If you have yet to visit Pangloss Cellars, one of the newest tasting rooms on the square, you're completely missing out! It is one of Sonoma’s best (and hippest) places to sip a glass of wine on any given afternoon or evening, so call up your best gals or ask your husband out on a date, and put Pangloss on your itinerary!
What was once a trinket shop selling cheap Wine Country souvenirs, is now completely restored to its original glory, and houses you guessed it, Pangloss Cellars. The restoration of the Hotz Building took over nine months to complete, but is a breath of fresh air compared to what used to sit on the corner of Napa and 1St Street East.
Kelly and I spent two afternoons at Pangloss, and enjoyed each time in unique ways. Our first experience was spent enjoying a glass of winemaker Erich Bradley’s Sauvignon Blanc, which was delicious and refreshing! The following trip to Pangloss, we were delighted with a locally sourced meat & cheese platter, and the best gluten free crackers Kelly has ever had. Over the course of our flights, I grew an appreciation for their wonderful Pinot, and fell in love with their 2014 Chardonnay – and here’s to thinking for all these years I wasn’t a ‘white’ girl!?
Not only are Pangloss’ wines lovely, the cellar is designed with impeccable taste. These photos by Rachael Hairston showcase how great it is – from the live olive tree at the center of the bar, to the exposed stone walls, and comfortable lounge furniture, the building was restored and designed with historical accuracy that wows.
The cellar is named after Dr. Pangloss, a character in Voltaire's novel Candide, who was known to say, “Mankind lives in the best of all possible worlds.” Pangloss’ use of old world techniques indeed brings the best of all possible worlds to Sonoma.
Open to the public from $20 | 35 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 | 707.933.8565