Epicurious California

Biggest Farmer’s Market I’ve ever seen! Our latest epicurious trip to California brought us to the Sunday San Rafael Farmers Market, with over 200 local farmers, specialty food purveyors and artisans celebrating a vibrant local food scene.

Long considered one of the premier markets in the state, this open market maintains its community roots by  welcoming locals who have been taking home the freshest foods of the season since 1987. I was knocked out by the sheer size! and the variety, freshness and beauty of the local fare. So was my dad – here’s his picture with the owner of DaVero olive oil. What a great day!

Manny and owner of DaVero wine & olive oil

DaVero stand at Farmer's Market

Wine Country

St. Francis Winery

Beautiful St. Francis grounds

We visited the beautiful mission-style St. Francis Winery surrounded by majestic mountains and breathtaking vineyard views, where we enjoyed a three-course wine and food pairing with Executive Chef David Bush – a delicious and distinctive wine tasting experience.  The communal table seating was hosted by a friendly wine expert, and all of us – even my sister the vegetarian – had a relaxing and enlightening wine country experience.  The smoked salmon, fresh peas and potato starter was a knockout paired with their Wild Oak Chardonnay.

Fresh peas, smoked salmon and potatoes, left, and wild mushroom & pecorino starters at St. Francis Winery

Trois Voyelles Winery in Beautiful Healdsburg

Trois Voyelles

We visited Trois Voyelles winery in 2009 for a lovely wine tasting in the serenity of the Russian River Valley. Owner Edith Wilson explained her philosophy of “hang time” in wine making – letting the tannins and sugars balance during fermentation. I ordered a case of six Sauvignon Blanc and six Chardonnay delivered home to Maine, and I savored every drop. This is great wine and the Wilson-Flemings – Edith, Anthony and Olivia, the trois voyelles – are a great little family.  TroisVoyelles is expanding their philanthropy this year to include some mighty important causes – read about their efforts at http://www.wfwines.com. Go, E, A and O!

About Epicurious Travelers

Ms. Margolis-Pineo created EpicuriousTravelers.com to showcase her published work and ongoing food-travel adventures. Based in Portland, Maine, she travels frequently both in her home state and north to Montreal, her favorite North American city. Although she refuses to use the word "foodie," she has an abiding interest in food and wine. Ms. Margolis-Pineo's background as a designer gives her site an edge in the oversaturated blogosphere. New contacts, "likes," subscribers and content are always welcome!
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