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Sonoma County wineries’ leftovers transformed into snack food

on 03/07/14 at 11:57 am

Booze News

img-1A new snack food is the first product shipped on a mass scale containing “flour” made from the milled seeds and skins of Sonoma County wine grapes.

Wild California Crisps are the creation of a Santa Rosa company that won recognition at this winter’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The company recently began shipping its two brand flavors to New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois.

The snack crisps, which can be purchased at independent county grocers, contain grape flour from a company owned by two prominent leaders in the wine industry: Barbara Banke, chairwoman of Jackson Family Wines, and Peggy Furth, former co-proprietor of Chalk Hill Estates & Vineyards. Their Santa Rosa-based WholeVine business takes the leftover seeds and skins from wine production and makes gluten-free cookies, culinary grape seed oils and flour sold to professional chefs and bakers.

But Wild California is breaking new ground with the grape flour.

“It’s the first one that’s going into the mass market,” said WholeVine manager Paul Novak.