Sonoma Wine Shop & La Bodega

2 Locations - Sonoma & Sebastopol

A wine bar and cheese shop?

Or a wine club with it's own full dining room. Both locations are unique, warm and cozy.

Over 4,500 people get their wines from our club, and enjoy our handmade pasta, local cheese selection, and fun events. Open to the Public 5 days a week.. 

Let us send you some great wines that are almost impossible to find anywhere else! 

2015 a 'challenging' harvest

Due to early spring, a lot of wine was picked and made several weeks early this year. And then came several big Lake County fires. The worst, the Valley Fire, may have created a real problem for the Napa and Lake vineyards.

The large fires in Lake County took 1500 homes and 4 folks died.  This was the 3rd worst fire in California history.  We have started helping several local charities get aid to these families. 
This summer proved definitely warmer - some vineyards did great, others not so much. Yields were down by 25% due to the prolonged drought.  The biggest issue for 2015, especially for Lake and Napa counties, was smoke damage to the vineyards.  

We haven’t heard ‘much’ as the industry doesn’t want this discussed. But based on what we’ve seen in 2008, we do believe a lot of Napa got significant amounts of smoke.  Sonoma County had a few light smokey days but Napa Valley apparently took a lot more. So we’ll be planning to keep this in mind for our club members. 

Lets all send best thoughts and strength to the Lake County fire victims.  Check our website for more charity events.

Always time for Brunch - In Sebastopol - Family Direct 'Farm to Table' coffee from El Salvador

We've started our Sunday brunch in Sebastopol! Rick and Meekk have cooked up some excellent Sunday fare.  Our speciality Frambled Eggs is on the menu too!  Drop in 10:00 am til 2:00 pm for a great slow way to spend Sunday morning.

 Eggs Benedict - this picture is outlawed in 3 countries

Eggs Benedict - this picture is outlawed in 3 countries

Guillermo Moran is a 6th generation coffee grower from El Salvador.  He and his partners are bringing 'family direct' coffee from Latin America to Sonoma County!  With their own family-farmed coffee beans, and Guillermo's experience as a roaster, they have created a perfect blend of flavor with true 'farm to table' delivery.  Eco Delight is connecting the coffee lover direct with the farmer, roasting here in Sonoma and delivering direct to Sebastopol.  

 From Coffee Plantation to Sebastopol

From Coffee Plantation to Sebastopol

Farm to table from El Salvador to Sebastopol!  Please try a cup of our Espresso blend now at La Bodega

Tiny Bubbles - like a million of them. or Chaotic bubbling and nonstagnant foams.

Leave it to the French to have a scientist who is paid to count bubbles - in champagne.  Meet G. Liger-Belair, from Equipe Effervescence, Champagne et Applications, Groupe de Spectrométrie Moléculaire et Atmosphérique (GSMA), UMR CNRS 7331, UFR Sciences Exactes et Naturelles, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne , BP 1039, 51687 Reims Cedex 2, France.

If you need proof of the French obsession on bubbles - look no further than Mssr Liger-Belair and his dozens of published scientific papers on this critical subject.  Titles like :

Unraveling the evolving nature of gaseous and dissolved carbon dioxide in champagne wines: a state-of-the-art review, from the bottle to the tasting glass.

Is the wall of a cellulose fiber saturated with liquid whether or not permeable with CO2 dissolved molecules? Application to bubble nucleation in champagne wines.

Flow patterns of bubble nucleation sites (called fliers) freely floating in champagne glasses.

CO2 volume fluxes outgassing from champagne glasses: the impact of champagne ageing.

Time to pop one and contemplate.  We recommend Gonet Medefille Blanc du Noirs.  $55 / $46.76 at the shop for members

 Where bubbles are counted

Where bubbles are counted

 This guy runs this University But where is the mysterious G. Liger-Belair ? Maybe there's a deeper issue involved?

This guy runs this University But where is the mysterious G. Liger-Belair ? Maybe there's a deeper issue involved?

2015 Vacation for Staff

SHORT STAFF VACATION

TUESDAY JAN 6TH THROUGH WEDNESDAY JAN 14TH.

OUR ANNUAL HOUSECLEANING AND VACATION

Its time to take a breather the busiest year ever.  Thank you all for making 2014 the biggest year for the club, the kitchen and the staff.   We’re hoping everyone had a great end to 2014!
The wine club had its busiest year ever, with lots of new members and lots of old members visiting.  A great wine sale was a huge success and thank you all for participating!  

To end the year,we had 80 folks sharing their New Year’s Eve at the Sebastopol club for dinner and music from Emma Ray.  Some great food by Rick and gang.  Hope you all can visit us soon for the coziest dinners in town.

For a few days,starting Tuesday Jan 6th through Wednesday Jan 14th, we’ll be closing both locations for staff vacation.  We’ll try to answer the phone but hope everyone understands the need to take a breather.  

We’ll be releasing our 2012 Harvest View pinot noir soon - first reactions have be awesome!

Thanks all for a great 2014 and here's to diving in to 2015 with even more gusto!

Sebastopol's Cozy Hideaway - Sonoma's Historic Wine Shop