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A Toast to Trailblazers

This week at Oliver’s, we are introducing you to a few of our favorite local trailblazers who are crafting high quality spirits in Sonoma County. We are proud to support these local businesses as they create an exciting new specialty for our region, and pass the attractive prices we have negotiated along to you.

We could go on and on about how proud we are to work with these trailblazers of the craft spirits world. However, here is what each one of them had to say about their partnership with Oliver’s Market, as well as a tasty cocktail recipe:

Spirit Works Distillery, Timo and Ashby Marshall:

“Right from the beginning, the support from Oliver’s has made a huge difference in our business. Not only has Oliver’s been an open avenue for selling our product, but they have helped us tell our story, which has brought a lot of customers to our tasting room to learn more about us.”

Spirit Works Sloe Gin

Sloe Royal


  • 1 oz. Spirit Works Sloe Gin
  • Dry Sparkling Wine
  • Juice of a fresh Lime wedge


Pour Sloe Gin into Champagne flute. Top with Sparkling Wine. Squeeze juice of lime wedge into glass and discard wedge. Garnish with lime wheel.

Lost Republic Distilling Company, Matt Weese

“It is wonderful to have a brand ambassador to the community that supports local brands over large national brands. The base of any company is the community that supports it. Oliver’s has rallied the community behind our small company, and for that we are grateful.”

Lost Republic Bourbon

Lost Republic Mule


  • 3 oz. Lost Republic Bourbon
  • 5 oz. Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • Fresh Lime juice to taste
  • Ice


Combine Bourbon, Ginger Beer and Lime juice, pour over ice in a copper mug and enjoy!

Sonoma Brothers Distilling, Chris and Brandon Matthies

“We appreciate Oliver’s commitment to supporting local craft brands and embracing Sonoma County, which are the same values that we have. Our direct market is Sonoma County, and Oliver’s has been a major player in making our products available to consumers. The distillery is in Windsor, and the new Oliver’s location there has been a huge help to us. It’s the main place we refer customers from our distillery to purchase products.”

Sonoma Brothers Distilling Vodka

Bloody Mary


  • 1.5-2 oz. Sonoma Brothers Distilling Vodka
  • 3-4 oz. Bloody Bob’s Bloody Mary Mix
  • Lime or Lemon wedges
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • Pickled green beans, stuffed olives or pickles (optional)


In a shaker, combine Vodka and Bloody Mary mix, shake well. Pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a stalk of Celery, Lemon wedge and pickles and olives stuck onto a toothpick.

Griffo Distillery, Michael and Jenny Griffo

“For us, Oliver’s is our most important account. Oliver’s customers really care about where and how things are made and where the ingredients come from. It’s a great fit with how we do business, so as customers learn our story, it resonates with them and they support our product. It’s a great partnership.”

Griffo Distillery Gin



  • 2 oz. Griffo Gin
  • ¾ oz. fresh Lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. fresh Lime juice
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz. chilled Club Soda
  • 10 Mint leaves
  • 1 Mint sprig


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Gin, Lime juice, Lemon juice, simple syrup and Mint leaves. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into ice-filled serving glass, top with soda water. Garnish with mint sprig and serve immediately.  


About the Author: Matt Rice

Matt Rice

Matt Rice is Oliver's intrepid blogger on all topics related to wine, beer, cider, spirits, and other gourmet products.


Where "Local" Means Sonoma County

To us Local means Sonoma County -- period. Not Marin, not Napa, and definitely not the state of California, as some of our competitors define it.

From the day we opened our doors in 1988, we’ve built our business on the simple premise that the best food and wine in the world are produced here, in Sonoma County. We didn’t feel like we were pioneers at the time, but as people have come to understand and embrace the value of locally grown and made food and the value of shopping locally, we realize we were part of the early days of the movement.

As a Sonoma County business, we’ve built enduring relationships with local growers, makers, and manufacturers, because they make the foods and wines we love. Many of them were getting started when we were. Now they are nationally known, but for us, they are still old friends who often delivered products to our Cotati store in their cars back in the late 1980s.

Along with local products being excellent choices for taste and quality reasons, buying locally also improves our local economy. The dollars you spend at local retailers buying local products support other local businesses and our tax base, too!

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