Chances are you’ll be doing a lot of eating and drinking over the holidays. After all, it’s kind of unavoidable. Whether for holiday meals, home entertaining, office parties, or for helping you get through or recover from the seasonal madness, here are some locally produced goodies that are not only delicious, but made of high quality, sustainable ingredients that you can feel good about devouring and serving.
Perfect for holiday meals and entertaining, Pinot Noir from Napa Valley’s Aesop Wines has flavors of Bing cherry, rhubarb, raspberry and red licorice (l). Straight Rye Whiskey from Sebastopol’s Spirit Works Distillery is a true small-batch, high-rye whiskey. Delicious straight up or mixed in cocktails (r).
Devil’s Gulch, the winter seasonal cheese from Petaluma’s Cowgirl Creamery, is organic with a bright creaminess dusted with sweet and spicy ground heirloom peppers (l). From sustainably raised, heritage bred pigs on family farms without antibiotics and hormones, Sebastopol’s Black Pig Meat Co makes bacon that is perfectly balanced in salt, sweet, and smoke (r).
Made from organic medjool dates, San Francisco’s Just Date Syrup is a healthier, low-glycemic index sweetener for coffee, cereal, and holiday desserts (l). Organic, gluten-free and vegan Dark Chocolate Sauce from the East Bay’s Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery is divine for topping, or dipping (r).
Save the Gravenstein from Golden State Cider is a full-bodied, heritage style, aromatic cider made exclusively from Gravenstein apples grown on their next-door neighbors farm in the Sebastopol hills (l). With stout season officially upon us, the limited release Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from San Francisco’s Harmonic Brewing fits the bill (r).
From Oakland’s Wooden Table Baking, handcrafted mint and chocolate Argentinean-style Alfajores cookies are topped with crushed peppermint candy canes (l). Mint Chocolate Almonds from San Francisco’s Charles Chocolates are premium California almonds coated in bittersweet and mint infused white chocolates and dusted in powdered sugar (r).
Oakland’s Elemental Alchemy handcrafts teas, honey, and spiced milk based on Ayurvedic principles. Their Signature Tea Set has blends that will Ground + Nourish, Soothe + Calm, or Invigorate + Warm you over the holidays (l). Sebastopol’s The Nectary makes delicious and nutritious Cold Pressed Organic Juices, Superfood Smoothies, Mylks, Nectars, Hot Tonics, Superfood Lattes, Wellness Shots, Kefir, Kombucha and Acai Bowls to keep you all aglow for the season (r).