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Saturday Night Dinner Bacchanal

The weekend wine immersion trip ended with a dinner prepared by talented, personal chef, Tiffany Friedmann of Butterroot, who specializes in creative dishes using seasonal, local and organic ingredients. The group gathered at a house in Sebastopol adjacent vineyards farmed by Balletto Vineyards in Sebastopol Hills. The five-course menu:

Dinner Wines:

2004 Rochioli Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

2007 Hanzell Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

2012 Stomping Girl Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

2006 Williams Selyem Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2001 Dehlinger Old Vines Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2002 J. Rochioli West Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2009 Alysian Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noor

If you are planning a stay in Sebastopol wine country, I can recommend VRBO #249014. This is a very clean 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch style home surrounded by vineyards. The owner is very accommodating.

For a special experience, hire Chef Tiffany Friedman to cook for you while you are in Sonoma County. A former Cutthroat Kitchen Champion, you can check out her personal chef company, Butterroot, at

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