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Marine Layer Wines Opens Tasting Room

Marine Layer Wines Opens Tasting Room on the Healdsburg Plaza

Tasting Room Showcases Contemporary Coastal California Design by Sonoma Design Duo, HommeBoys

Food Offerings from Single Thread Farms, Co-Creators of Little Saint, Opening Later this Year

Marine Layer Wines is a boutique winery that aims to bring the terroir and soul of the Sonoma Coast to life.  With its stellar small-production lineup of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Marine Layer has announced the opening of its highly anticipated tasting room in downtown Healdsburg.

Marine Layer was created by close friends with deep ties in the Sonoma Coast wine scene; friends who share a devotion to wine, hospitality and showcasing the diversity of the Sonoma Coast.  With 2018 serving as Marine Layer’s inaugural vintage, the winery has already gained a cult-like following of industry insiders and locals.

Sonoma designers, HommeBoys have perfectly captured the spirit of Marine Layer in their tasting room design, exuding understated and casual sophistication.  A departure from the more formal tasting rooms of the past, the space is the embodiment of modern California coastal chic; a place to linger and savor the flavors of the Sonoma Coast.

“I always envisioned Marine Layer as a ‘location’ as much as a wine brand.  Since we started this incredible journey, we knew that we needed a place to gather and enjoy our wines while hanging out with our friends,” said Baron Ziegler, founder of Marine Layer. “It’s been a dream to work with the HommeBoys.  Their interpretation perfectly mirrored our vision for a contemporary, laid-back California tasting room — elegant, yet approachable and relaxed.”

Located downtown on the eastern side of Healdsburg’s Plaza, Marine Layer’s tasting room was designed as an ode to coastal California.  The space boasts a bright, warm atmosphere, complete with an array of intimate lounges for guests to relax and enjoy.  Inspired by the surrounding coastal region from which Marine Layer crafts its wines, mixed tones of natural oak and deep ocean blue paneling envelop the space.

“We wanted the various lounges to all to feel unique with their own assortment of furnishings, but at the same time, create some continuity so that it didn’t feel disjointed,” said Austin Carrier, co-owner of HommeBoys.

Design highlights include a modern three-sided glass fireplace, handmade ceramic pendant lights sculpted by Oaxacan artists, oversized Moroccan wool rugs, large beaming skylights, and semi-arched columns that scoop up into the ceiling as guests walk into the space.

The Marine Layer guest experience extends beyond the dramatic design.  To complement guests’ wine tasting, Marine Layer has partnered with a soon-to-open neighbor, Little Saint, a farm-forward gathering place led by SingleThread owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton. The opening menu includes a thoughtfully crafted mezze plate comprised of dips, spreads, housemade crackers and just-picked crudités.  Showcasing a variety of flavors and textures, the mezze plate is a convivial noshing intended for guests to play with alongside the lineup of Marine Layer wines.  The offerings will frequently rotate, as they are based on seasonal produce harvested from the Little Saint farm located nearby.  The Marine Layer x Little Saint Experience includes a mezze plate and flight of five wines for $50 per person, or guests can enjoy a flight of five wines for $35 per person.

Marine Layer is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Reservations are strongly encouraged.  To book an experience, please visit Here.  Follow Marine Layer on Instagram: Here.

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Marine Layer Wines

Marine Layer Wines Launches in Downtown Healdsburg 

Marine Layer Wines,  a modern new winery that brings the soul of the Sonoma Coast to life with its lineup of small production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, has officially launched, with a tasting room opening in downtown Healdsburg, June 2021.

Marine Layer was created by a tight-knit team of free-spirited colleagues who share a devotion to quality wine, genuine hospitality and living life to the fullest. They have already amassed a small cult-like following of industry insiders and locals who have embraced their stellar lineup from sought-after vineyard sites.

“This winery is a passion project many years in the making for the team,” said Baron Ziegler, founder of Marine Layer. “It’s pretty rare that you get the chance to work with a group that has this much joy for their craft, and it’s no surprise that it’s expressed through our wine, which is authentic, small-batch, and sustainably sourced. We can’t wait to share Marine Layer wines with everyone.”

The name Marine Layer pays homage to the prominent blanket of fog that pours in from the Pacific.  Known for cooler temperatures and wild and rugged terrain, the wines are vibrant, structured, and finessed.  With a focus on sustainable farming, heritage clones, and hand-harvesting, Marine Layer’s obsession for quality guides their path.  Every bottling of Marine Layer is produced in tiny quantities, some as small as four barrels.

“With decades of experience and deeply rooted relationships with the top growers in the Sonoma Coast, we built Marine Layer with an intimate knowledge of this region,” said Winemaker Rob Fischer. “Our wines are a pure expression of the land, history and soul of the Sonoma Coast.”

Marine Layer has partnered with local designers, the Hommeboys, who have perfectly captured the spirit of the Sonoma Coast in the design of the tasting room.  With its warm, earthy tones, low-key coastal vibe and layered textures, the space exudes the look and feel of the ultimate laid-back Northern California retreat.  Marine Layer’s Tasting Room is slated to open in downtown Healdsburg, June 2021.

For more information, please visit Marine Layer Wines website.

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California Wines Down to Earth Month

The eighth annual California Wines Down to Earth Month kicks off in April with sustainability-focused wine events and offers across the state, including Earth Day festivals, vineyard hikes, food and wine events, eco-tours and more. Created by Wine Institute, the association of nearly 1,000 California wineries, the month-long celebration highlights the winemaking community’s commitment to protecting the environment, being a good neighbor and producing high quality wines with sustainable farming and business practices. See here.

The Taste of Mendocino is at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco April 27, and Handley Cellars will be one of 30-plus wineries pouring wines, including many that are sustainable, organic or biodynamic.  April 20 is Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day with 40-plus participating wineries, many with “green” certifications. Ridge Vineyards is celebrating that day with a special flight of organic wines.

Coinciding with this year’s Down to Earth Month is the release of “Wine Country Table, With Recipes that Celebrate California’s Sustainable Harvest,” a book showcasing California’s rich sustainable bounty and the winegrowers and other farmers across the state who are helping to set the standard for innovation and responsible farming, along with 50 recipes and tips on food and wine. Acclaimed food writer, Janet Fletcher, is the author.

California is a global leader in sustainable winegrowing based on vineyard acreage and winery case production following these practices.  As of 2018, 70% (209 million cases) of California’s total wine production and 25% of statewide wine acreage (150,000 acres) are CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE.

To celebrate California sustainable winegrowing, 40 Down to Earth Month events are happening in April at wineries statewide including the region-wide events listed below.  New events are being added daily to the list here:

11th Annual Wine 4 Paws Weekend, April 5-7, Paso Robles: Visit San Luis Obispo County wineries and stock up on fine wines during this benefit weekend to help homeless cats and dogs. Nearly 100 wineries and other participating businesses will share their proceeds with the pets of the Woods Humane Society.

Drink Green: A Toast to Sustainable Winegrowing, April 6, Madera County: Participating wineries of the Madera Wine Trail will celebrate the region’s sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices by offering special tastings and education about eco-conscious winery practices.

El Dorado Passport Wine Adventure, April 6-7, Placerville: Pick up your passport for access to more than 20 participating wineries in El Dorado County in the Sierra Foothills, including many committed to sustainable growing and winemaking practices.

Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Celebration Day, April 20: Join more than 40 participating Santa Cruz Mountains wineries—many of them pouring sustainable and organic wines—for a day of tasting throughout the region.

Stags Leap District Wineries: Vineyard to Vintner, April 26-28, Napa Valley: Celebrating 30 years as an American Viticultural Area, the Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner anniversary celebration includes dinners, seminars on terroir and winegrowing, and tastings that include coveted library wines and new releases. A portion of the proceeds benefit a scholarship fund.

Taste of Mendocino, April 27, San Francisco: Head to Fort Mason Center in San Francisco to sample wines from more than 30 Mendocino County producers—known for their high rate of participation in certifications for sustainable, organic, biodynamic and fish-friendly farming practices—along with artisanal food bites.

Passport to Dry Creek Valley- 30th Anniversary, April 27-28, Healdsburg: Join more than 40 Dry Creek Valley wineries for tastings, food and wine pairings, fine cuisine from acclaimed Sonoma County chefs, and educational tours that highlight sustainable operations in the vineyards.

Earth Day Napa, April 28, Napa Valley: Come to Oxbow Commons and celebrate Earth Day with the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County. The event features music, activities for all ages, delicious local food, wine and beer. More than 75 organizations and vendors will provide information about green products, services, the local environment, and how to make a difference for the good of the planet.

About the Wine Institute

Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that initiates and advocates state, federal and international public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.  California wineries generate $114 billion annually in economic activity to the U.S. economy and create 786,000 jobs across the country of which 325,000 are in California. The organization also works to enhance the economic and environmental health of the state through its leadership in sustainable winegrowing and a partnership with Visit California to showcase California’s wine and food offerings and the state as a top travel destination.

About California Sustainable Winegrowing

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization established by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers, received the governor’s top environmental award for increasing adoption of sustainable winegrowing practices in California and for initiating new educational tools and program improvements.  To learn more, visit here.

Wineries and vineyards around the state have also earned Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing status through the third-party certification program launched by CSWA.  Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing and other programs such as the Bay Area Green Business Program, Fish Friendly Farming, Lodi Rules, Napa Green and Sustainability in Practice (SIP) play a vital role in the California wine community’s successful efforts to produce high quality wine that is environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially responsible.

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Jordan Winery and Vineyards—a taste of France in California’s Alexander Valley

Tom and Sally Jordan pioneered producing Bordeaux-style California Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley back in the early 1970s. Join Tom and Sally’s son, John Jordan and Chef Knoll for a visit at the winery.

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Jordan's massive wine cellar is awesome Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Jordan’s massive wine cellar is awesome Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

The Jordans crafted a chateau winery that has remained as an elegantly distinctive destination for discerning visitors to the famed Alexander Valley on the outskirts of Healdsburg for decades.

Pure elegance at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Pure elegance at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

There’s no tasting room at Jordan, but there is tasting by appointment, as well as elegant four course meals prepared by Chef Todd Knoll previously with the Ritz Carlton.

Chef Todd Knoll at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley

Chef Todd Knoll at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley. Photo Credit Tom Wilmer

 Jordan is a memorable destination that will make you feel like you have been instantly transported to the French countryside.

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Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Featured on NPR.ORG Podcast Directory and NPR.ONE mobile app