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We live in a land of riches. For the hungry diner, the North Bay has it all—from burgers and tacos to the finest of fine dining. Let your stomach be your guide.
SONOMA COUNTY CENTRAL SONOMA BELLY California. $$. When he’s not serving up crispy pork belly or healthy quinoa salads, owner/chef Gray Rollin tours with rock bands like Linkin Park as a personal chef. 523 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5787.
BIBI’S BURGER BAR
Burgers. $-$$. Bibi's Burger Bar succeeds on its simplicity: burgers, sandwiches, a few salads, soups, nachos, fat, crisp fries and thick milkshakes. There’s a full bar, too, so if you want bourbon in your shake, you can get it. 630 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.1400.
Bistro. $$-$$$. Get an honestly prepared plate of excellence, reasonably priced, at this veritable palace of crepes. 620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929. THE BRASSERIE California. $$-$$$$. Classic country French influences that incorporate Sonoma regional products and the best of Northern California’s seafood. Dine in elegant surroundings, enjoy dinner under the stars on the outdoor patio with a fireplace, sip cocktails in the lounge. Excellent Napa
and Sonoma wine list. In the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel, 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa. 707.636.7388. BRODY’S BURGERS & BREWS Burgers. $. This familyrestaurant-serving-beer is not to be confused with a bar. Big burgers made with quality ingredients and a kidfriendly casual dining room. Try their newest addition, Double Rainbow Gourmet Ice cream milkshakes, voted best in the world. 3135 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.4878. BRUNO’S ON FOURTH American. $$-$$$. There’s real sophistication lurking in these upscale American comfort staples like flat-iron steak and fries, macaroni-ham casserole and stellar braised lamb shank. 1226 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.569.8222.
BUNS & BURGERS American. $. Classic burgers, fries and shakes. 406 Larkfield Ctr., Santa Rosa. 707.546.6835.
CA’BIANCA RISTORANTE ITALIANO Italian. $$-$$$. Romantic, delightful and authentic Italian dining in historic two-story house. 835 Second St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5800.
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CHLOE’S FRENCH CAFE
French bakery. $. C’est simple! C’est bon! Great food is the epicenter of French life. Showcasing heirloom recipes, fine ingredients, exquisite pastries and a casual atmosphere, Chloe’s lunch spot is consistently delicious. 3883 Airway Dr., Ste. 145, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095.
THE COUNTY BENCH KITCHEN + BAR
Mediterranean. $$-$$$. The menu is simple and satisfying with broad appeal–small plates and apps like braised short ribs and chile-glazed drumsticks made for sharing. A glowing bar staffed by vest-and-tiewearing bartenders makes it feel more like Santa Monica than Santa Rosa, with lots of local wines and creative cocktails. 535 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.535.0700.
on the new Santa Rosa restaurant’s menu. Christopher and Amy Ludwick, owners of Grapevine Catering, opened the restaurant and wine bar. Look for locally sourced dishes like the County Line Farm baby kale salad, bacon-wrapped local black cod and a Stemple Creek burger. Lots of pastries and deli items for take-out too. 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. 707.827.9700. EAST WEST RESTAURANT California. $$. Comfortable, casual, all vegetarianfriendly with Mediterranean flavor. 557 Summerfield Rd., Santa Rosa. 707.546.6142. EL COQUI Puerto Rican. $-$$. Authentic and delicious Puerto Rican home cooking. Plan on lunching early–the place fills up fast. 400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.8868.
DIERK’S PARKSIDE CAFE American. $. Classic, fresh diner food in a comfortable diner setting. Ought to be in a movie. 404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955. Also try Dierk’s Midtown Cafe, 1422 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.454.2233.
EQUUS RESTAURANT Steakhouse. $$-$$$. Classic steakhouse with expertly prepared cuts of beef, prime rib, grilled fish and chicken and classic salads and side dishes. 101 Fountaingrove Parkway. 707.578.6101.
EARTH’S BOUNTY KITCHEN & WINE BAR California. $-$$. Earth’s Bounty Kitchen is more than a name; it’s what’s
American. $-$$$. Located in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village, Fiori’s Grill offers an appealing selection of small plates, sandwiches, pasta, salads
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FRANCO AMERICAN BAKERY Bread bakery. $. The oldest established bakery in the North Bay, making sourdough, white, wheat, rye, dark rye, sweet, sour and more. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. 202 W. Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.7528 FROZEN ART GOURMET ICE CREAM & POPSICLES Dessert. $. Frozen Art Ice Cream is a thirdgeneration business that’s new to Santa Rosa but not new to frozen dessert. The owner’s roots go back more than 40 years to the ice cream “capital” of Tocumbo, Michoacan, Mexico. Dense ice cream and paletas (fruit bars) are served in a wide range of flavors. 500 Sebastopol Rd., Ste. B, Santa Rosa. 707.331.2899. GAIA’S GARDEN Vegetarian. $. International vegetarian buffet featuring curries, soups, pasta or polenta and sauce, rice, steamed vegetables, salad bar, homemade bread and desserts. Vegan-friendly, beer and wine, live music. 1899-B Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491. GARY CHU’S Chinese. $$. Fine Chinese food in elegant setting. 611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840. GIORGIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Italian. $$. Classic ItalianAmerican food served in a classic setting. New York–style pizza, ravioli
and lasagna. You know the stuff. 25 Grant Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.1106. HIGH TECH BURRITO California-Mexican. $. Healthy gourmet burritos with exotic flavors. Also serving gourmet salads, burrito bowls, fish tacos and quesadillas. Try the Nuclear, if you’re up to the challenge. In the North Bay, find them in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Mill Valley, Terra Linda, Napa, Novato and Windsor. hightechburrito.com.
JACKSON’S BAR & OVEN
American. $$. A casual hotspot with a great comfort-food-inspired menu in a key Railroad Square location; it works so well, chef Josh Silvers reinvented his other restaurant in its image. Get “the Undecided” pizza, with mystery surprise toppings that never disappoint. 135 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.6900. JACK'S URBAN EATS American. $. Jack's is an “urban cafeteria” that offers farm, affordable meals in a hip and laidback atmosphere. 342-A Coddington Center, Santa Rosa. 707.293.9852. JOHN ASH & CO. American. $$$. Casual elegance exemplifies this legendary wine country restaurant. Fresh local ingredients are put to use to create comforting and seasonably appropriate dishes. 4350 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa. 707.575.7359. KHOOM LANNA Thai. $$. Outstanding Thai dishes and seasonal specialties cooked in an authentic style. Fresh
ingredients, serene dining room, convenient Railroad Square location. 107 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8424. LA GARE French. $$$. Dine in an elegant atmosphere of Old World charm. 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355. LA ROSA Mexican. $$. This Mexican restaurant is a luxurious upgrade from the location’s former party spot, the Cantina. It boasts over 160 tequilas, and has a tempting selection of classic Mexican dishes, all prepared with quality ingredients. 500 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3663.
LOCOCO’S CUCINA RUSTICA
Italian. $$$. The cooking at LoCoco’s is classic familystyle Italian. The food is made with fresh, simple, ingredients. Favorites include the linguine di mare (linguine with clams, shrimp, scallops, and calamari), pappardelle con cinghiale (pappardelle with wild boar sausage and mushrooms)and lasagna Bolognese. Railroad Square, 117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227. MOMBO’S PIZZA Pizza. $. The crust is thin and the toppings eclectic. Delivery. 1800 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528. FAST. Also, 560 Hwy 116 N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7492. MONTI’S ROTISSERIE & BAR California. $-$$. Small plates and a few larger entrées with emphasis on house-roasted meats. 714 Village Ct., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4404.
MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA
Pizza. $. Remember those post-game pizza parties? This is the place where they happened. Affordable food with lots of options. Locations in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and San Rafael. mountainmikes.com. THE NAKED PIG American. $-$$. At Naked Pig, established in the middle of a parking lot, customers sit at wooden tables on the sidewalk, but don’t seem to care. Why should they, if a list of local, organic and sustainable vendors is proudly displayed on the door and the rustic chalkboard menu announces items such as “waffles with Gravenstein apples compote and salted caramel”? 435 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.978.3231. THE NEW SIZZLING TANDOOR Indian. $-$$. A Bohemian Best Of winner in 2013 and 2014, the New Sizzling Tandoor serves Indian and Nepalese food. Great lunch buffet and catering too. Kind of a local classic. 409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.
Pizza. $. Large New York–style pies with a hefty selection of toppings and fair sizes. Open and delivering till 3am (!) most nights. (“NY Pie or DUI” is a common slogan in downtown Santa Rosa). 65 Brookwood Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.9743. OSAKE SUSHI BAR & GRILL Japanese. $$$. Gourmet sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill
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and their signature burgers and minestrone. 722 Village Ct., Santa Rosa. 707.843.7831.
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PAMPOSH Indian. $-$$. Clean, fresh, exciting traditional Indian food. Chicken tikka is indescribably good. 52 Mission Cir., Ste. 110, Santa Rosa. 707.538.3367. PANKA PERU Peruvian. $$. La Perla serves classic Peruvian food like lomo saltado and aji de gallina with a modern, sophistication. 522 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.324.9548.
Vietnamese. $. Pho Crazy uses only grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and organic vegetables. 320 W. Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.595.4447. THE PULLMAN KITCHEN American. $$. Distinctive gourmet eatery featuring locally sourced fish, dairy meats and fresh seasonal produce. Expert service. 205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.4300. RIVIERA RISTORANTE Italian. $$. Family-owned and -operated, serving authentic Italian cuisine made using only the freshest ingredients. 75 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2682. ROSSO PIZZERIA & WINE BAR Pizza. $-$$. Friendly, plentiful staff at outstanding and creative pizzeria. Incredible crusts and inventive toppings. Excellent and affordable wine list. Futbol! Two locations: Creekside Ctr., 53 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa (707.544.3221) and
specialties and premium sakes. 2446 Patio Court, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.
151 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma (707.772.5177). SAZON Peruvian. $$. There is little Peruvian food in the North Bay, and that’s what makes Sazon such a destination. The owners are from Lima, and they bring the taste of the country and its unique blend of Spanish, Japanese, African and native Peruvian flavors. 1129 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. 707.523.4346. SEA NOODLE BAR Thai. $-$$. Chef Tony Ounpamornchai owns the beloved SEA Thai Bistro in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village. “SEA” stands for Southeast Asian and refers to Ounpamornchai’s use of neighboring ingredients and preparations. He also cooks with local and Western ingredients too. The best thing about the noodles are the deeply flavorful broths that borrow from Vietnam’s tradition of noodle soups like pho and bun bo hue. 268 Coddingtown Ctr., Santa Rosa. 707.521.9087. SEA THAI BISTRO Thai. $$. The dishes of exotic Bangkok come to California with some truly soul-satisfying dishes. 2350 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8333. SHUFFLES MAGICAL ICE CREAM SHOPPE Ice cream and magic. $. Shuffles is hard to classify and hard to forget. They offer house-made ice cream—ice cream cakes, ice cream sandwiches, smoothies—to go along with great magic shows. Shuffles also offers gag gifts, magic supplies and magic lessons. 123 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.544.3535.
HERITAGE EATS The marketing tagline at Heritage Eats in Napa is “Slow and Steady Wins the Taste,” and Ben Koenig’s strip-mall sandwich joint wins the taste test for its menu of high-tone sandwiches that are all locally sourced and liberally sauced—if that’s your thing. Offering a cheerful cafeteria-like atmosphere where diners line up along a counter to place their orders, Heritage Eats spans the globe and cross-pollinates the culinary offerings with items such as a spicy Jamaican bao—jerk chicken on steamed bao buns. There are braised pork tacos to give the nod to Mexico, and a chicken tikka masala wrap that animates another marketing slogan at Heritage: “From Napa to Mumbai.” The bánh mì heads to Southeast Asia and offers grilled lemongrass pork on a Dutch crunch roll with Asian pickled veggies, greens, creamy cilantro— with the always available zinger, Sriracha. There’s also hummus with pita and other sturdy sides and bevvies that range from horchata to Vietnamese iced-coffee (throw in some tapioca balls for an additional buck). Koenig’s a former corporate guy (Goldman Sachs) who moved to Napa from the East Coast to follow his dream and fulfill a business plan that he says he cooked up “on a beach in Goa, and then refined it in Bhutan, Vietnam and Thailand.” Now you’ll find him behind the lunch-bustle counter at Heritage.
Heritage Eats, 3824 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.226.3287. heritageeats.com.
STARK’S STEAKHOUSE Steakhouse. $$-$$$$. Fantastic steakhouse has revamped economic menu while retaining high standards and elegance. Insanely inexpensive yet excellent happy hour, 3pm
to 6pm. 521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100. STEELE & HOPS Pub. $$ Goes beyond classic brewpub fare with inventive menu and beers to match. Long list of ales, IPAs and sours, and reimagined
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comfort food, like crispy Brisket Cigars in phyllo dough, flaky smoked turkey potpie, beer-battered fish and chips, and an excellent caesar salad. 1901 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2201.
STOUT BROTHERS IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT
Irish. $$. Celtic pub meets California for Guinness, good food and friendly craic. 527 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.
SWEET T’S RESTAURANT & BAR
Modern Comfort Food. $$. Hush puppies, fried chicken, cornbread, ribs, burgers, mac ’n’ cheese, the works. 2009 Stagecoach Rd., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa. 707.595.3935.
Thai. $-$$. Classic dishes in fun setting (kick off your shoes for a more traditional experience) served by an alwaysfriendly staff. The pumpkin curry and garlic catfish are standouts. 525 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3939. THE VAULT CAFE Cafe. $. Named after the building’s former life as a bank, the Vault Cafe offers fresh pastries and a lunch menu with hot and cold sandwiches, wraps and paninis, as well as a seasonal green salad, a “superfood” salad, and a hot bowl of the day served with house-made crostini. 6580 Oakmont Dr., Santa Rosa. 707.890.5270.
European-style bakery. $. Award-winning, freshbaked breads daily. Home of the famous princess cake. Breads, cakes,
pastries, cookies, sweet and seasonal favorites. A perfect spot to satisfy your sweet tooth, pick up a hostess gift or nosh for lunch. Three locations: 6760 McKinley St., Sebastopol, 707.829.8101; 1445 Town & Country Dr., Santa Rosa, 707.527.7654; 1353 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, 707.942.1443. WILLI’S WINE BAR Small plates/wine bar. $$$. The first in the Starks’ line of top-notch restaurants is still among the best in the region. Bistro dishes and extensive wine list. A terrific place to dine before a show at the Wells Fargo Center. 4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096. WESTERN SONOMA APPLEWOOD INN & RESTAURANT American. $$$. Led by chef Jamil Peden, Applewood serves inventive and delicious food in a beautiful setting along the Russian River. Make a weekend of it and stay in the plush inn and spa. 13555 River Rd., Guerneville. 707.869.9093. BACKYARD American. $$-$$$. Along with a 40-seat dining room, a large outdoor patio provides rustic ambiance at this spot helmed by chefs Daniel Kedan and Seth Harvey. Seasonal menus; every vegetable, fruit and animal is grown, raised or line-caught locally. 6566 Front St., Forestville. 707.820.8445.
BAY VIEW RESTAURANT
Seafood. $$$. Fresh Sonoma County ingredients. An elegant
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and cozy setting boasting some of the best seafood in the Bay Area. 800 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 800.547.7788. BISTRO DES COPAINS French. $$. Homey Provençal food prepared to near perfection in cozy, romantic setting. Desserts are house-made and stellar. 3782 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.2436.
California. $$-$$$. Homey and rich seafood with warm service. 21301 Heron Dr., Bodega Bay. 707.875.3513. CASINO BAR & GRILL California. $. Chef Mark Malicki is a true Sonoma County star, serving up a changing menu of locally sourced, inspired creations. Unpretentious, creative and affordable, Casino is a whispered-about landmark among locals in the know. 17000 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3185. CHILE PIES BAKING CO. Dessert. $. Sweet buttercrust pies, made from scratch every day. Go for the signature green chile apple pie, made with a sweet apple and green chile filling with a cheddar cheese crust and walnut streusel. Plus Nimble & Finn’s ice cream, milkshakes, and coffee drinks. 16290 Main St., Guerneville. 707.666.9411 DRAKE’S/DUCK CLUB RESTAURANT American. $$$. Working with a variety of local producers for cheese, meat and produce, this scenic spot overlooks Bodega Bay serving hearty main courses of steak, lamb and
duck along with sustainable seafood. Drake’s Fireside Lounge is adjacent with a separate menu. 103 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 888.875.2250. EAST WEST CAFE Middle Eastern/California cuisine. $$. Comfortable, casual, all vegetarianfriendly. 128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822. ESTERO CAFE Diner. $$. The menu reads like classic diner fare—chicken fried steak, buttermilk waffles, tuna melts and cheeseburgers— but the restaurant stands out for locally sourced ingredients: the eggs are from Coastal Hill Farm in Valley Ford and the coffee from Taylor Maid, grass-fed beef is raised three miles away, and the ice cream comes from Straus Family Creamery. 14450 Hwy. 1, Valley Ford. 707.876.3333. FARMHOUSE INN & RESTAURANT California-French. $$$$. A splurge-worthy, romantic inn with an extensive wine list and highly polished service. 7871 River Rd., Forestville. 707.887.3300. GYPSY CAFE Modern Comfort Food. $$. Breakfast all day and excellent lunch featuring eggs Benedict, chilaquiles and pulled-pork sandwiches. Friday night dinners feature signature fried chicken, fresh local fish, burgundy pot roast, Diestel turkey meatloaf and organic spinach ravioli. 162 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.861.3825. HANDLINE Seafood. $$. From Peter Lowell’s partners Lowell Sheldon and Natalie Goble comes a coastal California menu with strictly locally
Pier 15 Restaurant & Pier
Established in 1956, Pier 15 in San Rafael’s historic wharf district is now owned by legendary restaurateur Adriano Orsi, from the famous Ristorante Orsi of San Francisco and Novato. Adriano brings his Italian ﬂair to several pasta dishes offering an array of sauces. Come and taste his father’s Oreste’s “Signature Dish” Seafood Cannelloni. Enjoy beautiful views, classic cocktails, beer, wine and ﬁne cuisine all in San Rafael just off Highway 101 at E. Francisco Blvd.
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sourced fish as the focus and a strong Mexican-plusdrive-in angle. Made-toorder tortillas, fish stew, raw and grilled oysters, fish and chips, burgers and soft serve. Spacious outdoor seating and updated midcentury style repurposed from former occupant Foster’s Freeze. 935 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.827.3744. HOPMONK TAVERN Pub fare. $$. More than serviceable tavern food with a menu that hops the globe. Great beers from far and wide and their own brews, too. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. HOWARD’S STATION CAFE Cafe. $$. Charming cashonly breakfast spot is always packed. Look for the unusual fresh juices. 3611 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.2838. JENNER INN CAFE & WINE BAR California. $$-$$$. Featuring locally caught fresh seafood, natural freerange lamb and poultry and organic Sonoma County vegetables. Make a reservation and spend the night. 10400 Coast Route 1, Jenner. 707.865.2377. K&L BISTRO French. $$$. Recently expanded to include a full bar and new dining room, this comfortable restaurant serves bistro classic with a friendly Sebastopol flair. Consistently excellent and surprisingly innovative. 119 S Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.6614. THE JUICY PIG A new addition to downtown Guerneville’s
lively restaurant scene, the Juicy Pig is located in the former Bucks Rivermill Dinner Theater and offers slow-smoked barbecue, local fish and fresh local produce from small farms. 16440 Fourth St., Guerneville. 707.604.7120. LUCAS WHARF Seafood. $$-$$$. Dine overlooking the Bodega Harbor. Fresh, locally caught seafood. Next-door fresh fish market and deli. Outdoor takeout seafood bar, weather permitting. Family-friendly. 595 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3522. MARTHA’S OLD MEXICO Mexican. $. Freshly prepared favorites, along with regional house specialties. 305 N Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458. THE NECTARY Juice bar. $$ Juice and smoothie bar that serves 100 percent organic freshpressed juices, superfood and green smoothies, and probiotic beverages, all accompanied by acai bowls and other living/ raw food snacks and sweet treats. 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.824.5600. PACK JACK’S Barbecue. $$. A casual spot to get some good barbecued grub, Pack Jack’s is anticipated once again to be serving up authentic barbecue for a good price after a long, lamented closure due to fire. 3963 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.827.3665.
PASCALINE GOURMET SHOP Cafe. $-$$. Located in a historic storefront on Highway 116, Pascaline serves a small menu of
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sandwiches, salads and soups, and a beautiful assortment of bakedthat-morning pastries showcased in two glass display cases. The business is the work of two French masters, executive chef Didier Ageorges and pastry chef Celine Plano. 4550 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.3122. PETER LOWELL’S California. $-$$. Casual, organic cuisine with a healthy twist and strong, laudable emphasis on local ingredients. All food offered as takeout. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.
Japanese. $-$$. A vertible emporium of Japanese cuisine that leads with the best ramen in the North Bay but backs it up with great izakaya (small plates), salads and an outstanding bar program created by cocktail guru Scott Beattie. 6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.827.3609. RIVER’S END $$$$. An eclectic spread of gourmet dishes with international influences. Focusing on locally grown ingredients with a tremendous view of the ocean. 11048 Hwy. 1, Jenner. 707.865.2484, ext. 111.
Eclectic. $$. Located in the historic Valley Ford Hotel, Rocker Oysterfeller’s is a beloved local spot for hearty but haute dishes that draws from American classics, Cajun cooking and Mexican favorites. Great bar, too. 14415
Shoreline Hwy., Valley Ford. 707.876.1983.
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California. $$-$$$. Located at the Russian River Vineyards, the restaurant is a winerybased eatery, pairing dishes with their wines rather than the other way around. 5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Forestville. 707.887.3344.
SEA RANCH RESTAURANT California. $$. Dining ranges from casual tavern fare to formal small plates, appetizers and entrées. Unique, award-winning regional wines complete the spectacular, oceanview dining experience. Highway 1, the Sea Ranch. 707.785.2371. SEASIDE METAL OYSTER BAR Seafood. $$-$$$. San Francisco’s popular Bar Crudo has created a West County version of itself in Guerneville. This urbane, modern-looking seafood restaurant serves its signature crudo (think globally inspired sashimi) as well as delicious hot and cold items like grilled sardines and superb smoked fish. 16222 Main St., Guerneville. 707.604.7250.
Dessert. $. Fine flavors of tea and chocolates. All chocolates are 62-85 percent Scharffen Berger dark chocolate. Luscious and addictive; vegan options, bold flavors, low sugar, local and organic ingredients. 6988 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.
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TERRAPIN CREEK CAFE American. $$$. A casual Michelin-star cafe specializing in both local and international comfort foods. Fresh seafood dishes and inventive meat-based menu items make for well-rounded fare. If Terrapin has the game hen, get it! 1580 Eastshore Rd., Bodega Bay. 707.875.2700.
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Seafood. $$. This famous backdrop for Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” offers an ocean view for every seat in the house. Fresh seafood straight from the bay. Try the clam chowder. 835 Coast Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3652. TWIST EATERY American. $$-$$$. Quaint little spot in a quaint little town that serves satisfying, homemade plates with fresh ingredients. The pulledpork sandwich and organic beet salad are standouts on this winning menu. 6536 Front St., Forestville. 707.820.8443. UNDERWOOD BAR & BISTRO European bistro. $$. The Underwood’s classy bistro menu and impressive bar belie its rural setting. 9113 Graton Rd., Graton. 707.823.7023.
SUB ZERO ICE CREAM Dessert. $. Chemistry 101, Sub Zero uses molecular gastronomy (the merging of science and culinary arts) to transform milk and sugar instantly into ice cream while you watch. 6760 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.823.9376.
WILLOW WOOD MARKET CAFE Mediterranean. $$. Homey, eclectic foods, large portions and rustic, bohemian ambiance. Suddenly, polenta’s a rock star. 9020 Graton Rd., Graton. 707.823.0233. ZAZU KITCHEN + FARM Cal-Euro. $$$. Duskie Estes and John Stewart’s move to the Barlow was an instant hit. Look for the same globally inspired California comfort food made with locally sourced ingredients—and housemade bacon. 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.523.4814. NORTHERN SONOMA AGAVE MEXICAN RESTAURANT Mexican. $$. Come for the authentic Oaxacan cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients; stay for the endless selection at the tequila bar. 1063 Vine St., Healdsburg. 707.433.2411. BARNDIVA California. $$-$$$. Delicious, “modern country cuisine” served in a beautiful setting inside and out. Also be sure to check out the Gallery Bar and BD Bistro next door for classic cocktails, delicious bites and Sunday prix fixe dinners. 231 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.431.0100.
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Brewpub. $-$$. Awardwinning ales and pub fare. Hearty portions and friendly service. Casual dining, outside patio. 345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.
SALTWATER OYSTER DEPOT The vibe at Saltwater Oyster Depot in Inverness is decidedly crisp and clean, as is the first-rate seafood at this popular locals’ hangout. Exposed white rafters and an overall feel of well-appointed casual, make this a great place for the artisans and imp-souls who call this part of the world home, not to mention day-trippers on a West Marin oyster bender. It’s practically a given that diners are going to order oysters, and Saltwater offers a $40 “raw deal” that features a dozen of them, from various ports of call: Hog Island Sweetwaters, Chelsea Gems from Washington state and Island Creeks all the way from Duxbury Bay, Mass. Saltwater also offers a trio of cooked oyster options, including the Devil’s oyster—barbecue sauce, bacon from Devil’s Gulch Ranch, parsley and butter. The spicy cooked bivalves emerge from the kitchen of chef Matthew Elias and diners are wise to follow up with a platter of the raw jewels. Salads also consistently hit the mark, which should come as no surprise, as this is the land of agrarian plenty. The County Line Farm chicory salad is dotted with sunflower seeds and feta, while the Coke Farm beet salad is a frizzy heap of mustard frills, chunks of Rogue River blue cheese and toasted pistachios. After lunch, the West Marin world is your oyster. Have at it.
Saltwater Oyster Depot, 12781 Sir Francis Drake, Inverness. 415.669.1244. Saltwateroysterdepot.com.
CAMPO FINA Italian. $$. More casual than its sister restaurant, Scopa, Campo Fina is serving up Italian staples such as pizzas and woodfired meats. The focus of the menu is on simple Italian dishes. Bocce ball, too. 330 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.395.4640.
CATELLI’S Italian. $$. Nick and Domenica Catelli have reopened their grandparents’ Geyserville landmark, and they’ve done so with just the right amount of balance between modernity and tradition. The meatball sliders aren’t to be missed.
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21047 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. 707.857.3471. CHINOIS ASIAN BISTRO Asian. $$. Pan-Asian cuisine done delicious. Happy hour tapas and cocktails weekdays. 186 Windsor River Rd., Windsor. 707.838.4667. DIAVOLA Italian/Pizza. $$. Artisan wood-fired pizzas and elaborate antipasti served in a rustic-chic old brick former smokehouse. House-cured meats. 21021 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. 707.814.0111. DRY CREEK KITCHEN California. $$$-$$$$. Fresh wine country cuisine from chef Charlie Palmer. 317 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.431.0330. 8 DRAGONS Chinese. $$. 8 Dragons offers refined but traditional takes on Chinese food served in a comfortable dining room with a well-chosen wine list. 1047 Vine St., Headlsburg. 707.395.0023. HIMALAYAN RESTAURANT Indian. $-$$. A taste of Nepal in Sonoma County. Curries and Tandooris delight. 810 McClelland Dr., Windsor. 707.838.6746. HEALDSBURG BAR & GRILL American. $-$$ Gourmet burgers, pizzas and potent cocktails from the owners of Cyrus. 245 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.3333. MADRONA MANOR Eclectic California cuisine. $$$$. Romantic fine dining in grand historic
landmark mansion. Seasonal menu and superior wine list. 1001 Westside Rd., Healdsburg. 707.433.4321.
to prepare. One of the region’s best spots for cocktails. 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.
MATEO’S COCINA LATINA Mexican. $$. Chef Mateo Granados served underground Yucatan dinners for months before opening this Healdsburg hotspot, and his craft is reflected in the menu, rife with innovation and local ingredients. 214 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.1520.
WILLI’S SEAFOOD & RAW BAR Seafood. $$. Delicious preparations of the freshest fish and shellfish. 403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.
PARISH CAFE Cafe. $$. Authentic po’ boy sandwiches elicit the sound of a big brass marching band with every bite. Breakfast favorites include shrimp and grits, but don’t forget the beignets. 60-A Mill St., Healdsburg. 707.431.8474.
Pan-Asian. $$. Persimmon’s menu draws on several cuisines—Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai. There’s even a quasi-Hawaiian dish. Chef Danny Mai emigrated from Vietnam, and the dishes from his homeland are best. Good wine list, too. 355 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.395.0318. SCOPA Italian. $$. For true Tuscan flavors. Can be crowded, but you get to see what the neighbors ordered. 109-A Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.5282. SPOONBAR Regional cuisine. $$-$$$. Locally sourced dishes include sea bass, smoked bacon pork terrine, flourless chocolate torte and a Moroccan chicken that takes three days
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South American. $-$$. Brazilian native Christina Faga shares the tastes of her homeland with a wide assortment of all-you-caneat grilled meats with a well-stocked salad bar. You won’t leave feeling hungry. 5306 Old Redwood Hwy., Petaluma. 707.665.0644. EXTREME PIZZA Pizza. $$. This eat-in, delivery and take & bake chain offers an extreme variety of toppings, sauces and combinations. Several locations in Sonoma and Marin counties. extremepizza.com. MCNEAR’S SALOON & DINING HOUSE American. $$. Full bar and restaurant menu are available at one of the North Bay’s premier music venues, the Mystic Theatre. Perfect for a great night out. 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Pub Republic offers “urban pub cuisine,” burgers, fish and chips, and seafood with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic, with plenty of great beer on tap. 3120 Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma 707.PUB.9090.
THISTLE MEATS Butcher. $$. Old-school, whole animal butcher, using ethically raised, locally sourced beef, lamb, goat, pork, rabbit and poultry from trusted farms and ranches. Plus local produce, cheese, eggs and prepared foods. Open daily. 160 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.772.5442. TWIN OAKS ROADHOUSE American. $-$$. Bought and newly remodeled by HopMonk’s Dean Biersch, Twin Oaks is still the same old Penngrove honky-tonk juke joint it’s been for nearly a hundred years. Look for a full bar, live music (with dancing on the revamped maple floors!) and outdoor bear garden. Lunch Monday–Saturday and barbecue Friday–Sunday from 6pm to 9pm. Fried chicken Wednesdays! 5745 Old Redwood Hwy., Penngrove. 707.795.5118. SAUCED BBQ & SPIRITS Barbecue.$$. White oak-smoked barbecue and good beer meet southern fried charm and ambience. Ask for the burnt ends sandwich. 151 Petaluma Blvd. S, #129, Petaluma.707.410.4400. SEARED Steakhouse. $$-$$$. Seared offers premium steak and fresh seafood to downtown Petaluma. The menu changes according to produce and seafood seasons. 170 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.762.5997. SHANGRI-LA Nepalese. $-$$. Authentic and enriching Nepalese
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SHIGE SUSHI Japanese. $-$$. Small space in downtown Cotati has big dreams. Lunch specials in bento format, of course, but try the nigiri for dinner. 8235 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.795.9753.
B&V WHISKEY BAR & GRILLE American. $$. Where the hamburger is king, barbecue is crown prince and milk shakes—with or without booze—are a banquet by themselves. There’s also a dance floor for romancing cheek-tocheek on weekends when bands take the stage. 400 First St. E., Sonoma. 707.938.7110.
THE SHUCKERY Seafood. $$-$$$. From the traveling oyster-bar sisters known as the Oyster Girls (Aluxa and Jazmine Lalicker) comes this seafood spot in the Hotel Petaluma, where oysters are just the beginning. Ambitious menu features a raw bar (natch), calamari relleno, Baja-style fish tacos, and local salmon and rockfish prepared in inventive ways. Many gluten-free options and a few veg ones, too. Hotel Petaluma, 100 Washington St., Petaluma. 707.981.7891. SPEAKEASY Tapas-Asian. $-$$. Small plates with a large vegetarian selection and an Asian fusion-leaning menu. And it’s open until 2am! 139 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.776.4631. SUGO Italian. $-$$. Bang-up fresh food at prices that seem like a steal. 5 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.782.9298. TONY’S OF NORTH BEACH Italian. $$. Artisinal, innovative pizza reigns supreme at acclaimed pie master Tony Gemignani’s restaurant and pizzeria.
CAFE LA HAYE California-French. $$-$$$. Chef Jeffrey Lloyd marries the very best Sonoma ingredients with nouvelle French cooking styles at this comfortable bistro. 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.935.5994. CARNEROS BISTRO & WINE BAR California. $$$$. As fancy as foie gras-chestnut froth parfait for dinner, as simple as huevos rancheros for breakfast, and all superb. 1325 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.931.2042. DELLA SANTINA’S Italian. $$-$$$. Casual chic, family-run combination trattoria/ rosticceria/pasticceria featuring traditional Tuscan fare and emphasizing spit-roasted meats and house-made pastries. 133 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.935.0576. EL MOLINO CENTRAL Mexican. $-$$. Sonoma County is loaded with Mexican restaurants, but there’s only one El
Molino Central. No gooey cheddar-cheese-covered enchiladas here. El Molino is a showcase of regional Mexican food made with superb local ingredients. The restaurant’s name means “central mill,” and all the corn for tortillas and their outstanding tamales are ground onsite. The result is simply the best Mexican food you’ll find in the North Bay. 11 Central Ave., Sonoma. 707.939.1010.
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American. $$. The neighborhood gem in Glen Ellen shines with delicious seasonal food and a great wine list and friendly atmosphere to match. No corkage fee. 13690 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen. 707.938.2130. THE GIRL & THE FIG Bistro. $$$. Country food with a French passion that’s been a favorite of locals for years. Great wine bar, great patio. 110 W. Spain St., Sonoma. 707.938.3634. GLEN ELLEN STAR American. $$. A comfycasual farmhouse-style restaurant with classic American-inspired dishes. Wood-fired pizzas, roasted and grilled meats, and uniquely prepared seasonal vegetables adorn the menu. 13648 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen. 707.343.1384. HOPMONK TAVERN Pub fare. $$. More than serviceable tavern food with a menu that hops the globe. Great beers from far and wide and their own brews, too. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.
THE RED GRAPE Pizza. $-$$. Delectable New Haven–style thincrust pizzas with fresh ingredients and a dazzling array of toppings. 529 First St. W., Sonoma. 707.996.4103. SANTÉ AT SONOMA MISSION INN California cuisine. $$$. World-class spa setting for Sonoma County dishes and elegant traditional brunch. 18140 Sonoma Hwy., Boyes Hot Springs. 707.939.2415. SUNFLOWER CAFFÉ Cafe. $-$$. Excellent, satisfying food served cafeteria-style. Terrific outdoor patio. 421 First St., Sonoma. 707.996.6645. TASCA TASCA Portuguese. $$-$$$. Manuel Azevedo’s latest restaurant off Sonoma’s square, open till midnight nightly, focuses on small plates and big flavors from Portugal. The menu is divided into “Land,” “Sea” and “Garden,” with combo plates: three tapas for $15, five for $24 and seven for $32, such as chilled fava bean soup, a smoky sardine paté, and their specialty, crispy bacalhau—salt cod fish cakes. 122 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.996.8272.
Indian/Nepalese. $$$. Serving traditional appetizers, like momo and samosa, curries, tandoori and vegetarian dishes. Two locations: 14301 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, 707.996.9930; 190 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa, 707.521.9608.
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cuisine. As its name suggests, a culinary paradise. 1708 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.793.0300.
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ESTERO CAFE Estero Cafe is everything you want in a roadside diner, and a lot you wouldn’t expect. Walk in and there’s a long lunch counter topped with baked goods and jars of homemade blackberry preserves and hot sauce. There are half a dozen or so tables, and some classic rock playing in the background. Valley Ford locals Ryan and Samantha Ramey bought the restaurant in December 2014. The menu reads like classic diner fare: chicken fried steak, buttermilk waffles, tuna melts and cheeseburgers. But the restaurant stands out for its superior, locally sourced ingredients. The cafe could probably serve the typical Yuban coffee, Foster Farm eggs and Sysco truck canned goods you find at most diners. There are not many choices around Valley Ford, and hungry travelers and locals alike would probably take what they could get. But then again, the cafe is smack-dab in the middle of the land of milk and honey, and many of those same tourists and locals visit and live here in part because they appreciate good food from good sources. So why not give the people what they want? Estero Cafe does. The menu includes ingredients from more than a dozen local farms and bakeries. The eggs come from Coastal Hill Farm in Valley Ford. Coffee comes from Taylor Maid. The grass-fed beef is raised by Valley Ford’s Twisted Horn Ranch three miles away. (The restaurant buys a whole cow at a time.) Sonoma County Meat Co. makes the bacon and sausage. The ice cream comes from Straus Family Creamery. You get the idea. Local and fresh. “We don't even have a can opener in the whole restaurant,” says Samantha Ramey.
Estero Cafe, 14450 Hwy. 1, Valley Ford. 707.876.3333.
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BOCA TAVERN American. $$$-$$$$. Featuring traditional American dishes with steaks and seafood from a wood-fired grill. Full bar serving American classic cocktails with a twist. Voted Best Business Lunch by Bohemian readers. 340 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 415.833.0901. HILLTOP 1892 American. $$-$$$$. Casual dining with panoramic Marin views and a California-cuisine take on such classic fare as steaks, fresh seafood and seasonal greens. Complete with custom cocktails. 850 Lamont Ave., Novato. 415.893.1892. HOPMONK TAVERN Pub fare. $$. More than serviceable tavern food with a menu that hops the globe. Great beers from far and wide and their own brews, too. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. SUSHIHOLIC Japanese. $$-$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and well-crafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500. WESTERN MARIN CAFE REYES Pizza. $$. At the end of the main drag in West Marin’s quintessential small town sits a wood-fired oven
serving piping pizzas of perfection. Beer and oysters can be had as well. 11101 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.9493.
THE MARSHALL STORE Seafood. $$. The humble Marshall Store offers a classic Tomales Bay experience: bayfront view, outdoor seating and a plate of fresh oysters plucked less than a mile away. Hard to beat. 19225 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.1339. MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA Pizza. $. Remember those post-game pizza parties? This is the place where they happened. Affordable food with lots of options. Locations in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Novato and San Rafael. mountainmikes.com.
NICK’S COVE Seafood/contemporary American. $$$. Freshfrom-the-bay-oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. New local’s special Thursday–Friday: three oysters, a burger and fries, and a beer for less than $15. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033. 123 BOLINAS Artisan. $$-$$$. Urbanmodern decor pairs with a locally sourced menu for a must-try highlight on the Fairfax dining scene. Pizza, soups, local cheese and charcuterie, greens and a wine bar, all done well. 123 Bolinas St., Fairfax. 415.488.5123.
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THE PELICAN INN The Pelican Inn captures the spirit of a 16th-century English country inn and offers a lodging refuge between the ocean and Muir Woods with a bar, country cooking and a comfortable night’s sleep. 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach. 415.383.6000.
BAY THAI Thai. $. Fresh Thai food with curries that combine the region’s classic sweet and tart elements. Some of the best fried bananas to be found. 809 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.458.8845.
SORELLA CAFFE Italian. $$. The embodiment of Fairfax casual, with delicious, high-quality food that lacks pretension. 107 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax. 415.258.4520. STATION HOUSE CAFE American-California. $$. Innovative menu, fresh local seafood and range-fed meats. Outdoor dining; full bar. Member of Marin Organic. 11180 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1515. CENTRAL MARIN AVA California. $$-$$$. Ingredients are sourced strictly from within 100 miles, and, wow, does the freshness shine through. Just one tempting taste: dates stuffed with St. George cheese and wrapped in Hobbs bacon. 636 San Anselmo
AVATAR INDIAN GRILL Indian fusion. $-$$. A Marin classic. Punjabi burritos and other Indian fusion creations. Great lassis. Locations in Sausalito, Fairfax, Mill Valley and Larkspur. avatarindiangrill.com.
BENISSIMO RISTORANTE & BAR Italian. $$. Hearty and flavorful food in neighborhood-style Italian restaurant. 18 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 415.927.2316. BLUE BARN Deli. $$. Blue Barn is a new style of neighborhood deli dedicated to quality food in both flavor and harvest. Chef-driven and product-oriented, the menu offers thoughtful salads, toasted sandwiches, grilled cheese and soups for customers who value quality ingredients and convenience from a local artisan. The restaurant partners with many local producers, particularly the seasonal produce harvests of Oak Hill Farm, a small, sustainable and family-run farm located in Sonoma. 335 Corte Madera Town Ctr., Corte Madera. 415.927.1104. BOCA PIZZERIA Italian. $$-$$$.
Neapolitan-style pizza with local, seasonal ingredients, plus soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and heartier entrées. Local micro brews and wine. Two locations: Village Mall, 1544 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera, 415.924.3021; 454 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, 415.383.2302. CAFE ARRIVEDERCI Italian. $$. Owners Pedro Ulloa and Carlo Scatena promise food enthusiasts a truly enjoyable dining experience. The atmosphere is sophisticated but still comfortable, and the service staff is friendly yet efficient. The dishes are infused with international flavors to create distinctive tastes. Extensive wine list. 11 G St., San Rafael. 415.453.6427.
California. $$. The Chinese chicken salad is beyond rapturous. Excellent celebrity sightings. Eat in or take out. 335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.9840. CUCINA Italian. $$-$$$. Small, well-loved spot. Get the pizza from the wood-burning oven, the homemade pasta or the many meats and seafoods, but save room for tiramisu. Also selling wine “out the back door” from the small shop. 510 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.2942. GREEN CHILE KITCHEN Southwestern & Mexican. $$$. Showcasing the superfood green chile in healthy dishes (including vegan) inspired by the traditions and cultures of New Mexico. 1335
Fourth St., San Rafael, 415.521.5691. IL DAVIDE Italian. $$-$$$. Sophisticated and elegant. Outdoor seating. 901 A St., San Rafael. 415.454.8080. INSALATA’S Mediterranean. $$$. Simple, high-impact dishes of exotic flavors. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.457.7700. JACKSON CAFE American. $. There are places in San Rafael and Marin County where you can go for high-minded ethnic cuisine, but the Jackson Cafe is not one of them. You’re here for lunch, and lunch is a square deal, available five affordable days a week. The Jackson Cafe is operated in a partnership with the nonprofit Homeward Bound of Marin and its Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, in Novato. The program offers job training and a safekitchen certification for students who were once homeless and perhaps wandering around the San Rafael Transit Center looking to catch a break, if not the bus. 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 415.454.0964. LEFT BANK French. $$-$$$. Splendid, authentic French cuisine. 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.927.3331. LOCOCO’S AUTHENTIC ITALIAN PIZZERIA Italian. $$. Satisfying, reliable Italian fare. Two locations: 631 Del Ganado Rd., San Rafael,
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OSTERIA STELLINA Italian. $$-$$$. Billed as “Point Reyes Italian with an unwavering commitment to local organic products,” and that’s pretty much what you get. The food is dependably inventive and delicious. Highly recommended. 11285 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.9988.
cocktail preparations, including citrus juice squeezed to order, housemade sweet and sour made from unrefined cane sugars, along with the highest quality mixers. 218 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.454.8900.
HANDLINE The only problem with Handline, a new “coastal California” restaurant in Sebastopol, is that it’s too dang crowded. But that’s because it’s so good. The menu of ceviche, fish tacos, cioppino, oysters, salads and artfully prepared burgers paired with good beer and wine is a hit. The fish tacos are particularly good. Twelve bucks gets you two, heaped with lightly battered rock cod under a hillock of lime slaw squirted with chipotle aioli. The burger doesn’t qualify as fast food at $11, but it’s a great value. The pasture-raised beef is topped with tangy St. Jorge cheese sauce, spicy sweet Calabrian pepper relish and thousand island dressing sandwiched between an outstanding house-made like bun. Handline is a real looker, too. The idea was to echo the mid-century aesthetic of the old Foster's Freeze that once stood there, and owners Sheldon Lowell and Natalie Goble have done that and more. Inside the ceilings are high and light pours in. The roofline and street sign are reminiscent of the old burger joint. The wave-like wood patterns on the walls, the big, sliding rice paper-like panels and the beautiful outdoor patio with long, highstyle picnic tables add a Japan-meets-California indoor-outdoor feel. I'm hooked.
Handline, 935 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.827.3744.
415.472.3323; 638 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, 415.453.1238. MARIN JOE’S RESTAURANT Italian-American. $$-$$$. In business since 1954, Marin Joe’s is known for its timeless ambiance and great food—steaks, cheeseburgers, caesar salad and more. Good for late-night dining or a drink at the piano bar. 1585 Casa
Buena Dr., Corte Madera. 415.924.2081. MARINITAS Latin tapas. $$. Marinitas features a menu inspired by dishes found throughout Mexico and Latin America using local and seasonal products. Marinitas delivers Latinfocused lusciousness that is an exciting blend of the new and the familiar. The bar is dedicated to classic
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MOLINA Eclectic. $$-$$$. With its indie playlist, offbeat design touches and a wood-burning stove for a centerpiece, Molina is the hottest restaurant in Marin County at the moment. Chef and owner Todd Shoberg comes up with the dishes the day before, sometimes adding and improvising with his chef de cuisine right before the service, basing his creative punches on local ingredients and the mood. 17 Madrona St., Mill Valley. 415.383.4200. PICCO American. $$-$$$. Located in historic downtown Larkspur, Picco offers a full bar, private dining rooms and cozy booths in a brick and redwood setting. The restaurant serves a menu of locally inspired, innovative cuisine like barbecued Wolf Ranch quail, kampachi crudo and roasted pumpkin agnolotti, black garlic and chanterelle mushrooms. 320 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.0300.
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Winner of numerous Bohemian Best Of awards, Pier 15 offers Italian and American food with a great bar and views of the bay. A Marin County classic! 15 Harbor St., San Rafael. 415.256.9121.
PIG IN A PICKLE
Barbecue. $$. Corte Madera’s barbecue hot spot, Pig in a Pickle specializes in fresh, local ingredients cooked long and slow. Everything is made from scratch, including buns, rubs, pickles and sauces. 341 Corte Madera Town Ctr., Corte Madera. 415.891.3265.
Bakery and deli. $. Rustic Bakery offers organic artisan pastries, homemade soups, sandwiches and fresh salads daily. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and afternoon treats. Locations in Novato, Larkspur and Tiburon. rusticbakery.com. SAN RAFAEL JOE’S Italian. $$. San Rafael Joe’s is a Marin County institution open since 1947 and known for its Italian-American food, modest prices and friendly atmosphere. 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.2425. SOL FOOD Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and home-style at this always crowed, worth-the-wait Puerto Rican eatery. San Rafael locations: 811 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 & 903 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Mill Valley location: 401 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. TERRAPIN CROSSROADS American. $$. Terrapin Crossroads is a restaurant and music venue with a beautiful waterfront location along the canals of central San Rafael. The restaurant
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VIN ANTICO Seasonal market inspired cuisine, including stone oven flatbreads, handmade pasta, organic meats, sustainable fish and dishes that meld the familiar with the new. 881 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.721.0600. YET WAH Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. 1238 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.460.9883. SOUTHERN MARIN BUCKEYE ROADHOUSE American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many cocktails. 15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.
BUNGALOW 44 American. $$$. Bungalow 44 offers contemporary American food, downtown nightlife and private parties. The dinner menu features seasonally inspired California cuisine, locally sourced ingredients and specialty steak and seafood dishes from the wood-burning grill. The bustling bar has crafty specialty cocktails and over 20 Californian wines by the glass. 44 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415.381.2500. COPITA TEQUILERIA Y COMIDA Mexican. $$. Californiainspired preparation of traditional Mexican fare, including spit-roasted chicken, homemade tamales and “eight-hour” carnitas. Some ingredients are sourced from the restaurant’s own organic garden. All dishes can be enjoyed with one of their tequila cocktails. 739 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.331.7400. FISH Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking the bay. 350 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 415.331.3474. IL PICCOLO CAFFE Italian. $$. Big, ample portions at this premier
NAPA COUNTY UP VALLEY AD HOC American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476
Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2487. ALL SEASONS California. $$-$$$. A Calistoga institution specializing in fresh, seasonal wine country cuisine. 1400 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9111.
spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. 660 Bridgeway, Ste. 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195. JOE’S TACO LOUNGE & SALSARIA Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Fun atmosphere. 382 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.383.8164. MOUNTAIN HOME INN Located high atop Mt. Tamalpais, the Mountain Home has been a dining and lodging getaway since the 19th century and its beautiful and rustic mountaintop surroundings continue to attract visitors from all over the world and close to home. 810 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.381.9000. POGGIO Italian. $$-$$$. Truly transportive food, gives authentic flavor of the Old World. The cheaper way to travel Europe. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7771. ROBATA GRILL & SUSHI Japanese. $$. Mmm. With thick slices of fresh sashimi, Robata knows how to do it. The rolls are big winners. 591 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.381.8400.
BAROLO ITALIAN KITCHEN & COCKTAILS Italian. $$. A wine bar and Italian kitchen in a sleek, modern space, Barolo’s menu is filled with all the luscious suffixes (-etta, -ini) that make a valley traveler come hither. Pizza, pasta and salads are done right; to take it to the next level, go
SALITO'S CRAB HOUSE & PRIME RIB American. $$. Salito’s serves fresh seafood, burgers, salads, and of course prime rib. Great bar, too. Located on Richardson Bay. 1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.331.3226.
SAYLOR’S RESTAURANT & BAR
Mexican. $$. Cabo Wabo comes to Marin County. Sean and Sonia Saylor bring their love for Mexican food and Baja California to Sausalito with dishes like ceviche, grilled fish, tacos and, of course, Cabo Wabo tequila. 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1512. SUSHI RAN Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. 107 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 415.332.3620. SWEETWATER CAFE American. $$$. A casual, musically influenced ambiance with fresh and tasty food. A large menu includes favorites such as huevos rancheros, french toast and fried apple pie. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 707.388.1700.
for the swordfish filet or the pork milanese. 1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9900. BISTRO JEANTY French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. 6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103.
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was built on the fundamental values of offering fresh, local, sustainable food, and being a destination for artistic expression and exploration. It offers a seasonal farmto-table American menu featuring salads, savory dishes, wood-fired pizzas, delicious desserts and daily seasonal specials. 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 415.524.2773.
Bay View Restaurant & Bar BODEGA BAY
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No Seats Available… without a view of the bay! A “Locals” Favorite since the 1930’s
A Small Sample of Our Menu:
Shrimp Cocktail • Pacific Red Snapper • Crab Cakes • Filet of Petrale Sole • Oyster on the Half Shell Grilled Salmon • Fried Calamari • Steamed Mussels • Smoked Salmon • Crab Cioppino Dungeness Crab • Fish & Chips • Louie Salad • Prawns & Chips • Bread Bowl Chowder Bodega Bay Burger • Clam Chowder • Grilled Chicken • Hot Crab Sandwich • Grilled NY Steak Fish Tacos • Steak & Prawns • Linguini with Clams • Steamed Lobster Tail • Seafood Fettuccine • Steak & Lobster
OPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Child’s Menu Fresh Fish Market • Gift Shop • Snack Bar Wine & Specialty Food Shop Food to Go • Pastry Shop • Banquet Rooms • ATM
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GLEN ELLEN STAR Glen Ellen Star may be the perfect wine county restaurant. Opened in 2012 by Ari Weiswasser and his wife, Erinn Benzinger-Weiswasser, the place has been a hit since day one. The menu revolves around the wood-fired oven with great pizza, roasted vegetables and smoke-perfumed meat and fish dishes. There are nods to Mediterranean cuisine that venture beyond France and Italy and head to Morocco, the Middle East and Mexico.
Diners sit around a bar and gaze into the small, open kitchen as Weiswasser and his crew sauté and chop in a tightly choreographed culinary dance. There are also a dozen or so tables scattered around the dining room. Out back, what was once a covered patio has been walled and glassed in to create a great-looking second dining room with big windows and walls paneled with reclaimed barn wood. The quality of the restaurant’s food attracts weekend travelers, but the place will endure because it’s such a hit with locals. On Wednesdays, the restaurant offers a
“neighborhood night” that features a two-course meal for $30 and free corkage on local wine. That’s a cheap date for food of this caliber. And a smart business move. When things slow down in winter, it’s the locals who will keep a restaurant alive. In addition to produce that Weiswasser picks up himself from the San Rafael farmers market, the restaurant sources about one-third of its needs from a garden just up the hill near Benziger Family Winery, owned by Erinn’s dad and biodynamic grape guru Mike Benziger. While not certified
biodynamic, the garden utilizes biodynamic farming techniques and grows crops Weisswasser can’t find at the farmers market like white claret eggplant and broccoli spigarello. The intimacy of the space, the warm and professional service and Weiswasser’s creative, but immensely satisfying cuisine make this my go-to recommendation for anyone who wants to experience the best of wine country dining without dropping $500.
Glen Ellen Star, 13648 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen. 707.343.1384.
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BOTTEGA NAPA VALLEY Italian. $$-$$$. Chef Michael Chiarello steps back into his clogs for micro-regional cuisine. 6525 Washington St., Yountville. 707.945.1050. BOUCHON French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. 6540 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.8037. BRANNAN’S GRILL California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. 1347 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.2233. BUSTER’S ORIGINAL SOUTHERN BBQ Barbecue. $. A very busy roadside destination—for a reason. It’s the hot sauce, available in two heats: regular and hot. And the hot, as the sign says, means “hot!” 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606. CALISTOGA KITCHEN Cafe. $-$$. Catering since 1996, this spot recently opened a welcoming dining room. 1107 Cedar St., Calistoga. 707.942.6500. CHECKERS California. $$. Perfect casual spot for dinner before the movie. Try the panéed chicken and butternut squash ravioli. 1414 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9300. CICCIO Italian. $$-$$$. A woodfired oven churns out simple pizzas and seasonal entrées often made with
ingredients from the restaurant’s own gardens. 6770 Washington St., Yountville. 707.945.1000. CINDY’S BACKSTREET KITCHEN Eclectic. $$-$$$. Cindy Pawlcyn’s rich and varied melting pot of a menu. 1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena. 707.963.1200. FARMSTEAD RESTAURANT American. $$$. Gourmet home-style cooking with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients. Fresh soups and salads to start. Chicken, fish and “cut of the day” grass-fed beef are only some of the entrée options. 738 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.9181. FRENCH LAUNDRY Definitive California Cuisine. $$$$. What else is there to say? Chef Thomas Keller’s institution is among the very best restaurants in the country. 6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380. GOOSE & GANDER American. $$. Cozy steakhouse vibes, but with a much more generous menu. Fish, pasta and steak are some of the standard dishes, but the G&G burger should not be overlooked. Interesting charcuterie and cheese lists. 1245 Spring St., St. Helena. 707.967.8779. JOLE American. $$$. Casual familial vibes with adventurous interpretations of already loved dishes. Crab cocktail, pork shoulder and a burger with truffle-flavored cheese. Maximize your experience by trying the tasting menu.
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1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5938. LA CONDESA Mexican. $$$. Part of a small explosion in upmarket Mexican dining in the region, this attractive location in the old Keller Bros. Meats building on Main Street serves a creative yet accessible menu of regional delights and modern dishes. It’s all very good. 1320 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.8111. MUSTARD’S GRILL American. $$$-$$$$. “Deluxe truck stop classics” include Dungeness crab cakes with chipotle aioli, grilled Laotian quail with cucumber-scallion salad and a bacon-wrapped rabbit roulade. 7399 St. Helena Hwy., Napa. 707.944.2424. REDD California cuisine. $$-$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. 6480 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2222. THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD Modern American. $$$$. Along with the French Laundry, Meadowood is the only other Michelin three-star restaurant in the Napa Valley, and it’s earned every one of its stars. Chef Christopher Kostow’s food is cerebral, inventive and utterly delicious. Go at least once in your life. 900 Meadowwood Lane, St. Helena. 707.967.1205. TWO BIRDS/ONE STONE Japanese. $$-$$$. Douglas Keane, known
for his restaurant Cyrus, shows his passion for Japanese cuisine in his new spot Two Birds/One Stone in St. Helena. The stars of the menu are the eight yakitori items, like duck breast with pickled cherries, turnips with spicy tamarind glaze, and prawns with charred limes and sudachi salt. Dishes are low on carbs and high on umami. 3020 St. Helena Hwy. N., St. Helena. 707.302.3777. YO EL REY ROASTING Cafe. $. Yo el Rey Roasting is a fair trade–certified, organic, California green–certified, Napa County green–certified, sustainable, independent, artisan, and socially, humanistically and environmentally conscious retail coffee shop. They also make a good cup of coffee. 1217 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.321.7901. DOWN VALLEY ANGÈLE RESTAURANT & BAR French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively so. 540 Main St., Napa. 707.252.8115. AZZURRO PIZZERIA E ENOTECA Italian. $$-$$$. The hippest little corner pizza joint in town, with an open kitchen and alwaysfull dining room. Salads and pastas are good here, but it’s the pizza that’s the star, boasting incredible crusts. 1260 Main St., Napa. 707.255.5552. BISTRO DON GIOVANNI Italian/French. $$-$$$. Menu changes daily with an emphasis on rustic, hearty country food made
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fine. 4110 Howard Lane, Napa. 707.224.3300. BOONFLY CAFE California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. 4080 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. 707.299.4900. BOUNTY HUNTER Wine country casual. $$. Wine shop and bistro with maverick moxie for the wine cowboy. Premium bottles for sale, also. 975 First St., Napa. 707.255.0622. BRIX American. $$$. Elegant but casual restaurant offers local, seasonal and sophisticated comfort foods. The charcuterie platter is a hit. Don’t skip on dessert. 7377 St. Helena Hwy., Napa. 707.944.2749. CA’ MOMI ENOTECA Italian. $$. Great pizzas and pastas are the stock in trade for this Oxbow standout, but the secret weapon are its bignés. Traditional regional Italian with organic ingredients and a welcoming, casual atmosphere. 610 First St., Napa. 707.257.4992. CARPE DIEM WINE BAR California. $-$$. Right in the heart of downtown Napa, Carpe Diem’s contemporary and innovative menu includes a variety of seasonal flatbreads, an ostrich burger, the famed short-rib sliders and much more. Over 45 wines by the glass, six draft beers and an impressive reserve wine list round out this
warm, inviting space. 1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800. CELADON Global comfort food. $$. Relaxed sophistication in intimate neighborhood bistro setting by the creek. Superior wine list. 500 Main St., Ste. G, Napa. 707.254.9690. CIELITO LINDO Mexican. $$. Two words: octopus tacos. If that doesn’t tell you what you need to know about this bright spot on Napa’s dining scene, then try your luck with the bigger dishes like the chile relleno and the pan-roasted halibut—but know that the tacos are the stars here. 1142 Main St., Napa. 707.252.2300. COMPADRES RIO GRILLE Western/Mexican. $-$$. Contemporary food and outdoor dining with a Mexican flavor. Located on the river and serving authentic cocktails. Nightly specials and a love of the San Francisco Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.253.1111. DOWNTOWN JOE’S BREWERY & RESTAURANT Brewpub. $$. Sustainablyfarmed, organic, allnatural menu selections. Group parties welcome! 902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337. FUMÉ BISTRO & BAR California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. 4050 Byway E., Napa. 707.257.1999. LA TOQUE RESTAURANT French-inspired. $$$$.
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Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, with a stone fireplace centerpiece, La Toque makes for memorable special-occasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. In the Westin Verasa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157. MINI MANGO Thai. $$. Casual Thai, but with unexpected gems. The Thai iced tea—out of this world. The pad Thai—incredibly authentic and balanced. A must-try for all Thai lovers. 1408 W. Clay St., Napa. 707.226.8884. MORIMOTO Japanese. $$$$. Upscale meets casual with a wide range of Asianinspired dishes from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Cold and hot appetizers, great seafood options and newcomer dishes such as tuna pizza. Perfect for the adventurous eater. 610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600. NORMAN ROSE TAVERN American. $$. More than just suds ‘n’ grub–though that’s the name of the happy hour–this oldfashioned hangout with dark wood and rustic touches does pulledpork nachos, wild boar burgers, osso bucco and crab-potato tots right. 1401 First St., Napa. 707.258.1516. OENOTRI Italian. $$$. A casual eatery with the three P’s of Italian: pizza, pasta and panini. Delicate pizza and
pasta dishes, and they butcher their own meat. These guys do simplicity well. 1425 First St., Napa. 707.252.1022. TARLA MEDITERRANEAN GRILL Mediterranean. $$. Casual and trendy with a variety of Turkish and Greek options for any meal of the day. The lamb burger should not be missed. 1480 First St., Napa. 707.255.5599. RISTORANTE ALLEGRIA Italian. $$-$$$. Inside a historic 1916 building lies this Italian restaurant with music, candlelight and a robust menu. Full bar, wine list and “the Vault”—more romantic than it sounds, believe us. 1026 First St., Napa. 707.254.8006. ZUZU Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. 829 Main St., Napa. 707.224.8555.
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THE CHAMPAGNE OF MEADS West Marin County isn’t wine country, that’s for certain, but it is beautiful, it’s got terroir, and it’s got Champagne, too! Well, méthode champenoise style sparkling mead, in any case. Located on a small farm north of Point Reyes, Heidrun Meadery makes a sparkling, fermented honey wine that is not your fæder’s mead—and not the syrupy sweet mead of ye olde Ren Faire, either. Founder Gordon Hull started out brewing craft beer, but was entranced when he discovered that mead could be just as “varietal” as
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wine. Around the world, commercial beekeepers bring their busy bees to focus on one crop at a time, resulting in the distinctive aroma of, for instance, radish blossom mead. After commuting from Arcata to his major market in the Bay Area for 12 years, Hull moved the meadery to a former dairy in Point Reyes Station, where horticulturalist Jordan Thompson is establishing a bee forage for the estate mead. During a tour, Heidrun beekeeper Brad Albert showed off an abandoned honeycomb. Laden with honey, it's as heavy as a brick. Albert explains that if the colony doesn't feel their queen is pulling her weight, they may revolt.
And these are busy bees. One bottle contains eight ounces of fermented honey, requiring 576 bees to travel 56,000 miles and visit 2.25 million flowers. Heidrun’s ultimate project is “appellation” mead that reflects the flora of the local environment, like their Bo’ Wildflower Bolinas honey mead. In the sunny, greenhouse tasting room, bee-friendly plants are offered for sale, and the bar is made from bee boxes and riddling racks. Unlike sweet, Ren fair mead, Heidrun meads are dry. “Our palate has come a long way since Medieval times,” Hull says. Served in a flute, Oregon Radish Blossom Mead ($25) has a sweet, honey aroma all right, but it’s light and
sparkling. Oregon Meadowfoam Blossom Mead ($25) has a strawberry, cotton candy aroma and a roiling mousse, while the crisp, nutty Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Blossom Mead ($25) evokes apricot nectar. On familiar territory, California Orange Blossom Mead ($20) has a rich, blanc de noirs–style finish; Madras Carrot Blossom Mead ($20) reminds me of Jura white wine aged on flor, while Hull suggests patchouli. So there is something hippie about this place, after all.
Heidrun Meadery, 11925 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. By appointment only, Monday–Friday. Tasting fee, $10; with tour, $15. 415.663.9122.
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The North Bay also goes by the name of “wine country.” While most people think of the Napa Valley, emerging winegrowing regions in western Sonoma County produce great stuff along with other famed appellations in Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley and even Marin County. But it's not all wine in these parts. The North Bay's beer and craft distilling industries have put the North Bay on the map. Maybe "Drinklandia" is a better name for us.
WINERIES SONOMA COUNTY ALEXANDER VALLEY VINEYARDS At family-run Alexander Valley Vineyards, the Wetzels serve as curators of local history, having restored Cyrus’ original adobe and schoolhouse. 8644 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. Tasting room open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.433.7209. AMISTA Syrah is one versatile grape. There's red Syrah, Syrah rosé and even sparkling Syrah. That's about it. Amista's got them all. 3320 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Daily, 11am–4:30pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.431.9200. ANCIENT OAK CELLARS Finally, you can taste wine and get a sandwich for the picnic all in one place. Fine estate Pinot and Chard, but Pagnano Zinfandel is the jewel, packed with luscious boysenberry fruit. Try the del while you’re here! 621 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Monday– Saturday, 11am–5pm; Friday 11am–7pm (live music); Sunday noon–5pm. $10 fee. 707.536.1546. ARROWOOD WINERY Most of Arrowood’s wine is done in the Bordeaux style of France. Tasting room open
daily, 10am–5pm. 14347 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 707.935.2600. ATASCADERO CREEK Little boutique outfit from non-boutiquey, woodworkerturned-winemaker Bob Appleby has found a new home. The Sauvignon Blanc is a hit with local restaurants. 6542 Front St., Forestville. 707.812.7101. BALLETTO VINEYARDS Some of the best values from the Russian River Valley, in Chard and Pinots both Gris and noir. Being out of the touring loop, it’s generally a low-key place that picks up a bit on weekends. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 5700 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. 707.568.2455. BARTHOLOMEW PARK WINERY Nestled on a historic, organically farmed estate just a few blocks east of Sonoma’s plaza. Boutique quantities of single-vineyard wines are offered exclusively from the winery. Open daily, 11am–4:30pm. 1000 Vineyard Lane, Sonoma. 707.935.9511. BELLA VINEYARDS Specializing in Zinfandel, Bella Vineyards farms three vineyards in Sonoma
County: Try Big River Ranch, Lily Hill Estate and Belle Canyon Zins in artfully furnished wine caves. Open daily, 11am–4:30pm. 9711 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 866.572.3552.
Earthy, balanced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from an enterprising young winemaker who’s found a redoubt in the redwoods. Also try the Bodega Rancho cool-climate Syrah. Friday, 3–6pm; Saturday– Sunday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment. No fee. 3625 Main St., Occidental. 707.874.3218. BOTTLE BARN The North Bay makes a lot of wine (and beer, cider and spirits), and with Bottle Barn’s 12,000 square feet of floor space, most of it can be found right here. Open since 1990, Bottle Barn is unbeatable for selection and service. 3331-A Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.528.1161. B.R. COHN WINERY & OLIVE OIL COMPANY This beautiful estate was founded by rock manager Bruce Cohn in the 1980s, and doubles as a gourmet olive oil company. Decadent! New summer music program. Tasting room open daily, 10am–5pm. 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 707.938.4064.
BUENA VISTA “Our future is our past” is the motto at this historic, remodeled and reinvigorated winery, founded in 1857. Watch for character actors, taste Buena Vista Vinicultural Society favorites Zinfandel, sparkling wine and cream sherry—and look out for the crocodile. Daily, 10am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10; Saturday tour, $20. 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma. 800.926.1266. CAHILL WINERY Sample whites, reds, distilled Chardonnay spirits and wine in this ramshackle warehouse steps away from the West Country Trail, Green Valley’s own Weinwanderweg. Bring your dog; the cat doesn’t mind. Open Friday, 1–5pm; Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. No fee. 4950 Ross Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.1335. CARTOGRAPH WINES From a kayak in Minocqua Lake to the streets of Healdsburg, Alan Baker followed his muse. On-point Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer with gravitas. Noon– 6:30pm daily. 340 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.955.5836. CHATEAU ST. JEAN Chateau St. Jean, with its gracious style, elegant
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CLINE CELLARS Great variety, easy on the wallet, and fun for the whole family. Pick out a gorgeous fruit bomb Zinfandel, have a picnic, feed the ravenous fish, and get historical at the California Missions Museum. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Or just wrap your palate in Cashmere. 24737 Hwy. 121, Sonoma. 707.940.4000. D’ARGENZIO FINE WINES Much like the family-run, backstreet bodegas of the old country that the decor invokes. Sangiovese, Moscato di Fresco, and Randy Rhoads Cab. Daily 11am–5pm. $10 tasting fee. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.280.4658. DEERFIELD RANCH WINERY The finest wine caves this side of the highway. Twentythousand-square-foot underground lair is perfect for keeping wine and wine tasters cool on a summer’s day. Watch for giraffes. Daily 10:30am–4:30pm. Tasting fee, $10–$15. 10200 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.2270.
DE LA MONTANYA VINEYARDS & WINERY Small family winery turns out diverse small lots culled from the best of a large vineyard operation, just for kicks and giggles. Tucked under Westside Road in a casual barn setting, a fun tasting room offers good wines and cheeky diversions: De La Montanya wine club members get both case discounts and the opportunity to pose in fishnets on “PinUp” series labels. Monday–Friday, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $5. 999 Foreman Lane, Healdsburg. 707.433.3711. DE LOACH VINEYARDS In the 1970s, Cecil De Loach established this pioneering producer of Russian River Zinfandel and Pinot Noir par excellence; current owner Jean-Charles Boisset added biodynamics and a Burgundian’s touch. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.526.9111. DRY CREEK VINEYARDS Famous Fumé Blanc, dry Chenin Blanc, old vine Zin. Solid, well-priced wines, friendly, competent management from 40-year-old family winery that's keeping up with the times. Picnic grounds, no reservation required. Daily 10:30am–4:30pm. Tasting fee, $5–$10. 3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.1000. ENKIDU WINES Savage, dark Rhônestyle wines and floral, seductive rosé star in this Sonoma winery named for a supporting actor in Gilgamesh. Get introduced to
toothsome Syrah and other pleasures at this comfortable tasting room located in genteel Kenwood. Open 11am–6pm, Tuesday– Sunday. Tasting fee, $10. 8910 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.939.3930. ENVOLVE WINERY One of these days, you’ll forget about the show that made a celebrity out of co-founder Ben Flajnik, and just enjoy his broadly appealing Epilogue wines and zippy Envolve Sauvignon Blanc. Wait, who? Girls scream over the rosé. Daily, 11am–6pm. Tasting fee, $5–$15. 27 East Napa St., Ste. A, Sonoma. 707.939.5385. FERRARI-CARANO VINEYARDS Lovely villa and gardens in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, but the best view is from the winery’s hundreds of acres of prime mountain vineyards high above the valley. Smart tasters descend to the upgraded Enoteca tasting room in the cellar, or choose private wine and food pairings in the Prevail Room. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Seasons of the Vineyard Wine Shop, 113 Plaza St., Healdsburg. Tues–Sun 11am–6pm. 707.433.6700. FORCHINI WINERY Handsome Italianate tasting room, proudly stocked with gold-medal-bearing bottles and tributes to winery dogs past and present, a cozy space where conversation strikes up easily among visitors. Papa Nonno Tuscan-Style Red. Friday– Sunday, 11am–4:30pm. Tasting fee, $10. 5141 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.8886.
FORT ROSS VINEYARD & WINERY Pinot meets Pinotage at the edge of the continent. Take the turnoff to Meyers Grade Road and don't look back. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Tasting fee, $10. 15725 Meyers Grade Road, Jenner. 707.847.3460. FRANCIS COPPOLA WINERY A Coney Island of the wine that candidly promises fun for the whole family: from Rosso table wine to Director’s Cut Pinot Noir; from poolside cabanas to an Argentinan-style grill; plus movie memorabilia from The Godfather, Apocalypse Now!, and more. Tasting daily 11am–6pm; restaurant till 9pm. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. 707.857.1400. FREEMAN VINEYARD & WINERY Rundown, trashed, this little winery had seen better times when the Freemans found it. With a spotless crush pad and new horseshoeshaped cave, it’s giving back the love. Tasting by appointment.Pinot Noir from top West County vineyards. 1300 Montgomery Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.6937. GAMBA VINEYARD & WINERY The old vine Zin flows at this highly regarded but offthe-beaten-track little cellar. Tasting by appointment. 2912 Woolsey Road, Windsor. 707.542.5892. GEYSER PEAK WINERY New location, same great Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet blends and winemaker Ondine Chattan’s XYZ old vine Zin.
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architecture and inviting gardens and tasting rooms, is the quintessential Sonoma County winery. The winemaking estate is located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California. Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in Vineyard Designated wines. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to highlight the best of each vineyard in the wines. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.4134.
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GÖPFRICH WINERY Accomplished dentist Ray Göpfrich found a new career in helping to stain your teeth purple. Dry Creek Valley Cab, and sweet treats: Riesling, Silvaner and Huxelrebe from friends in Germany. By appointment, Saturdays. 7462 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.1645. GOURMET AU BAY Wine bar and retail shop offers flights served on custom wooden “surfboards,” artisan cheese and cracker plate, and liberal bring-your-own picnic policy. Cold crab cakes and sparkling wine at sunset on the bay? Sounds like a date. Daily, 11am–7pm. 913 Hwy. 1, Bodega. 707.875.9875.
HAWLEY WINERY Barrel-fermented Viognier, kiwi-style Sauvignon Blanc, plus toothsome reds. Winemaker John Hawley helped to grow some of the big-name brands; now his sons have joined him in this small, Dry Creek Valley family business. Open daily 11am–6pm; $5 fee. 36 North St., Healdsburg. 707.473.9500. HOOK & LADDER Having sold the brand to a Burgundian clan, the De Loach family reorganized their operation, and Hook & Ladder is a favorite. Here’s a place where they’ll proudly serve up estate-grown white Zinfandel. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 2134 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.526.2255.
GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU WINERY California’s oldest familyowned winery offers limited-production wines from its estate vineyard in the lively tasting room. Intimate vineyard tours and seated cave tastings are available by appointment. Music events throughout the year in the outdoor amphitheater, including the annual Huichica Festival in mid-June. Open daily. 11am–5:30pm, June to midOct.; 1am–4:30pm, midOct. to May. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. 707.938.5277.
IMAGERY ESTATE WINERY Results from a 20-year collaboration between winemaker Joe Benziger and artist Bob Nugent. The concept: Commission unique artwork from contemporary artists for each release of often uncommon varietal wines. The wine gets drunk. The art goes on the gallery wall. Not so complicated. Count on the reds and plan to take a stroll down the informative “varietal walk” on the grounds. Summer hours, Sunday–Thursday, 10am–4:30pm; Friday– Saturday, 10am–5pm. 14335 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen. 707.935.4515.
HANNA WINERY A Healdsburg, family-owned winery that was founded by a heart surgeon in Syria? Hanna may be worth the trip just for the novelty. Tasting room open daily, 10am–4pm. 9280 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. 707.431.4310.
IRON HORSE Despite the rustic tasting room, Iron Horse produces sparkling wine and Pinot for the elite. A brilliant view for winetasting. Open daily, 10am–3:30pm. 209786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol. 707.887.1507.
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J VINEYARDS & WINERY Save the sit-down, threecourse food and wine pairing in the Bubble Room for a special occasion, like, “Hey, it’s Sunday.” Weekend program offers deceptively wee courses that change every six weeks to feature seasonal produce. Diverse and intense flavors, matched with sparkling wine, Pinot and Chardonnay, sure to amuse anyone’s bouche. Open daily 11am–5pm, regular tasting $20. Bubble Room, Friday–Sunday, 11am–3pm, $60. 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 888.594.6326.
Housed in a former service station, Jigar Wines was spiffed up for its one-time stint as an art gallery. Inside, it’s just casual, walk-up winetasting. Whether it’s power of suggestion from the Ganesh statuette or the Grateful Dead poster, or just the choice of oak barrels, the 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir conjures up spicy incense. While Jigar Wines does not choose to highlight Indian food pairings, this might rock with chana masala. 6615 Front St., Forestville. 707.874.6123. JOHN TYLER WINES For decades, the Bacigalupis have been selling prized grapes to the likes of Chateau Montelena and Williams Selyem. Now, the third-generation winegrowers offer the pick of the vineyard in their own tasting room, brand-new in 2011. Graceful Pinot and sublime Zin. Open daily 10:30am–5pm. Tastings $10. 4353 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.473.0115.
JORDAN VINEYARD & WINERY Favored by restaurants nationwide, Cab and Chardonnay are served in a sumptuous sit-down tasting, or throughout the rolling, oak-studded property in new “estate tours.” Tour in comfort in luxury short buses, taste in a modern hilltop temple of Cab and Chard with 360-degree views. Monday–Saturday; Sundays through October. 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg. 800.654.1213. JOSEPH PHELPS FREESTONE VINEYARDS Casual, airy space furnished in whitewashed country French theme, on the road to the coast. Sit down at long tables for tasting, or have a picnic. Fogdog Pinot and Ovation Chardonnay will have you applauding. Daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $15. 12747 El Camino Bodega, Freestone. 707.874.1010. KAMEM ESTATE WINES Key lines from screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen’s features are available on T-shirts, packaged in film cans. Cabernet Sauvignon with intense red fruit flavor over inky tannins. Insert chase scene, destination: 111-B E. Napa St., Sonoma. Monday–Thursday, noon–6pm; Friday–Sunday, 11am–6pm. Tasting fees, $20 and $35. 707.938.7292. KENDALLJACKSON K-J produces the popular wines gracing most American tables. Amazing gardens, and great place to explore food and wine pairings. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. 707.571.8100.
VEGAN WINES Wine must be vegan, because it’s made with grapes, right? That depends on just how vegan you want to take it. Grapes are a fruit, that’s true, so they get counted in the “not an animal product” tally of vegansafe foodstuffs. Veganism is a dietary choice that, at its most basic level, eschews all animal products, and more philosophically, any food that is produced via the exploitation of animals—including honey bees. Broadly, vegans are distinguished from vegetarians, who may include cheese plates in their “A-OK!” column. So
KENWOOD VINEYARDS Icon of 1970s wine boom remains more or less the same, a tidy but rambling barn with a modest L-shaped bar serving up ever-popular Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and exclusive Jack London Vineyard wines. Prices also frozen in time: pick up a
solid, Sonoma County wine without being left wearing nothing but a barrel. 10am–4:30pm daily; tasting fee, $5. 9592 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.5891. KOKOMO WINERY This critically acclaimed winery and maker of great Pinot Noir also supports community causes.
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what does this have to do with wine again? Traditional winemaking techniques allow for the use of isinglass, derived from fish bladders, milk products or gelatin as fining agents. Although little to none of that material persists in the finished wine, some wineries, like Sonoma County’s Thumbprint, emphasize their use of vegan-friendly materials like clay to fine their wines instead of animal products, for those who care. Now, if only something could be done to coax all of those earwigs and spiders that make their home in the grape clusters to march out at just the right time before they go into the crusher . . .
Tasting room open daily, 11am–4:30pm. 4791 Dry Creek Road at Timber Crest Farms, Healdsburg. 707.433.0200. KORBEL CHAMPAGNE CELLARS A large, ivy-covered winery with a huge tasting room, fun staff, excellent
deli and hourly tours, a perfect stop on the way to the Russian River. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 13250 River Road, near Rio Nido. 707.824.7316. KUNDE ESTATE WINERY Kunde is one of 12 wineries in Sonoma County to be distinguished with
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LA CREMA WINERY Stylish salon offers hip urbanites limited-release country cousins of the topselling restaurant brand. Pop in for the Pinot, stay for the Syrah. Open daily, 10:30am–5:30pm. 235 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.431.9400. LA FOLLETTE WINES You’ve heard of the brands he’s helped to create or save—Flowers, La Crema—but do you know Greg La Follette? Find out why the man behind “bighair Pinot” has reinvented himself. Daily, 11am–6pm. Tasting fee, $10. 180 Morris St., Ste. 160, Sebastopol. 707.827.4933. LOCALS TASTING ROOM Locals is a high-concept tasting room offering over 60 wines from nine wineries in varietal flights. Open daily, 11am–6pm. Corner of Geyserville Avenue and Highway 128, Geyserville. 707.857.4900. LONGBOARD VINEYARDS If serious surfers are said to anticipate an approaching wave with focused contemplation, then it only follows that they’d pursue winemaking with corresponding studiousness. That’s the case at Longboard. Open Thursday– Saturday, 11am–7pm; Sunday, 11am–5pm. 5 Fitch St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3473.
LYNMAR WINERY Produces world-class Pinot and Chard in elegant rural setting. Look for fun food pairings. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol. 707.829.3374. MACPHAIL FAMILY WINES Anderson Valley vineyards were something of a new frontier when James MacPhail set out. Now partnered with Hess Collection, MacPhail makes Pinot to reminisce about with each sip. New tasting room in the Barlow: 11am–6pm, Sunday–Wednesday; 11am–8pm, Thursday– Saturday. Tasting fee, $20. 6761 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.824.8400. MATANZAS CREEK WINERY Matanzas Creek Winery features a peaceful tasting room overlooking its famed acres of lavender. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 6097 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 707.528.6464. MATRIX WINERY Taking over the former warren of Rabbit Ridge, Mazzocco Winery’s new spinoff promises (threatens?) “wines to die for.” Pinot, Zin and Syrah are tragically good; bar stool seating and a relaxed vibe are pluses. Tasting fee, $5. 3291 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.1911. MAYO FAMILY WINERY RESERVE ROOM Excellent place to pair food with wine, as tastings are matched with specific food items. Reserve Room, 9200 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Thurs–Mon, 10:30am–6:30pm. 707.933.5504. Tasting room, 13101 Arnold
Drive, Glen Ellen. Open daily, 10:30am–6:30pm. 707.938.9401. MAZZOCCO VINEYARDS & WINERY Award-winning Zinfandels and a chic, modern tasting room north of Healdsburg. Bigger parties get dibs on the patio and a box lunch from the famed Jimtown Store. Open daily, 11am-5pm. 1400 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.8159. MEDLOCK AMES TASTING ROOM Low-key urban aesthetic meets self-conscious sustainable land stewardship, with homegrown food pairings plus a dark and stylish, full bar in the back. Make this your last stop of the day. Daily 10am–5pm. $12.50 fee. 6487 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. Alexander Valley Bar opens at 5pm. 707.431.8845. MICHELSCHLUMBERGER Highly recommended, but by appointment only. The family has been making wine in France for 400 years. Well-known for Chardonnay. 4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.7427. MERRY EDWARDS WINERY In 1997, family and friends joined Merry Edwards to found Merry Edwards Winery, with a focus on producing Pinot Noirs with a sense of place from Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast. In 2008, she and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, completed their winery on the site of Coopersmith Vineyard. It was then expanded in 2010. In
this venue, tastings are hosted to educate visitors about Merry’s handcrafted wines and site-specific viticulture. 2959 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 888.388.9050. MOSHIN VINEYARDS Like so many other enterprising victims littering the area, former math teacher Rick Moshin fell hard for Pinot somewhere along the way. Tasting room open daily, 11am–4:30pm. 10295 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.5499. MURPHY-GOODE WINERY Value is a premium. Be sure to try the Brenda Block Cabernet and Fume Blanc. The new tasting room is a classy, low-key experience. Open daily, 10:30am–5:30pm. 20 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 800.499.7644. ORPHEUS WINES Orpheus Wines is a small production winery that offers sustainably made, artfully crafted wines. Inspired by the Greek demigod Orpheus, arbiter of music and poetry, Orpheus Wines was created in 2011 to create premium, food-friendly wines. Look for red blends, Pinot Noir, Orange Muscat and Viognier. 8910 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.282.9231. PARADISE RIDGE WINERY A gorgeous, provocative sculpture garden with annually changing exhibits set amid a pygmy forest. Stay for sunset Wednesday evenings, April–October. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 11am–5:30pm. 707.528.9463. Paradise also offers its food-friendly wines at an accessible little shack in the heart
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Second Level Green Business Certification. It also has beautiful wine caves carved into 5-millionyear-old volcanic rock. Tasting room open daily, 10:30am– 4:30pm. 9825 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.5501.
of Sonoma Valley. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 8860 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.282.9020.
jug wine, Guadagni, flows. Open daily, 11am–4:30pm. 9282 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.3372.
PAUL MATTHEW VINEYARDS Sunny, corner tasting room in downtown Graton offering a singular expression of Valdiguié, progressively deeper and more aromatic Pinot Noir, and cushioned benches to sink into should you become lost in reverie as a result. Thursday–Sunday, 10:30am–4:30pm. Tasting fee, $10. 9060 Graton Road, Graton. 707.865.2505.
RAM’S GATE WINERY Fireplaces blaze away, ceilings soar—if the vibe is more “executive retreat” than “tasting room,” consider that a positive. Sumptuous food pairing experiences available; picnic lunches and great views too. Open Thursday–Monday, 10am–6pm. 28700 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 707.721.8700.
PETERSON WINERY Owner Fred Peterson’s “low-tech, yet high touch” philosophy translates into vintage Zinfandels made in modern, environmentally sustainable ways. Tastings by appointment only. 4791 Dry Creek Road, Bldg. 7, Healdsburg. 707.431.7568. PORTALUPI WINE Husband-and-wife team went the distance, selecting Barbera cuttings from the Italian alps; their Barbera was named best in the world. Pick up Vermentino, Pinot and rustic-chic twoliter milk jugs of “vino di tavola” in the comfortable downtown lounge; wineeducation classes are available for groups. Open daily, 10:30am–7pm. Tasting fee, $5–$12. 107 North St., Healdsburg. 707.395.0960. PRESTON VINEYARDS Ask many locals which is their favorite winery, and more than a few will tell you they're huge fans of quirky Preston. Limited picnicking facilities, organic vegetables and homemade bread for sale. On Sundays, the bread is fresh and the Italian-style
RAVENSWOOD WINERY The winery motto is “No wimpy wines.” Ravenswood makes strong, muchpraised Zinfandels. A great place to learn that wine is supposed to be fun. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. 707.933.2332. RED CAR WINE CO. Lay some track to the “Gateway to Graton” and take your palate on a ride with Boxcar Syrah and Trolley Pinot from Sonoma Coast vineyards. Next stop: Côte-Rôtie on the way to Beaune. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 8400 Graton Road, Sebastopol. 707.829.8500. REPRIS WINES A new crew reignites a blast from the past at historic Moon Mountain Vineyard, a work in progress with fantastic views. By appointment only. 1700 Moon Mountain Road, Sonoma. 707.931.7701. ROBERT RUE VINEYARD A new wave of Zin specialists helped keep small, old vineyards like
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this in production. Now, they’re making their own; refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, too. Friday to Sunday, 10am–5pm, or by appointment. Tastings, $5. 1406 Wood Road, Fulton. 707.578.1601.
SEGHESIO FAMILY VINEYARDS Delicious Italian varietals, many of them brought directly from Italy; excellent Zinfandel. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 700 Grove St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3579.
RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS Strong places as much emphasis on presentation as on the wine itself, putting forth a flawless image as well as an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon. Open 10am–5pm daily. 11455 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 800.678.4763.
SHELTON WINES Globe-trotting harvest hoboes who caught wine fever like an express train and held on tight. New, industrial Urban Winery Village location; same Rhône-style and off-beat varietals from small, family-run vineyards. Thursday–Sunday, noon-ish to six-ish; fees, $5–$15. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.865.6755.
RUED WINERY Dry Creek Valley grape growers since 1957, or since 1882 if you count greatgreat-grandfather’s Russian River Valley vineyard. Good folks who offer their best product skimmed from 160 acres at comparatively farm-stand prices. Daily 11am to 4:30pm. Tasting fee, $5. 3850 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.3261.
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Small winery that may be the area’s most iconic: built in the style of Fort Ross and historic hop kilns in 1969. Try Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Chester’s Zinfandel in the remodeled tasting room; the on-premise restaurant—a wine country rarity—offers patio seating in the redwoods, and a new menu. 11am to 5pm daily. $10 fee. 5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Forestville. 707.887.3344. SBRAGIA FAMILY VINEYARDS Ed Sbragia makes stellar Cab in Zin country. Open daily, 11am–5pm. 9990 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.473.2992.
SIMI WINERY Pioneered female winemaking by hiring the first female winemaker in the industry. The tasting-room experience is mediocre, but the wine is fantastic and worth the wait. Excellent Chard, Sauvignon Blanc and Cab. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 16275 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.473.3213. SL CELLARS & MUSCARDINI CELLARS Cal-Ital wines at the old red schoolhouse—yes, this is for the test. Framboise Sparkling Wine for the bubbly set, Monte Rosso Zinfandel for the rest. Daily, 11am–6pm. Tasting fee, $10. 9380 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.5070.
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SONOMA PORTWORKS Although it’s a small-time crime to call a wine “port” that wasn’t made in Portugal, it's all on the level here at the home of DECO California Port. Everybody gets a button: “Lick my glass!” Thursday–Monday, noon to 5pm. No fee. 613 Second St., Petaluma. 707.769.5203.
THOMAS GEORGE ESTATE Pinot pioneer Davis Bynum hung up the hose clamp and sold his estate, but the good wine still flows in remodeled tasting room featuring a long bar and vineyard videos. Russian River Chard, Pinot and Zin; sweet berry flavors and long-lasting finishes. Wine caves. 11am–5pm, daily. Tasting fee, $15. 8075 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.8031.
STEPHEN & WALKER The sign says, um, “cult wines,” but take another look: Local winemakers who have crawled up from the very trenches of the business are offering Howell Mountain Cab, a Pinot Noir triptych, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel and Muscat Canelli here. Daily, 11am–7pm. Tasting fee, $10. 243 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.431.8749. STONESTREET Late wine magnate Jess Jackson took to the hills in a big way: 800 acres, 400 blocks, at elevations up to 2,000 feet. Tasting room is a few-frills affair, while “mountain excursions” offer views plus Cab and Chardonnay, plus lunch. Daily, 11am to 4:30pm. $12, $15 and $25; mountain excursion, $75. 7111 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. 707.433.9463. TALISMAN WINE Husband-and-wife industry veterans play out their passion for Pinot in unassuming warehouse space—now pouring earthy, spicy Petaluma Gap-heavy Pinot in rustic Glen Ellen. Brunch alert: steps away from Garden Court Café.
THUMBPRINT CELLARS Vegan wines named Arousal, Threesome and Four Play; but it all started out innocently enough. Downtown lounge offers curvaceous bar, hookahden-styled booth, and seasonal nosh. Open 11am to 6pm, Sunday–Thursday; 11am to 7pm, Saturday. Tastings, $5–$10; with food pairings, $10–$20. 102 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707.433.2393.
greeted with a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc, or Bubba the bulldog. Thursday– Sunday, 10am–5pm. Tasting fee, $5–$15. 19550 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. 707.814.8100. TWO AMIGOS WINE One of the “Vino Brothers” is a famous television commercial actor, but they look alike in plastic nose and Groucho glasses disguises. Goofy theme and good wine: Vito’s Vino Bianco is a rich Roussanne; Guido’s Vino Rosso a successful California Sangiovese. Open daily, 11am–6pm. 25 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.799.7946. TWOMEY CELLARS Wine should be delicious, plain and simple. Twomey wines are food-friendly, which means they balance modest alcohol and tannin with perfectly ripe fruit and crisp, mouthwatering acidity. This is wine that’s made to be savored and enjoyed the way you like them, at the dinner table with food, friends and family. 3000 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.942.7122.
Madrone Road, Glen Ellen. 707.996.6941. VJB ESTATE Buon giorno! Aglianico, Nero d'Avola, Barbera! But first, for you, my friend, Prosecco! Espresso, gelato, pizzeria, deli sandwich! If Il postino rides his bicycle straight through the courtyard, don’t be the least bit surprised. 60 Shaw Ave., Kenwood. Marketplace open daily, 10am–5pm. Saturdays and Sundays through harvest, Sonoma Valley Tenors sing from the balcony at 2pm. Tastings, $5–$10. 60 Shaw Ave., Kenwood. 707.833.2300. VML WINERY Acronym of Virginia Marie Lambrix, who practices organic and biodynamic winegrowing—the artist who created VML’s wacky new labels said, “Ah, so you’re a witch!” Bewitching Russian River Valley Chard and Pinot, to be sure. Open daily 11am–5pm. $10 fee. 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.4404.
TOAD HOLLOW A humorous, frog-themed tasting room begun by Robin Williams’ brother Todd Williams and Rodney Strong, both now passed. Refreshing and fun. Open daily, 10:30am–5:30(ish) pm. 409-A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.431.8667.
TY CATON VINEYARDS Ty Caton is both a handsin-the-dirt winegrower, and savvy entrepreneur. Mountain-grown Cabernet, “Tytanium” red blend, and Syrah are highlights. Daily, 11am–6pm. 8910 Sonoma Hwy. (in the Kenwood Village Plaza), Kenwood. 707.938.3224.
WALT WINES Chardonnay and Pinot specialists Roessler sold their brand to Kathyrn and Craig Hall. The bar is compact, the atmosphere casual, the young fellows running the joint, goodhumored. Wow, this is Pinot Noir? Yes, toots, this is Pinot Noir. Open daily, 11am–6pm. Tasting fee, $10. 380 First St. W., Sonoma. 707.933.4440.
TRIONE VINEYARD & WINERY One-time owners of Geyser Peak Winery now wear all the different hats that a small winery requires. A popular stop along a well-liked cycling route, where you're likely to be
VALLEY OF THE MOON WINERY This winery was once owned by Sen. George Hearst. Perhaps instead of the epochal utterance “Rosebud,” we could dub in “Rosé.” Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 777
WILSON WINERY Scenic setting and rusticmodern tasting room makes for an atmospheric, recommended visit. Single-vineyard Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah win awards for
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Russian River Ranches, is a top-selling Chardonnay nationwide in restaurants. 4401 Slusser Road, Windsor. 877.797.3489.
CHARBONO There is one kind of “cult wine” in the Napa Valley that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars to buy or require years of waiting on a waiting list, but is very special and rare, all the same. It’s made from a grape called Charbono, a mystery grape that was planted in the 19th-century vineyards of California, but whose true identity wasn’t established until DNA research found that it was a variety also called Corbeau, from southeastern France— where it’s also very rare! Napa Valley’s wine maestro André Tchelistcheff advised Vince Tofanelli to plant
good reason—namely, even curmudgeons take one sip and turn into believers. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Tastings $5; $10 for reserves. 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.4355. WIND GAP WINES Wind Gap is about making honest, authentic and compelling wine from
special vineyard sites. 6780 McKinley St., Ste. 170, Sebastopol. 707.331.1393. WINE GUERRILLA Comrade, it brings glory to the revolution to inform you that this artistic, quixotic all-Zinfandel brand now has its own spacious tasting room in downtown Forestville. One could say
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Charbono in the 1980s, when a small but enthusiastic “cult” of Charbono fans relied on vintages from the old Inglenook Vineyards. Later, Turley Wine Cellars picked up the grapes for many years. Today, Tofanelli makes his own Charbono, which thrives in the summer heat of Calistoga, yet results in a lower-alcohol wine that is very food-friendly, despite its deep, grapey flavor. “It has lots and lots of tannins, but they are smooth, fruit tannins,” says Healdsburg’s Andrew Cutter of Duxoup Wine Works, another producer of Charbono. “Also, it has a great, big flavor at extremely low sugars.”
that these screw-capped but definitely serious Zins are worthy of cellaring, but that would be so bourgeois. Daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 6671 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.1996.
WOODENHEAD WINES Former assistant winemaker at Williams
Selyem is an iconoclast under the radar, making darn good Pinot Noir from as far afield as Humboldt County, and Zin from Russian River Valley old vines. French Columbard and sparkling wine, too. Yum, yum. Open Thursday– Monday, 10:30am–4:30pm. 5700 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.2703.
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COULOIR WINES Handcrafted, vineyard designated Pinot Noir with a singular sense of place and time. The winemaking is deliberately minimalist; the intention is to support the wines while they convey their unique place of origin, vintage and variety. 72 Main St., Tiburon. 415.937.5698 HEIDRUN MEADERY Heidrun produces naturally sparkling varietal meads using the traditional French Méthode Champenoise. Heidrun’s trademark Champagne-style of mead is light, dry, delicate and refreshing, with subtle exotic aromas and flavors found only in honey. 11925 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 415.663.9122. POINT REYES VINEYARDS The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Friday–Monday (summer hours), 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 415.663.1011. TREK WINERY Trek Winery began as a family-owned and -operated winery in 2007 after years of experience in the wine business and amateur winemaking. Opening its first public tasting room in September 2012 in downtown Novato, Trek has become a premier venue for live entertainment like professional standup comedy and live music, as well as a venue for private gatherings, weddings and other large events. 1026 Machin Ave., Novato, 415.899.9883.
N A PA C O U N T Y ADASTRA WINES To the stars! Or a big old horse barn. Here is a Napa winery that’s organic, authentic, and makes a wine that pairs great with mammoth. Tasting is conducted on the kitchen table, “the way it used to be.” Tour and tasting by appointment, $25. 2545 Las Amigas Road, Napa. 707.255.4818. ALPHA OMEGA WINERY The youthful Jean Hoefliger and the seasoned Michel Roland have teamed up to create one of Napa Valley’s youngest boutique wineries. Tasting room open daily, 10am–6pm. 1155 Mee Lane at Highway 29, Rutherford. 707.963.9999. ARTESA WINERY Yet another treeless hilltop in the windswept Carneros turns out to be a striking, temple-like visitor center, with fantastic views. Spanish varietals Tempranillo and Albariño; Pinot, too. 10am–5pm daily; $10–$15 fee. Chocolate, cheese and food pairings by appointment. 1345 Henry Road, Napa. 707.224.1668. AUGUST BRIGGS WINERY The tasting room here is a white barn lit by skylights, and there’s a new team on board: founder August “Joe” Briggs’ nephew and co-winemaker Jesse Inman, and other longtime staffers. Rare Charbono sells out quickly! Open Thursday– Sunday, 11:30am–4:30pm. 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.942.5854. BENESERRE VINEYARDS Super Tuscan with a side of Zin, on the site of the original Charles Shaw, for
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you history buffs. Super Sangiovese, puckery Pinot Grigio, and pretty, perfumed Aglianico, what the Romans enjoyed as the legendary “falernum.” Daily, 10am–5pm. Tasting fee, $20. 1010 Big Tree Road, St. Helena. 707.963.5853. BERINGER VINEYARDS Beringer Vineyards dates back to 1868, making it one of the first wineries in Napa Valley, and has been at winemaking ever since, pursuing a balance of modern technology and time-tested traditions. 2000 Main St., St. Helena. 707.302.7592. CAIN Think you know about what food to pair with Napa Valley “mountain grown” Cabernet Sauvignon? How about sake-marinated poached cod in a light broth? Yeah, it is different up here. Tour and tasting by appointment only, Monday–Friday, 10am and 11:30am; Saturday, 10am and noon. $35. 3800 Langtry Road, St. Helena. 707.963.1616. CAKEBREAD CELLARS If there’s such a thing as an elitist, mom-and-pop winery, this is it! Cakebread Winery keeps it classy and comfortable, offering a variety of services including tasting by appointment, cooking courses and complimentary recipes. Tasting room open by appointment only. 8300 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. 800.588.0298. CASA NUESTRA WINERY Endearingly offbeat, with a dedicated staff and a collection of goats and dogs roaming freely. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 3451
Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. 707.963.5783. CASTELLO DI AMOROSA Not only an “authentic Medieval Italian castle,” but authentically far more defensible than any other winery in Napa from legions of footmen in chain mail. In wine, there’s something for every taste, but don’t skip the tour of great halls, courtyards, cellars, and—naturally— an authentic Medieval dungeon. 9:30am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10–$15; tours, $25–$30. Napa Neighbor discounts. 4045 N. St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga. 707.967.6272. CEJA VINEYARDS “Vinum, Cantus, Amor.” Founded by one-time field workers, this MexicanAmerican-owned winery celebrates culture and wine at their sleek downtown lounge. Wine flights, light bites and one of the few full-bodied rosés “con huevos” in the county. Free salsa lessons and dance party spice up the night. Bailamos! Friday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. Tasting fees vary. 22989 Burndale Road, Sonoma. 707.931.6978. CHARLES KRUG WINERY Founded in 1861, and owned by the Peter Mondavi family since only 1943, Krug is among Napa’s most historic wineries. Taste award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and reserve Cab in an unassuming low building across from the original stone winery. Ask about the Johannesburger Riesling. Tasting daily, 10:30am to 5pm. Fees vary; complimentary for “Napa neighbors.” 2800 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.2229.
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CHATEAU MONTELENA The winery triumphed at the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” tasting where French judges, quelle horreur, found that they had awarded top honors to a California contender. Open daily, 9:30am–4pm. 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga. 707.942.5105. CLOS PEGASE WINERY Practically an art museum. A 2,800-square-foot “cave theater” plays frequent host to parties and more. Tasting flight of four wines, red and white, $10. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga. 800.366.8583. CUVAISON Cooled by fog from the San Pablo Bay, the rolling hills of this certified sustainable estate have produced distinctive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines for over 30 years. Dedicated to a philosophy of producing vineyard-driven wines, Cuvaison employs block-by-block farming methods and a handcrafted vineyard-to-bottle winemaking approach. The resulting wines are balanced and complex, showcasing the distinctive characteristics of this cool climate estate. 221 Duhig Road, Napa. 707.942.2455. DARIOUSH Exotic locale, with giant columns and a Persian theme, Darioush is justly famous for its Bordeauxstyle blends. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.257.2345. DOMAINE CARNEROS Inspired by Taittinger’s Château
de la Marquetterie of Champagne, this house of premium sparkling wine is a hard-to-miss landmark on the Carneros Highway. Luxury bubbly Le Rêve offers a bouquet of hoary yeast and crème brûlée that just slips away like a dream. Wine flights $15; also available by the glass or bottle. Open 10am–5:45pm. 1240 Duhig Road (at Highway 12/121), Napa. 800.716.2788. ETUDE WINES Inspired by Chopin, this 25-year-old winery accepts the challenge of delicacy in Pinot Noir and comes out on top. $15 tastings daily, 10am-4:30pm. $25 reserve tastings at 10am, 1pm and 3pm; reservations required. 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa. 877.586.9361. FREEMARK ABBEY In 1881, Josephine Tychson was the first woman to own and operate a winery in the valley. Enjoy the Cabs. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 3022 St. Helena Hwy. N. (at Lodi Lane), St. Helena. 800.963.9698. FRENCHIE WINERY Every winery has a story: this one goes “bow wow wow.” It’s really just a bulldog-themed shed set amid Raymond Vineyard’s biodynamic gardens. While dogs snooze inside their own private wine barrels, or cavort with others in the gated kennel, their humans can keep an eye on them via video link. Daily, 10am–4pm. Tasting fees vary. 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. 707.963.3141.
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FROG’S LEAP WINERY A good story is nearly as important as good wine; Frog's Leap does a neat job on both. As you wind through the vineyard, the frog pond and the rustic 1884 winery, your tour guide finds bottles along the way, like Easter eggs. Dry-farming, who knew, can produce a beverage more thirst-quenching than water. Daily, 10am–4pm. Tastings, $20; tours Monday– Friday, $20. 8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford. 707.963.4704. GRGICH HILLS Mike Grgich’s Chardonnays famously beat the competition at the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” and the all-estate winery is solar-powered and practices organic and biodynamic. Open daily, 9:30am–4:30pm. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. 707.963.2784. HAGAFEN CELLARS There shall be no wine before it’s certified kosher. Wide variety of varietal wines, the go-to choice for many a White House state dinner. Open daily, 10am to 5pm (yes, they're open Christmas). $5–$15. 4160 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.252.0781. HALL WINERY Craig and Kathryn Hall specialize in “beefy” wines favored by Robert Parker. Intensely modern art and all things Austrian. (Sorry, Frank Gehry–designed tasting room on indefinite hold). Open daily, 10am–5:30pm. 401 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena. 866.667.HALL (4255).
THE HESS COLLECTION An intellectual outpost of art and wine housed in the century-old Christian Brother’s winery. Cab is the signature varietal. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 4411 Redwood Road, Napa. 707.255.1144. JERICHO CANYON VINEYARD Oh boy, boutique Napa Cab from celebrity consultant Michel Rolland and high-rollers who used to spend half the year in Hawaii? Well, yeah, but they’re super nice, work hard, and their wines are tops. Cab and Sauv Blanc. Tour and tasting by appointment only, $30. 3322 Old Lawley Toll Road, Calistoga. 707.942.9665. MUMM NAPA Californian-style fizz factory, all barn and no chateau, offers a robust account of how the bubbles get in the bottle. Sparkling wine tastings offered on the patio, or take it to the next level in plush love seats on the Oak Terrace. Sparkling red is novel; DVX Brut among the best in the valley. Photography gallery includes Ansel Adams prints and other exhibits. Open 10am–5pm daily. Tasting $6–$20; Oak Terrace $30. 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.967.7700. OPUS ONE Future archaeologists may conclude that this earthen mound located in the center of Napa Valley was intended to inter this society’s finest bottles for the exclusive use of winepharaohs Baron Philippe de Rothschild and
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PLUMPJACK WINERY Part of the huge empire in part helmed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Syrah, Merlot and more. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 620 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville. 707.945.1220. RAYMOND VINEYARDS Burgundy scion JeanCharles Boisset has put his stamp on staid Napa producer. See, the Theater of Nature, depicting Biodynamics; feel, the Corridor of the Senses; luxuriate, in members-only Red Room; party, in gold-plated JCB Room; or just taste good Cab in the clublike Crystal Cellar. Daily, 10am–4pm. Fees vary. 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. 707.963.3141. ROBERT BIALE VINEYARDS Was it the high scores that attracted the horde, or the excellence of the wine? It’s a chicken-andegg type of question, but “Black Chicken” is neither chicken nor egg; it’s a bottle of Zinfandel. By appointment daily, 10am–4pm. Tasting fee, $20–$35. 4038 Big Ranch Road, Napa. 707.257.7555. ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS In the lofty, barnlike hall, visitors can take in the tank room action; at least, the gleaming stainless steel, framed
by wood and stonework and brewpub-style chalkboard menus imbues the space with a sense of energetic immediacy. “Gluttonous Flight” pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Carneros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.944.9090. SAINTSBURY A contrarian enterprise in the 1970s, now a hallowed hall of Carneros Pinot Noir. Visitors may linger under shade trees in fair weather or sit down for a serious tasting adjacent the office. Monday–Saturday, by appointment. 1500 Los Carneros Ave., Napa. 707.252.0592. SCHRAMSBERG Sparkling wine at its best. Go for the cave tour: the “tasting room” is a branch of the cave illuminated with standing candelabras. By appointment. 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. 707.942.4558.
Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $20. 915 Oakville Cross Road, Oakville. 707.942.7022. SOMERSTON WINE CO. Down in Yountville, an elegant tasting room lounge; meanwhile, back at the ranch, all-terrain utility vehicle tours and lunch. Tasting room open 11am–7pm daily. Tastings, $15–$40. Ranch tours by appointment. 6488 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.8200. ST. CLEMENT VINEYARDS Though the hike from the parking lot to the house can be a workout, it’s worth it. Built in 1878, the St. Clement house is a marvel. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to delight the palate. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 2867 St. Helena Hwy. N., St. Helena. 866.877.5939.
SILENUS VINTNERS A bright, airy tasting room with an outdoor patio, fountain, lawn, picnic tables, stage and bocce ball serves a selection of boutique wines produced on-site. Open daily by appointment. 5225 Solano Ave., Napa. 707.299.3930.
ST. SUPÉRY St. Supéry’s founding Skalli family sold its Napa Valley holdings to Chanel Inc., but the winery remains one of the region’s most distinctive. The sustainability-minded winery offers nearly a dozen specialized tours and tasting experiences of their critically acclaimed, estate-grown wines. Be sure not to miss the upstairs art gallery. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 8440 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. 800.942.0809.
SILVER OAK Silver Oak truly is a venerable cult wine, confounding to outsiders who don’t feel the magic. Folks love the Silver Oak; the Silver Oak is good. Monday–
STORYBROOK MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS Storybook Mountain has established a worldwide reputation for the consistently high
quality of its wines. The Zinfandel tradition began at Storybook Mountain in the early 1880s when its red clay-loam hillsides in the Mayacamas Range were first planted to this varietal. Here, an ideal match of terroir and grape allows Zinfandel to show its true potential. Legend has it that all Storybook Zinfandels have happy endings. 3835 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. 707.942.5310. T-VINE CELLARS Since only three people run the winery, getting in for a tasting may require patience. Most wines are full-bodied and fruity. Tasting by appointment. 5584 Silverado, Calistoga. tvinecellars.com. V. SATTUI Though a regular stop on the tourist circuit, it remains charming in the Italian style. With no distribution except via the Net, wines can only be purchased onsite. Open daily, 9am–6pm. 1111 White Lane, St. Helena. 707.963.7774. VELO VINO NAPA VALLEY Cycling-themed bungalow is filled with enough gear to outfit a peloton, plus wine and espresso, too. Tastings include spiced nuts and dried cherries, but sample-sized Clif and Luna Bars are readily available for your impromptu energy bar and wine pairings. Daily, 10am–6pm. $10–$25. 709 Main St., St. Helena. 707.968.0625. WHITEHALL LANE WINERY Family-owned winery in the Rutherford area, founded in 1979. Open
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Robert Mondavi in their afterlife; meanwhile, it’s available to the teeming masses. By appointment daily, 10am–4pm. Tour and tasting, $60–$90; tasting only, $40. 7900 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 707.944.9442.
IN PRAISE OF MERLOT Some say “MARE-low,” others say “mur-LOW,” while many a farmer who actually grows the grape has been heard gruffly huffing something in between: “MUR-low.” Just say it low and say it fast, and none but the most insufferably fastidious will look at you sideways. If Merlot sounds French, that’s because it is French, and not, as some might suspect, a 1980s marketing invention of the California wine industry. An import from Bordeaux, where it has served usefully for hundreds of years in the wines of that region, Merlot is not always just a sidekick to Cabernet Sauvignon; in some areas, Merlot plays the leading role or shares the blend with its parent, Cabernet Franc. If you want to sound smart, you can say that a similar California blend is a “Right Bank” style—but say it low and say it fast. Just don’t mistake Château Cheval Blanc for a white wine. The venerable Saint-Émilion producer got some pop64 BOHÈME | WINTER 2016-2017
culture attention when clever people pointed out that Merlot-disparaging Miles, the protagonist in Sideways, a 2004 wine country comedy that we’re still talking about, held dear a 1961 Cheval Blanc that contained a large percentage of Merlot. Is it up, down or sideways in restaurants? Rolando Maldonado, wine director at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen, acknowledges that Merlot, as subject to fashion as any consumer product, is still sideways. “Rare is the consumer who comes into my restaurant and asks for a bottle of Merlot,” says Maldonado. To avoid pushback from the Merlot-averse, he employs a little subterfuge. “I’ll just ‘mark’ a table—pour wine into their glass and literally walk away from the table,” says Maldonado. “People will be surprised when it’s revealed they're drinking a Dry Creek Valley Merlot from a fourthgeneration wine family.”
WHITE ROCK VINEYARDS White Rock Vineyards is a small, family run winery
that produces excellent, age-worthy wines. The original winery still stands as the home of the Vandendriessche family, carved from white rock quarried from the property in the 1870s. The winery
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One of the originals on the North Bay craft-beer scene, this family-owned brewery only gets better with age. Most famous for Racer 5, the Healdsburg location offers a surprisingly diverse selection of beers beyond the better-known names. 345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.2337. CARNEROS BREWING COMPANY The Carneros Brewing Company is one of only a handful of Latino-owned breweries in the United States. The family-run company, located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, uses estate-grown Saaz hops and simple, yet meticulous techniques for their uniquely satisfying beers. Their selfdescribed “cervezas” are full-bodied and refreshing, made in small batches by hand. 22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma. 707.938.1880. DEMPSEY’S RESTAURANT & BREWERY Give your palate a rest from the hopped-up West Coast ales and try the maltier Irish ales at one of Sonoma County’s oldest breweries. Try a Boneshaker, a big IPA at 8.7 percent ABV—but you may need to take a dunk in the nearby Petaluma River
to recover. 50 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 707.765.9694. FOGBELT BREWING COMPANY Born from winemaking families, brewers Paul and Remy mix rich flavors and hop-driven beers to form complex and tasty brews. Each release from Fogbelt is named for North Coast Redwood trees, from the Armstrong Stout—chocolatey and balanced—to the Hyperion Red Ale, with roasted malty flavor highlighted by crisp citrus undertones. 1305 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.978.3400. HOPMONK TAVERN Founded by Dean Biersch of Gordon-Biersch, HopMonk offers house-brewed beers Kellerbiers and Dunkelwiezens, in addition to an impressive rotating list of seasonal craft beers from California and beyond. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. 691 Broadway. Sonoma. 707.935.9100. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. LAGUNITAS BREWING If you haven’t hit up the beer garden at the North Bay’s most laid-back brewery, waste no time and get down there, preferably on one of the many nights of live music. Sip on a Little Sumpin,’ Hop Stoopid, Hairy
offers tasting and tours on a limited basis. 707.257.7922. whiterockvineyards.com.
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Eyeball, Pils . . . you are getting verrrrrryyy thirsty . . . 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.8776. OLD REDWOOD HIGHWAY BREWERY Now that it’s made the leap from the garage to an actual building, this Windsor-based brewery has really taken off. Part of the appeal, beyond delicious beers, is the focus on locally sourced ingredients. 9000-A Windsor Road, Windsor. 707.657.7624. PETALUMA HILLS BREWING COMPANY Recently opened and actively brewing, Petaluma Hills Brewing is the work of homebrewer-turned-pro JJ Jay. Look for brews like East Side Bitter, a highly hopped extra special bitter, Porterluma (you guessed it, a porter) and Tripel J, a Belgian Tripel made with German and Czech hops. 1333 N. McDowell Blvd., Ste. A. Petaluma. 707.766.4458. RUSSIAN RIVER BREWING CO Schlitz is the beer that made Milwaukee famous. Or so the ad said. But the Russian River Brewing Company is definitely the beer that made Sonoma County famous. When Pliny the Younger is released in the spring, beer lovers come from the world over. The rest of the year draws big crowds, too, for innovative Belgian-style beer, esoteric barrel-aged brews and scores of other speciality beers. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.
boars. Daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $15. 1443 707.963.8310.
SONOMA SPRINGS BREWING CO. With a focus on GermanStyle beers (try the Uncle Jack’s kolsch or the Summer Altbier, when available) and California ales, Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. boasts a good-looking lineup of ales. 750 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.938.7422. ST. FLORIAN’S BREWERY Started by local firefighter Aron Levin and his wife, Amy, St. Florian's Brewery offers a great lineup of brews including several excellent IPAs. For something less hoppy, go for the California Common. St. Florian's also gives back, donating 5 percent of all profits to community and fire-related organizations. Stop in for a pint at their tap station, Thursday–Sunday. 7704-A Bell Road, Windsor. 707.838.2739. THIRD STREET ALEWORKS Third Street is sometimes overshadowed by a worldrenowned brewery just around the corner, but the Bombay rouge—a malty, drinkable IPA—can hold its own in a roomful of crowded beers. 610 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3060. WOODFOUR BREWING An artisan brewery located in the Barlow in Sebastopol, Woodfour is one of the only completely solar-powered breweries in the country.
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10am–5:45 daily. 1563 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 800.963.9454.
It focuses on excellent, German-style beers and also offers several guest brews. 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol. 630.854.1721. MARIN COUNTY IRON SPRINGS PUB & BREWERY All beers are hand-crafted in Fairfax in 10-barrel batches. They start with water from the seven Marin reservoirs, as well as the Russian River, and add the finest ingredients available on the global market. Iron Springs strives to provide the finest crafted ales possible using only the best ingredients from around the world, including their own proprietary house yeast. Stop in and you’ll find at least 12 beers on tap pouring at all times. 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 415.485.1005.
MARIN BREWING CO. Open since 1989, the Marin Brewing Co. has become a Marin County mecca for great beer named after local landmarks like Mt. Tam Pale Ale, San Quentin’s Breakout Stout, Pt. Reyes Porter, and Eldridge Grade White Knuckle Double I.P.A., while also pushing the envelope with innovative new brews such as the E.S. Chi Herbal Tonic Ale and Orange & Black Congrats Ale brewed as a special celebration ale for the World Champion San Francisco Giants. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. MILL VALLEY BEERWORKS If there is a beer heaven, it might look a little like this Mill Valley gem of a spot. An impressive draft list is well-stocked with
DISTILLERIES GRIFFO DISTILLERY Petaluma’s Griffo Distillery is a family-owned distillery that focuses on a grain-toglass approach to creating hand-crafted artisan spirits. 1320 Scott St., Petaluma. 707.879.8755. HANSON SPIRITS Hanson Spirits makes awardwinning organic vodka from wine grapes, a natural in Sonoma County. Look for flavors from cucumber to ginger to espresso to just plain vodka-flavored. 22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma. NAPA DISTILLERY The Napa Distillery is the first distillery to open in the city since Prohibition. Founded
by Arthur and Lusine Hartunian, the distillery creates unique spirits like their Napa vodka, made with single vintage Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. They also make more than a dozen small-batch spirits including Old Hollwood Ginn. Belly up to their inviting tasting salon and shop at the Oxbow Public Market. 601 First St., Napa. 707.226.9269. SONOMA COUNTY DISTILLING CO. Founded in 2010 in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County Distilling Co. makes small batches of rye whiskey, wheat whiskey and a “West of Kentucky” bourbon. Tours
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old and new favorites. 173 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.888.8218. MOYLAN’S BREWERY & RESTAURANT At Moylan’s, the “M” stands for “malty.” Hit up this Novato landmark for traditional ales that won’t fail the taste test. 15 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.898.4677. N A PA C O U N T Y DOWNTOWN JOE’S RESTAURANT & BREWERY With a brewery built by Chuck Ankeny—the great-grandson of Adolf Hamms—this Napa mainstay has serious historical chops. Try the palate-altering Golden Thistle Very Bitter ale, and prepare to be amazed. 902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337. by appointment. 5701 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.583.7753. SONOMA COAST SPIRITS Sonoma Coast Spirits makes hand-crafted whiskey, liqueurs and Trueglamour lemon drop martini, a premixed cocktail that won gold medal at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 1333 N. McDowell Blvd. #F, Petaluma. 707.331.0718. SPIRIT WORKS DISTILLERY A newcomer to Sonoma County, Sebastopol’s Spirit Works offers singularly delicious gin and vodka as well as sloe gin. Be on the lookout for Spirit Works’ rye whiskey. It’s aging in barrels
NAPA SMITH BREWERY Brewer Don Barkley was part of the revered New Albion Brewery, America’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, back in 1978. He’s now part of the team creating goldmedal-winning IPAs, wheat beers, pilsners and more at Napa Valley’s only production brewery. 1 Executive Way, Napa. 707.254.7167. NAPA VALLEY BREWING COMPANY Located in the Calistoga Inn, this brewery produces an admirable Dugan oatmeal stout that just might replace your next egg-and-bacon breakfast. What’s for dinner? Why, a Calistoga porter, of course! 1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101
now. 6790 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.634.4793. STILLWATER SPIRITS & MOYLAN’S DISTILLING Another Petaluma distillery, this house of spirits makes vodka, Cabernet Sauvignon grappa, gin and Asian pear brandy as well as bourbon and rye whiskey. 611 Second St., Petaluma. 707.778.6041. PROHIBITION SPIRITS Sonoma’s Prohibition Spirits makes a celebrated limoncello (Limoncello di Sonoma), as well as Hooker's House bourbon and Sugar Daddy rum. The spirits are finished in wine barrels. Tasting room open by appointment. 21877 Eighth St. E., Sonoma. 707.721.6390.
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PRAIRIE SUN STUDIOS Nothing says North Bay like a world-class, Grammy award–producing recording studio built on an old 10-acre chicken ranch. At Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, vintage analog gear and state-of-the-art digital equipment coexist in buildings that used to incubate chicks and store grain. Transformed by founder Mark “Mooka” Rennick in 1980, Prairie Sun has welcomed the biggest names in the industry to this ranch location and has become renowned in musical circles and mythologized by Sonoma County locals. The rural site houses three separate studios and
two farmhouses where local and out-of-town bands come to stay, like a music summer camp, while they work all hours of the day. In the last 30-plus years, Rennick and the staff have hosted performers of every conceivable genre and have recorded everything from Tibetan singing bowls to a Sonoma County forensics team. Artists who have come through the studio include Tom Waits, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, the Doobie Brothers, Johnny Otis, the Melvins, Primus and Les Claypool. “You do this for 40 years,” Rennick says, “who hasn't recorded here?” Apparently, some love Prairie Sun so much they never leave. There are two farmhouses on the property where bands can stay while working, and studio manager Nate
Nauseda says he’s had multiple musicians tell him that a woman haunts one of them. Residents claim that knocking can be heard each night at 11pm. “It could be the water heater,” says Nauseda. “But I prefer to think of the more poetic version.” Stories like that remind Nauseda that the history of the land dates back further than a studio, further even than the chicken ranch. “So many different chapters to this place. It's evolved, and it still evolves.” Rennick relates a story he calls one of the studio's great moments. John Darnielle, lead singer of indie rock band the Mountain Goats, was recording in the Waits room for the band's 2005 album The Sunset Tree. “He said, ‘I need Mooka. I need Mooka,’” says Rennick. “He's singing a song about a wolf [“Up the Wolves”]. He pointed to
the corner and said, ‘I want you to sit right over there.’ He made me sit in the room while he sang the lead vocal about five times, and he said, ‘I just want you to be here while I sing this.’ And that was a real honor for me. I knew that I was on the record in a certain sense.” For Rennick and the crew at Prairie Sun, the camaraderie that comes from sharing in these experiences reminds them of the reason they chose a career in music to begin with. “It’s a lot of work," Nauseda says. “But the work is rewarding. We’re doing something not only to help people; we’re doing something that’s good for us, good for the property and good for the gear. There’s a whole lot of good.”
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The North Bay's musical roots run deep and the variety of venues reflect the region’s thriving music scene. We've got top notch concert halls like the Green Music Center and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and clubs of all shapes and sizes that cater to just about every style of music from jazz to punk rock and hippie jam bands to reggae.
SONOMA COUNTY ANNIE O'S MUSIC HALL Formerly the Last Day Saloon, the downtown Santa Rosa space has recently been reinvented as a modern dance club and venue. Live music, standup comedy and community events all easily fit in the large back room, and a full bar and local beer on tap keep the good vibes going. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1455. AQUS CAFÉ Fostering community in Petaluma’s foundry wharf, this café is equal parts watering hole, meeting place and live music venue. Local offerings, including readings, science salons, and lectures intermingle with bands and songwriters seven days a week with inviting and communal energy. 189 H St., Petaluma. 707.778.6060. ARLENE FRANCIS CENTER Community center located in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square combines education, culture and entertainment in the spirit of bolstering progressive social change, environmental sustainability and inspiring creative achievement. Aside from a large stage area where local and touring bands perform, the center’s café and classrooms host everything
from circus skills workshops to children’s music classes. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009. THE BIG EASY Serving up live music six nights a week, Petaluma’s new underground venue echoes elements of a New Orleans jazz club while offering a variety of Sonoma County’s eclectic musical tastes in a hip and intimate speakeasy environment. Full dinner menus help make the space a destination for date nights that can keep you dancing late into the night. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.4631. B&V WHISKEY BAR & GRILLE Award winning chef Carlo Cavallo mixes an upscale gastropub experience with a friendly concert venue in Sonoma’s historic downtown plaza. Musically, the club combines DJ’s spinning hits for late-night dance parties and local bands amping up the atmosphere with good tunes and good times. 400 First St. E., Sonoma. 707.938.7110. THE BLUE HERON RESTAURANT & TAVERN Deep in the redwoods of west Sonoma County, this rustic room, first opened in the late 1800’s, brings live
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music six nights a week to the friendly folks who call the small town of Duncans Mills home. Summer Sundays on the patio are a special treat, with barbequed oysters and cold beer accompanying the tunes and scenic views. 25300 Steelhead Blvd., Duncans Mills. 707.865.2261. THE LOUNGE AT FLAMINGO RESORT Under the iconic glowing neon pink flamingo, Santa Rosa’s premier hotel, spa and lounge features something for everyone. From salsa and swing dancing to party bands playing rock, soul, funk and R&B, the retro dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system make the lounge one of Sonoma County’s top nightlife hotspots. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530. GREEN MUSIC CENTER’S WEILL HALL & LAWN AND SCHROEDER HALL Set on the Sonoma State University campus, the renowned music center includes the acoustically perfect 1,400-seat Weill Hall and the equally sound and intimate 240-seat Schroeder Hall offering year-round concerts, as well as an unparalleled summertime concert-going experience as Weill Hall opens its back wall to a grassy lawn. The home for Santa Rosa’s symphony, the center showcases classical and contemporary
musical performances by artists from around the world. SSU, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 866.955.6040. HOPMONK TAVERN SEBASTOPOL Tasty beers, tasty food and tasty tunes make this tavern a perfect spot for friendly gatherings and musical experiences. The outdoor beer garden offers acoustic acts for sunny afternoons and the adjoining abbey brings electric outfits and DJs to the stage for engaging concerts. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. HOPMONK TAVERN SONOMA If the homely atmosphere of the Sonoma HopMonk feels familial, it’s probably because the spot was a private residence for several decades. Reinvented as a taproom and tavern by the HopMonk crew in 2010, this warm and inviting venue now features a spacious outdoor beer garden and mid-size stage for local bands and songwriters to share their craft with appreciative audiences. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100. HOUSE OF ROCK Santa Rosa’s newest rock ’n’ roll venue debuts this summer with classic rock favorites, red hot modern day rockers and sizzling jazz performers.
Featuring a spectacular sound system, brand new recording studio and up close concert experience, fans of rock can get the VIP experience without paying VIP prices. 3410 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. rockstaruniversity.com. LAGUNITAS AMPHITHEATERETTE & TAP ROOM If there’s one thing the folks at Lagunitas love as much as beer, it’s music. First, there’s the outdoor taproom stage that pairs local bands with craft brews five days a week, at 4:20 on the weekdays and 3pm on the weekends. In addition, the top indie rock, folk, soul and pop artists from around the country pack into the brewery’s small outdoor bowl, lovingly known as the Amphitheaterette, each summer in one of Sonoma County’s top concert series. 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.8776. LUTHER BURBANK CENTER FOR THE ARTS The recently renamed Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is one of the top performance and arts education halls in the North Bay. Additionally, they put on premier concerts and events by quality acts and promote the work of local artists. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600. MAIN STREET BISTRO Also known as the Main Street Station, this relaxed club-like atmosphere has won favor with Italian food and drinks served in close proximity to the Russian River. Performances in its piano bar and cabaret room vary, but most are
congruent within the genres of jazz, folk, and acoustic. 16280 Main St., Guerneville. 707.869.0501. MCNEAR’S MYSTIC THEATRE One of the most beloved performance venues in the North Bay, the former Vaudeville Theatre turned live music destination features early 20th-century design and state-of-the-art sound. The Mystic is a popular location for both local artists and seasoned touring performers of all genres. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.765.2121. MCT’S BULLPEN A Guerneville sports bar that often dances the night away with a live DJ and local acts. Karaoke, pool, and video games are also pillars of the social life at this venue. 16246 First St., Guerneville. 707.869.3377. MURPHY’S IRISH PUB A pub with a distinctly European vibe mixes an authentic ambiance with a family friendly atmosphere and adjoining patio space. Murphy’s offers live music, standup comedy, literary events and more, fueled by an international selection of beers on-tap and great food in addition. 464 First St. E., Sonoma. 707.935.0660. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS West County’s premier center offering cultural events and artistic creations; there is a strong emphasis on serving the local community and giving them access to new art horizons. 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 707.874.9392.
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PHOENIX THEATER This unstoppable venue has burned down twice, yet rose from the ashes stronger than ever. Now a classic punk rock nightclub, the space has a history inclusive of all performing arts, from opera origins to movie house to rock and roll and hip-hop. Despite its historical flare-ups, the Phoenix is currently a nonprofit community treasure open to human beings of all ages. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 707.762.3565. RAVEN THEATER A center dedicated to preserving the meaning of performing arts and the community’s connection to them. Today the Raven offers an eclectic variety of performances skewed towards pleasing their community. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3145. REDWOOD CAFE Along with being a foodserving cafe, the Redwood Cafe offers a consistent stream of live music often promoting up-and-coming Sonoma County musicians. Exhibitions of art and other performances are also made available here. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.795.7868. ROSSI’S 1906 Rossi’s is a classic restaurant and dancehall offering BBQ and a pleasant, old-timey environment. Also a prominent venue for live music, Rossi’s hosts dinner shows, blues jams and weekly open mic and paint night events where patrons can express their artistic side. 401 Grove St., Sonoma. 707.343.0044.
SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY Led by conductor Bruno Ferrandis, the 80-member orchestra performs seven triple sets of its classical concerts October through May on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Other popular programs include a Symphony Pops series, a Saturday-afternoon dress rehearsal series, a choral concert and a new Family Series. srsymphony.org. SOMO VILLAGE EVENTS CENTER Located in the sustainable Sonoma Mountain Village, the Event Center houses Sally Tomatoes Cafe and Bar as well as the SOMO concerts. There are both inside and outdoor partitions, capable of serving many guests. It’s super green! 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.664.6314. TWIN OAKS ROADHOUSE As the name suggests, this iconic Sonoma County venue preserves a rustic remnant of the past rural culture. Recently acquired by HopMonk’s Dean Biersch, Twin Oaks Roadhouse hosts many live musicians and offers a delectable throwback experience. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy., Penngrove. 707.795.5118. WHISKEY TIP Whiskey Tip boasts “great music, good vibes and amazing staff” with a traditional neighborhood bar experience featuring lots of live music and the monthly North Bay Cabaret variety show on the outdoor patio. 1910 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.
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BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB Napa’s downtown opera house has seen a lot of changes in the past few years. First, national venue and restaurant chain City Winery took residence in 2013 and gave the space a much-needed facelift, though City Winery left in 2015. This year, the nationally renowned Blue Note Jazz Club has made the historic venue its newest home. Blue Note Napa has turned the Opera House’s first floor restaurant into a 150seat supper club featuring nightly live music from a roster of acclaimed artists. Last month, Blue Note officially opened
with a four-night residency from contemporary jazz superstar Chris Botti, and upcoming artists include multifaceted vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Freddy Cole Quartet performing a holiday-themed tribute to Nat King Cole. “We want that intimate New York jazz-club vibe,” managing director Ken Tesler says. “And we want it to meet Napa Valley, to have the best of both worlds.” The second-floor theater, which holds upwards of 600 people standing, will remain the historic Opera House Ballroom, with Blue Note opening the space to other local promoters and events.
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142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE Nonprofit performing-arts organization offers a wide variety of performing arts such as musicals, comedy, jazz, cabaret, dance and classical concerts. They also offer various educational programs ranging from choruses to full productions on stage. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. DANCE PALACE Originally opened in 1971 as a dance studio, this center specializes in many fitness-oriented classes, from dance, yoga, Pilates, and many others. Located in West Marin, Dance Palace is a communal space where people can come and engage with fellow community members and take health and wellness classes as well as attend culturally rich events. 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1075. FENIX Curated by famed musician-turned-booker Mel Saunders Jr, this supper club features a wide variety of musical performances and dining options. You can also live stream the musical performances online, so if you can’t make it to the main hall, you can still enjoy the music from the comfort of your own home. 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.813.5600. HOPMONK TAVERN NOVATO Novato’s HopMonk is a triple threat. Excellent pub grub and brews, a cozy “session room” for
live music and a spacious outdoor space for food, beer and more music. Because the venue is located in the Vintage Oaks shopping center (no cranky neighbors) HopMonk can turn it up loud. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. KANBAR CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The performing arts wing of Osher Marin JCC, this multi-faceted center includes several venues and a diverse lineup of musical acts, culinary events and theatrical productions. The grand Hoytt Theater and intimate Kurland Lounge host everything from classical and world music to standup stars and bestselling authors. There’s also the outdoor Swig Field where the center’s Summer Nights concert series brings headlining stars to the hills of Marin. 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000. 19 BROADWAY CLUB Long-running venue brings a casual nightclub scene to Fairfax with a full bar and open mics, as well as live performances of various genres such as blues, Americana, jazz, rock, soul and more every night of the week. Now, 19 Broadway Club is offering food as well, such as burgers, fries, tacos, meatball sandwiches, and much more. 19 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 415.459.1091. MARIN CENTER Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this beautiful civic and performance
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center boasts a wide variety of shows and entertainment, ranging from music performances to comedy shows to the Marin County Fair. Some upcoming performances are Whose Live Anyway?, Bill Maher and Ringo Starr. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800. NO NAME BAR No Name Bar specializes in live jazz and blues played in a casual laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy drinks from the bar as well as a back patio at this historical venue. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392. OSTERIA DIVINO Inspired by local and organic flavors, this restaurant and venue provides authentic Florentine cuisine and a wide variety of live music on a nightly basis. Music genres include jazz, blues, latin, and piano performed in the old world-meetsmodern atmosphere. 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 415.331.9355. PANAMA HOTEL RESTAURANT Victorian-styled bed and breakfast inn charms with elegant dining in a historic space paired with live music nights. Local musicians play at the Panama Hotel and Restaurant on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 415.457.3993. PERI'S SILVER DOLLAR A dive bar in the best sense, this 80-year-old institution boasts great live music, entertainment, and good food. There is a bar and a back patio where you can go to listen
to the music and have a drink. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910. RANCHO NICASIO Rustic event venue holds a variety of live music as well as seasonal BBQs and dancing. This Southern-themed hangout offers food such as meatloaf, chicken-fried steak, and barbeque delights. 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 415.662.2219. SAUSALITO SEAHORSE Located right on the waterfront, this Italian seafood restaurant sits among the houseboat community on Sausalito’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Live music such as jazz, tango, flamenco, rock ’n’ roll, salsa, opera, world music and funk can be heard every night of the week. 305 Harbor View Drive, Sausalito. 415.331.2899. SMILEY’S SCHOONER SALOON An Old West saloon built back when the Gold Rush took over California, this beloved watering hole offers live music as well as open mics and karaoke nights. Taken over last year by new owners committed to continuing the saloon’s long and storied tradition, Smiley’s also serves up classic American food, and is equipped with other staples such as a pool table and darts. 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 415.868.1311. SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL Nothing short of a Mill Valley icon, the music hall offers roots, folk and rock music from nationally touring acts
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Guitarist and songwriter Danny Vitali is almost from Marin County. His parents met in Bolinas in the 1970s and even got married there, but Danny was born in Santa Cruz and raised in Minnesota.
It’s not necessarily a concept album, though Vitali says Invernesia expresses the vibe of the region. “I was trying to capture the nature out here and interweave that into ideas of the dream subconscious,” says Vitali, “like a fantastical perception of this area.
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NAPA COUNTY BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB/NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE A landmark in downtown Napa for 130 years, the historic opera house boasts two floors of concert entertainment. On the ground level, the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club offers all-star entertainment in an intimate setting. Up the stairs, the massive concert hall welcomes live music and events from a wide range of hosts including BottleRock Napa Valley and NapaShakes. 1030 Main St., Napa. 707.226.7372. DOWNTOWN JOE’S BREWERY & RESTAURANT Leave your troubles at the door and relax in this sports bar and casual venue. Big burgers, ice cold beer and a friendly staff will ease you onto a barstool while local bands play four to five nights a week, including a weekly caravan of all-stars from the West County Blues Society and Sunday Funday DJ nights. 902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337. JARVIS CONSERVATORY A jewel in Napa, this beautiful concert space engages in classical music, opera, world music and more. Opened with a grant
from the Jarvis family 20 years ago, this 100-yearold building is also the home to the Napa Valley Youth Symphony Chamber Music Ensemble, and offers art film screenings, opera and Baroque workshops and other culturally rich endeavors. 1711 Main St., Napa. 707.255.5445. NAPA VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT LINCOLN THEATER With a focus on sustaining arts and music in Napa Valley, the nonprofit theater regularly presents world-class artists and varied performances. The home for Symphony Napa Valley also partners with events like the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway and Festival Napa Valley for all-star concerts, dance recitals, theatrical productions and more. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 707.944.9900. RAESET ASIAN GRILL & CRAFT BREW Mixing fusion cuisine with late night fun, RaeSet is a newcomer on the Napa scene, though its offbeat vibe and communal attitude is making it a favorite with the locals. Friday nights bring blues to the spot, with Saturday night and Sunday brunch shows a regular on the schedule as well. Throw
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a seasonal farm-to-table American menu. Founded by Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh, the venue’s several rooms and new backyard space bring together a non-stop, all-star lineup of in an array of beers on tap, as well as wines, ciders and sake, and the club becomes a sure bet for any occasion. 3150B Jefferson St., Napa. 707.666.9028. SILO’S Situated along the Napa River in a historic mill, this small club looks like a speakeasy to the unaware patron. Though as soon as you walk in, the power of the premiere music room invites you in to listen to beloved local acts and exciting touring bands alike. Jazz, rock, soul and pop music can be heard four to five nights a week, meaning there’s no bad time to check it out. 530 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5833. UPTOWN THEATRE Stunning in its art deco design and beloved for its headlining schedule of concerts, this landmark venue in Napa is a destination for fans of music in the North Bay and beyond. The former movie house, originally built in 1937, now brings audiences closer to their favorite bands than they thought possible, and offers meet-and-greet VIP packages for many of the visiting artists. 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123. UVA TRATTORIA A popular hangout spot on Napa’s riverfront, this restaurant specializes in regional Italian fare
musicians and extended jam sessions sure to please. 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.
with seasonal offerings. In addition, local music adds to the family-style atmosphere five nights a week and the full bar keeps the spirits up late into the night. 1040 Clinton St., Napa. 707.255.6646. THE WHITE BARN Originally a carriage house built in the 1870s, the beautiful White Barn has been transformed into a cherished 75-seat performance venue that features performances from classical, jazz, flamenco and world music luminaries as well as theatrical and spoken word performances. Run by a dedicated group of volunteers and supported by the generosity of donors, this gem of St. Helena also regularly donates to other Napa Valley charities, spreading the love for the benefit of all. 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave., St. Helena. 707.987.8225.
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Barn’s 12,000 square feet of floor space, most of it can be found right here. Open since 1990, Bottle Barn is unbeatable for selection and service. 3331-A Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.528.1161.
THE CHESHIRE CLUB VAPOR BOUTIQUE Santa Rosa’s Cheshire Club Vape Boutique offers vaping pleasure, vaporizers and vaping liquid in a comfortable, upscale setting. 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.282.5180.
The Antique Society of Sebastopol is a co-op of 125 antique dealers in one location. It’s open daily with 20,000 square feet of pet-friendly shopping that is sure to contain something for everyone. 2661 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.829.1733.
The Beaded Nomad was established in 1994 by bead collector and bead artist Peggy Owens Erridge when her collection outgrew her small home. Opening the Beaded Nomad was a way to continue to collect beads and world art, and share them with others. 1149 First St., Napa. 707.252.3060.
COMMUNITY MARKET Sonoma County’s locally grown alternative to chain supermarkets is a workerrun natural-food wonder open since 1975. Any profit is directed back to the community in the form of donations, discounts and services. Great produce and bulk sections. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa (707.546.1806) and 6762 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol (707.407.4020).
BIKRAM YOGA OF SANTA ROSA
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Bikram Yoga of Santa Rosa has won the Bohemian’s Best Of award for the last three years. It offers classes seven days a week to help you learn to use yoga to relieve tension and to maintain health. 522 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.9642.
BOTTLE BARN The North Bay makes a lot of wine (and beer, cider and spirits), and with Bottle
Long live the independent bookstore. Copperfield’s Books is a perennial favorite of readers with eight locations throughout Napa, Marin and Sonoma counties. Copperfield’s regularly hosts authors for discussions and book-signings. copperfieldsbooks.com.
From pots, to knives, to
table linens, Cultivate offers everything you need to outfit your kitchen and dining room. The stuff here is top-notch, but it’s the helpful and knowledgeable staff that stands out. 186 N. Main St. #120, Sebastopol. 707.824.1400.
DIAMOND TIRE CENTER
Diamond Tire Center aims to never promise more than they can deliver and gives customers more than they expect. Michelin, Bridgestone, Continental, Sumitomo, Kumho, Goodyear, Dunlop, General and BFGoodrich are all in stock. Any tire, any size can be available the same day if ordered by 10am. 1133 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415.459.3808. THE FARMER’S WIFE The Farmer's Wife prepares simple, seasonal, farmto-table soups, salads and sandwiches. Find the Wife at farmers markets, private parties and wine country events. Voted three consecutive years, in three separate competitions, as "Best Sandwich in Sonoma County." 707.292.1303.
HOME CONSIGNMENT CENTER
The Home Consignment Center has been providing consignment services for nearly 20 years in California, Nevada and Texas. The stores attract products from model homes, showrooms close-outs, overruns, as well as local homes. 801 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.6691.
KINDRED FAIR TRADE HANDCRAFTS At Kindred Fair Trade Handcrafts, economic responsibility and environmental sustainability go hand in hand. The products offered are fair trade and handmade from around the world. 605 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.1459. LITTLEFOUR A carefully curated selection of handcrafted housewares, clothing, accessories and gifts is what you’ll find at Littlefour, made by local and independent artists from the Bay Area and beyond, and including Littlefour’s in-house label. 120 Morris St., Ste. 100, Sebastopol. 707.861.9886. MAC DADDY REPAIRS Mack Daddy provides onand offsite repair options, as well as new user training and other services, for Macintosh and iPhone users in Sebastopol and the unincorporated areas of West Sonoma County. And by offsite that means they do house calls. 301 N. Main St., Ste. C, Sebastopol. 707.331.1685. MARK SHIMIZU DESIGN Jewelry shop specializing in custom design, repair and restoration. Local and international artists, plus Citizen watches. Formerly inside Earthworks, Coddingtown, now on the Windsor Town Green.
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ADAM’S PC REPAIRS Repair and setup specialist for Windows-based PCs and laptops. Custom-built operations, including OS installation. 158 Golden Ridge Ave, Sebastopol. 707.695.8690.
9070 Windsor Road, Windsor. 707.836.1840.
Hwy., Stinson Beach. 415.868.0717.
MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL PROPAGANDA The Museum of International Propaganda is a real place. The museum opened in May of this year with the mission of raising awareness of the dangers of propaganda by showing some of the onesided messages created by governments and organizations around the world who attempt to shape perceptions for ideological purposes. The museum’s collection includes more than a thousand items, including posters, statues, books and cinema from various countries, including North Korea, Vietnam, Nazi Germany, Cuba and the Soviet Union. 1000 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 415.310.1173.
OCEANIC REALTY Oceanic Realty is a fullservice real estate company located in Stinson Beach. The firm specializes in sales, long-term rentals and vacation rentals in Stinson Beach, Bolinas and Muir Beach. 3470 Shoreline
Oliver’s is Sonoma County’s homegrown grocer with a great selection of produce, meat, fish and cheese. The stores specialize in Sonoma County–made products. Your receipt tells you how many local products you purchased. Locations include 560 Montecito Center (707.537.7123) and 461 Stony Point Road (707.284.3530) in Santa Rosa, and 546 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati (707.775.9501).
PEACE IN MEDICINE
Repeat winner of Bohemian Best Of awards, Peace in Medicine offers a proactive approach to health management by providing a local, affordable and safe environment to dispense medical cannabis, in addition to other alternative health services. 1061 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa (707.843.3227) and 6771 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol (707.823.4206). RABBIT RABBIT FAIRTRADE Rabbit Rabbit in downtown St. Helena offers fair trade
CLOTHING CAROLINA BOUTIQUE Carolina Boutique’s owner Carolina Loiacono brings her sense of fashion and simplicity to her two stores in Marin county. The stores mirror her passion for style. 76 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley (415.381.2554) and 444 Ignacio Blvd., Novato (415.883.4883).
FUNK & FLASH Funk & Flash offers clothing and accessories designed for festival culture with a mission to inspire humanity—with funk and flash. 228 S. Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.1142. GAZELLA’S TRUNK Consignment boutique selling clothing, shoes and accessories from inside
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products like scarves, specialty foods, purses, jewelry and home décor from more than 40 countries. 1327 Main St., St. Helena. 707.968.9182.
This Bohemian Best Of winner offers a high-style thrift shop experience with great clothing, home furnishings, housewares and more. 1001 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.284.1700. SILK MOON Open seven days a week in downtown Sebastopol, Silk Moon offers an eclectic mix of casual clothing and shoes for men and women, jewelry and home décor. 195 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.4300. STUDIO C2 A space for Northern California ceramic artists to share their work, both for exhibition and for sale. Thursday–Saturday and by appointment. 620 Petaluma Blvd. N., Ste. C2, Petaluma. 415.533.0009. THE TOYWORKS Sonoma County's oldest independently owned
the Foo Dog Yoga studio. 490 Second St., Petaluma. 707.981.8417. LIV FASHION BOUTIQUE Liv Fashion Boutique was opened by sisters Olivia and Jillian in Ukiah in 2006 and has since expanded to four stores throughout Northern California to bring the latest designs in fashion to the modern California girl. 620 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.6198.
toy business. Since 1977, the Toyworks has been supplying the county with a huge selection of creative, fun and educational products and the personal service you could never get from the big-box retailers. 6940 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2003. UBER OPTICS UBER Optics in downtown Petaluma offers a selection of high fashion eyeglass frames from top designers such as MOSCOT, Bevel and Oliver Peoples. 19 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.763.3163.
When you walk through the door into this bright and interesting shop, you’ll understand why Whistlestop has been consistently voted best antique store in Sonoma County since 1996. Located in historic Railroad Square, Whistlestop offers a wide variety of antiques and collectibles including furniture and country pieces, pottery, art, china and glassware, estate and costume jewelry, books, waxes and polishes. 130 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.9474.
LOUIS THOMAS FINE MEN’S APPAREL
With locations in Petaluma and Corte Madera, the rakish retailer offers a socks-tobelts range of men’s apparel, with an emphasis on hightone style and a commitment to debonair detail. 150 Kentucky St., Petaluma (707.765.1715) and 212 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera (415.924.1715). MARIO’S Mario’s has been serving Napa County since 1981
Ethnic Arts Jewelry Clothes Beads 1149 First St., Napa 707.252.3060
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Antique Society on Sebastopol’s Antique Row
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Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.829.8544. PORTOBELLO HATS Portobello Hats is a boutique hat store in downtown Santa Rosa. It offers one-ofa-kind original hats as well as custom hats made by in-house milliners Amy Smith and Jenny Webley. Portobello also carries quality brands like Stefeno, Stetson, Panizza, Wallaroo and Christy’s. Vintage hats bought and sold too. 311 D St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4287.
NATIVE RIDERS Native Riders stands out for its one-of-a-kind Western and American Indian–inspired apparel and jewelry. Look for leather and buckskin jackets, feather accessories, moccasins and peace pipes. 851
SERVICES ABALONE INN Nestled between San Francisco and the Wine Country on a hillside overlooking Point Reyes wetlands, pastures and Black Mountain, the Abalone Inn welcomes guests with hospitality and old-fashioned ambiance. The restored Victorian has three unique guestrooms, a congenial atmosphere and a parlor with a fireplace, library, antiques and local art. It’s a perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts, birders, kayakers, bicyclists and those who appreciate efforts toward living in a more eco-friendly manner. 12355 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. 415.663.9149.
BELLAM SELF STORAGE & BOXES
Bellam Self Storage and Boxes offers products
and services aimed at making the self-storage experience easy. Located in Marin County since 1982. Certified green business. 24 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael. 415.454.1983. BOHEMIAN TATTOO Specializing in custom and realistic tattoo work. Walkins are welcome. 170 Raley’s Towne Center, Rohnert Park. 707.978.3258.
LAW OFFICES OF OMAR FIGUEROA
Busted for a cannabis crime? Better call Omar. Figueroa’s passion as a lawyer is to “keep these people out of the clutches of the criminal justice system” and help protect them from an emergent corporate cannabis culture. 7770 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. A, Sebastopol. 415.489.0420; 707.829.0215.
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SUNKISSED, BY SUNSATIONS Sunkissed, by Sunsations, is a boutique swim and yoga wear shop that caters to women of all sizes. They specialize in a wide variety of bra-sized swim tops in many styles and colors. 205 Fifth St., Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. 707.595.1458.
TAMARIND Owner Andrea Kenner worked over a decade designing for fashion brands in New York. Tamarind K-TECH AUTOMOTIVE K-Tech Automotive is proud of its well-balanced team of local Sonoma County technicians and customerservice professionals. Combined, they have more than 80 years of experience working on cars, so there’s not much they can’t handle. 198 S. High St., Sebastopol. 707.824.6881. OLIVET KENNEL & DOG TRAINING Olivet Kennel offers awardwinning dog boarding, dog training, puppy training, socialization and doggy daycare in a fabulous countryside setting. 2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2066. PERMACULTURE ARTISANS Permaculture Artisans offers a range of services in building a regenerative landscape, farms and neighborhood. Their goal is
offers a selection of locally designed and made clothes and accessories among its well-known brands. 180 Morris St. #170, Sebastopol. 707.861.9513. VIVA DIVA BOUTIQUE “Girl-friendly” Viva Diva opened in downtown San Rafael in 1997 to offer contemporary fashions to NorCal ladies. 1327 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.256.8380. to create a natural system that supports the health of surrounding ecosystems. 2185 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.824.0836.
6TH STREET PLAYHOUSE 6th Street Playhouse is a performing arts theatre that engages, entertains and inspires a diverse community through plays, musicals and educational programs. 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185. SONOMA COUNTY TRANSIT Sonoma County Transit is a public transit agency that serves all corners of the county. Veterans ride free through 2017. sctransit.com. TRIM TECH Bud trimming gets automated with Trim Tech’s Ganga Globe. Trim a quarter pound in seven seconds. ganjaglobe.org.
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with fine men’s clothing, including Italian sports coats, slacks and shirts, to blue jeans and leather jackets. 1223 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1603.
readers. 186 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.861.3434.
CAVALLO POINT With the Golden Gate Bridge within arm’s reach, Cavallo Point is situated in one of America’s national parks between San Francisco and Marin. One of the few, if only, spas that’s both kid- and dog-friendly, Cavallo Point offers family getaways as well as individual services. Voted #8 by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 75 spas in the country. 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 415.339.4700. EUROPEAN WAX CENTER European Wax Center was founded a decade ago on the belief that all of us deserve gorgeous skin. Their exclusive waxing techniques prep your skin before and after each treatment, ensuring the most comfortable experience possible. 150 Steele Lane #300, Santa Rosa. 707.528.2147. 633 Trancas St., Napa. 707.258.9320. 5000 Northgate Drive, #125, San Rafael. 415.479.7700. EVO SPA Marin would not be Marin without a full-service spa. It’s that special quality that makes a particular spa stand out from the rest. Evo combines modern technology with ancient traditions to provide guests with a beautifying, relaxing and therapeutic experience. 800 Redwood Hwy., #216, Mill Valley. 415.383.3223. FLAMINGO CONFERENCE RESORT & SPA The ability of a spa to transport you into a different world, or at least
make you forget that you are in the middle of downtown Santa Rosa, is one of the hallmarks of a true sanctuary/spa. The Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa provides its guests the luxury of modern amenities with a retro vibe. For the ecoconscious, the Flamingo embraces earth-friendly products and follows “green living” guidelines. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.
Jaiyen Spa is a boutique spa influenced by Thailand’s healing arts. The spa offers a sanctuary of peace and tranquility where you can relax, rejuvenate and be pampered by highly trained therapists. They embrace a holistic approach to treating the body, mind and spirit, resulting in a healthier, happier and more confident self. 7106 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707.313.9069. MACARTHUR PLACE HOTEL & SPA When one enters the 19th-century estate that is the MacArthur Park Hotel & Spa, the word “majestic” comes to mind. This luxurious hotel and spa, located minutes from historic Sonoma Plaza, offers treatments based on the fruits, flowers and herbs grown in the gardens at the inn. Each signature treatment lasts over an hour and utilizes ingredients fresh from the garden and the vine, including the Rose Garden (a rose petal bath, rose petal body polish and essential oil massage) or the Red Red Wine (a red wine grape seed bath,
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body polish and essential oil massage). The spa also offers organic facials, waxing services and couples massage. 29 E. MacArthur St., Sonoma. 707.933.9833. MEDWAY SPA Medway is a full-service massage and spa salon dedicated to making you look and feel your best. From foot massages to complete renewal, Medway offers a wide range of relaxing services. 26 Medway Road #16, San Rafael. 415.256.1288.
MELISSA CARLSON SKINCARE & WAXING STUDIO
Melissa Carlson Skincare specializes in advanced skincare treatment including facials, chemical peels, tanning and a full range of other beauty services. 3861 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.481.0255. MILL VALLEY MASSAGE Mill Valley Massage is focused on providing clients with high-quality bodywork, performed by talented professionals in a warm and comfortable environment—affordably. Mill Valley Massage believes everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of getting massages regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle. 61 Camino Alto #102, Mill Valley, 415.381.1855 and 1007 C St., San Rafael, 415.460.1855. OSMOSIS DAY SPA Cushioned in the idyllic town of Freestone, this Japanese-style sanctuary/spa is the only spa in the country that offers the rejuvenating
cedar enzyme bath, a therapeutic heat treatment that originated in Japan. This ecologically, green-minded spa strives to provide its clients with a truly nurturing experience “in resonance with nature.” Osmosis Spa is a member of the Green Spa Network and is hoping to influence the “greening” of the spa industry. 209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231. SIMPLY INSPIRED SPA Mill Valley’s Simply Inspired Spa offers therapeutic massages, “organic healing” facials, cedar and infrared saunas, and luxurious soaks in outdoor hot tubs under the redwoods. 158 Almonte Blvd., Mill Valley. 415.383.8260. SPA SOLAGE Artfully designed and ecologically inspired, Spa Solage is nestled in the lavish Solage Resort in Calistoga. Solage was voted by Conde Nast Traveler as the No. 1 spa in the Americas and the No. 10 spa in the world. Solage offers seasonal specials, such as the strawberry-margarita mudslide for two (no, that’s not a cocktail, it’s a body treatment), and geothermal soaking pools, yoga and fitness classes, massage and facials. 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.
Locally owned since 2005, Sunkissed, formerly Great Sunsations, offers full service tanning and accessories. Located across from Santa Rosa Junior College. 1620 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.545.6786.
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