Meet the Maker’s behind Sonoma Coast Spirits:
Recreating family recipes is what Sonoma Coast Spirits is all about. Founded in 2011, Doug and Jill Olson operate their craft distillery in the Petaluma’s Maker’s Alley (across from Lagunitas Brewing Company, and behind Hen House Brewing) on North McDowell Blvd. in Petaluma, CA. They bring to the discriminating consumer, Jill’s traditional family recipes in ready to drink cocktails (Lemon Drop Martini; Pomegranate Lime; and Mango Tango) to be enjoyed conveniently in your home with family and friends. Her award winning products are hand-crafted, artisan in nature and includes many ingredients from her herb garden and citrus trees in her yard. After pouring her cocktails at the Petaluma Woman’s Club, various events, and for family and friends, Jill was encouraged to start the business and bottle the cocktails for everyone to enjoy. Using only the finest ingredients, the cocktails are 32 proof and all natural. The Grappa line was launched in 2016, and offers Zinfandel; Pinot Noir; and Wood Aged Grappa. Making Grappa is a tribute to Jill’s Great-Grandfather, Lionardo Dioguardi, who owned and operated a Distillery/Winery in Santa Rosa, and made Grappa before Prohibition. The Vodka line was launched in 2017, which offers Original Vodka; Citrus Basil Vodka (Oprah’s Favorite!); Jalapeno Lime Vodka (Oprah’s Favorite); and two new flavors: Sweet Ginger and Espresso.
Jill’s mother taught her to can during high school, and she has been canning ever since. She cans and uses many of the ingredients from her garden into her bottled spirits. She has meyer lemons; eureka lemons, limes; grapefruit; oranges; pears; apples; cherries; peaches; plums; apricots, grapes, and an herb garden.