7 Recipes for an Insanely Delicious Bridal Shower Brunch.

If cooking is out of the question, look into having your brunch at a restaurant or catered at a local event space.  Leave the menu preparation to someone else and focus instead on the details that will make your shower truly memorable for the guest of honor.  We think Suite D is the perfect space for a unique brunch that can be tailored to fit your own vision; be sure to read my next post for details on my own Suite D wedding shower!

Quick Tips:

  • Make it personal!  What is the guest of honor’s favorite color?  Favorite movie or book?  Choose a theme that is special to them to make it a truly special day.

Happy Planning!

Next post:  A Suite D Wedding Shower

happy fig-iversary!

We are so lucky to have such amazing employees, many of whom have been with us for several years.  It’s absolutely important to acknowledge everyone’s hard work from day to day, but we also love to acknowledge our employee’s anniversaries in celebration of the time they’ve spent to make the girl & the fig, the fig café and the girl & the fig CATERS! what they are today.

Here are the employees who we are celebrating anniversaries with in September:

  • Brian Casey, Wine Buyer at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 7 years.
  • Raul Castillo, Sous Chef at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 12 years.
  • Misael Garcia, Facilities Manager at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 5 years.
  • Joseph Mendoza, Kitchen Manager at the fig cafe, has been with us for 8 years.
  • Maria Ake, Cook at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 9 years.
  • Daniel Ibarra, Busser at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 3 years.
  • Da Sherpa, Server at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 8 years.

Thank you so much for your work over the years!

Vom Mädchen und der Feige

Restaurant The girl and the fig – Vom Mädchen und der Feige

(Translated from German)
Those who come to California, the should bring one thing: hunger! In this state one knows how to cook. And who then in Sonoma County making station, where the water runs literally together in the mouth. Chefs who are showered with Michelin stars, as well as chefs who bring master lines without stars, working with local farms and producers together in small businesses to procure and process them to magical masterpieces the best fresh local ingredients. Where to eat? On the roof Poolside, on the water or on the patio? We decided in Sonoma for the latter in “The girl and the fig” . More on that.
With more than 400 wineries and 15 wine regions Sonoma County is considered the most versatile premium wine-growing region of the United States. The morning fog of the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay bring forth noble grapes such as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, which thrive in cooler weather.Inland thrive during the hot days and cool nights of summer growing season robust red grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah. This had to be brief, because of wines not only understand the Europeans something.
Visitors will find in “The girl and the fig” a culinary paradise – whether freshly harvested from the fertile soil or freshly caught from the sea. All French cuisine – is not missing here the sniff of California sophistication. For 19 years, there is this wonderful restaurant whose Patio easy, casual, and once completely unspectacular comes. Corrugated metal walls, a few large pictures on the walls, 80 seats outside. (Inside then another 100 places). Ladies meet, couples have their date, men’s groups are celebrating a great week and families come together on Saturdays for lunch. celebrate reasons, there is always the way, Giorgio, one of the restaurant manager told us. Once there is the wine, which will be harvested, then to celebrate any parade, and when and where there is no reason to celebrate, this is the reason. Giorgio comes from Thessaloniki and for 20 years in the USA, he worked in New York, but Sonoma is appropriate to start a family, so he now lives with his wife here. Giorgio is soccer fan and knows Fortuna Dusseldorf, knows the former Fortuna player Stelios Malezas and even knows that the team is currently playing in the second division. Giorgio’s our man!Giorgio raves about the restaurant that Sondra and John heard.
The two met with “The girl and the fig” a dream. 260,000 visitors have annually – that speaks for itself. And yet nothing has become routine here. The employees have a passion – and we notice also the same when we order. Because we are told what Heirloom tomatoes are – and the appetizer of tomatoes this was excellent with watermelon. For your main course said the Waiter, that it was better to take the flounder instead of sandwiches. This Yukon Mashed Potatoes, the tender spinach and brown lemon caper butter had a dream to fish. Sure, no sandwich but flounder. I opt for the steak, beautifully seasoned, it is tender, the steak frites long and thin and crispy.
In “The girl and the fig” it must also be a dessert. For its cheese, the restaurant is known – the choice falls on Cheese & Port and on a calorie bomb: Chocolate & Salted Caramel Trifle Fig. But his figs had that thick Sonoma figs, after all, they give even the local his name. These Port wine from the Sonoma Valley. Caution: Caramel Trifle addictive!

The wine list is great – there are many Frenchmen from the Rhone Valley, but we stick to the Muddy Arch Rousanne, the tastes exquisite through its flavors pear, apricot, apple and honey in Sonoma. Not too heavy on this hot summer evening.

Thanks to Sondra and John, Matt and Giorgio for this wonderful evening!

Source: Vom Mädchen und der Feige