WINDSOR, California (August 1, 2022) – Mark Hanson, Co-Founder & CEO of Bricoleur Vineyards, is pleased to announce that Bricoleur Vineyards is a winner in the 2022 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best New Winery.
Bricoleur Vineyards opened in the Sonoma County town of Windsor, just south of Healdsburg, two years ago and in a short time has earned recognition for their truly unique wine and food pairings. Last fall Bricoleur Vineyards introduced their new six-course Rooted wine & food pairing, a robust array of special events, and a dinner series called “The Seasons,” that showcases the estate’s bountiful, sustainably-farmed culinary garden. The next “Seasons” dinner, “Midsummer Night,” is on August 6th.
“I’m so proud of our team,” said Mark Hanson, Co-Founder & CEO of Bricoleur Vineyards. “Our chefs are so creative, and working in sync with our farmer, they’ve crafted innovative estate-to-plate dishes that complement our wines and really make our daily six-course Rooted tastings stand out. Our COO, Sarah Hanson Citron, has developed engaging offerings that set us apart and encourage people to gather on our estate, and our hospitality team welcomes every guest like family. It’s really gratifying to be recognized by USA TODAY’s editors and readers, and we’re grateful to be named to the 10Best list.”
Through the end of September, Bricoleur continues to offer an exciting array of summer activities including The Essentials Picnic in customized red wagons, an afternoon of bocce while guests enjoy Rosé in the Roses, wellness classes and weekly yoga. One-of-a-kind lodging is also available in Bricoleur’s spacious Vineyard Residence.
Bricoleur Vineyards is open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only and reservations can be made by visiting www.bricoleurvineyards.com or by calling 707-857-5700. Bricoleur Vineyards is close to the Santa Rosa airport, which accommodates both commercial and private planes, and it’s only an hour north of San Francisco. Bricoleur Vineyards is located at 7394 Starr Road in Windsor, California and can be found on Instagram @bricoleurvineyards.
About Bricoleur Vineyards
Bricoleur Vineyards, which launched its first vintage in 2017 and opened its tasting room in 2020, is tucked away in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley – just south of Healdsburg. Founded by the Hanson family, Bricoleur Vineyards can be found at the end of a winding road in the charming, bucolic town of Windsor, only an hour north of San Francisco – and very close to the Santa Rosa airport. The distinctive name, “Bricoleur,” is French for one who starts building something with no clear plan, adding bits here and there, cobbling together a whole while flying by the seat of their pants.
Bricoleur is known for their truly unique wine and food pairings, created by their Culinary Advisor, James Beard Award-winning Chef Charlie Palmer and their In-House Executive Chef Thomas Bellec. Their six-course Rooted tasting perfectly pairs Bricoleur’s elegant wines with inventive small plates, and changes every two months to express the seasonality of the estate’s sustainably-farmed culinary garden. Chefs Palmer & Bellec also draw upon Bricoleur’s garden for their robust dinner series, The Seasons. The Hanson Family is happiest when they bring friends together over exceptional wine and food, so whether they’re enjoying a casual family-style dinner, or Rosé and bocce in the estate’s rose garden, Bricoleur’s guests make lasting memories.
Bricoleur Vineyards produces two families of critically-acclaimed, award-winning wines – “Bricoleur” and “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants.” The wines are crafted by veteran Winemaker Cary Gott and Assistant Winemaker Tom Pierson. In addition to Bricoleur Vineyards, the Hanson family also owns Kick Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma County’s Fountaingrove District AVA.
The Hanson family’s roots run deep in Sonoma County. Mark Hanson was born in Santa Rosa, and Beth Wall Hanson’s great grandfather, Pietro Carlo Rossi, was the original oenologist for Sonoma County’s historic Italian Swiss Colony. Rossi revolutionized California winemaking in the 19th century and under his direction, the Italian Swiss Colony became one of America’s leading wineries. Philanthropy is important to the Hanson family, and serving their community goes hand-in-hand with their warm hospitality.
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