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Petaluma Gap Winemakers Share Winter Holiday Recipes to Complement Their Top-Rated Wines


Petaluma, CA – December 2, 2020 – With so many winter holidays to celebrate – beginning with Winter Solstice and Hanukkah, followed by Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s – the winemakers of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance (PGWA) have chosen wines that pair perfectly with traditional recipes for each holiday, no matter which you plan to celebrate. Although Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety grown in the Petaluma Gap American Viticultural Area (AVA), other grapes grown there include Chardonnay, Albariño, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot; there is no shortage of flavors to complement recipes from cultures around the world.

The Petaluma Gap area is known for its afternoon breezes that cascade over the ridgetops from Bodega Bay to San Pablo Bay, allowing for slower ripening and longer time on the vines to develop more complexity.  “After nearly three years as an AVA, more of our winemakers are putting Petaluma Gap on the label and more of our wines are earning scores of 90+ points.  These are wines that are worthy of special occasions, especially after a year like 2020,” said Erica Stancliff, President of the PGWA Board and winemaker for Trombetta Family Wines.  “I’ll be pouring Trombetta Family Chardonnay on New Year’s Day, paired with Lemon Risotto and Seared Scallops.”

Petaluma Gap winemakers were asked to share their favorite winter holiday recipes to pair with their award-winning wines; included in the collection is everything from Gust Wines’ Chardonnay paired with Latkes for Hanukkah, Dutton-Goldfield’s Riesling paired with Mango Crab Cakes for Christmas, a white blend from Thirty-Seven Wines paired with Cheesy Corn & Grits for Kwanzaa, Cabernet Sauvignon from Adobe Road paired with Shiitake Mushroom & Pistachio Beef Bundles for New Year’s Eve and a Syrah made in Amphorae paired with a Bloody Mary Grilled Cheese for New Year’s Day .  Each recipe includes a suggested wine pairing, along with winemaker notes and photos.  Recipes & pairing information will be shared on PGWA’s social media channels beginning December 7th. The full collection of recipes is included in the appendix. Most of these wines are available for purchase on the wineries’ websites; see www.petalumagap.com/wineries for more information.  The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance also invites you to sign up for its monthly newsletter at www.petalumagap.com/join, featuring award-winning wines and the stories behind the winemakers of the Petaluma Gap.

Adobe Road 2017 Lichau Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, $85

  • Garrett Martin, Winemaker
  • Not yet rated
  • Paired with Mrs B’s Shiitake Mushroom & Pistachio Tenderloin Beef Bundles


McEvoy Ranch 2014 Red Piano Syrah, $45

  • Blake Yarger & Maurizio Castelli, Winemakers
  • 94 Points, Sommelier International Wine Competition and Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • Paired with Pan Seared Steak with Red Wine Pan Sauce


Cline Family Cellars 2015 Furvus Rosso Syrah, Made in Amphorae, $65

  • Tom Gendall & Megan Cline, Winemakers
  • 91 Points, Sommeliers Choice Awards
  • Paired with Bloody Mary Grilled Cheese


Pfendler Vineyards 2018 Petaluma Gap Chardonnay, $45

  • Erica Stancliff, Winemaker
  • 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
  • Paired with Salmon Rillettes
Desire Lines 2018 Lichau Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, $49

  • Cody Rasmussen, Winemaker
  • 90 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
  • Paired with Dry-Brined Chicken and Little Gems with Pomegranate-Lemon Vinaigrette


Ron Noble Wines 2018 Estate Pinot Noir, $68

  • Megan Baccitich, Winemaker
  • 92 Points, Wine Advocate and 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
  • Paired with Yun’s Savory Crab Cakes with Tangy Bell Pepper Salad
Dutton Goldfield 2018 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling, $30

  • Dan Goldfield, Winemaker
  • 93 Points & Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast
  • Paired with Mango Crab Cakes with a Spicy Sauce


Thirty-Seven Wines 2017 Albariňo, $22

  • Shane Finley, Winemaker
  • 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
  • Paired with Creamy Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Pasta
Gust Wines 2017 Chardonnay, $45

  • Tom Gendall, Winemaker
  • 91 Points, Wine Spectator
  • Paired with Latkes
Thirty-Seven Wines 2018 Tolay Blanc White Blend, $18

  • Shane Finley, Winemaker
  • 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
  • Paired with Cheesy Corn & Grits


Jacuzzi Wines 2018 Sangiovese, $28

  • Charlie Tsegeletos, Winemaker
  • Top 100 Wines of 2020, Sonoma Magazine
  • Paired with Chicken Parmigiana

The 2018 vintage is sold out online, but the 2019, made by Winemaker Tom Gendall, is available.


Thirty-Seven Wines 2016 Reserve Merlot, $46

  • Shane Finley, Winemaker
  • Double Gold and 96 Points, 2020 North Coast Wine Challenge
  • Paired with Garlic & Herb Butter Prime Rib


Keller Estate 2016 Rôtie, $58

  • Julien Teichmann, Winemaker
  • 94 Points, Robert Parker
  • Paired with Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb


Trombetta Family Wines 2018 Gap’s Crown Chardonnay, $65

  • Erica Stancliff, Winemaker
  • 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
  • Paired with Lemon Risotto & Seared Sea Scallops

About the Alliance

Founded in 2005, the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance (PGWA) exists to educate members of the wine trade and consumers about the Petaluma Gap AVA and to increase awareness of the region’s unique growing conditions and resulting wine quality. PGWA additionally supports member winegrowers and vintners within the region through ongoing programs and communications designed to help them maximize their success within the industry. The group’s membership is made up of grape growers, wineries, associate business members, sponsors and local community members with a passion for the region and its wine. Throughout the year, the group conducts educational events and tastings independently and through the Sonoma County Vintners.

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