Discover Wine Country’s Cheese Trail

What pairs better with wine than cheese? Sonoma Wine Country is also Cheese Country, with a number of artisanal, hand-crafted cheeses being produced throughout the region. If you have an interest in cheese making, there are a number of activities sure to please the most ardent cheese-lover.

Plan a small outing to experience the agricultural side of the region, take a trip along the Cheese Trail, a scenic adventure of pastures and oak-covered hills linking close to 30 farms and creameries. Each stop along the Cheese Trail is unique, with some facilities offering full tours, tastings as well as cheese-making classes for the adventurous. Experience the wide variety of cheese producing livestock, such as goats, cows, sheep and even water buffalo.

As the Cheese Trail covers a fairly vast geographic area, it is best to start with a travel plan based on the downloadable Cheese Trail Map. The map is a great reference, as it breaks down each farm by type of animal used in cheese making as well as by locations offering tour options for cheese making and general farm tours. It’s also a good idea to call ahead to make sure the farms are open to make the most of your outing. And yes, there is an app for that; be sure to download the Cheese Trail app available for your mobile devices.

Cheese 3.0
For those looking for a more hands-on approach to cheese making, reserve your spot at The Cheese Maker class offered by Achadinha Cheese Company, located in Petaluma. Here is a description of the class from their website:

The Cheese Maker class is offered for cheese lovers who really are looking for that once in a lifetime cheese making experience. As soon as the guests arrive they will roll up their sleeves and put on a beautiful hairnet to get their hands wet in the Vat full of curds and whey, while learning how we use the equipment. Then, they will see the cheeses aging in the aging rooms. Then to be treated to a full ranch tour that includes everything from the Milking parlor to the Loafing barn. Naturally there will be plenty of cheese tasting before lunch in our family party room.

Classes are $100 per person, with a 10 person minimum. Check for the monthly date of classes to plan your trip.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of March 18-20, 2016 as the 10th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival returns to Petaluma. This popular weekend event is filled with mouth-watering cheeses, chef demonstrations and pairings, farm tours, educational sessions by a host of knowledgeable, talented chefs, cheese experts, cheesemakers, authors and more.

Whether tasting, touring or learning the craft of making, our region offers a variety of venues for those who love cheese, glorious cheese.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Meet Chef Scott Pikey

Scott Pikey, Executive Chef at Mayacama, is passionate about the farm to table experience.  Before joining Mayacama, the American Culinary Federation trained chef practiced and honed his art at such venues as the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, the Michelin-rated Sheen Falls Lodge, a Relais and Chateaux Hotel, in Kerry, Ireland, Larkspur Restaurant in Vail Colorado and in the kitchens of Auberge Resorts in Napa Valley and Bluffton, South Carolina.

A native of St. Louis, Pikey’s culinary endeavors are inspired by the bounty offered by Mother Nature in idyllic Wine Country.  Sourcing local and sustainable meats, fish and produce, the skilled chef enjoys exploring the region in search of a wide variety of fresh ingredients to prepare his dishes.

We recently had a chance to chat with Mayacama’s talented Executive Chef. Get to know Chef Scott Pikey a bit more:

When did you realize you wanted to become a Chef?

My early 20’s, I knew I did not want to wear a suit or be confined to an office. I needed to be challenged with a job that has action, with a lot of moving parts. Cooking was that answer…

Your menus are known for being approachable, local and responsibly sourced. Tell us a little bit about the unique bounty used at Mayacama:

I moved to Pacific Northwest to cook. I have always supported the small farms and would not be where I am today with out there hard work. The product that is available is amazing, which makes my job much easier.

The food I cooked is American, rooted in the traditions of France, Spain and Italy. Using classic cooking techniques and local sustainable product, the end result is technically crafted, honest and focused dishes.

At Mayacama, we are very lucky to have Miranda Forni as our Gardner. Her father, Peter, has run Forni Brown Gardens in Calistoga since the 80’s. When I was a young cook at Auberge these guys would deliver the most beautiful greens.

Today we sustain the restaurant with 90% of all green from our garden and are looking to expand to 1 acre by 2017.

What are your go-to ingredients in the MAYACAMA garden:

Autumn/ Winter: Cinderella Pumpkins, Red Vained Kale & Chard
Spring: Lemon Verbena, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas
Summer: Heirloom Tomatoes, Pole Beans, Nutmeg Melons & Hot Peppers

What inspires your menus and do you have a personal favorite Autumn dish?

The Seasons: Mother nature tells us what to cook. There is great dish I am really into that consists of Duck Fat Roasted Carrots, Cider Glazed Pork Belly, Warm Dates, Wheat Berries Granola and Huckleberry Jus.

Name your 3 personal favorite Sonoma County restaurants:

Barndiva/ Shed / Hana Sushi

Lightning Round:

The Chef I’d most like to collaborate with: Chef Alex Lee
Most ordered Mayacama dish: Fish Tacos
If I’m not in the kitchen you’ll find me: With My 6 year old “twins” Vivian & Dawson
If I wasn’t a Chef, I’d be a: Fly Fishing Guide
Person I’d most like to cook for: My mother. She lives and St. Louis and I only see her once a year.
Guilty Pleasure: Juicy Cheeseburger
Favorite Travel Destinations: Spain and France

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Romantic Restaurants We Adore

There’s no better spot to share a romantic meal than Wine Country.  And certainly our location tops that list! Mayacama Members are invited to join us on Feb 13th for Chef Scott Pikey’s annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and Wine Pairing, which has become a sold-out event year after year – so be sure and contact the Concierge or make your reservation online. For those of you visiting that want to continue the romance in Wine Country, we have listed a few of our favorite nearby restaurants, known for their romantic setting and great food.

John Ash & Co.
Nestled next to Vintners Inn, John Ash & Co. was the first Sonoma County restaurant to introduce the concept of cooking with seasonal, local foods and produce while pairing exceptional recipes with wines from the region. John Ash & Co. is a local favorite, known for its wonderful setting and excellent food. Book your reservations early as this popular restaurant fills up quickly.

La Gare
Enjoy fresh local ingredients and an extensive Sonoma County wine selection at La Gare in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, where for 30 years thousands of couples have shared their love of traditional French Cuisine in a quaint, dimly-lit, elegant and relaxed atmosphere.

Barndiva
Part restaurant, part cocktail lounge and part wine bar, Barndiva offers a hip and rustic Healdsburg setting coupled with some of the best food in the region. They also have an adjacent studio gallery with a variety of eclectic offerings you can peruse before your dinner. They are offering a prix fixe Valentine’s Eve menu which can be found here.

Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar
If oysters and sparkling wine are your thing, just north of Mayacama in Healdsburg, Willi’s offers at least eight varieties of fresh oysters and tapas menus designed for sharing. The setting is vibrant, the seasonal cocktails are eclectic and the desserts are divine.

Santé Restaurant
Located in the historic Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Santé Restaurant is a premier dining room known for its romantic setting and outstanding food. Recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award and Michelin designations, Santé is amongst the top-rated restaurants in the region.  Again, a very popular dining spot so grab your reservation is there is space still available; you’ll be glad you did.

Depot Hotel Restaurant
The Depot Hotel Restaurant and Garden is located in a charming, historic stone building just two blocks from the Sonoma Plaza. Built in 1870, the Depot Hotel was originally the local hotel for 19th century passengers arriving by train from San Francisco. The original owners also opened an Italian restaurant and “saloon” here in 1890 to serve the townspeople of Sonoma and their visitors. The historic setting is now a popular hotel with great food and wonderful ambiance. Their Valentine’s Day menu looks amazing.

The Girl & the Fig
Located on the historic Sonoma Square, The Girl & the Fig is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Offering a warm and cozy atmosphere creates a relaxed, yet intimacy, environment. This popular restaurant features a wonderful antique bar with French aperitifs, unique and traditional cocktails, an award-winning Rhone-Alone winelist, a seasonal menu, cheese & charcuterie platters and outdoor garden patio seating. You may have to book a table in an off-hour as this restaurant is in very high demand.

Central Market
Central Market is a farm-to-table restaurant, housed in the 1918 Maclay building in the heart of downtown Petaluma. Our cuisine is rustic California-Mediterranean. We make everything in house, from scratch daily. Our bread comes out of our wood-fired oven fresh each morning. We want your visit to Central Market to feel like a visit to an old friend’s house, where you are welcomed warmly. We invite you to enjoy a fresh, local delicious meal, paired with a bottle from our carefully curated wine list, which features local and international selections.

Twisted 2
For those looking for a small, quaint setting with amazing food, look no further than Twisted 2 in Petaluma.   Twisted 2 is a labor of love for owners, Dick and Julie – a final realization of the couple’s passion for creating a dining experience that is memorable and honest. They serve up a farm-fresh prix fixe menus that keeps patrons coming back for more. Just take a look at the reviews on Yelp.

The Duck Club Restaurant
If your plans include a trip to the coast, may we suggest the award-winning Duck Club Restaurant, which highlights local, sustainably farmed produce, seafood, and meats. The Duck Club also offers an intimate setting with tables by the large stone fireplace and large windows with panoramic views of Bodega Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

We hope this short list of romantic dining options makes this a Valentine’s Day to remember for a lifetime. Make your reservations early as Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mayacama Members Speak

The story begins and revolves around an expansive Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse. Formal and casual alfresco dining overlooks a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. There is a spa, tennis, pools, fitness, hiking, bocce and exquisite residences nestled into the lush oak-shaded landscape. A Vintner Member program that features 35 of the leading winemakers from Napa and Sonoma accentuates the entire experience. Mayacama is above all things a vibrant and immanently social lifestyle, and an idyllic home away from home.

Discover the Mayacama Whole Ownership Villa Program and the eventual accelerated build-out of more lodging.

We always enjoy hearing first impressions of the property, we invite you to learn more about Membership at this captivating Wine Country retreat through the words of Mayacama Members.

“From our very first visit to Mayacama, we were taken in by the people, the location, and the wealth of activity at the club. We are already creating great memories with our new friends. We look forward to many years at Mayacama with our children and, some day, their families.” – Karl and Robin May

“We’d heard about this fantastic course called Mayacama so we started looking into how we could play it. We were so impressed on our first visit with the beauty of not only the golf course and surrounding vistas, but also the residences and common areas. We’re so excited to be part of Mayacama and look forward to golfing and enjoying all Mayacama has to offer on our visits to Northern California.” – William Gundry and Susan Bentley

There are so many reasons to love life at Mayacama. From its prime location to amazing amenities, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons we enjoy life at Wine Country’s premiere resort community. Read 10 Reasons We Love Mayacama Life. Click here to inquire about Memberships at Mayacama.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Microadventure: Oxbow Public Market

Looking for a local microadventure that is sure to be a hit with the entire family? Then head to Napa for an adventure at Oxbow Public Market, the local gathering place for great food and wine in downtown Napa and throughout the Napa Valley.

The brainchild of Steve Carlin, who was responsible for planning and overseeing the initial operations of the famed Ferry Building in San Francisco, Oxbow Public Market boasts a 40,000 square foot marketplace and features local food vendors, artisan cafes and an organic produce outlet for local farms. The facility also includes outdoor dining as well as a scenic outdoor deck with seating along the Napa River.

The artisans and purveyors at Oxbow Public Market passionately support the concept of local harvest and sustainable agriculture, creating an atmosphere within the market to improve the local food culture through education, community outreach and support of local businesses and farms. The marketplace consists of 22 merchants, each independently owned and operated.

It’s easy to spend hours exploring Oxbow Public Market, so we have listed a few of the many ways to get you started on your microadventure:

Grab a fresh brewed coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters and cinnamon morning bun at the Model Bakery to start your day. They also offer a “late bake” – an afternoon bake of signature breads for consumer purchase and to supply the region’s best restaurants. You’ll see why the Model Bakery is well known as the Napa Valley’s hometown bakery.

Explore the dizzying array of fresh ground spices at Whole Spice, with custom blends of spices you won’t find anywhere else. From the usual to the exotic, allspice to vanilla and ajowan to zhug, Whole Spice has more than 300 different spices and 50-60 blends available, both bulk and pre-packaged, and all in small quantities to ensure freshness.

Delight in the amazing selection of charcuterie at The Fatted Calf, with a unique selection of artisanal food products from California and Italy hand selected for the shop, as well as a delicious daily lunch menu. Stop in and sample some salumi, beans, pasta, vinegar or fresh cuts and taste the difference.

If you find yourself interested in a sit-down dining experience, there are many options. Enjoy wood-fired deliciousness from Kitchen Door or Ca’ Momi Enoteca, a savory burger from Gott’s Roadside or treats from the sea at the Hog Island Oyster Bar.

Satisfy your sweet tooth and indulge in the marvelous assortments of fine truffles, rich creams and caramels, brittles and chews from Anette’s Chocolates. Not feeling like chocolate? Enjoy a fresh baked cupcake at Kara’s Cupcakes or an inconceivably delicious and organic ice cream at Three Twins Ice Cream.

Set along the Napa River, Oxbow Public Market is located at 610 and 644 First Street in Napa, and is open seven days a week, and only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Most tenants of Oxbow Public Market are open until 9:00pm seven days a week with later hours on Friday evenings.

Follow Oxbow Public Market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Enjoy!

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Winter in Wine Country

While most of the country is dealing with snow shovels and blowers clearing out the fallout from the latest winter storm, Wine Country residents are enjoying temperate and comfortable weather which allows for a number of events during the winter months.  Cozy up fireside with a glass of wine or bundle up and venture out with us for winter in Wine Country.

Wine Country is more than just grapes.  Olive Season is in full swing so join the celebration the entire month of January at the 15th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season where attendees will enjoy events, tastings, grove walks and celebrations.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of January 16-17 as the 24th Annual Winter WINEland returns to Wine Country. Meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases and library wines – perfect for every wine lover in your life.

Grab your scarves and head to the coast for the 13th Annual Chowder Day at Bodega Bay. On Saturday, January 30, tour seaside restaurants and taste chowder as competitors battle it out for the title of best chowder.

VinOlivo is one of the most anticipated events of the season. On February 26-28, join more than 60 wineries and 20 top restaurateurs as they come together for a weekend of epicurean celebration.

Enjoy family fun at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. There will be art made from citrus, wine tasting and gourmet food as well as kid-friendly activities such as arts, crafts and a carnival. The Citrus Fair runs from February 12-15.

Finishing up the winter season is the 10th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival taking place March 18-20 in Petaluma. This popular weekend event will be filled with mouth-watering cheeses, chef demonstrations and pairings, farm tours, educational sessions by a host of knowledgeable, talented chefs, cheese experts, cheesemakers, authors and more.

The migration of whales peaks along the coast of Sonoma from January through May as gray and blue whales make their annual migration from the waters of Alaska down to Baja California for winter and return north for their summer feeding. There are a number of whale watching boats which follow the migration. For you landlubbers, Ocean Overlook at Bodega Head offers an excellent vantage point to view this epic event.

There’s plenty of activities both onsite and off during your winter stay at Mayacama, so save some dates and load up your calendar with the best of winter in Wine Country.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

10 Reasons We Love Mayacama Life

There are so many reasons to love life at Mayacama. From its prime location to amazing amenities, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons we enjoy life at Wine Country’s premiere resort community.

675 Acres of Classic California Wine Country
Your very own sprawling spot in the heart of Wine Country has to top the list. Sonoma County offers some of the most picturesque settings in Northern California, whether taking in rolling hills of grape vines and the colors they bring, exploring the charm and character of one of its many quaint towns or enjoying outdoor activities in a lovely natural setting. It’s hard to believe such a tranquil location exists amazingly close and within easy reach of the buzz of an international city.

Easy Access to San Francisco City Life
We’d be amiss if we didn’t highlight Mayacama’s close proximity to San Francisco. Just over an hour away the City by The Bay offers a variety of entertainment and cultural venues coupled with its incredible food scene. If you find yourself heading into the City, be sure to visit this popular travel site showcasing all that San Francisco has to offer.

A Day Trip to Lake Tahoe’s Year-Round Playground
Whether enjoying world-class skiing at Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Northstar or spending a fun-filled summer weekend on the water, Lake Tahoe is your playground at elevation and is less than a 4 hour trip from Mayacama.

The Raw Beauty of the Sonoma Coastline
The rugged majesty of the Sonoma coastline is easy to reach from Mayacama. Visitors escape to this remote destination to unwind, relax and take in some of the more scenic sights along this barely touched coastline. You can also travel back in time with a visit to the early Russian establishment at Fort Ross, an outpost engaged in hunting and trading.

World Class Dining with a Farm to Table Twist
Enjoy the casual elegance that Wine Country has to offer with its variety of farm-fresh dining options throughout the region. Whether you choose an elegant, formal setting or a casual family-friendly venue, there is something for everyone when it comes to dining in Wine Country. In fact, the Michelin Guide recently released its 2016 stars for the San Francisco Bay Area, and ‪ Wine Country ranked very high compared to the rest of the region. When planning your next stay at ‪Mayacama, add these local stars to your list and experience some of the very best fine dining in Wine Country.

No Club Celebrates Golf and Wine like ‪Mayacama
Of course, we are a bit partial when it comes to golf courses. Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest. GOLF.com ranks Mayacama #9 among the “19 Best 19th Holes”. Saying, “It boasts (35+) vintner-members, including the folks who produce Cakebread Cellars Chalk Hill Estate Winery and Silver Oak Cellars. Each vintner provides special tastings each year — the better to help members cope with a Jack Nicklaus design that’s so tough, it would drive anyone to pop a second cork.” However, if you do find yourself along the California coast, there are a number of outstanding public courses in Pebble Beach and Santa Cruz, an easy drive from Mayacama.

Pedal Heaven – 2-Wheeled Nirvana
Recreational bicycling options abound in the region. Enjoy scenic and winding roads as you tour the landscape of Wine Country on 2-wheels. Our Concierge can set you up with group bike tours or recommend the very best trails for those novice to recreational riders. For the competitors out there, Levi’s GranFondo is both a challenging and competitive mass-start cycling event hosting riders of all ability levels from around the world.

Rejuvenation -Hot Springs and Spa Central
Our region is known for its health spas, drawing visitors from across the globe. Unwind onsite. The Spa at Mayacama offers an experienced team of massage therapists and estheticians who deliver rejuvenating treatments for body, mind and spirit. For those looking for a nearby spa outing, head over the hill to nearby Calistoga, a town made famous by their geothermal hot springs.

A Kid-Friendly Location
If you have little ones, there are a number of venues to keep them engaged and entertained. In addition to the family-friendly onsite pool, golf and tennis courts, Maycama offers a great line-up of kid-friendly events planned year-round for our wee members. Thoughtfully created for different age groups up to 14 years old, the Mayacama Juniors’ Club features year-round activities that are anything but ordinary. There’s trapeze adventure at the Russian River Circus School. Kids can learn about the magic of filmmaking and special effects with an industry expert. Experience life on the Savannah at Safari West or skate ‘til you drop at Snoopy’s Home Ice. If they still have energy after the skating adventure, head over to the adjacent Charles M. Schultz Museum and explore the world of the man who brought us the Peanuts Comic Strips.

An Event for Every Season
There are a number of events and festivals throughout the year. From wine and harvest, food to film, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A few examples of local events in the upcoming months are the Annual Olive Festival, California Artisan Cheese Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival and Savor Sonoma County- A Barrel Tasting & Culinary Experience. The list goes on and on… At Mayacama, you are never short of memorable life-long experiences to share with friends and family.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Share your #MayacamaScene in 2016

Natural beauty surrounds us each and every day in Wine Country. The picturesque region attracts visitors from across the country looking to spend time relaxing in a gorgeous and tranquil setting. Take a moment to capture your adventures in 2016 and join us in sharing the amazing scenery while staying at Mayacama.

We invite members and guests of all ages to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*. In order to be entered in the contest, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit imagery as often as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

It is getting easier to take amazing photos on-the-go with the incorporation of high resolution cameras in mobile devices. Flickr recently showcased the dominance of the Apple iPhone as far as post frequency over professional DSLR cameras such as Canon and Nikon. With the ability to capture the scenic imagery no further than your pocket or purse, taking photos couldn’t be easier; so grab those phones and click away for a chance to win at Mayacama.

Be sure to join us on Instagram at @Mayacama as we feature our favorite images of Mayacama and beyond. If you’re new to the network, get the Instagram basics. If you need some additional tips, Mashable shares 12 awesome Instagram features you’re probably not using.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

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It’s Olive Season in Wine Country

Although Wine County is best known for its grapes, it is also home to a variety of other crops. Olives are popular in the region and the season to harvest this bountiful fruit takes place during winter. From artisanal oils to side dishes that complement a harvest feast, cuisine using the finest oils find their way to tables throughout the region and beyond. It’s olive season in Sonoma County, so get out and enjoy the bounty of winter in Wine Country.

The largest celebration is the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, which runs through January and February across Sonoma Valley. Enjoy such events as the Olive Odyssey, Olive Blessings, Martini Madness, Curing Workshops and more! The highlight of the festival is the Annual Feast of the Olive Dinner on January 30th at Sonoma’s Ramekins Culinary School, which will include 19 chefs, 5 courses, 3 menus, resulting in one fantastic feast. A complete listing of all the festival events can be found here.

If you’d like to experience more olive activities, here are a number of local establishments throughout Wine Country.

McEvoy Ranch
When you think of olives images of the picturesque McEvoy Ranch come to mind. Sitting on 550 acres in the rolling hills of west Marin County, McEvoy Ranch was once a dairy farm and now boasts 80 acres of organic olive trees making it one of the nation’s largest producers of certified-organic, estate-grown olive oil. You can visit by-appointment for group tastings and wine pairings or enjoy specialty farm tours to watch the pressing and learn about the process;  they even have milling days, which include a community milling day where you BYOO (bring your own olives). Visit their website to learn more.

Benziger Family Winery
Benziger’s Olive Orchards comprise a large portion of their vast wine estate and contribute to the overall health of the entire property. The olive orchards coexist with a number of other plantings, such as wine, garden and other forms of agriculture in order to retain a balance of this productive land. Artisanal olive oils are produced and made available in their tasting room. Visit their website to learn more.

The Olive Press
The Olive Press was the very first olive mill in Sonoma, California and is now known as the most highly awarded olive oil producer in the nation. They are committed to producing the highest quality of olive oil along with an array of handmade artisanal products while serving the pressing needs of the local community. Learn more about The Olive Press here.

Figone’s California Olive Oil Co.
Although their olive orchards are located outside of Sonoma, the fruit is milled, blended and bottled on-site at a Sonoma Valley industrial mill. The Figone family has been in the olive business for over a century, having pioneered such techniques as “diversified farming” in the United States. Diversified farming is the inter-planting of rows of olive trees with rows of grapes. They offer year-round tasting as well as milling for local growers. Learn more about Figone’s California Olive Oil Company here.

Cheers to the winter harvest in Wine Country!

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Introducing Mayacama Uncorked

It has been an exciting year at Mayacama and we are thrilled to introduce you to our new Member Magazine – Mayacama Uncorked, a quarterly digital publication showcasing the lifestyle, amenities and recreational opportunities members enjoy in Wine Country.

In the first issue of Mayacama Uncorked, we explore a number of topics including Club Life, Fresh Fare Dining, Membership Perks, Member Amenities, as well as Golf News and Tips. Get ready to mark your calendars in the coming year, upcoming events will be featured in future issues making it easy to fill your annual calendar with a taste of the very best of the Sonoma lifestyle.

In Club Life, the Vintner Program is explored, showcasing World-class vintages, the heart of the wine experience at Mayacama. Members enjoy access to limited vintages as well as invitations to member-only events. Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, offers members a variety of tasting venues and the ability to customize a tasting for any occasion.

Fresh Fare showcases Executive Chef Scott Pikey and his passion for incorporating farm fresh, local ingredients in his delicious culinary endeavors. Watch for an upcoming interview with Chef Pikey for a behind-the-scenes look at his philosophy on food, life and more.

Golf New & Tips offers a wrap-up on the tournament season with the Pro-Member Invitational. For those of you looking to generate more power in your downswing, Mayacama’s PGA First Assistant Golf Professional and TPI Certified Golf Instructor, Andrew Black, offers some video advice for a helpful drill to improve your game.

Get your smartphones ready to capture your favorite local scenes. We’ve just launched an annual photo contest at Mayacama! Share a picture of your visual journey and experiences at Mayacama by using #MayacamaScene for a chance to win giveaways throughout the coming year.

The premiere issue concludes with a wrap-up of the annual Member Holiday Party and a warm welcome to our newest members. Take a peek at the first issue here.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.