[Photo courtesy of Barbara Bourne]
Right on schedule, Prohibition wine bar opened in Healdsburg on March 10, paying homage to the 1920's and 1930's and offering wines from exclusive Sonoma Valley producers, wine cocktails and bootleg-style beers. The 30-seat "speakeasy" from Richard and Kae Rosenberg (you might know them from the Grape Leaf Inn) can be accessed by stepping through the antique phone booth at the rear of the retail shop which sells wine-related merchandise including home wine refrigerators.
Kae designed the interior herself, combining both modern and Roaring Twenties elements. Banquettes are accented with Italian chenille drapes, wine barrel heads serve as tavern tables, and the semi-circular, stainless steel bar sits on refurbished cement floors done in deep sienna. Prohibition era artwork grace the walls and a big screen t.v. runs classic gangster and racketeering films while the music of Jazz legends like Duke Ellington and Bix Biederbach plays in the background.
For Richard, this is the realization of a long-time dream. He explains, "My grandfather owned and operated a real speakeasy during Prohibition and I was always intrigued by his stories of the fake facades, bootleggers and revelry of that time. We wanted to recreate the incognito speakeasies of the 1920s and the camaraderie people felt during the Prohibition era, yet incorporate an authentic wine country atmosphere into the experience."
Prohibition is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. 340 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. 707.473.WINE. [Eaterwire]