Fireside Chat with Gianfranco Norelli & Suma Kurien

Gianfranco and SumaCome join the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation (NBICF) and the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County (WLASC) for a fireside chat with the directors & producers of Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California!

An informative evening with guests Gianfranco & Suma talking about their latest film. Copies will be available for sale. A wine reception featuring Italian-American wineries from the film will be held during the event. Local breads and cheeses will complement the wines.

Finding the Mother Lode

Monday, April 7, 2014, 5–7 PM
Sonoma County Wine Library
139 Piper Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Ticket Information:
General Public: $25
NBICF or WLASC Member: $20

Click here to purchase tickets through Eventbrite!

“Combining oral history with scholarly analysis this, the first documentary about the history of Italians in California, explores the multiracial nature of California and the Italians’ place in that racial landscape.” Dr. Paola Sensi-Isolani, Anthropologist, St. Mary’s College

Finding the Mother Lode documents the experience of Italian immigrants in California, which was markedly different from that of their compatriots elsewhere in the United States. Through stories set in seven Italian communities throughout California, this film examines how economic and social mobility became possible for many Italians in the Golden State. It is also a look at how immigrant identity is maintained and transformed as immigrants become assimilated into mainstream America. These immigrants found their ‘mother lode’ in farming, fishing, commerce and winemaking. To learn more about the film and film makers, visit their website A few notable area winegrowers were interviewed in the film, including Jeff Collins (Cellar #8 at Asti Winery), Jim Pedroncelli (Pedroncelli Winery) and Peter & Ed Seghesio (Seghesio Winery). A wine reception will also be held featuring wines from these wineries during the chat.

Atlantic Seaboard Wine 2014

Wine flight

Wine Flight, by Jing A Ling on Flickr

Please join the Wine Library, the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County, and the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) for a talk and tasting. Come and explore wines of the Eastern United States and learn about the history and evolution of winemaking there!

Atlantic Seaboard Wine: A Talk and Tasting

Speaker: Dave Barber, ASWA Board Member, Educator, Knight of the Vine and representative of Cooper Winery in Virginia

Here are the details:

Sonoma County Wine Library
Healdsburg Regional Library
139 Piper Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448


Friday, January 31, 2014
7:00 PM–9:00 PM

$15 Members
$25 Non-Members*
$10 Students (ID Required)

*$25 Non-member price includes 2014 Membership in Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County!

RESERVE NOW! 707-433-1660

This event usually sells out!

The event will include a seated guided tasting of wines as well as an open tasting served with appetizers and small bites for your enjoyment.



Wine Book Sale 2013

As you think about potential sources of holiday gifts this winter, or if you just need more books on wine and food, consider our Wine Book Sale, sponsored by the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County!

Wine Book Sale
Wine and Books

The Enjoyment of Wine, by michalo on Flickr

Sonoma County Wine Library
139 Piper Street
Healdsburg, CA
Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:00 AM–4:00 PM

Friday, December 6, 2013
6 PM–8 PM
For Members of the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County only. Join at the Door! Wine and a few small bites provided.

We will have tons of books for sale all about wine and related subjects… from scientific literature and textbooks on viticulture and enology, to home winemaking guides, to general introductions to tasting wine and how to cook and pair wines with your favorite dishes, we'll have everything covered.

If you're looking for a fun gift for a friend this year, or if you just want bargains, this sale is for you!

Food And Wine Sonoma: How We Got Here and Where We’re Headed

It is with a great deal of excitement that we announce the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County!

Clark Wolf

Food And Wine Sonoma: How We Got Here And Where We're Headed

Speaker: Clark Wolf, President & Founder of the Clark Wolf Company

Where: Healdsburg SHED — 25 North Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448
When: November 1, 2013 — 6:30–8:30 PM

  • Enjoy delicious food provided by SHED
  • Sip on a variety of excellent California wines
  • Listen to Clark Wolf reflect on the changing landscape of food and drink in Sonoma County
  • Join us in pondering the question: Where do we go from here?

Admission: $45 Members of WLASC; $55 Non-Members

RESERVE NOW! 707-433-1660
Special New Member Pricing Available!

Healdsburg SHEDThe Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County will hold its annual meeting this year on November 1, 2013 at Healdsburg SHED. This year’s meeting will feature a presentation and discussion by writer, editor, lecturer, and food and restaurant consultant Clark Wolf, accompanied by delightful food from SHED and an exciting selection of California wines.

The discussion will focus on the state of the culinary universe in Sonoma County and beyond—a retrospective on the changing landscape of food and wine, the onset of culinary tourism, and what it means for the county in the coming years. In what direction are we headed, and what is most important as we forge the future of farming, wine, food and dining in Northern California and beyond?

Community meeting space at SHED

The food and drink universe in Sonoma County has profoundly changed over the last twenty years; any observer of the rise of wine and food tourism will see that—but understanding how we got here and where we’re headed is a more provoking question. We are excited to share this evening with Mr. Wolf and have a productive and engaging discussion about our delicious and sustainable future.

Old Vines and Their Wines: A Conversation with Linda Murphy and Joel Peterson

Joel Peterson

Join the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County for an evening with Linda Murphy, distinguished local wine writer and co-author of the new American Wine, and Joel Peterson of Ravenswood Winery, also known as the "Godfather of Zin."

Old Vines and Their Wines
Friday, June 28, 7–9 PM
Sonoma County Wine Library
139 Piper Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448

  • Discussion of US Vineyards & Old Vines
  • Book signing of new American Wine Book
  • Open Tasting of Notable Old Vines Wines

Admission: $50 Public; $40 Members of Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County

Reservations: 707-433-1660

The evening will include discussion by Murphy and Peterson on wine in the United States and the role old vines play across the country. Linda will be on hand to sign copies of her new book, American Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson. An open tasting of wines by notable producers of old vines wine and delicious hors d'oeuvres will also be served.

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New Food & Drink Book Club

Come to the Sebastopol Regional Library´╗┐ tomorrow evening at 6 PM for the unveiling of a new book club! We are co-sponsoring a budding Foodie Book Group with the Sebastopol Library. The topics will include all kinds of food and drink, fiction and nonfiction. We hope to combine food and drinks with the discussion, possibly including occasional presentations.

Sebastopol Regional Library
7140 Bodega Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472
February 27, 2013
6:00 PM ~ No charge!

This particular event is going to be an opportunity to talk about the best plans for the club–brainstorming about ideas, talking about how to make the book club a successful venture–and we'll have something to eat while we're at it. Come and be a part of it!

We're excited about this venture because it's a great opportunity to collaborate with another library and get us out of our comfort zone for a spell–we do love Healdsburg, of course, but the Wine Library is a county-wide resource! Hope to see you there.

New titles – January 2013

Here are a few interesting new titles that have come to the Wine Library over the last few months:

The Diner's Dictionary

The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink, by John Ayto. 2nd ed. 

While there are plenty of food and drink dictionaries offering basic definitions, this dictionary is useful because of its etymological detail. One can find out about the origins and development of the word "julep," for example, or the difference between the terms "beerenauslese" and "trockenbeerenauslese," or the relative acceptance across the Atlantic of the terms "offal," "variety meat" and "organ meats." 


Wine grapes: a complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavors, by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jose Vouillamoz.

This reference work is the most significant volume published on ampelography in recent years. The stunning work details history and origins of grape varieties, including detailed DNA analyses, and also includes full-color plates from the revered Ampélographie of Viala and Vermorel. 

Evening Wine


Evening Wine, drawings by Glen G. Greenwalt.

Representing another side of our collection, this is a book of drawings by Seattle artist Glen Greenwalt; it is the third book in a series, also including Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea. The book includes a short introduction by Marvin Shanken of Wine Spectator and each drawing is paired with an engaging wine-related quote.

The Art of Distilling Whiskey

The Art of Distilling Whiskey and Other Spirits, by Bill Owens and Alan Diktey. 

The Wine Library receives a lot of questions about beer and spirits in addition to wine! We have several resources on distillation, including this new book. This is a basic overview of the topic, including a short history of distilling, an explanation of the distillation process, and chapters detailing specific distilled spirits (whiskey, vodka, gin, brandy, etc.) and principal varieties and producers of each. Finally, the book features a "resources" section with a bibliography, a glossary, and a directory of distillers. 


Atlantic Seaboard Wine: A Talk and Tasting

Carl Brandhorst, Anne Vercelli, David Barber

Join the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County and the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) for the chance to taste some award-winning wines from the Eastern seaboard and hear from David Barber, ASWA Vice President. 

Atlantic Seaboard Wine
Friday, February 1, 7-9 PM
Sonoma County Wine Library
139 Piper Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NOTE 1/31: This event is sold out! Sorry!

Admission: $20 Public; $15 Members of Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County; $10 Special Student Price (Show ID)

Reservations: 707-433-1660

The evening will include a guided tasting of 6 Atlantic Seaboard wines conducted by Mr. Barber, followed by an open tasting of 24 additional wines. Hors d'oeuvres will also be served.

An Evening With Thomas Pinney: Wine Library Event December 3

Thomas Pinney

Join the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County at the Sonoma County Wine Library for a book signing and talk by Thomas Pinney. Pick up a few books at our wine book sale as well!

An Evening with Thomas Pinney
December 3, 6 PM
Sonoma County Wine Library
139 Piper Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Admission: $25 Public; $20 for members of Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County

Reservations: 707-433-1660

Sonoma County wine and appetizers will be served. While you're here, pick up a few books as holiday gifts for your friends and family!

Thomas Pinney, professor emeritus at Pomona College, has authored several important books on wine history, including two definitive volumes of A History of Wine in America, The Vineyards and Wine Cellars of California, and his most recently published work, The Makers of American Wine: a Record of Two Hundred Years. His next project, a book on wine in Southern California, will be featured in his talk at this event: "Los Angeles: The City of Vines."

Please come and welcome Dr. Pinney to Sonoma County!

The continuing emergence of China in the wine industry

Chateau-Reifeng-Auzias Cabernet 2010

China's presence in the wine world has been a busy subject in wine journals and magazines lately. The articles cover a large range of wine-related aspects and all indicate that the Asian market is on the rise.

This month's Chinese presence in wine publications is no exception. In terms of wine production, a Chinese bordeaux blend was (for the second year in a row) selected as an international trophy winner in the Decanter World Wine Awards; this year, for "Red Bordeaux varietal under £10" (Decanter 38:1, October 2012: 46).

In this month's Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research (vol. 18, no. 3), Williamson, Robichaud and Francis's article "Comparison of Chinese and Australian consumers' liking responses for red wines" (p. 256-267) is an extensive study of consumer preferences; Australian and Chinese wine consumers evaluated 14 wines with the intended aim of establishing potential sensory preference differences across cultures. This study is related to a long-term project the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is conducting on wine quality and consumer preferences.

In terms of the region as a whole, this month's Wine & Viticulture Journal (vol. 27, no. 5) includes an article, "Emerging Asian markets" (p. 78-79), examining the export market (from Australia) to nine emerging Asian markets, excluding China and Japan. Among other insights, Singapore is a very fast-growing market and South Korea currently appears to be the market with the best potential return on investment.