Food & Wine ~ Sarah Stierch

Sarah Stierch Sarah Stierch is the Food + Drink Editor of the Sun (with occasional visits to other areas of the paper). Stierch has eaten, drunk, and written her way through 13 countries and the hottest food trends and communities in the USA. She's also a racing and travel geek, venturing beyond food/booze to cover subjects that connect to Sonoma Valley, such as IndyCar racing and other wine making regions. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Independent, Salon, Gawker, Smithsonian and on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


Sonoma hot spots: Where to watch the Warriors

Posted on June 8, 2015 by Sarah Stierch

It’s old news by now: the Warriors are in the NBA Playoffs for the first time in 39 years. Whether you are a fanatical basketball fan or you’re a “finals fan,” it’s an exciting time to live in the Bay Area. It is also a good excuse to get out of the house, wear your gold and blue, and cheer on the Warriors with other fans. If all goes as plan, the finals will continue until June 19. Here’s my picks of where to watch the games:

Steak frites and a brew make a perfect pairing for the Warriors games at Carneros Bistro (Sarah Stierch, CC BY 4.0)
Steak frites and a brew make a perfect pairing for the Warriors games at Carneros Bistro (Sarah Stierch, CC BY 4.0)

Carneros Bistro
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma

Carneros Bistro has a large bar with multiple TV’s and a covered, heated, outdoor patio that features giant big screens, making it a great spot for groups. They offer three menus for all price ranges: a lounge menu, pizza menu, and a fine dining menu. The dinner menu has recently underwent an overhaul and includes new appetizers, salads and entrees. One thing that hasn’t changed: Carneros has the best steak frites in town, which pair perfectly with unique wines and beers selected by sommelier Joshua Betts.

Olde Sonoma Public House
18615 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma

One of my favorite pubs in the North Bay, Olde Sonoma Pub has a couple of TV’s and plenty of seating for the game. You’ll always find laid back, friendly fans here, enjoying one of Sonoma Valley’s largest selection of beers on tap and by the bottle. Between commercials you can play some pinball and after the game, some pool. If you’re hungry you can order food from the Mexican restaurant next door and eat at the pub. Oh, and don’t forget the free popcorn and wifi!

Beer is a key component to any sportsball fun (B&V Whiskey Bar)
Beer is a key component to any sportsball fun (B&V Whiskey Bar)

B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille
400 1st St East, Sonoma

Burgers & Vine has a huge bar with a jumbotron sized TV which makes the bar one of the hottest spots to watch the NBA Finals. Five more TV’s are scattered around the bar and plenty of seating makes it a great spot for groups. They make a celebration out of the games, with live music before games. B&V has seen a lot of improvements since it’s opening, specifically with their food. They have some of the best wings in town now and have introduced more menu items. Chef Carlo Cavallo is bringing his “Meritage” flavor to the menu, with dishes including Dungeness crab ravioli and bison short ribs. Good grub options for all palettes and plenty of beer, wine and liquor to accompany it. I watched the World Cup here and really enjoyed myself.

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