Artisan cheese in the foothills: Dedrick’s, Wheyward Girl, Shaft’s

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS A storied cheese making history. Marin’s historic Rouge & Noire cheese company, now Marin French Cheese, has roots that go back 150 years. In the 1930s Gaetano Vella started Vella Cheese Company in Sonoma at the urging of local dairymen. And in the ‘90s, longtime friends Sue Conley and Peggy Smith founded […]

Open Table’s top-rated U.S. restaurant is at a California winery (video)

Open Table’s top-rated restaurant in America is at a Northern California winery: St. Francis Winery and Vineyards in Sonoma. This week’s award, based on reviews by foodie-oriented diners, underscores the growing popularity of pairing fresh, locally produced food with wine at wineries. In the Sierra Foothills, examples include Naggiar Vineyards in Grass Valley and Wise […]