Publisher's Plate Vol. 25 No. 07

Healdsburg Valette

Out of the rubble, fine Kosovo wines, small craft distillary charms, and more.


We have a great lineup of articles and features for you this month!

We launch July by profiling Valette restaurant in Healdsburg, CA. Brothers Dustin Valette and Aaron Garzini celebrate local farmers and vintners with a down-to-earth seasonal menu that delights visitors and tourists alike. Learn about their history, their venture into wine, and their upcoming restaurant, Roof 106. This rooftop lounge features a locally made Mugnaini pizza oven that will turn out wood-fired flatbreads made from a dough recipe derived from a rare yeast strain sourced from William Selyem winery.

Aaron Garzini (left) and Dustin Valette (right) with Bob Valette (a.k.a. by locals as “Pops”)

And in Europe, from war-torn Kosovo, where the Yugoslavian government ordered farmers to destroy their vines, comes a story of determination and skill. Rrustem Gecaj and his team replanted hundreds of hectares of vines on hillsides where grapes had been growing for 2000 years, re-invigorating Stone Castle vineyards, the largest winery in Kosovo! Explore varietals such as Vranc, an indigenous variety genetically related to Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, and Chardonnay with Penny Weiss. These unique wines are now available in the U.S.

Stone Castle

Drew Beard travels to our nation’s capital to uncover how a small craft gin-producer charmed MGP, one of the country’s largest spirits suppliers, into adding the Green Hat brand to their impressive portfolio.

Green Hat Distillery

Chef Elizabeth Karmel shares her deft grilling tips with Melanie Young in Chef’s Seminar. Elizabeth has shared her expertise on network morning shows and numerous Food Network episodes as a guest judge and grilling specialist. She even hosted her television special on The Cooking Channel.

Elizabeth Karmel

Have you seen the new Craft Spirits Spotlight this month, highlighting top spirits craft brands? According to Research and Markets, the craft spirits market has ballooned and will have a compound annual growth rate of 32% over five years. There are currently over 1,800 craft spirit distilleries in the U.S., so watch this page for regular updates on this dynamic market. In addition, we’ll be featuring makers and introducing delicious cocktail recipes for your enjoyment.

Don’t forget to visit Marketplace, our curated collection of refined products that will delight any discerning person in food and beverage. You will find tableware, tools, and books to attract both the hospitality pro and the food and drink enthusiast. Summer grilling is here! Perhaps you’ll enjoy some artisanal salts from Saltworks?

We just launched the new Santé Wine and Spirits Competition. The competition is for any winery or distiller interested in gaining exposure with restaurant professionals. Judged by a prestigious group of experts and backed by the respected Santé brand, winning products will receive the on-premise recognition they deserve. Winners will be featured in the September 2021 issue of Santé Magazine and shared with our extensive subscriber base and social media channels. Enter your wines or spirits now! Don’t delay.

Santé Wine and Spirits Competition

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A Votre Santé

Emiliano De Laurentiis

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