Taste The Best Booze in Sonoma at Wine Country Distillery Festival

Coming up this weekend in Santa Rosa: taste vodka, gin, whiskey, bourbon and more from nearly 20 artisan distilleries.

Get spirited at the Wine Country Distillery Festival!

It’s no secret Northern California has some of the best craft distilleries in the country. Names like Hanson of Sonoma, Young and Yonder, Sonoma Coast Spirits, Prohibition Spirits, Spirit Works, Griffo and the insanely amazing Sipsong Spirits are gaining traction in the gin, vodka, whiskey, bourbon and even rum worlds.

Rangpur More cocktail at Duke’s Spirited Cocktails. I am so enamored of Tara Jasper’s botanical-forward gin made right here in Sonoma County. The cocktail includes Sipsong Indira gin, peppercorns, Rangpur lime shrub, saffron bitters and house tonic. If you haven’t tried some of Duke’s other crafted cocktails, you’re missing out. They’re incredible. 111 Plaza St., Healdsburg.
Sipson Spirits will be available at the event. (Heather Irwin)

You can taste these purveyors (and 11 more) of the very best Wine Country (and the North Bay) have to offer at the second annual Wine Country Distillery Festival on Feb. 8 at the Flamingo Hotel.

Hold onto your shot glass, because these aren’t bottom shelf guzzlers. They’re small-batch spirits often made with local ingredients, meticulous blending and aging and plenty of NorCal chutzpah to get clean, lively flavors.

Truffles from Fleur Sauvage, chef Robert Nieto's new chocolate company. Available online at fleursauvagechocolates.com or the Friday night Rohnert Park farmer's market. Heather Irwin/PD
Truffles from Fleur Sauvage will be available at the event. (Heather Irwin)

Other vendors include vodka pioneer Charbay, Humboldt Distillery, Rapscallion Spirits, Bodega Bay Rum, Falcon Spirits, Tamar Distillery, Raff Distillerie, Ginny’s Gin, Alley 6, Jaxon Keys, Barber Lee, Great Women Spirits, Straight Edge and No. 2009 Gin.

There also will be a host of other craft beverages like King Floyd’s bitters, Fick’s Hard Seltzer, Jardesca apertif and Monarch bitters. There’s more than just booze, though, with Sonoma Creamery, Renegade Food, Panizerra Meat and Fleur Sauvage chocolates and food trucks from Dino’s Greek Food, Jam’s Joy Bungalow and Wing Man.

The event is for adults 21+, and tickets are $15 to $85 per person. Details online at winecountrydistilleryfestival.com

Check out some of the best spirit tasting rooms in Sonoma here.