Attracts Top Chefs …

You know you must be doing something right when your winery attracts top chefs in the U.S. And that’s what Bricoleur Vineyards has done in forging a new collaboration with chefs Charlie Palmer and Nate Appleman. “I’m excited to work with the team at Bricoleur Vineyards as Culinary Advisor,” said Palmer. “A close friend brought me to the estate for a tasting earlier this year and I was impressed with their tasting menus and the way their wines pair so beautifully with dishes made from their estate-grown fruits and vegetables. I cannot wait to help collaborate on further wine and food experiences and events in the future.”

Charlie Palmer

While no doubt there is an abundance of fantastic tasting rooms throughout Napa and Sonoma, both in terms of the wines and food on offer, combined with some fun, unique architecture. But let’s face it, there’s still too many that leave a lot to be desired. The old, wooden tasting bar and a few spit buckets doesn’t cut it anymore.

And no one knows it more than Mark Hanson, founder and CEO of Sonoma’s Bricoleur Vineyards. Bubbling over with enthusiasm on his new renovations and how his winery can handle small to large guest events with newly expanded facilities, Hanson was a smart, fun guy to do the NSI quiz. Cheers and enjoy.

Nate Appleman

What was last night’s dinner? I dined at Bridges in Danville, the place where they shot the restaurant scene in Mrs. Doubtfire. I had a fantastic, rib eye steak dinner.

Favorite music? I like 70’s rock, with Eric Clapton being my favorite artist from that time period.

Favorite drink? Not to bang our own drum, but I really like our 2018 Special Selection Pinot Noir.

What makes a great winery? Obviously, the wines have to be top notch, something you’re proud to serve to people. But I’m also very proud that our wines reflect the spirit and history of Sonoma Valley.

Mark Hanson

What do you love most about living and working in Sonoma? In a word, the people. Such a great feeling of community and terrific people who are there for you if you need it.

Favorite place to dine in Sonoma? I really like Catelli’s in Geyserville. Fantastic pastas and meals, plus a whole bunch of Sonoma wines on the menu that they support. Just a great place to dine.

Any restaurant, wine or trip on your bucket list?
I’d love to go gorilla tracking in Africa.

Any brush with celebrity? Emeril Lagasse came to our winery and seemed to really enjoy it. Nice guy.

Final thoughts?
Just really looking forward to things getting back to normal as soon as possible. Really looking forward to welcoming people back and showing them a good time as our facilities here really showcase our wines, food and environment.