FigCello is Fig-A-Licious

A new brandy made from black Mission figs. It's heaven in a glass.

Fig fans are sure to go wild for FigCello di Sonoma.

I know I sure did.

FigCello is one smooth liqueur made from black Mission figs blended with a hint of citrus, various botanicals, and distilled Wine Country grapes.

It’s the newest product from Sonoma’s HelloCello, a small artisanal distilled spirits maker. You may know its debut product, Limoncello di Sonoma.

The fig brandy, with 30 percent alcohol by volume, came about when Sondra Bernstein, owner of the Girl & the Fig in Sonoma was on the hunt for a fig liqueur for her restaurant. She approached Fred and Amy Groth of HelloCello, who were eager to take on the challenge.

The Groths taste-tested more than 30 blends before coming up with the winning one. To produce the first 60 cases of FigCello, the Groths handpicked more than 440 pounds of figs from their friend’s trees in Sonoma.

It took many attempts to find the right blend. But it was worth the wait.

Recently, I received a sample bottle to try. It had me at first sip. Like a fine port, the FigCello has a lovely nuttiness to it. There also are notes of vanilla, orange and anise.

It’s wonderful sipped straight as an aperitif. It also would be fabulous in a pan sauce over duck, pork or chicken wrapped in bacon.

FigCello had been exclusive to the Girl & the Fig, where it’s served in the signature “Fig Kiss” cocktail.

But now, fig fans can buy it for $34.99 for a 750ml bottle via the St. Helena Wine Center Web site.

More Figgy Goodness: Chicken Fricassee with Figs and Port Sauce

And: Fig Compote

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Date: Monday, 31. October 2011 5:25
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8 comments

  1. 1

    This sounds awesome! I love St, Helena and reading your post has made me want us to go back like today!!!!

  2. 2

    Oh my. I LOVE mission figs and then the brandy!!! Will have to get some.

  3. 3

    This sounds really lovely! If I drank alcohol I would surely be all over it!

  4. 4

    I don’t like bad limoncello but this one seems worthy of a try :)

  5. 5

    Carolyn what an interesting combination…fig and brandy, sounds good to me.
    Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for sharing this item :-)

  6. 6

    I love ALL things fig! Thanks for bringing this to my attention…i think an order is definitely called for.

  7. 7

    I loved your original title, Carolyn! This fig liqeur looks so tasty & apart! MMMMMMM,…!!!

  8. 8

    FigCello is available at Select locations like Jug Shop, Sonoma Market, Historic Plaza Liquors, Traverso’s, St. Helena Wine Center. or taste what the are mixing up at The Girl & the Fig, Estate, Angele, Butterfly, Farmstead, Cuvee, Carneros Bistro, Carneros Inn.

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