Updated: Jan 17
It’s really hard not to have a teachers…errrr…I mean tasting room ‘pet’. Daily I get asked, ‘Which Sonoma County winery is your favorite?
You HAVE to have a favorite! I do! You caught me wine stained handed. I have a small handful of top, top, TOP favs. Some of you are master detectives. You read between my lines and tell when I’m completely enthralled over a winery. Pangloss I’m in love. I’m in love like… swirling my glass and pondering…would it be weird to name a future child Pangloss kinda love. First, the wines were on point.
Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Pinot, Zin, Cab….so many varietals. All smooth. All wine sirens seducing me to swirl, sip and savor every last drop. Second, the ambiance and tasting room aesthetic is what I want to be in life. Right on the square in downtown Sonoma. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle. Cobblestone type walls. Vaulted redwood ceilings. A wine bottle wall display behind the bar, candles, fireplace… My cat rolls around on her back with her fluffy belly sticking out marking her territory around the house. I wanted to roll around Pangloss… Roll all around the hardwood floor, the upholstered luxe couches, the granite bar countertop.
I’m weird. We know this. Such sexy interior design. Food!
An in house chef creates swoon worthy wine and food pairings.
Cheese, cured meats, bacon-peach-tartlet bites, melon with feta…almost too pretty to eat. I want to hang out here on the daily. I want Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha, and Charolette to meet me here for a glass of wine. I’ll order the Moon Mountain Cab. We’ll have juicy girl talk. I’ll strut over to @figgirl in my Manolo Blahnik’s to meet my Mr. Firefighter Big for dinner. A perfect evening Wine Country style????
More Info For You:
Located in the heart of Sonoma across from the town plaza.
The unpretentious 116 year old building sits on a corner.
A building that historically used to be Sonoma’s general store.
The tasting lounge is an Architectural Digest masterpiece.
The Pangloss Lounge is a unique and bold tasting experience.
It starts with the soul of the building……….
Carefully and lovingly restored during a 9 month renovation.
The interior was painstakingly returned to its original glory.
The original redwood and glass storefront restored- check
The stonemasons spent months uncovering the original stone walls- check
Carpenters exposed the hand-sawn beams- check
Reclaimed oak floors were brought in- check
The original core charm and rustic elegance proudly greets you.
Soon you are part of the Pangloss Lounge complete experience.
4,000 square feet of warm, comfortable ambiance.
Walk ins are welcome
11:00 to 6:00 Sunday – Thursday
11:00 – 7:00 Friday – Saturday
$25 pp tastings at the bar.
Wines are served by the glass or a flight.
Flights are served with small plate food pairing. $30-$50 open to public.
**The Cellar Experience: Book in advance. $35 pp.
Includes a seated tasting with local artisan cheeses and charcuterie plate.
Private and more focused tasting that is a leisurely 90 minute experience.
11:00, 12:30 and 2:00 are your appointment options. And up to 8 guests.
No pets and No outside food permitted.
6 or more guests- Must make reservations.
Pangloss is named after Dr. Pangloss in Voltaire’s novel Candide.
Pangloss, characterized as the eternal optimist.
Optimism and a sense of authentic, vibrant energy is in every Pangloss detail.
Complete with a tree that grows in the center of the massive tasting bar.
Pangloss wines focus on Bordeaux varietals and Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley.
Have you heard of Repris Wines?
Pangloss is the sister label to Repris.
Winemaker is Erich Bradley.
Erich is all about native yeasts, open top fermentations, manual punchdowns and cave aging in French Oak barrels.
Oh! And try to get Amber when you go in for a tasting.
She is the absolute best.
Knowledgeable, accommodating, incredibly savvy and delightful.