NEWS & EVENTS

Bird & The Bottle

Taste the Rainbow!

Bird & The Bottle

Spring Menu Refresh

Stark's Restaurants

Bloody Mary Bonanza

March 22, 2022

Stark's Steak & Seafood

Mark Stark's Tips on Cooking the Perfect Steak

Willi's Wine Bar

Mark Stark cooks up two of Willi’s Wine Bar’s most popular dishes!

Holiday Schedule for all Stark Reality Restaurants

Willi's Wine Bar

Looking for the Ultimate Food & Wine Pairing?

Stark's Restaurants

All Stark Restaurants Have Re-Opened!

November 03, 2019

Willi's Wine Bar

Field Trip to Trombetta Family Wines

Willi's Wine Bar

C’mon over! Walk-ins are Welcome

Bravas Bar De Tapas

Bravas Celebrates Sonoma County 2019 Cider Week Spanish-Style!

Willi's Wine Bar

We Can't Wait to See You!

Willi's Wine Bar

Chef Mark Stark Leads Team of Sous Chefs to Victory!

Willi's Wine Bar

Recreating Our Signature Wine List

Willi's Wine Bar

Eagerly Waiting to Reopen

Willi's Wine Bar

Willi’s Wine Bar: The Santa Rosa restaurant that would not die

Willi's Wine Bar

Owners of Willi's Wine Bar in Santa Rosa reveal road to rebuilding

Monti's

Monti's Named as Michelin Bib Gourmand for 2018

October 5, 2017

Monti's

Press Democrat 'Best Of' Names Monti's Best in Outdoor Dining

October 2018

Stark's Restaurants

Stark Restaurants Win Multiple Categories in Press Democrat's Best 2018 Food and Drink

Stark's Restaurants

Stark Restaurants Win Multiple Categories in Press Democrat's Best 2017 Food and Drink

Stark's Restaurants

Stark Restaurants Win Bundle of Awards from North Bay Bohemian's Best of 2017

March 2017

Stark's Restaurants

Bird & The Bottle, Bravas Bar de Tapas, and Willi's Wine Bar Featured on Sonoma Magazine's Best Outdoor Dining

March 2017

Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar

Willi's Seafood Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Press Democrat’s “Best of 2016”

2016

Willi's Wine Bar

Willi’s Wine Bar’s: Best Al Fresco Dining Spots in Sonoma County

July 05, 2016

Bravas Bar De Tapas

Bravas Makes List of Michael Bauer’s Favorite Restaurants in Healdsburg

January 15, 2016

Stark's Steak & Seafood

Starks Steakhouse Voted Best Bar, Happy Hour and Server in Press Democrat’s “Best of 2016”

2016

Looking for the Ultimate Food & Wine Pairing?

Get in the backseat and let Jason Drive!

Jason Baumgarten loves it when regular Willi’s Wine Bar customers ask him to “drive.”  This means they want him to guide them through the many delicious choices on the menu AND choose wines that pair perfectly.   

Jason has worked at Willi’s Wine Bar for 10 years, and has gained a loyal following of customers who entrust him with their palates, and rely on him to create a fun dining experience. 

He’s a good person to trust.  Before coming to Willi’s Wine Bar, he worked as a “cellar rat” in Napa.  He learned how wine is made from some of best, spending time at wineries like Domaine Chandon, Beringer, and Robert Mondavi.  He then made a career transition into fine dining and learned early in his career to anticipate the needs of customers, and make memories. 

“My introduction of food and wine pairing for people is to think of it like drinking coffee with cream and sugar,” says Jason.  “You get this tannic black cup of coffee and you want to make it palatable.  Some people like more cream, some like more sugar.  I try to figure out where their palate wants to go.” 

With the wide selection of wines on the menu at Willi’s, and the option to purchase a 2 oz. or a 5 oz. pour, Jason says it gives him a whole “tool chest” to create fun and interesting pairings for guests. 

So what is Jason’s favorite food and wine pairing? 

Goat cheese, beets and Pinot Noir. 

“This was the first wine and food pairing that blew my mind.” 

So what’s your favorite food and wine pairing?  Please share in the comments below.