Top Tastes & Events from Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience 2023

In the small downtown of Healdsburg, Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience (HWFE) just hosted its second year, May 18–21, 2023, featuring a range of events highlighting some of Sonoma County’s best food and wines. From a region that grows some of the best produce in the nation, local produce is highlighted in the food, while the Queen grape is showcased at every turn — plus a few cocktails, too.

Here were the standout tastes and events this weekend, reviewed in my Medium column on May 23, 2023:

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Deborah Keane serving caviar & chips from her California Caviar Company cart at the Matheson VIP rooftop
Matt Horn of Horn Barbecue at Dutton Ranch
Merry Edwards’ Maefield Vineyard House
Lo & Behold’s irresistible Garden Envy cocktail of gin, génépy, horseradish, celery shrub, cucumber, lemon, dry vermouth
USBG Membership Director Simone Mims and SF’s Aphotic Bar Director Trevin Hutchins killed it with some of the best sips of the entire Grand Tasting: three stellar cocktails/punches, layered, complex yet utterly refreshing, showcasing local produce. Here, a fab Junipero Gin, rhubarb strawberry jam, fresh rose essence and lemon verbena punch. Another standout was a Convite Una Mezcal, Fierro Serrano Tequila, Luxardo Triplum, cucumber, celery salt, shiso, citrus cocktail.
Lo & Behold’s Tsar Nicoulai caviar waffle strips