MEET THE TASTEMAKERS
OF SONOMA WINE COUNTRY.
Leticia Romero and Ariel Kelly, Executive Director and Board Chair, Corazon Healdsburg
Corazon Healdsburg's mission is to bridge the racial and cultural divide in Healdsburg. Corazon offers programs to improve the health and wellbeing for all who live and work in Healdsburg. This community-driven organization is working with youth and their families to break cycles of poverty and improve their quality of life.
Owner, Alley 6 Craft Distillery
Krystle and Jason Jorgensen founded Alley 6 Craft Distillery in 2012. Their process is defined by a love for the craft and a deep appreciation for spirits. Their hands on approach produces small batch with unique flavor profiles.
Owner, A. Rafanelli Winery
Since the early 1900’s, the Rafanelli family has been growing grapes & making wine. Four generations later, they are still keeping with the tradition; growing premium grapes and producing world class wines…specializing in Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Owner, Jimtown Store
For 27 years, Carrie has operated the iconic Jimtown Store, with a delicious café serving breakfast and lunch, picnics to-go and catering. Collaborating with local artisans, Carrie offers up goods from stylish to quirky in fun displays throughout the store.
Riverkeeper, Russian Riverkeeper
Don McEnhill has made it his mission to protect one of Healdsburg’s most prized assets…its water. Making sure the water stays clean and healthy is important not only for its economic impact on the surrounding agriculture, but also for preserving a way of life with recreational opportunities for generations to come.
Owner, Healdsburg Running Company
From selling the right shoes and gear to making the perfect suggestions for trail runs, Skip shares his passion for running at Healdsburg Running Company. His mission is to make Healdsburg “the Healthiest City in the World”.
Peter & Mimi Buckley
Owners, Front Porch Farms
In 2010, Peter and Mimi planted their agrarian roots in Healdsburg when they acquired Front Porch Farms. Guided by the principle that diversity is nature’s basic pattern, their organic farming yields an abundance of produce, flowers and wine.
Costeaux French Bakery
Owner, Will Seppi
A Healdsburg tradition since 1923, Costeaux is a full service bakery renowned for its world-class artisan and sourdough breads, cakes and pastries. Will Seppi continues the tradition in this bakery café, a block off the Plaza, with its bistro cuisine, open for breakfast and lunch daily.
Dragonfly Farm & Floral
Owner, Bonnie Z
Bonnie Z’s obsession with gardening, landed her on 6 acres in the heart of Healdsburg, growing fruits and vegetables for local restaurants. Her love of flowers, however, started to take over the property which today produces organic flowers and countless varieties of interesting foliage that supplies its flower shop and floral design classes, wedding and event design and farmstand for locals and visitors.
Executive Chef, Jordan Winery
Todd Knoll joined Jordan Winery in 2003 and was promoted to Executive Chef in 2007. Today, he oversees the entire Jordan culinary program, which includes preparing gourmet food pairings for wine tastings, cooking meals for Jordan Estate Rewards members, creating party menus for special events and managing Jordan's kitchen gardens.
Innkeeper, Camellia Inn
With more than 25 years of bed and breakfast experience, Lucy Lewand learned about innkeeping from her parents, Ray and Del Lewand, who opened the Camellia Inn, the first official inn in Healdsburg.
Sandy Erickson and Danielle Elins:
Owners, Erickson Fine Art Gallery, Inc.
Originally established in San Francisco in 1983, Sandy Erickson and Danielle Elins, now run their historical, Palladio style gallery in Healdsburg. They continue to showcase contemporary paintings, sculpture and mixed media works with an emphasis on artists from Northern California.
Winemaker, Lambert Bridge Winery
This Sonoma County native holds the lead winemaking role and consistently demonstrates her commitment to excellence; her life’s passion is in every bottle of Lambert Bridge.
Chef/Owner, Mateo’s Cocina Latina
In a delicious mix of cultures, the Yucatán-born chef Mateo Granados has created a unique signature that celebrates rigorously sourced local and sustainable Sonoma ingredients, infused with the vibrant regional flavors of his homeland, crafted with classic French finesse.
Lou and Susan Preston:
Owners, Preston Farm and Winery in Dry Creek Valley
Since 1973, these self-professed “back-to-the-landers”, have been stewards to their farm and vineyards, developing best practices for organic, sustainable produce.
Chef/Owner, Valette Restaurant
In 2015, Chef Valette, fulfilled his dream of opening a restaurant in his native downtown Healdsburg, showcasing the rich bounty and beautiful ingredients from Sonoma County’s farmers, winemakers and artisans.