Say What? That was actually the name of one of our early house curated wines. What I have to say is that it was DELICIOUS! So here is your Rhône 101 lesson for this week! Counoise is an obscure grape grown primarily in the Rhone Valley. It's a moderately vigorous vine that produces large, thin-skinned, reddish-purple berries and prefers stony hillside soils with intense sun exposure. Counoise's precise origins are unknown - it is believed to have been brought to France from
For those of you keeping a close eye and ear on all things fig, you may have noticed that we are nearly two months into Sondra Bernstein's newest endeavor: The Bite Goes On podcast.
The Bite Goes On (recently reviewed in the Sonoma Index Tribune) is a weekly podcast hosted by Sondra and the girl & the fig alum/sommelier/hospitality industry veteran Brian Casey. Some of you might also recognize Brian's voice from his other podcast, The Wine Makers. Each week these two
Vendredi means “Friday” in French. Each week we add something new to our culinary vocabulary by delving into a word from our menu. This week the word is: Confit Confit [kawn-FEE; kohn-FEE] This specialty of Gascony, France, is derived from an ancient method of preserving meat (usually goose, duck or pork) whereby it is salted and slowly cooked in its own fat. The cooked meat is then packed into a crock or pot and covered with its cooking fat, which acts as a seal and preserva
Need something to help warm you up this chilly winter? Suite D, the girl and the fig’s multipurpose, urban-industrial event space (located at 21800 Schellville Road, Sonoma, CA), invites you to join us this winter to enjoy some of our tasty pop-up’s and events. This seasons features are: Wednesday’s Ramen Night, the Road Trip Series: SF Crab Feast, the Pairing Series: Mushrooms and Wine, and Sunday Supper on Friday. Ramen Are you ready to ramen? Join us for some ramen and a g
"Picpoul, literally translated to “lip stinger,” is a lesser-known Rhone varietal so called for the bright acidity it lends to wine. It is believed to have originated in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Records dating back to the 17th century reference blended wines comprising Picpoul and Clairette (to create the sweet wine Picardan) which were widely exported throughout Northern Europe. Today, Picpoul is cultivated in the Rhone Valley and Languedoc regions of Franc
Our Newest MANO FORMATE Offering is Available now! From the beginning (in 1997!), the girl & the fig, by direction and supervision of Executive Chef and President John Toulze, has been making our own in house charcuterie. After mastering the artisanal art of curing meats, Toulze took it another step, broadening his output under the name MANO FORMATE (made by hand). In 2011, Toulze took top honors with his Coppa at The Good Food Awards and continues to teach our other chefs