Sonoma County's New Gourmet Stop

A delicious hub for artisan food and beverages takes root in Sebastopol, Calif.

Lemon meringue pie in a jar, Zazu Kitchen & Farm, Sebastopol, Calif., image

Zazu’s lemon meringue pie: It’s in a jar.

Sebastopol, Calif., at the heart of Sonoma County’s apple and wine country, is finally blossoming into the glorious culinary center it has long seemed destined to become. Over the past year, the former Barlow Apple Cannery has been reborn as the Barlow, a 12-acre hub for bakers, brewers, winemakers, cooks, and other local artisans.

Visitors can sample cardamom rolls at the Village Bakery, sip old-vine chardonnay at La Follette, or tour Spirit Works Distillery, which offers small-batch gin and sloe gin (a berry liqueur). In August, Zazu Kitchen & Farm moved here from its longtime location in Santa Rosa.

“It’s a community of people passionate about making things with their own hands,” says Duskie Estes, who owns Zazu with her husband, John Stewart.

The couple now has a retail outlet for their salumi, a u-pick vegetable garden, and a bar serving manhattans made with peach-infused bourbon. (707) 824-5600,

Photography by Melissa Barnes

This article was first published in November 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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