Farmstead in the East Bay

February 24, 2011

2008 COWHORN Grenache 74, a rich, unfiltered red that our Rogue Valley friends and family carted away by the case until we were completely cleaned out.

Farmstead is a Bay Area foodie mecca and has been named best cheese and wine store by East Bay Express, Alameda Magazine, and Oakland Magazine.

There’s nary a food or wine snob to be found here. Their motto is “Relax, It’s just food.” So, whether you have a chronic case of culinary curiosity, or you’re a foodie of the first order, you’ll find owners Jeff Diamond and Carol Huntington to be gracious guides to the world of good food and fine wine.

Each week they offer educational wine tastings in both shops, Alameda and Montclair, and they also stock a healthy supply of artisan oils and vinegars. And if you have a hankering for a hunk of cheese, Farmstead stocks over 150 artisan varieties alongside their hundreds of hand-picked wines.

Their website features a taste bud-boggling blog that’s well worth bookmarking in your browser.

> FarmsteadCheesesandWines.com

Applegate River Lodge joins the RINSE Project

Humongous kudos to the Applegate River Lodge for stepping up and kicking down 18 cases of used wine bottles for The RINSE Project. The log cabin-style lodge is located in the beautiful backwoods of the Rogue Wine County along a section of river so scenic that it makes postcards pine for a picture. We’ll put more in a future post about this great getaway because this is one place that you’d be remiss to miss if you made it all this way the wilderness.

In other news, we’ve heard some pretty funny rumors about the RINSE Project, one of which we’d like to put to rest. Zzzzzzzzz… Not only do we not make a pretty penny on the project, but we’re actually paying to pioneer it while we reach out to restaurants, retailers, wine makers and wine lovers around the region.

If you’re a Rogue Valley local who loves to look for innovative ways to walk lightly and live large, we invite you to start setting aside your used wines bottles and bring them back by the winery on your next trip to the Applegate. Every rinsed and reused bottle counts, and together they all add up to a much more sustainable way for wineries to work.