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Alexander Valley Sauerkraut

Been loving the Manhattan-style pickles made by Alexander Valley, and have had my eye on the fresh, raw sauerkraut to try next. Last week I made a killer Alsatian style choucroute garnie with the sauerkraut. While much of its success goes to the sausage source (Willowside Meats), there's no question that the sauerkraut deserves kudos too. Salt-cured with a delicate tang, the sauerkraut soaked up and served as the carrier of the flavors from the melange of ingredients.

My supply came from Fiesta Market in Sebastopol. I've also spotted it at Big John's in Healdsburg. Both stock it in the refrigerator case with the pickle selection.

http://alvalgourmet.com/retailers.html

Posts on the pickles:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36051
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334240
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/354390

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Fiesta Market
550 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Big John's Market
1345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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  1. Thanks for the tip. I've been craving a dish with saurkraut lately. When I get up to Sonoma I'll check out Sonoma Market since they carry those pickles I love.

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    1. re: rworange

      None at Sonoma Market, just the pickles. They did say if you ask they will probably order it. I don't get up to that way often enough, but anyone who is in Sonoma, doesn't hurt to ask.

    2. Ive wondered about these pickles since seeing them at Pacific Market in Santa Rosa. Thanks for the right up - deserves a try.

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      1. re: kare_raisu

        If you don't want to commit to a jar ... but they are really great ... the fig pantry in Sonoma sells single Alexander Valley pickles in the deli.

        1. re: rworange

          The fig pantry no longer carries Alexander Valley pickles.

      2. As I have written...these pickles are fantastic! They are as close to NY pickles from a barrel that I have tasted..here in N. Calif. I ALWAYS keep a container of them in my fridge.
        Here in S.F. I have found them in the refrigerator case in Whole Foods and recently in Molly Stones!

        I have NOT seen the sauerkraut, but I will DEFINITELY ask these markets to get some, we'll see how responsive they are!
        Thanks Melanie!

        1. I just experienced the pickles for the first time, and now you tell me there is kraut too! I have been looking for the pickles in the east bay for some time - finally spotted them at the Andronico's on Shattuck (at the back end of the dairy aisle, near the meat counter). Keeping my fingers crossed they have the kraut too! Thanks.

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          1. re: megek

            Where can I get the s-kraut in the Bay Area???....WF has only pickles....

            1. re: Pollo

              Per my original post, Big John's and Fiesta have the sauerkraut on the shelf. Oddly, the company's website doesn't mention the sauerkraut, only the pickles. Maybe it's a special order for other stores.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Yes, but is there anything local?...i.e. Oakland/Berkely?

                1. re: Pollo

                  Thanks for clarifying your town, as everything discussed on this board is the "Bay Area".

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    I don't think Sebastopol or Healdsburg qualify as Bay Area?

                    1. re: Pollo

                      The San Francisco Bay Area is comprised of nine counties, including Sonoma County where both Healdsburg and Sebastopol are located.
                      http://www.abag.ca.gov/abag/local_gov...
                      That's the definition used for defining this board as well. For whatever reason, the cities identified at the top of the SF Bay Area board don't mention anywhere in Solano, Contra Costa or San Mateo counties.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        OK, OK....but is there anywhere "closer" where the s-kraut can be had?

                  2. re: Pollo

                    I found both the A.V. Kraut and the pickles at Village Market in Oakland

                    Bought both today.

                    Near the front of the store under the hotdog and sausage cooler.

                    5885 Broadway terrace

                    94618

                    510 547 3200

            2. And don't miss the "Outrageous" Bread and Butter pickles which really are just that - outrageously delicious - I must try the sauerkraut next...

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              1. re: hibiscuits

                Those are next on my list too. Not usually my style, but all reports I've heard have been like yours.