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Barber Cellars

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Key Info

  • Featured on Sunset Magazine’s ‘Perfect Day In Petaluma’ list.

  • Located in the recently remodeled, historic, and art deco Hotel Petaluma.

  • Neighbors with downtown Petaluma favorites:

  • The Shuckery for oysters and seafood.

  • Truck & Barter for beautifully curated treasures like jewelry and candles.

  • Owners are Mike and Lorraine Barber

  • This power couple started making wine while working day jobs and living in San Fran.

  • Imagine they’d haul half tons of Healdsburg grapes up to their second story San Francisco apartment.

  • Wine making can be romanticized, but for these two it was…

  • Hydrating barrels in their bathtub,

  • Fermenting in a walk-in closet,

  • Stomping grapes with their feet.

  • Their ultimate dream: Get back to Petaluma, their hometown, and…..

  • Welcome the community to their tasting room.

  • Barber cellars was formed in 2007

  • The first bottle of wine was released in 2008

  • In 2015 the tasting room opened.

  • Downtown Petaluma’s FIRST tasting room!

  • Open Mon & Tues by appointment.

  • Wed & Sun 12:00-6:00

  • Thurs-Sat. 12:00-8:00.

  • Locals stop by for an after work cheese plate with a glass of wine.

  • Barber Wine and Cheese Hour is a treat for Petaluma Hotel guests, every Friday.

  • Wine Tasting: $10 for 3 tastings.

  • Fee waived with bottle purchase.

  • Cheese Tasting: $17 for two, select three cheeses served with salami, crackers and more.

  • Enjoy antique furniture, marble top bar, art gallery featuring local artists,

  • Foosball, classic video game machine’s like Pac Man, and board games!

  • A menu with an array of tasty grilled cheese sandwich choices.

  • Sample Menu HERE

  • Being in the wine club has serious perks.

  • Your own wine glass is displayed on the tasting room wall.

  • Reminds me of the craft brew experience where a person’s beer glass is hung on the wall.

  • Barber Cellars is committed to small production, hand made, high quality wines from single vineyards.

  • No additions or manipulations with their wine.

  • Wines ready to be paired with food and shared with friends.

  • Sauv Blanc, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Rosé

  • PLUS a Zin Chocolate Sauce

  • Wine Priced around $28. The Reserve Zin is $50

You May Not Know

  • A KickStarter campaign in 2015 gave them the $20,000 to open their tasting room.

  • Mike Barber is a self-taught winemaker.

  • His Zinfandel ‘Field Blend’ is quite unique.

  • Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouschet are interspersed and grown and harvested together.

  • This grape combination is fermented together rather than blending the wines later.

  • A Zinfandel blend that comes right from the barrel ready to drink.

  • Named after their vineyard rescue cat, aka Mr. Beast

  • While remodeling the Barber Cellars Tasting Room, a few interesting things were discovered:

  • Under the old linoleum floor was the original Douglas Fir floors.

  • A cool trap door leads to basement storage.

Sheila’s Recommendation

  • My sweet friend, Serena, just became a club member at Barber.

  • She can’t stop raving!

  • Serena and I met while teaching 5th grade in Sebastopol.

  • We no longer teach together but try and connect at least once a year.

  • She has an adorable little family: husband, daughter, and pup.

  • Date nights and walking to downtown Petaluma with her crew is something they love doing.

  • One night they stumbled upon Barber.

  • Instantly they were drawn to the laid back and family friendly vibe.

  • Of course I said, YES when she offered to bring me by Barber.

  • Such a lovely day we had.

  • We popped into the tasting room.

  • With rosé in our hand we walked around the hotel in awe of the glam decor.

  • Serena was born and raised in Petaluma and had the inside scoop on the hotel transformation.

  • We also popped into Truck & Barter and bought soy candles.

  • After our tasting, we trotted further into Downtown Petaluma, perused the shops and had a late lunch.

  • I can’t wait to visit again.

  • Sometimes I forget about driving down to Petaluma and how much fun I have here!

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