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Let's Get Back to Normal

27th Jul 2020 @ 15:11 by Bill


Escape the house and join us for some safe, fun outdoor events in August and September.

All these events will take place at our 18 Matheson Street, Healdsburg facility, by appointment only in accordance with our Social Distancing Practices & Visitor Requirements

Go ahead, check your schedule and RSVP by clicking on the day of your choice.


August Pig Roast Celebration

Come celebrate the start of harvest with us and enjoy our slow roasted pork dishes all enjoyed with abundant pourings of wonderful wines. read more

RSVP by clicking on the day of your choice . . .


August Pinot Day – Friday August 21

Celebrate Pinot Day with four of our great Pinot based wines together with lunch-sized dishes created by our talented winery culinary team. Fixed price $65 per couple ($210 value).

Three sessions on Friday August 21 - choose one that works for you and click to RSVP


September Lobster Feast Celebration

Come celebrate harvest with a unique dining experience of fresh Maine lobsters accompanied by sausage, corn, potato, garlic, shrimp, hot links and artichoke all washed down with copious quantities of wonderful wines. read more

RSVP by clicking on the day of your choice . . .


A Place to Stay

We have curated some special hotel rates with 25% off just for our Williamson Wines Club Members so check them out here. Go ahead, take a Friday off and come have a fun weekend in Healdsburg.

707-433-1500



Bill's Covid Interview

22nd Jul 2020 @ 16:30 by Bill


In these uncertain Covid times at least one winery is maintaining it's services to its community of customers. A reporter recently asked winery owner Bill Williamson a series of questions about this and we thought to share Bill's answers with you.


Q: What has been the impact on Williamson Wines of COVID restrictions on top of the fires starting in 2017?

A: The fires of 2017 and 2019 taught us that people who have had to change their lives because of a disaster want, more than anything else, to return to normal life.

We made the decision to maintain as normal an operation as possible throughout this disaster while still observing the required guidelines.

While other wineries are closed with their staff on unemployment we have worked hard to stay open. Our staff are serving wine and doing tastings on the sidewalk and in the car park.

Our Pickup Parties, Pig Roast and Lobster Feast, normally one day each of 150 guests, have changed to three days each of 50 guests.

Our annual European and Australia trips have been moved exactly one year out so everyone who wanted to travel with us can retain their tickets and continue to look forward to their trips.

We are supporting our staff, our club members and our community and even though we may not make any income doing it we will continue until we drive "normal" right back up the main street of Healdsburg.


Q: Williamson Wines has long differentiated itself by offering complimentary tasting with its "Fridge Foods" program. If I'm reading your website correctly, there is now a charge for everyone, including members, for this tasting. Is that correct and, if so, will that continue to be the case once COVID-related restrictions are lifted?

A: Because our outside seating is limited and we need to distance people by at least six feet we can no longer cater to groups of people congregating around our entrance waiting for a tasting so we require tasting appointments.

Part of our Covid safety protocols is the requirement to be able to track every guest in the event some visitor tests positive. Believe it or not some people make an appointment then no-show leaving our valuable tasting space unused.

To accomplish all these requirements we simply charge $20 per taster at the time they make an appointment. ($10 for Wine Club Members) This fee is then applied to the wine they buy, effectively making the tasting free.


Q: How is Williamson Wines dealing with any capacity limitations and ensuring the safety of visitors during CA's surge in cases, etc?

A: As COVID-19 continues to surge here in Sonoma County we needed to assure that health and safety of both our staff and visitors are our top priorities. All our Tasting Rooms are open for outside-only tastings every day. Proper hygiene and sanitization consistent with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance are enforced, for example:

  • Seated guests remain six feet apart from guests at the next table.
  • Glassware is washed in a commercial glass washer reaching 180°F temperature.
  • Tables, chairs and all touch points are cleaned with sanitizer after every use.
  • Employees undergo daily symptom and temperature wellness screening.
  • Everybody is required to wear face coverings while moving about until seated.
  • Employees use new non-latex gloves after changing tasks to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Employees maintain a six-foot distance from other employees and customers.
  • Group sizes are limited and available by appointment only.
  • We use a no-touch payment system and offer curbside pick-up for all orders.
  • Tasting Rooms close at 6:00 pm in order to be cleaned and fully closed by 7:00 pm.

Q: Have you made any other permanent changes to the tasting experiences you offer? For example, will the "drop in" tastings still take place at 134 Matheson and the "elevated" tastings at 18 Matheson?

A: This is still the same, except that 18 will also provide “fridge food” tastings as well since we have more space there. We have re-labeled the “Fridge-Foods” experience to “Wine & Cheese” but it is essentially the same.

The biggest change we have made is to offer Private Virtual Tastings where we send a tasting package of food and wine to you and then conduct a Zoom tasting with you. Our club members all over the country are loving it. Read more . . . https://williamsonwines.com/virtual-wine-tastings


Q: Is there anything you would especially like me to include with regard to Williamson Wines in my guide?

A: The impact is most obvious in the mind of the people, who are concerned with the mixed messaging. We need to face the actual Covid facts. There is no cure. There is no vaccine. There is only avoidance. To make avoidance work you need to take sensible precautions.

  • Maintain a safe distance of six feet from others.
  • Wear a mask in public.
  • We all have to cough so cover up when you cough.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly and often.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
  • Check your temperature morning and evening.
  • Remain alert for symptoms and if you feel sick, stay at home and rest.
  • Enjoy a glass of wine outside - some research imply Covid may be destroyed by sunlight.

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Social Distancing Practices

1st Jul 2020 @ 17:16 by Bill


Williamson Wines Practices

In accordance with the requirements from Sonoma County we have taken measures to ensure everyone's safety while still preserving the core fun and discovery in our food and wine pairing experiences.


Tasting Rooms

All our Tasting Rooms are open for outside-only tastings every day. Proper hygiene and sanitization consistent with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance are enforced, for example:

  • Seated guests remain six feet apart from guests at the next table.
  • Glassware is washed in a commercial glass washer reaching 180°F temperature.
  • Tables, chairs and all touch points are cleaned with sanitizer after every use.
  • Employees undergo daily symptom and temperature wellness screening.
  • Everybody is required to wear face coverings while moving about until seated.
  • Employees use new non-latex gloves after changing tasks to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Employees maintain a six-foot distance from other employees and customers.
  • Group sizes are limited and available by appointment only.
  • We use a no-touch payment system and offer curbside pick-up for all orders.
  • Tasting Rooms close at 6:00 pm in order to be cleaned and fully closed by 7:00 pm.

Wine Club Events

In order to safely protect you and operate within the Sonoma County social distancing requirements our food and wine events such as Pickup Parties, Pig Roast and Lobster Feed have been changed in the following ways:

  • Three sessions per day, each limited to 48 people.
  • Only open to members with appointments so please RSVP.
  • Guests will be seated and served food and wine.
  • Additional wines and specials can be ordered at the table.

Wine Club Trips

We hope air and sea travel returns to normal soon but to keep everyone safe we have rescheduled our annual wine club trips abroad.

  • Europe Odyssey 2021 ~ Cruising from Avignon to Lyon has been rescheduled to September 2021.
  • Oz Odyssey 2021 - Australia Trip has been rescheduled to March 2022.

Safety & Common Sense

The Covid virus is thought by CDC to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

We need to face the actual Covid facts. There is no cure. There is no vaccine. There is only avoidance. To make avoidance work you need to take sensible precautions.

  • Maintain a safe distance of six feet from others.
  • Wear a mask in public.
  • We all have to cough so cover up when you cough.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly and often.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
  • Check your temperature morning and evening.
  • Remain alert for symptoms and if you feel sick, stay at home and rest.
  • Enjoy a glass of wine outside - some research imply Covid may be destroyed by sunlight.

Please review our Visitor Requirements before arriving.





May 2020 Wine Club News

22nd Apr 2020 @ 16:58 by Bill


Even with a COVID cloud over wine country we have managed to release exciting new wines and our culinary team have created tasty new recipes to pair with the wines.

Cook the recipes using the spices, each one paired with the wines. Make staying safe by sheltering-in-place at home a fun time with great wine and food!

Click on the wine, recipe or spice for more information. To watch our chefs prepare the recipe click on the red arrow.


White Wines of May 2020


Joy Sauvignon Blanc 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Curried Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Curry Mix with whole Seeds & Spices


Chantilly Chardonnay 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Pasta Al Limone   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Aleppo Chili Pepper


Gertie Gewurztraminer 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Ginger, Pea, and Lemon Egg Drop Soup   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Furikake Seasoning


Red Wines of May 2020


Elate Grange Cuvee 2015

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Blackberry Glazed Baby Back Ribs   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - American Spicy BBQ Rub


Clarissa Vin Rouge 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Chicken Marbella   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Oregano Leaves Australian


Sultry Cabernet Franc 2015

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Strawberry Balsamic Gelee   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Vanilla Bean Powder + Sicilian Salt


Bills Cellar Wine of May 2020


Cherish Melange 2014

Cherish, a Right Bank style red wine blend (Mélange) created from our Napa vineyards and inspired by Château Cheval Blanc. The beautiful light ruby-red color is deep and intense. The first impression on the nose is of ripe red fruit (cherry, and blackcurrant), giving way to fresh, aromatic hints of rose petals and violet. A chocolate nuance appears with aeration.


Virtual Tasting ?

Shelter-in-Place, while protecting our families from the dreaded covid virus, has devastated wine tourism. Once you are free of the stay-at-home orders please come visit us in Healdsburg or order a few extra bottles shipped to celebrate life back at home. Better still - what about a Private Virtual Tasting with Bill? ( more info . . . )


May Pickup Parties

Shelter-in-place means our regular May Pickup Parties need to be moved so we have selected July 4 to start them up again. What an appropriate day to celebrate America's return to normal so click here to book your favorite pickup party day in July and we will manage the social distancing requirements of that time.


Curbside Wine Pickup

Want to pickup your wine before May? Our tasting room at 134 Matheson is providing curbside pickup service so just call 707-433-1500 or email here to tell us when you would like to drop by to pickup a few drops of the good stuff. If you pickup early you can still come to one of the July pickup parties.





After COVID-19

8th Apr 2020 @ 23:55 by Bill


Dawn, Sam, Jordan and Bill have now returned from Australia following several weeks in isolation after our tour group tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Working with our own medical team in conjunction with Australian Health authorities we successfully demonstrated a diminishing set of symptoms over an extended isolation period, hopefully developing our own COVID-19 antibodies.

As our situation unfolded every Australian involved, hotel staff, paramedics, doctors, all stepped up to offer their support, without regard to any personal risk - heroes all!

Local sister wineries sent us cases of wine, restaurants sent different dishes, the hospitality of the Barossa Valley wine country people to this group of American tourists isolated in a local hotel was outstanding.

Now we are back in Healdsburg and ready to show that same level of hospitality to our friends and neighbors, our customers and our wine club members.

Over the next few weeks members of our team will visit you via email, phone or Facebook, providing unique virtual food and wine experiences along with special fulfillment services, all aimed at making your weeks in isolation both interesting and fun times.

Our goal is to let you and your families know that you are not alone. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you in this time and watch for more updates.

Stay safe,

Dawn, Bill, Sam and the whole Williamson Wines Team.


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February 2020 Wine Club News

23rd Jan 2020 @ 16:59 by Bill


We have released new wines and our culinary team have created new recipes to pair with the wines. Cook a little with the recipes and spices; try the exquisite cheeses; have a great February.

Click on the wine, cheese, recipe or spice for more information. To watch our chefs prepare the recipe click on the red arrow.


White Wines of February 2020


Chantilly Chardonnay 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - French Mustard Chicken   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Lemon & Herb Pepper
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Red Dragon with Mustard Seed


Caress Cuvee Blanc 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Crab Fritters with Spicy Aoli   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Portuguese Seasoning
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Ewenique


Gertie Gewurztraminer 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Salt Baked Whole Fish with Lemon and Herbs   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Catch of the Day
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Grazin' Girl


Red Wines of February 2020


Heritage Shiraz 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Spicy Korean Chicken Wings   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Sesame Seeds (toasted) + Korean Red Pepper Flakes + Sesame Seed Black (whole)
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Black Butte Reserve


Entice Cuvee 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Cajun Shrimp and Grits   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Cajun Spice Mix
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Nerina


Amour Merlot 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Chocolate Raspberry Cake   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Pink Peppercorns
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Oakdale Aged Gouda


Bills Cellar Wine of February 2020


Standish The Relic Shiraz 2017

We have bagged the big one here! Our old pal Dan Standish, a 6th generation Barossan winemaker says "this 2017 vintage carries an elegance akin to a Northern Rhone offering" and his legendary "Relic" Shiraz is a result, scoring 94 points from Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com.

We were lucky enough to have dinner with Dan and while drinking a couple of wines we secured a few cases of this wine for Bill's Cellar. Enjoy it alone - it's just too good to share.


Visiting Healdsburg ?

We have curated deals with local partners to include lodging discounts, dining perks and unique tasting experiences exclusively for our Williamson Wines Club Members. Savings on room rates for Williamson Wines Club Members may actually cover the cost of your wine selection! See our Visitor Concierge page and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn about all the benefits of membership.




December 2019 Wine Club Newsletter

23rd Nov 2019 @ 14:14 by Bill


Our culinary team have created some great new recipes so here are the wines we have selected for you to enjoy in December together with the cheeses, recipes and spices to go with your wines.

Simply click on the wine, cheese, recipe or spice for more information. To watch our chefs prepare the recipe click on the red arrow.


White Wines of December 2019


Caress Cuvee Blanc 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Spicy Garlic Crab Noodles   

SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Rose Harissa Spice Blend
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Bastardo del Grappa


Gertie Gewurztraminer 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Red Curry Peanut Noodles   

SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Red Curry Spice
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Vella Mezzo Secco


Frolic Viognier 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Spicy Spanish Smoked Fish Chowder   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Paella Spice Mix
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Fiore di Capra


Red Wines of December 2019


Scandal Zinfandel 2017

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Sweet and Sticky Chinese Pork   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Chinese Five Spice Mix
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Naturally Smoked Gouda


Seduce Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Braised Short Ribs in Red Wine Glossy Sauce   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Bill's Steak Rub
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Point Reyes - Original Blue


Amuse Melange 2015

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Figgy Pudding Cakes   

SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Orange Peel Pieces & Orange Blossom Water
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Sartori Balsamic BellaVitano


Bills Cellar Wine of December 2019


Ravish Melange 2015

Our Bill's Cellar Members are exclusively receiving the FIRST EVER RELEASED bottle of the NEW 2015 Ravish, a Right Bank Bordeaux-style red wine created from our California vineyards and inspired by the Pomerol wines of Château Petrus.


Visiting Healdsburg ?

We have curated deals with local partners to include lodging discounts, dining perks and unique tasting experiences exclusively for our Williamson Wines Club Members. Savings on room rates for Williamson Wines Club Members may actually cover the cost of your wine selection! See our Visitor Concierge page and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn about all the benefits of membership.



Healdsburg ~ Fire Update

1st Nov 2019 @ 14:56 by Bill


We are very happy to announce that our staff, friends and family in Healdsburg are settled back home. Thank you so much to everyone for the support and well wishes over the last week. Every phone call, email, text and message from all over the world was appreciated, helping us through crazy times by realizing how many people love us and what we do.

A massive thank you is in order for all of the first responders who did such a great job in protecting our city! There were times last week where the city seemed almost doomed, but with the community evacuated the fire fighters made an incredible stand even with wind gusts of over 100 mph. Truly impressive - thank you!

Now that the ash is gone we invite everyone in to come and see us starting this Sunday, November 3rd. We will be open for normal tastings at the 134 Matheson location from 11 am to 7 pm. We will also offer half off wines-by-the-glass for our members at the new Bill's Cellar location at 20 Matheson through next Friday.

Please come see us soon and we look forward to having a glass with you!

Cheers,



October 2019 Wine Club Newsletter

26th Sep 2019 @ 10:13 by Bill


Our culinary team have created some great new recipes so here are the wines we have selected for you to enjoy in October together with the cheeses, recipes and spices to go with your wines.

Simply click on the wine, cheese, recipe or spice for more information. To watch our chefs prepare the recipe click on the red arrow.


White Wines of October 2019


Relish Roussanne 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Moroccan Chicken Tagine    
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Tagine Spice Blend
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Capra Mista


Frolic Viognier 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango and Sesame    
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Sesame Seed Black
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Latteria S. Andrea


Joy Sauvignon Blanc 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Bay Scallop Ceviche with Rose Harissa    
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Rose Harissa Spice Blend
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Sgt. Pepper Chèvre


Red Wines of October 2019


Passion Pinot Noir 2017

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Pumpkin Cheesecake Gingersnap Treat    
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Pumpkin Pie Spice
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Cotswold


Allure Meritage 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Italian Sausage Ragu with Corn Spoonbread    
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Australian Oregano Leaves & Hungarian Paprika - Sweet
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Beehive - Barely Buzzed


Embrace Grenache 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Apple Cider Brined Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples    

SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Apple Pie Spice
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Piave Vecchio


Bills Cellar Wine of October 2019


Bliss Sparkling Shiraz

In Australia when you visit a friend’s home the first wine out of the fridge is a beautiful, full-bodied sparkling red wine with great flavor and texture but also with bubbles, served chilled. Priced at $65 per bottle and limited to one bottle per wine club member, for this shipment we have provided your normal club member discount. This is the ultimate trick-or-treat prize.




Sam & Bill - Dinner at NASA

18th Jul 2019 @ 17:38 by Bill


We all remember where we were that day . . .

This week Sam and Bill had the unique opportunity to join several Apollo astronauts along with other notable guests for dinner at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

At dinner we toasted with the astronauts using Williamson Wines Fizz which all agreed was "out of this world!"

After dinner NASA had very kindly arranged for Duran Duran to perform for us . . . read more . . .



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