Where to Drink
In December 2017, Petaluma Gap AVA was named California’s newest American Viticultural Area, with 4,000 acres of fog-cooled vineyards producing mostly pinot noir, syrah, and chardonnay. Make tasting appointments and venture to countryside wineries such as Keller Estate, or visit the downtown tasting rooms for Adobe Road Winery, where offerings include cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel, and Sonoma Portworks, which makes several port-style wines as well as sherry and grappa.
Take a tour of Griffo Distillery and its 250-gallon copper still, then enjoy a tasting of the limited-edition gins and whiskeys. Sonoma Coast Spirits specializes in flavored vodkas such as jalapeño lime, citrus basil, and rose, and offers tastings by appointment at the local distillery. To sample cocktails made with these and other local tipples, visit the hip, stylish Drawing Board, which makes its own tinctures and bitters from foraged botanicals, and Mario & John’s, a laid-back neighborhood hangout since 1946.
Beer garden culture is alive and well in Petaluma. The 350-seat Brewsters Beer Garden offers a bocce court, a children’s play area, and local brews such as 101 North Brewing Co.—known for its comic art–inspired labels and hoppy Heroine IPA—and Lagunitas Brewing Co., both of which have their own fun, funky taprooms in town. The Block, an open-air food truck marketplace and beer garden with fire-pits, live music and 30 beers on tap, regularly hosts tap takeovers by local breweries such as HenHouse Brewing Co., which creates canned saisons, ales, and IPAs at its own Petaluma Palace of Barrels.