The Barlow in Sebastopol slated to open in April as a haven for gourmet, locally made food

  • Buildings are nearing completion at The Barlow in Sebastopol, on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The new business community is scheduled to open on April 1. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

On the corner of Highway 12, where it trails into Sebastopol, and Morris Street is the emerging Barlow, the site of the former Barlow Apple Center.

It is set to officially open in April as a gourmet gathering place for locally made food, wine, coffee and other artisan products, from lavender and organic cotton to bronze and baked goods.

Barlow developer Barney Aldridge wants the center to connect customers not only with the products, but also with the people who make them and the production process behind them.

Set on a little more than 12 acres, The Barlow consists of 17 metal buildings with roll-up storefronts and high ceilings, 10 of them new and seven of them refurbished, around a landscaped "campus."

A whole host of tenants have already signed on, many of them moved in and ready to go, while other spaces remain under construction and tenants still to be determined.

The existing mix reflects a wide range of tastes and moods. Here are the food and drink highlights:

Wineries: One of the first high-profile names to sign on, Kosta Browne winery is famous for its pinot noirs, many of them snapped up before they're even officially put out for sale.

A homegrown success story, Kosta Browne will produce its wines here and offer limited access to tasting.

Joining it on campus are a handful of other pinot-noir-focused producers, including La Follette Wines, Greg La Follette's personal brand; Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery, a downtown outpost of Marimar Torres's beautiful Sonoma Coast estate; MacPhail Family Wines, another pinot noir-specialist making wines from Mendocino, Sonoma, the Santa Barbara area and Oregon under both the MacPhail and Sequana names; and Wind Gap Wines, a small producer of chardonnay, pinot gris, syrah, grenache and other treasures.

Beer and Spirits: Spirit Works Distillery is a micro-distillery that has just begun making small batches of gin and whiskey from organic grain.

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