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Jack London State Park Celebrates a Milestone in 2018. Jack London State Park Celebrates a Milestone in 2018. Sonoma Co. Tourism photo by Tom Deininger

TASTE News Service, January 11, 2018 — The first month of 2018 is a great time to look at both the past and the future of Sonoma County — the past because this year marks a number of significant anniversaries, and the future because so many innovative new ventures are happening in Sonoma Wine Country.

What's Old: Gundlach Bundschu celebrates 160 years of business in 2018; located just east of the town of Sonoma, it's California's oldest family-owned and -operated winery. Just east of the Sonoma Valley hamlet of Glen Ellen, Jack London State Historic Park marks its 55th year of official National Historic Landmark status. The Sonoma Raceway will shift into high great in 2018, for its 50th anniversary, and Dutton-Goldfield Winery will celebrate its 20th harvest. For details about these and other anniversaries, read Sonoma County milestone celebrations 2018.

What's New: Here's a quick list of what's new in Sonoma County wineries, restaurants, and communities, including a brand new American Viticultural Area.

Alysian Opens Healdsburg Tasting Room

Alysian Wines is now pouring by appointment only at their new tasting room in Healdsburg, in northern Sonoma County.

Founded in 2001, Alysian sources its grapes from both veteran growers and off-the-beaten-path vineyards in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties, and as far north as Oregon's Williamette Valley. They also use grapes from their own vineyards, where they've been growing in Sonoma County for three generations. Alysian also makes Alysian Vermouth and Floodgate Wine Company. www.alysianwines.com

Salt & Stone restaurant debuts in Kenwood

You can gather with the locals at Salt & Stone, the new casual-chic California eatery and oyster bar in Kenwood, a notable Wine Country community at the northern edge of the Sonoma Valley, in eastern Sonoma County.

Proprietors Diane and David LaMonica, who owned Mendocino County's critically-acclaimed Café Beaujolais for 10 years, remodeled and revamped the former KenWood restaurant to create a warm and cozy atmosphere for this new community gathering spot.

The menu offers rustic California Mediterranean cuisine, starting with oyster bar selections like Steamed Clams, Crispy Curry Calamari, Dungeness Crab Cake, and Marinated Grilled Octopus. Appetizers include Duck Leg Confit, Steak Tartare, and Winter Squash Ravioli. Entrées include Butter Poached Petrale Sole, Cioppino, steaks (Ribeye, Filet, and Flat Iron), Braised Short Ribs, and Pan Roasted Pork Chop. www.saltstonekenwood.com

Cotati welcomes Himalayan Vegan Organic eatery

Chef Rabin Lama suggests you savor authentic and fragrant curries, delicately seasoned soups, and other Indian tastes of Nepal at his new Himalayan Vegan Organic restaurant in Cotati in central Sonoma County.

Order your entrée with a specific level of spiciness, from mild to extra spicy. As much as possible, all dishes are organic, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO, with ingredients sourced from local organic and sustainable farms.

A native of Nepal, chef and owner Rabin Lama has been working in the Nepali/Indian culinary industries for more than 21 years. He previously owned the Himalayan restaurants in Sonoma County. This new venture is family-owned and -operated, with Lama working with his son Rupak and other family members to share their culture and culinary skills. www.himalayanvegan.com

Kick back, relax at Red Brick in Petaluma

Red Brick promises superior bar food with outstanding beer, wine, and cocktails at their new southern Sonoma County location in Petaluma.

The menu utilizes local, seasonal produce, and dining is available both indoors and on the outdoor patio. Live music is offered weekly.

Samples from the small bites menu includes crispy chicken wings, a local cheese plate, caramelized Brussel sprouts, crispy calamari, and prime rib sliders. Examples from the big bites include shepherd's pie, stuffed brick chicken breast, grass-fed New York strip steak, and fish and chips. There's also a selection of salads and sandwiches, as well as burgers and soup. redbrickrestaurants.com

Editor’s note: Sonoma County offers a free visitor’s guide. For more information visit www.sonomacounty.com. You may also want to check out Taste California Travel Resource Directory where you’ll find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to Wineries and Craft Beer specialists. Look for the Sonoma listings within the North Coast section.

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