SAN FRANCISCO HAUTE LIVING MARCH-APRIL 2020 ISSUE

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BY STEPH KEAY

HauteTRAVEL

HEALDSBURG: THE HEART OF SONOMA COUNTY SONOMA STRONG

all, the folks of Sonoma County were unflinchingly sunny, presenting a unified front in

A SUN-BLEACHED SIGN DECLARING “THANK YOU, FIREFIGHTERS!” FLAPS IN THE

exigency then and as wine country recovers now.

wind off Highway 101, one of the few lingering reminders of the Kincade Fire of 2019. Not

Touring the area several months later with local winemaker Nick of Goldschmidt

long after the fires began, I sped up to Sonoma County Fairgrounds with World Central

Vineyards, he points out the hills where the fire began rolling down last October. Today,

Kitchen to churn out as many meals as possible for the endlessly brave first responders

there’s hardly a trace of the tragedy. Where smoke once lingered, a dewy mist now blan-

battling the blaze. The mood? Surprisingly upbeat, despite the imminent threat. As the

kets several thousand acres of grapes surrounding the charming town of Healdsburg. Its

flurry of activity died down through the week and the fire reached 100 percent contain-

residents have slipped back into a familiar routine, but the mighty sense of community

ment, even the thin veil of smoke hanging in the air had all but dissipated. Through it

remains apparent year-round, personified by the chefs, winemakers, and artisans who

Jordan Winery’s luxury estate tour takes guests through its sustainable vineyards, scenic vistas, chef’s garden, apiary, and more

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PHOTO CREDIT: DESTINATION NEW SOUTH WALES

After the harrowing Kincade Fire, this beatific Northern California town is not only surviving, but truly thriving.


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