Kivelstadt Cellars & Winegarten reopens with Chef Jennifer McMurry’s cuisine in Sonoma.
After a lengthy renovation, Sonoma’s Kivelstadt Cellars has reopened with Chef Jennifer McMurry (formerly of Dillon Beach Coastal Kitchen and Viola Restaurant) at the helm.
Located at the intersection of Highway 12 and Broadway in Schellville, just south of Sonoma, the once-rundown eatery has been transformed into a sprawling wine garden, restaurant and showcase for its namesake winery. “Hidden gem” is definitely apropos for this secret Sonoma County experience where kids can roam, dogs have their own menu and there’s a tasting lounge for lip-smacking summer sippers like KC Labs Gravignon Blanc, made with sauvignon blanc and Gravenstein apples; Sparkling Chenin Blanc (light and bubbly); and Twice Removed Rosé.
The snobbiness has been decanted from these wines, and they’re a great match for McMurry’s airy, seasonal menu with burrata and sugar snap peas ($17); peach and corn salsa ($14) that was a standout at Dillon Beach; peach and mozzarella sandwich with bacon ($19); or the weekend brunch board ($17) with avocado, egg salad, hummus and grilled toast from Santa Rosa’s Goguette bakery. Vegan sweet potato tacos dorado ($17) and a mushroom Cubano sandwich ($18) satisfy meatless diners.
We like to do things differently at Kivelstadt. The Kivelstadt Winegarten is exactly that, a whole new way for a winery to engage with customers. A fusion of internationally inspired dishes using organic locally sourced seasonal produce from Sonoma & Mendocino Counties. Join us for meticulously crafted dishes by Executive Chef, Jennifer McMurry, outside under the enchanting sycamore trees. Enjoy a wide range of small bites or full-size entrees for lunch or brunch while you sip on a glass of wine, beer, cider, mimosas, bloody mary, or one of our crafted non-alcoholic beverages. Don’t forget to bring your furry four-legged friend, because we have a fresh curated menu just for them too. Our menu reflects a new wave of California food and wine. It is meant to be enjoyed but never taken too seriously.
Kivelstadt Cellars originally opened in February 2020 with Chef Oscar Bendeck, the executive chef of Sonoma Raceway. It closed in April for renovations. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
This article was first published in Sonoma Magazine, June 2022 and was written by Heather Irwin.
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