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Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Arrives in Petaluma

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company is one of the nation’s most celebrated creameries, and now, the family-owned, artisan cheese producer has set up shop in Petaluma.

It’s the first time Point Reyes Farmstead has expanded since its founders, the Giacomini family, established their original dairy farm in Marin County in 1959. The new facility operates as a second creamery and aging warehouse as well as the company’s distribution center for its pasteurized cheeses including fresh mozzarella, Toma semi-hard, Bay Blue, and Gouda. 

These Bakeries Take the Wedding Cake

A Sonoma County wedding can be the sweetest thing in the world, especially when you find the perfect bakery to make your wedding cake. Thanks to many local ingredients produced in Wine Country, from milk to eggs to chocolate, this can be the freshest, best-tasting cake you’ve ever enjoyed.

An important tip: Creating custom cakes takes time, and bakeries stay busy year-round. So please plan on ordering your cake up to six months in advance.

Cheers to New Year’s Events This 2017

New Year’s Eve in Sonoma County is a festive time, and since the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, we can celebrate an extra-glorious, four-day Wine Country weekend. Because you know you want to extend the party from Friday all the way through Monday.

That means now is a good time to start figuring out what to do the night of Dec. 31, 2017. If you have a favorite restaurant or hotel, chances are good that they are holding a celebration. But for something new or completely different, read along for these fun suggestions. Auld Lang Syne, all around!

Sonoma County Dines Out for Life November 30, 2017

What if you could savor an excellent Sonoma County restaurant lunch or dinner, and know that up to 50 percent of your bill would go to providing nutritious meals to a fine, medical charity?

That’s the joy of Dining Out For Life, a co-op event being held at nearly 90 Wine Country restaurants on Nov. 30, 2017. All that Thursday, some 90 Sonoma County restaurants will donate 25 to 50 percent of all meal purchases to the non-profit Food For Thought’s food bank.

Fitness and Sports Getaway Ideas for 2018

For New Year’s, many of us resolve to embrace an more fit lifestyle, partly because in Wine Country, exercise is so much fun. Whether you generate a glow by stretching your body with a yogi, or prefer to work up a sweat in a gym, the opportunities beckon. It’s easy to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle year round in Sonoma County, with plenty of beautiful places to hike, bike, horseback ride, and kayak. But did you know you can also practice healthy yoga in the vineyards and forests, on the beaches and even in the air?

Bear Republic Opened New Brewpub in Rohnert Park

It’s been a year in the making, but the new Bear Republic Brewing Co. is finally up and running in Rohnert Park. And from day one, the crowds have been going wild for this combination of brewpub, restaurant, beer garden and play space overlooking Roberts Lake.

The spot joins the original Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, which is famous partly for its beers, and partly because it is so continually packed, with people standing in line for its handcrafted suds.

Winery Easter Events 2017

Easter in Wine Country means sparkling Sonoma County wine mimosas and eggs Benedict for the grownups, and candy and egg hunts for the kids.

Making the day even more special, some wineries host family-friendly events, often including the Easter Bunny making personal visits.

Asian Inspiration at East Wind Bakery

Well known for its excellent California cuisine, Sonoma County is also a treasure trove for ethnic specialties, offering exotic menu items like kimchee-stuffed croissants, Asian milk bread, and Thai lemon chicken soup.

All these delicacies and more await at Santa Rosa's East Wind Bakery on Sebastopol Road east of Wright Road. Through breakfast and lunch, get specialties like milk bread, a super soft, fluffy, and moist delight, offered plain ($5.50) or in flavors such as Earl Grey, wheat, or eggnog ($6.50).