Updated: Jan 12
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
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.
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!