Outdora Awarded by Twin Eagles as Top Retailer!

Just in time to ring in the 2012 Barbecue Season, Outdora was awarded a top retailer award by Twin Eagles, manufacturer of luxury outdoor kitchen grills.

The Outdora Showroom, located a half-block off the Sonoma plaza, displays high-end outdoor kitchen appliances including a full Twin Eagles island featuring a 36″ Twin Eagles Built-In Grill with Rotisserie & IR Sear Zone, Double Access Doors, Dine and Breakfast Club, Door and Drawer Combo, Pullout Paper Towel Drawer and Wide Outdoor Bar.

Don’t fret if you live outside the San Francisco Bay area, as all Twin Eagles products are for sale on Outdora’s ecommerce site.   Outdora offers free shipping in the contiguous USA and no sales tax outside of California.

So, why not welcome the barbeque season with a Twin Eagles Grill from their top retailer?  Call Outdora today for more information.  877-688-3672.

Stuart & Christina Twin Eagles

Meet the Outdora Staff!

Here at Outdora, we like to stop and smell the BBQ every once and a while. Join Barbecue Stu and the rest of the staff at Outdora for a fun-filled afternoon of burgers on a Lynx grill, salad, red bull, Sonoma sunshine and more!

On the Fringe: Viticulture Challenges and Solutions

Hopewell Valley Vineyards in DelawareWhen you think of grape growing in the United States what states in particular come to mind? California, Oregon, and Washington are probably at the top of your list and for good reason. These states not only grow the most grapes and produce the most wine, but also happen to be blessed with ideal climates for wine-grape cultivation.  Sonoma County is a prime example of an ideal grape growing region, with long sunshine hours, a stable and moderate climate, and enough rainfall to sustain vines without drowning the grapes.

However, some of the most interesting viticulture practices can be found outside prime grape growing country, where less than ideal climatic conditions force growers to think creatively as they try to grow grapes fit for winemaking. The purpose of this series is to investigate these marginal regions, the challenges faced by the wineries there, and the creative solutions these wineries  employ to grow wine-worthy grapes.

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Maintaining a Sonoma/Napa Vineyard

Sonoma VineyardAn area of 285,300 acres. That’s how much space is taken up by the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Valleys, let alone the rest of northern California. With that much coverage and all the award-winning wines that come out of the area, you can bet plenty of maintenance goes into every acre.

Due to the distinct local micro-climates, this area in northern California has the ideal climate for raising a vineyard. If you’ve never raised a vineyard or even grown grapes, you might be surprised at the kind of care that goes into producing them. Vines are managed differently depending on the vineyard’s approach. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll focus on the basic practices of an average smaller vineyard in northern California.

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Grilled Local Halibut, Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce recipe from Sonoma’s ESTATE restaurant

Sonoma Estate RestaurantFire up the barbecue this holiday weekend and instead of cooking your usual 4th of July fare, try this gourmet recipe for Grilled Local Halibut with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce. Contributed by Sondra Bernstein, proprietor of popular Sonoma restaurants the girl and the fig® and the sister restaurant Estate, this recipe is a truly scrumptious alternative to traditional hot dogs and burgers.

Need a barbecue grill for your backyard celebration? Visit Outdora for a range of state-of-the-art options.

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Roasted Garlic and Rosemary-Potato Gratin Recipe from the girl and the fig® Restaurant in Sonoma

Girl and the Fig ExteriorToday brings part two of a savory recipe contributed by Sondra Bernstein, owner of the girl and the fig restaurant located in the historic Sonoma Hotel.  As a tribute to the country setting that surrounds the girl and the fig, the restaurant uses fresh local ingredients and offers Provencal-inspired cuisine.

Pair this secondary course with the main dish posted yesterday on the Outdora blog, Grilled Pork Chops and Brine Recipe, and check back tomorrow for the final part of this dish: Lacinato Kale.

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Exclusive Grilled Pizza Recipe from Sonoma’s El Dorado Kitchen

Located in the heart of Sonoma (and right around the corner from the Outdora Showroom), the El Dorado Kitchen is one of wine country’s premier restaurants.   Known for its sophisticated ambiance and delectable California cuisine, the El Dorado Kitchen offers a unique dining experience exclusive to wine country.   Executive chef, Justin Everett was gracious enough to share his Roasted Tomato, Padron Pepper Grilled Pizza with  Outdora and we at Outdora are passing it on to you.

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