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Dining Guide RESTAURANTS & WINERIES WINTER 2011-2012


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SONOMA COUNTY Central Sonoma West Sonoma North Sonoma South Sonoma Sonoma Valley

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MARIN COUNTY Central Marin West Marin North Marin South Marin

40 NAPA COUNTY 40 Upvalley 42 Downvalley

46 WINERIES

Winter 2011 Advertisers 19 32 9 13 43 29 35 39 49

Agave Mexican Restaurant Bayview Restaurant Bear Republic Brewing Co. Becks Beringer Winery Blue Moon Brody’s Burgers & Brew Carpe Diem Wine Bar Calistoga Chamber of Commerce 4 Chateau St. Jean Winery 17 Chloe’s French Cafe 63 Christy’s on the Square 59 Dos Equis

41 Etude Wines

53 Sierra Nevada

21 Forchetta / Bastoni

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35 Gaia’s Garden

24 Sonoma County Health Department / Public Health

19 Gypsy Cafe

Sizzling Tandoor

31 Hopmonk Tavern

25 Sonoma County Restaurant Week

27 Jeffrey’s Hillside Cafe

61 Spoonbar

11 New Belgium

45 St. Clement Vineyards

64 Nonni’s Restaurant

57 Stella Artois

55 Peroni

33 Tides Wharf

49 Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap

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51 Prelude

15 Village Bakery

47 Rodney Strong Vineyards

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22 Shock Top

47 Woodenhead Vintners

Underwood Willow Wood

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Best of Winners in the past 5 years. BOLD Advertisers. Cost: $ = Under $12; $$ = $13-$20; $$$ = $21-$26; $$$$x = Over $27 Rating indicates the low to average cost of a full dinner for one person, exclusive of desserts, beverages and tip.

Sonoma County CENTRAL COUNTY ABYSSINIA Ethiopian/Eritrean. $. Authentic and filling, and a welcome culinary addition. Lunch and dinner daily; Breakfast,Sat-Sun. 913 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.568.6455.

ANNAPURNA Nepalese. $-$$. An exotic taste of the Himalayas at this comfortable restaurant. Authentic Nepalese dishes include steamed momos, dal soup, curries and many vegetarian offerings. Lunch and dinner daily. 535 Ross St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.8471.

BISTRO 29 Bistro. $$-$$$. Get an honestly prepared plate of excellence, reasonably priced, at this veritable palace of crepes. Lunch, Tues-Fri; dinner, Tues-Sat.620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929.

BOROLO’S ORIGINAL PIZZA Pizza. $. Classic, California and European pizza combos beyond the ordinary. Organic mozzarella, locally sourced produce, locally milled flour, homemade dressings and sauces, all flame-baked in a stone oven. Takeout and delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 500 Mission Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.539.3937.

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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. In the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel, 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa. 707.636.7388.

BRODY’S BURGERS & BREW Burgers. $. This family-restaurant-serving-beer is not to be confused with a bar. Big burgers made with quality ingredients and a kid-friendly casual dining room. Try their newest addition, Double Rainbow Gourmet Ice cream milkshakes, voted best in the world. Open daily, 11am–9pm. 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. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Fri; dinner only, Sat; brunch, Sun. 1226 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.569.8222.

CA’BIANCA RISTORANTE ITALIANO Italian. $$-$$$. Romantic, delightful and authentic Italian dining in historic two-story house. 835 Second St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5800.

CHELINO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Mexican. $. Standout generous taqueria fare with fresh ingredients daily. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 1079 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.571.7478.

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Best of Winners in the past 5 years. BOLD Advertisers. Cost: $ = Under $12; $$ = $13-$20; $$$ = $21-$26; $$$$x = Over $27 Rating indicates the low to average cost of a full dinner for one person, exclusive of desserts, beverages and tip.

RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY 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. Consistently delicious. Lunch, Mon-Fri. 3883 Airway Dr, Ste. 145, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095.

CHRISTY’S ON THE SQUARE Eclectic small plates. $-$$. An elegant, first-class establishment showcasing wine and liquors from around the world, fabulous small bites and live jazz. A great place to entertain clients, listen to live music or enjoy an evening with friends. Mon.-Sun., 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa 707.528.8565.

DIERK’S PARKSIDE CAFE American. $. Classic, fresh diner food in a comfortable diner setting. Ought to be in a movie. Breakfast and lunch daily. 404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

EAST WEST RESTAURANT California cuisine. $$. Comfortable, casual, all vegetarian-friendly with Mediterranean flavor. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 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. Lunch and dinner daily. 400 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8868.

FLAVOR California cuisine. $-$$. Fresh and organic white-tablecloth food at paper-napkin prices. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.573.9695.

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. Lunch and dinner, Mon.-Sat. 1899-B Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

GARY CHU’S Chinese. $$. Fine Chinese food in elegant setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.

HANG AH DIM SUM Chinese-dim sum. $. Low prices and good variety make it pleasing. Buffet-style quality. Lunch and dinner daily. 2130 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7873.

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. www.hightechburrito.com.

HIKUNI SUSHI BAR & HIBACHI Japanese. $$$. Terrific teppanyaki plus a full sushi bar, tonkatsu, udon and bento. Lunch and dinner daily. 4100 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.539.9188.

JEFFREY’S HILLSIDE CAFE American. $. Delicious and fresh local produce, dairy and meats. Unique menu items include

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Best of Winners in the past 5 years. BOLD Advertisers. Cost: $ = Under $12; $$ = $13-$20; $$$ = $21-$26; $$$$x = Over $27 Rating indicates the low to average cost of a full dinner for one person, exclusive of desserts, beverages and tip.

RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY banana pancakes with housemade huckleberry syrup, Seasonal grilled vegetable hash, Eggs Benedict with orange-scented hollandaise, Mixed berry cheese blintzes, seasonal sandwiches and salads. Breakfast and lunch daily; weekend brunch. Specialty coffees, milkshakes, fresh fruit smoothies, beer and local wines. 2901 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.6317.

JHANTHONG BANBUA Thai. $-$$. Sophisticated and delicate Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients, packed with flavor. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

JOJO SUSHI Japanese. $-$$. Hip downtown eatery features fresh sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and innovative specials. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 645 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.569.8588.

KHOOM LANNA Thai. $$. Outstanding Thai dishes and seasonal specialties with an authentic cooking style. Fresh ingredients, serene dining room, convenient Railroad Square location. Lunch and dinner daily. 107 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8424.

LA GARE French. $$$. Dine in an elegant atmosphere of Old World charm. Dinner, Wed-Sun 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355.

LOCOCO’S CUCINA RUSTICA Italian. $$$. Escape to Italy; serving lunch and dinner in historic Railroad Square. 117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.

MOMBO’S PIZZA Pizza. $. The crust is thin and the toppings eclectic. Delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 1800 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.FAST. Also, 560 Hwy 116 N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7492.

MONTI’S ROTISSERIE & BAR California cuisine. $-$$. Small plates and a few larger entrées with emphasis on houseroasted meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 714 Village Ct., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4404.

NONNI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO Italian. $$. You’ve tried the rest, now try the best. Authentic, fresh, top-quality homemade Italian cuisine. Generous portions that impress. House specialities include ravioli, homemade focaccia, caprese speciale, gnocchi, Mostacioli con sugo (pork). Family owned and operated. Lunch and dinner daily. 420 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.527.0222.

OSAKE SUSHI BAR & GRILL Japanese. $$$. Gourmet sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill specialties and premium sakes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri. 2446 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.

PAMPOSH Indian. $-$$. Clean, fresh, exciting traditional Indian food. Chicken tikka masala is indescribably good. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 52 Mission Circle, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.538.3367.

PETITE SYRAH California-French. $$$. Chef-owner Josh Silver’s sophisticated Wine Country cuisine in new

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RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY small-plate offerings, in restaurant or indoor courtyard setting. Seasonally changing menu and inventive desserts. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4002.

RENDEZ VOUS BISTRO French $$. Before the crêpes hook you, the charm will. Bubbling over with French bistro ambiance, Rendezvous Bistro recreates a European cafe complete with a mosaic tile floor, ornate décor and delicate round tables for two. Sandwiches, salads and sweets, but its main attraction are the savory crêpes. 7 days, 11:30- midnight. 614 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.7700.

ROSSO PIZZERIA & WINE BAR Pizza. $-$$. Friendly, plentiful staff at outstanding and creative pizzeria. Incredible crusts and inventive toppings. Excellent and affordable wine list. Futbol! Creekside Center, 53 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.544.3221.

RUSSIAN RIVER BREWING CO Eclectic. $. Decent pizza and excellent brews. Two words: beer bites! Lunch and dinner daily. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

SEA THAI BISTRO Thai. $$. The dishes of exotic Bangkok come to California with some truly soul-satisfying dishes. Lunch and dinner. Two locations: 2323 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8333. 500 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.766.6633.

SIMPLY VIETNAM Vietnamese. $. Friendly Vietnamese for all ethnic tastes. Savory, satisfying and filling. Pho can be hit or miss, depending on the meat quality. Lunch and dinner daily. 966 N Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.566.8910.

SIZZLING TANDOOR Indian. $$. A Sonoma County legend for almost 20 years, and for good reason. Of the more than 100 menu choices, all are worthwhile. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.

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, Mon-Fri. Dinner daily; lunch, Mon-Fri. 521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

STOUT BROTHERS PUB & RESTAURANT Irish. $$. Celtic pub meets California for Guinness, good food and friendly craic. Lunch and dinner daily. 527 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

SUSHI TO DAI FOR Japanese. $$$. A temple of sushi cool. Regulars rave about the dragon roll. Lunch, Mon-Thurs; dinner, Mon-Sat. Two locations: 119 Fourth St., Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. 707.576.9309.869 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.721.0392.

SWEET T’S RESTAURANT AND BAR Modern Comfort Food. $$. Hush puppies, fried chicken, cornbread, ribs, burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, the works. Lunch and dinner daily. 2009 Stagecoach Road, Ste. 100, Santa Rosa. 707.595.3935.

THAI TASTE Thai. $-$$. Lovely ambiance and daily specials showcasing authentic Thai flavors to warm

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RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY the palate. A hidden gem in Santa Rosa’s Montecito neighborhood. Lunch and dinner. 170 Farmers Lane #8, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3888.

THE VILLA Italian. $-$$. Spectacular views, superb service. Seafood, steak, poultry, seasonal specialties, pizza from wood-burning oven, patio dining. Open 7 days a week. 3901 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa 707.528.7755.

VILLAGE BAKERY European-style bakery. $. Award-winning, fresh-baked breads daily. Home of the infamous 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. Open daily. Three locations: 7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol; 707.829.8101. 1445 Town & Country Dr., Santa Rosa; 707.527.7654. 1353 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.1443.

WEST SIDE BAR & GRILL Sports Bar. $$. Home of the almost-famous bacon cheeseburger. Seventeen beers on tap (wine list available). Fourteen flat screen televisions to watch all of the hottest sports events. Two great pool tables. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 3082 Marlow Road, # B8, Santa Rosa. 707.573.9453.

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.

YAO-KIKU Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 2700 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.

ZAZU Cal-Euro. $$$. Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. Chef Duskie Estes has gone on to win The Next Iron Chef and, with partner John Stewart, Cochon 555. Zagat-rated with much of the produce from its own gardens. 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

WEST COUNTY AIOLI—A GOURMET DELICATESSEN Wine Country take-out and catering. $-$$$. Gourmet take-home dinners and full-service catering. Open Mon.-Sat. for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. 6536 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.2476.

BAYVIEW RESTAURANT Seafood. $$$. Fresh Sonoma County ingredients. An elegant and cozy setting boasting some of the best seafood in the Bay Area. Fri.-Sat., 5-10pm; Wed., Thurs. and Sun., 5-9pm; closed Monday and Tuesday. 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. 14

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AWARD WINNING BREADS, CAKES, PASTRIES, COOKIES, SWEETS AND SEASONAL FAVORITES

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RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY BLUEWATER BISTRO California cuisine. $$-$$$. Homey and rich seafood with warm service. Dinner, Thurs-Sat; lunch daily; Breakfast,Sat-Sun. 21301 Heron Drive, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3513.

CORKS Californian. $$-$$$. Located at the Russian River Vineyards, Corks is a winery-based restaurant, pairing dishes with their wines rather than the other way around. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. 5700 Gravenstein Hwy N, Forestville. 707.887.3344.

EAST WEST CAFE Middle Eastern and California cuisine. $$. Comfortable, casual, all vegetarian-friendly. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 128 N Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

FARMHOUSE INN & RESTAURANT California-French. $$$$. A splurge-worthy, romantic inn with an extensive wine list and highly polished service. Dinner, Thurs.-Sun. 7871 River Rd., Forestville. 707.887.3300.

FORCHETTA / BASTONI Asian-Italian. $$. Southeast Asian street food is served alongside rustic Italian food in this unique two-in-one restaurant. Forchetta’s menu offers heart-warming Italian cuisine from the wood-fired pizza oven and grills, to risottos and hand-cut pastas, while Bastoni’s kitchen focuses on bringing the farm-to-table movement to Vietnamese and Thai classics such as banh mi, noodles and curries. 6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9500.

FRENCH GARDEN French. $$$-$$$$. Classic French and California cuisine focusing on seasonal and sustainable foods, much of it grown on its own farm; also, a casual bar with small plates. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

GTO SEAFOOD HOUSE Seafood. $$$-$$$$. Emphasis on Cajun-style seafood with nice, open dining room in downtown Sebastopol. 234 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.9922.

GYPSY CAFE Modern Comfort Food. $$. Breakfast served all day with lunch and dinner as well, featuring pulled pork sandwiches, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, chilaquiles and more—and, in a nod to Sebastopol, gluten-free pancakes. Breakfast-lunch, Wed.-Mon.; Fried chicken nights, Fridays. 162 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.861.3825.

HOPMONK TAVERN Pub fare. $$. More than serviceable tavern food with a menu that hops the globe. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. Two locations: 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

HOWARD’S STATION CAFE Breakfast and lunch. $$. Charming cash-only breakfast spot is always packed. Look for the unusual fresh juices. 3611 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.2838.

JENNER INN CAFE & WINE BAR California cuisine. $$-$$$. Featuring locally caught fresh seafood, natural free-range lamb and poultry and organic Sonoma County vegetables. Make a reservation and spend the night. 10400 Coast Route 1, Jenner. 707.865.2377.

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RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY K&L BISTRO French. $$$. This comfortable restaurant serves fine food with a friendly Sebastopol flair. Zagat-rated, consistently excellent and surprisingly innovative. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 119 S Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.6614.

LARRY VITO’S BBQ SMOKEHOUSE Barbecue. $-$$. Southern-style and slow-cooked from a chef who’s worked with Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters. Zing! 6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol. 707.575.3277.

LUCAS WHARF Seafood. $$-$$$. Dine overlooking the Bodega Harbor. Fresh, locally-caught seafood. Nextdoor fresh fish market and deli. Outdoor take-out seafood bar, weather permitting. Familyfriendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 595 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3522.

MARTHA’S OLD MEXICO Mexican. $. Freshly prepared favorites, along with regional house specialties. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Mon; dinner only, Sat-Sun. 305 N Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458.

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.

RIVER’S END $$$-$$$$. An eclectic spread of gourmet dishes with international influences. Focusing on locally grown ingredients with a tremendous surrounding view of the ocean. Lunch and dinner daily. 11048 Highway 1, Jenner. 707.865.2484 x111.

ROCKER OYSTERFELLER’S American. $$-$$$. Friendly, warm service in a spot whose menu is thick with local, organic ingredients. Great patio and fun special events. Live music on weekends. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 14415 Coast Hwy 1, Valley Ford (at the Valley Ford Hotel). 707.876.1983.

SARAH’S FORESTVILLE KITCHEN American. $-$$. Simple, flavorful dining for all meals of the day with Southern, American and international influences. Dinner Thurs.-Sat., brunch on Sat. and Sun. 6566 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.1055.

SEA RANCH RESTAURANT Internationally-inspired California cuisine. $$. Dining ranges from casual tavern fare to formal small plates, appetizers and entrees. Unique, award-winning regional wines complete the spectacular, ocean-view dining experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Highway One, the Sea Ranch. 707.785.2371.

SIZZLING TANDOOR II Indian. $-$$. A coastal gem offering diners a great view on the Sonoma coast. Relax on the outside patio; come for Happy Hour and stay through dinner with extended summer daylight. Sending diners home satiated with authentic, hearty Indian cuisine. 9960 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.865.0625.

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RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY Scharffen Berger dark chocolate. Luscious and addictive. Bold flavors, low sugar, local and organic ingredients. 6988 McKinley St. (inside Infusions Tea Shop), Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

STARLIGHT WINE BAR American bistro. $$. Tasty concoctions with a New Orleans flair. Menu is divided into pizzas, small plates, charcuterie and desserts, all served in renovated train caboose. Dinner, TuesSun. 6761 Sebastopol Ave (in the Gravenstein station), Sebastopol. 707.823.1943.

SUSHI HANA Japanese. $$. Popular sushi destination offers delightful treats. Dollar sushi on Wed and Sat really packs ’em in. Lunch and dinner daily. 6930 Burnett St., Sebastopol. 707.823.3778.

SUSHI TOZAI Japanese. $$. Spare, clean ambiance and some of the freshest sushi you’ll ever eat. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 7531 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.9886.

TIDES WHARF 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. Open daily. 835 Coast Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3652.

UNDERWOOD BAR & BISTRO European bistro. $$. The Underwood’s classy bistro menu and impressive bar belie its rural setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat; dinner only, Sun. 9113 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.823.7023.

WILLOW WOOD MARKET CAFE Mediterranean. $$. Homey, eclectic foods, large portions and rustic, bohemian ambiance. Suddenly, polenta’s a rock star. Breakfast,lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun.; brunch, Sun. 9020 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.823.0233.

NORTH COUNTY AFFRONTI Mediterranean. $$-$$$ Mediterannean-style small plate menu made with locally sourced ingredients. Over 30 wines by the glass. Live music Thursday nights and Sunday jazz brunch. Service from 11:30am daily; closed Tuesday. 235 Healdsburg Ave. (behind the La Crema tasting room), Healdsburg.707.431.1113.

AGAVE MEXICAN RESTAURANT Mexican. $$. Come for the authentic Oaxacan cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients; stay for the endless selection at the tequila bar. Open daily, 10am–9:30pm. 1063 Vine St., Healdsburg. 707.433.2411.

BARNDIVA California cuisine. $$-$$$. Delicious food with outdoor seating great for balmy summer nights. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 231 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.431.0100.

BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING CO. Brewpub. $-$$. Award-winning ales and pub fare. Hearty portions and friendly service. Casual dining, outside patio. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.2337. 20

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BISTRO RALPH Bistro. $$. Classic and classyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;bistro food at its best. Wine bar; martinis if you ask for them. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 109 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.1380.

BOVOLO Italian/Mediterranean. $-$$. Slow Food featuring fabulous made-in-house pork sandwiches, pizzas and salumi, Lunch and dinner daily. 106 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707.431.2962.

CAFE GRATITUDE Vegan. $-$$. Mecca for vegans and raw foodists, scheduled to close in the next several months. Get there while you can. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 206 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.723.4462. 2200 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.824.4652.

CHARCUTERIE French Mediterranean. $$. Intimate bistro has casual European wine-bar feel. Lunch, MonSat; dinner, Sun-Thurs. 335 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.431.7231.

CHINOIS ASIAN BISTRO Asian. $$. Pan-Asian cuisine done delicious. Happy hour tapas and cocktails weekdays. Dinner daily; lunch, Mon-Fri. 186 Windsor River Rd, Windsor. 707.838.4667.

CYRUS California cuisine. $$$$. Among the best restaurants in the U.S. Look for the caviar cart. In the Le Mars Hotel, 29 North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3311.

DIAVOLA Italian/Pizza. $$. Artisan wood-fired pizzas and elaborate antipasti served in a rusticchic old brick former smokehouse. House-cured meats. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. 21021 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. 707.814.0111.

DRY CREEK KITCHEN California cuisine. $$$-$$$$. Fresh wine country cuisine from chef Charlie Palmer. Lunch and dinner, Thurs-Tues. 317 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

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HEALDSBURG BAR & GRILL American. $-$$ Gourmet burgers, pizzas and potent cocktails from the owners of Cyrus. Lunch and dinner daily. 245 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.3333.

LA HACIENDA Mexican. $$. A family-style Mexican eatery with a Michoacan touch. Lunch and dinner daily. 134 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.9365.

MADRONA MANOR Eclectic California cuisine. $$$$. Romantic fine dining in grand historic landmark mansion. Seasonal menu and superior wine list. Dinner daily. 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg. 707.433.4321.

RAVENETTE Bistro. $$. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that secret spot you look for all your life: great food, cheery service and a cozy ambiance. Menu changes weekly, with focus on tapas-style small plates. Dinner, ThursSat; brunch, Sun. 117 North St., Healdsburg. 707.431.1770.

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RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY RAVENOUS Bistro. $$. Eclectic menu. Try the smoked salmon and caviar appetizer, the house-made soups, and the vegetarian specials. Outdoor seating is like a comfy backyard. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun. 420 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.431.1302.

SCOPA Italian. $$. For true Tuscan flavors. Can be crowded, but you get to see what the neighbors ordered. Dinner, Tues-Sun. 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 to prepare. One of the region’s best spots for cocktails. Lunch, Thurs.-Mon.; dinner nightly. 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.

THAI ORCHID Thai. $-$$. Rich Thai food made with crisp, fresh ingredients, reasonably priced. Lunch and dinner daily. 1005 Vine St., Healdsburg. 707.433.0515.

UME JAPANESE BISTRO Japanese. $$. Sleek, contemporary, Japanese-accented interior. 8710 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. 707.838.6700.

WILLI’S SEAFOOD & RAW BAR Seafood. $$. Delicious preparations of the freshest fish and shellfish. Lunch and dinner, WedMon. 403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

SOUTH COUNTY CAFE ZAZZLE Eclectic cafe. $-$$. Colorful, tasty food cooked Mexican-, Japanese-, Thai- and Italian-style. Lunch and dinner daily. 121 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.762.1700.

CENTRAL MARKET California cuisine. $$$. Chef-owner Tony Majiola has a unique palate and a sure hand. Everything’s good, but you must trust him. Dinner daily. 42 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.9900.

CUCINA PARADISO Northern Italian. $-$$. Petaluma’s best Italian spot, period. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 114 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.782.1130.

DEMPSEY’S ALEHOUSE Gourmet pub fare. $$-$$$. Popular brewpub and bistro, award-winning handcrafted beers, outdoor dining in summer and pork chops to die for. Lunch and dinner daily. 50 E Washington St., Petaluma. 707.765.9694.

GOHAN Japanese. $$-$$$. Superb Japanese favorites with modern twists. Lunch and dinner, MonSat; dinner only, Sun. 1367 McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.789.9296.

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RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY GRAFFITI Mediterranean. $$-$$$. Jazzed-up waterfront destination has big menu focused on creative seafood, also steak and lamb. Lunch and dinner daily. 101 Second St., Petaluma. 707.765.4567.

HALLIE’S DINER American and more. $-$$. Classic diner food with a gourmet touch, plus Latin American items and homemade pizzas. Breakfast and lunch, Wed.-Mon. 125 Keller St., Petaluma. 707.773.1143.

HANA Japanese. $$$-$$$$. An oasis of cool tucked away in the atmosphereless Doubletree Hotel complex. Reservations on the weekend a must. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0270.

JENNIE LOW’S Chinese. $-$$. Light, healthy, and tasty Cantonese, Mandarin, Hunan, and Szechuan homestyle cooking. Great selection, including vegetarian fare, seafood, and noodles. Lunch, MonSat; dinner daily. Two locations: 140 Second St., Ste 120, Petaluma. 707.762.6888. Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, Rowland Ave., Novato. 415.892.8838.

LE BISTRO French. $$. A tiny space, simple menu, excellent food–and a reasonable price. Dinner, WedSun. 312 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.762.8292.

MIKE’S AT THE CROSSROADS Burgers. $. All kinds of burgers imaginable served. Dripping with personality, always rooting for the Jets. Lunch and dinner, Mon.-Sat. 7665 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.665.9999.

MOYO’S FROZEN YOGURT LOUNGE Frozen yogurt. $. Yummy Straus Family Creamery self-serve organic, all natural frozen yogurt. The MoYo Eat, The MoYo Want It! Eight flavors, 30 toppings, endless creations! Open daily. Theatre Square, 151 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.766.6696.

PAPA’S TAVERNA Greek. $$. Fun and comfortable taverna atmosphere nestled on the shore of the beautiful Petaluma River. Live music and belly dancing every Saturday and Sunday evening. 5688 Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma. 707.769.8545.

PAZZO Mediterranean-Moroccan. $$-$$$. Dishes from Spain, France, Italy, Greece or Morocco that are all excellent, like the chicken Marrakech, goosed with Moroccan spices, garlic, onions, tomatoes, eggplant and almonds. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 132 Keller St., Petaluma. 707.763.3333.

PORTER STREET BARBEQUE BBQ. $. Fresh meat made to order. 500 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati. 707.795.9652.

PRELUDE Flavorful menu focusing on locally grown foods. Menu ranges from buffets to plated dinners and changes by season. Prelude is foremost the hospitality service space of the Green Music Center and can be reserved for special occasions. The menu can be customized for events. 1801 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2747.

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RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY RISIBISI Italian. $$-$$$. Urban chic and good Italian food. The menu keeps freshly seasonal and changes weekly. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 154 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.766.7600.

SHANGRI-LA Nepalese. $-$$. Authentic and enriching Nepalese cuisine. As its name suggests, a culinary paradise. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 1708 E Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.793.0300.

SUGO Italian. $-$$. Bang-up fresh food at prices that seem like a steal. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat. 5 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.782.9298.

SUKHOTHAI Thai. $$. All the essentials: pad Thai, drunken noodles and, of course, moderately priced spicy to mild curries. 6358 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.584.5091.

THAI ISSAN Thai. $$. Popular full-spectrum Thai restaurant. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 208 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.762.5966.

TRES HOMBRES Mexican. $-$$. It’s all about the tequilla at this fun place to hang before or after a flick. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 151 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.773.4500.

VOLPI’S RESTAURANT Italian. $$-$$$. Festive atmosphere teams with great traditional Italian dishes at one of county’s oldest eateries. Accordion in the speakeasy if you’re lucky. Dinner daily. 124 Washington St., Petaluma. 707.762.2371.

WATER STREET BISTRO Eclectic. $$. Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and entrées. Breakfast and lunch, WedMon. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.9563.

SONOMA VALLEY CAFE LA HAYE California-French. $$-$$$. Chef Jeffrey Lloyd marries the very best Sonoma ingredients with nouvelle French cooking styles at this comfortable bistro. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 140 E Napa St., Sonoma. 707.935.5994.

CARNEROS BISTRO & WINE BAR Californian. $$$$. As fancy as foie gras-chestnut froth parfait for dinner, as simple as huevos rancheros for breakfast,and all superb. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 1325 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.931.2042.

DELLA SANTINI’S Italian. $$. Casual chic, family-run combination trattoria/rosticceria/pasticceria featuring traditional Tuscan fare and emphasizing spit-roasted meats and house-made pastries. Lunch and dinner, daily. 133 E Napa St., Sonoma. 707.935.0576.

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. Lunch and dinner daily. 110 W Spain St., Sonoma. 707.938.3634. 30

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RESTAURANTS | SONOMA COUNTY LASALETTE Portuguese. $$-$$$. Authentic rustic dishes include classic lusty Portuguese stews and seafood. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 452-H First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.1927.

MONDO Casual dining. $$. Try the half-pound Angus beef burger. Sandwiches, entrees and appetizers using all-natural local ingredients. Over 50 beers, with 23 specialty beers on tap. Live music. Open from noon daily; closed Tues. 875 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.938.8013.

THE RED GRAPE Pizza. $-$$. Delectable New Haven-style thin-crust pizzas with fresh ingredients and a dazzling array of toppings. Lunch and dinner daily. 529 First St W, Sonoma. 707.996.4103.

SADDLES Steakhouse. $$$-$$$$. A steakhouse in the best American tradition, with top-quality grass-fed beef. Pies are made from fruit trees on restaurant property. Dinner daily. 29 E MacArthur St., Sonoma. 707.933.3191.

SANTĂ&#x2030; AT SONOMA MISSION INN California cuisine. $$$. World-class spa setting for Sonoma County dishes and elegant traditional brunch. Dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 18140 Sonoma Hwy, Boyes Hot Springs. 707.939.2415.

SONOMA-MERITAGE MARTINI California-French. $$$. The menu, which changes daily, is well-rounded with plenty of options, thanks in no small part to the fresh seafood bar. Breakfast,lunch, and dinner, WedMon; brunch, Sat-Sun. 165 W Napa St., Sonoma. 707.996.5556.

SUNFLOWER CAFFE Cafe. $-$$. Excellent, satisfying food served cafeteria-style. Terrific outdoor patio. Breakfast and lunch daily. 421 First St., Sonoma. 707.996.6645.

VINEYARDS INN Spanish. $$. Authentic foods from Spain, fresh fish off the fire broiler, extensive tapas, as well as paellas and more. Emphasis on organic. Open for lunch and dinner, Wed-Mon. 8445 Sonoma Hwy. (Highway 12), at Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. 707.833.4500.

WOLF HOUSE Californian. $$$-$$$$. Stick with the simple, classics dishes, as they always shine. Lunch, Tues-Fri; dinner, Tues-Sun; brunch, Sat-Sun. 13740 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. 707.996.4401.

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RESTAURANTS | MARIN COUNTY freshness shine through. Just one tempting taste: dates stuffed with St. George cheese and wrapped in Hobbs bacon. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 636 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.453.3407.

BAY THAI Thai. $. Fresh Thai food with curries that combine the regions classic sweet and tart elements. Some of the best fried bananas to be found. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun. (Cash only.) 809 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.458.8845.

BENISSIMO RISTORANTE & BAR Italian. $$. Hearty and flavorful food in authentic neighborhood-style Italian restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 18 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.

CITRUS & SPICE Thai/Californian. $$. Thai meets California, with fresh fruit accents, light herbs and spices, and a great mango-duck summer roll. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 1444 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.455.0444.

COMFORTS Californian. $$. The Chinese chicken salad is beyond rapturous. Excellent celebrity sightings. Eat in or takeout. Breakfast and lunch daily; brunch, Sun. 335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.9840.

HATAM Persian. $. Fresh and lushly seasoned regional fare. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 821 B St., San Rafael. 415.454.8888.

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. Lunch and dinner daily. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.

LEFT BANK French. $$-$$$. Splendid, authentic French cuisine. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

LOCOCO’S AUTHENTIC ITALIAN PIZZERIA Italian. $$. Satisfying, reliable Italian fare. Two locations: 631 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. 415.472.3323. 638 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.453.1238.

MARIN BREWING CO. Pub food. $-$$. Excellent soups, salads, pub grub and award-winning pork-beer sausage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677.

PIER 15 American. $$. Fun, tucked-away old-fashioned spot overlooking hidden harbor. Great place for breakfast at a bar, too. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 15 Harbor St., San Rafael. 415.256.9121.

SEAFOOD PEDDLER Seafood. $$-$$$. Live jazz and great views add to the experience. 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 415.460.6669.

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SOL FOOD Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and home-style at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-in-the-wall as they come. Lunch and dinner daily. Two San Rafael locations: 811 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903.

YET WAH Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.460.9883.

WEST MARIN DRAKE’S BEACH CAFE Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember.Lunch, Thurs-Sun; dinner, Fri-Sat. Reservations a necessity; BYOB. 1 Drake’s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.

IRON SPRINGS PUB & BREWERY Brewpub. $$. Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Fun specials, great live music. Lunch, Sat-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

NICK’S COVE Seafood/contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. New local’s special Thurs.-Fri.: three oysters, a burger and fries, and a beer for less than $15. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

PINE CONE DINER Eclectic. $$. Funky diner meets upscale bistro. Ambitious dishes, like cherry-wood-smoked pork loin with lavender gastrique, and steak au poivre with peppercorn brandy sauce are served in homey atmosphere. Breakfast,lunch and dinner Tues-Sun. Cash only. 60 Fourth St., Pt Reyes. 415.663.1536.

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SORELLA CAFFE Italian. $$. The embodiment of Fairfax casual, with delicious, high-quality food that lacks pretension. Open for dinner, Tues-Sun. 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. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily; closed Wed. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1515.

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RESTAURANTS | MARIN COUNTY CHEZ PIERRE French-Italian-American. $$. A former Denny’s turned Parisian bistro, with surprisingly competent cozy French favorites like escargot and chicken Cordon Bleu. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 7330 Redwood Blvd, Novato. 415.898.4233.

SOUTHERN PACIFIC SMOKEHOUSE Don’t let its location in a strip mall fool you—this place serves up the good stuff. Seemingly poised to expand, the char and sauce is complimented with a separate live music room. Open daily. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

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. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500.

SOUTH MARIN AVATAR’S Indian-plus. $. Fantastic East-meets-West fusion of Indian, Mexican, Italian and American, with dishes customized to your palate Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8083.

BUCKEYE ROADHOUSE American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

FISH Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Sat. Cash only. 350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.

FRANTOIO Italian. $$-$$$. Perennial winner of SF Chron’s “100 Best,” Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.

IL PICCOLO CAFFE Italian. $$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195.

JOE’S TACO LOUNGE & SALSARIA Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Fun atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

POGGIO Italian. $$-$$$. Truly transportive food, gives authentic flavor of the Old World. The cheaper way to travel Europe. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 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. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun. 591 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.381.8400.

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RESTAURANTS | MARIN COUNTY SALITO’S CRAB HOUSE American. $$. Serving New American cuisine including crab and prime rib. 1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.331.3226.

SMALL SHED FLATBREADS Pizza. $$. Slow Food-informed Marin Organics devotee with a cozy, relaxed family atmosphere and no BS approach to great food served simply for a fair price. 17 Madrona Ave., Mill Valley. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 415.383.4200.

SUSHI RAN Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Mon-Sun. 107 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 415.332.3620.

Napa County UPVALLEY 1313 MAIN $-$$. Wine tasting and small plates. Light plates of cheese, meat and olives to complement the local wine. 1313 Main St, Napa. 707.258.1313.

AD HOC American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2487.

BISTRO JEANTY French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103.

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. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 6540 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.8037.

BRANNAN’S GRILL California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

BUSTER’S BARBECUE 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!” Lunch and dinner daily. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606.

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RESTAURANTS | NAPA COUNTY C.C. BLUE Japanese. $$-$$$. Eat Godzilla maki and hamachi carpaccio in aquarium-chic environs. Hearty portions. Dinner Tues-Sun; late-night dining, Thurs-Sat. 1148 Main St., St Helena. 707.967.9100.

CINDY’S BACKSTREET KITCHEN Eclectic. $$-$$$. Cindy Pawlcyn’s rich and varied melting pot of a menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 Railroad Ave., St Helena. 707.963.1200.

FRENCH LAUNDRY Definitive California Cuisine. $$$$. What else is there to say? Chef Thomas Keller’s institution is among the very best restuarants in the U.S. 6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.

GOTT’S ROADSIDE TRAY GOURMET Diner. $. (Formerly Taylor’s Automatic Refresher.) Classic American burgers, fries and shakes of distinction; ahi burgers and gazpacho, too. Lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St., St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St., Napa. 707.224,6900.

MIGUEL’S Mexican-Californian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.6868

REDD California cuisine. $$-$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2222.

DOWN VALLEY ANGÈLE RESTAURANT & BAR French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St., Napa. 707.252.8115.

BISTRO DON GIOVANNI Italian/French. $$-$$$. Menu changes daily with an emphasis on rustic, hearty country food made fine. 4110 Howard Lane, Napa. 707.224.3300.

BOONFLY CAFE California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 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. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun; open late, Thurs-Sat. 975 First St., Napa. 707.255.0622.

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RESTAURANTS | NAPA COUNTY 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. Dinner daily. 1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

CELADON Global comfort food. $$. Relaxed sophistication in intimate neighborhood bistro setting by the creek. Superior wine list. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Mon-Sat. 500 Main St., Ste G, Napa. 707.254.9690.

COLE’S CHOP HOUSE American steakhouse. $$-$$$. Handsome, upscale 1950s-era steakhouse serving chophouse classics like dry-aged porterhouse steak and Black Angus filet mignon. Wash down the red meat with a “nostalgia” cocktail. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 1122 Main St., Napa. 707.244.6328.

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 Fracisco Giants. Lunch and dinner daily. 505 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.253.1111.

DOWNTOWN JOE’S Brewpub. $$. Sustainably-farmed, organic, all-natural menu selections. Group parties welcome! Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337.

FUMÉ BISTRO & BAR California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. Lunch and dinner daily. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.

GAIA RESTAURANT California organic. $$ Gaia offers an eclectic menu of locally-produced, organic foods. Served in a restful ambiance with pastoral artwork and a Zen water fountain, Gaia refreshes the body and soul. 3600 Broadway (Highway 29), inside the Gaia Hotel, American Canyon. 707.674.2100.

LA TOQUE RESTAURANT French-inspired. $$$$. 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. Dinner, Wed-Sun. In the Westin Verasa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157.

PIZZA AZZURRO Italian. $. Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1260 Main St. (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.

UBUNTU Vegetarian. $$$$. Some of the most remarkable specimens of high-end vegetables and fruits available on a restaurant plate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656.

ZUZU Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 829 Main St., Napa. 707.224.8555.

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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.

ARROWOOD WINERY Most of Arrowood’s wine is done in the Bordeaux style of France. 14347 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Tasting room open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.935.2600.

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. 5700 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.568.2455.

BELLA VINEYARDS Specializing in Zinfandel, Bella Vineyards farms three vineyards in Sonoma County: Big River Ranch in Alexander Valley, and the Lily Hill Estate and Belle Canyon in Dry Creek Valley. 9711 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–4:30pm. 866.572.3552.

B.R. COHN OLIVE HILL CABERNET This beautiful estate was founded by Bruce Cohn in the late 1980s, and doubles as gourmet olive oil company. Decadent! 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Tasting room open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.938.4064.

CAHILL WINERY Sample whites, reds, distilled Chardonnay spirits and a refillable one-gallon jug wine with unalloyed lack of wine country airs in this ramshackle warehouse steps away from the West Country Trail, Green Valley’s own Weinwanderweg. Bring your dog; the cat doesn’t mind. 4950 Ross Road, Sebastopol. Open Friday, 1–5pm; Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. No fee. 707.823.1335.

CHATEAU ST. JEAN WINERY Take the educational tour and sample both reserve and premier wines on acres of vineyard with gardens and gourmet food. Famed Riesling and rare Malbec. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.833.4134.

CLAYPOOL CELLARS That darn Les Claypool is at it again, confusing everyone and winning awards with what he deems his attempts at making “some fancy booze” of his own. 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Ste. 111, Sebastopol. Wines sold at facilities personally endorsed by Les Claypool. 707.861.9358.

CLINE CELLARS Look for single-vineyard designate Zinfandels–gorgeous fruit bombs. 24737 Hwy. 121, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–6pm. 707.940.4000.

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WINERIES | SONOMA COUNTY DEERFIELD RANCH WINERY The finest wine caves this side of the highway. Twenty-thousand-square-foot underground lair is perfect for keeping wine and wine tasters cool on a summer’s day. Watch for giraffes. 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. Daily 10:30am–4:30pm. Tasting fee $10-$15. 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, 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. 999 Foreman Lane, Healdsburg. Monday–Friday, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee $5. 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.1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.526.9111.

DELORIMIER WINERY Founded in 1986 with terrific Cabernet Sauvignon. Award-winning wines and an expansive tasting room provide great ambiance amid the Alexander Valley vineyards. 2001 Hwy. 128, Geyserville. Open daily, 10:30am-5pm. 707.857.2000.

ENKIDU WINES Savage, dark Rhône-style wines and floral, seductive rosé star in this Sonoma winery named for a supporting actor in the epic of Gilgamesh. Get introduced to toothsome Syrah and other pleasures at this comfortable tasting room located in genteel Kenwood. 8910 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open 11am–6pm, Tuesday–Sunday. Tasting fee $10. 707.939.3930.

FAMILY WINERIES KENWOOD Shelves are stocked with olive oils and sundry wine country snackery, grab-and-go chilled white wines, and strangely irresistible wooden ducks. If that was not enough, a model wine train circles above the horseshoe bar. Wine tasting by multiple choice. 9380 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. Tasting fee, $5–$10. 888.433.6555.

GEYSER PEAK WINERY When their Shiraz won top awards at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, it was seen as a peak moment in an Aussie invasion. 22281 Chianti Road, Geyserville. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.255.9463

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. 913 Hwy. 1, Bodega. Wine surfing, $8. 707.875.9875.

GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU WINERY A fun, casual winery with enjoyable wines. Shakespeare and Mozart performed on the grounds in the summer. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.938.5277.

HANNA WINERY A Healdsburg, family-owned winery that was founded by a heart surgeon in Syria? Hanna

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WINERIES | SONOMA COUNTY may be worth the trip just for the novelty. 9280 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. Tasting room open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.431.4310.

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. 14335 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen. Summer hours, Sunday–Thursday, 10am–4:30pm; Friday–Saturday, 10am–5pm. 707.935.4515.

IRON HORSE Despite the rustic tasting room, Iron Horse produces sparkling wine and Pinots for the elite. A brilliant view for winetasting. 209786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol. Open daily, 10am–3:30pm. 707.887.1507.

J VINEYARDS & WINERY Save the sit-down, three-course 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. 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Open daily 11am–5pm, regular tasting $20. Bubble Room, Friday–Sunday, 11am–3pm, $60. 888.594.6326.

KENDALL-JACKSON K-J produces the popular wines gracing most American tables. Amazing gardens, and great place to explore food and wine pairings. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.571.8100.

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. 9592 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 10am– 4:30pm daily; tasting fee, $5. 707.833.5891.

KOKOMO WINERY Help Kokomo Winery help the community. This critically acclaimed winery also supports community causes, like the Harmony Festival and KRCB. 4791 Dry Creek Road at Timber Crest Farms, Healdsburg. Tasting room open daily, 11am–4:30pm. 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. 13250 River Road, near Rio Nido. Open daily, 10am–5pm daily. 707.824.7316.

KUNDE ESTATE WINERY Kunde is one of 12 wineries in Sonoma County to be distinguished with Second Level Green Business Certification. It also has beautiful wine caves carved into 5-million-year-old volcanic rock. 9825 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Tasting room open daily, 10:30am–4:30pm. 707.833.5501.

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WINERIES | SONOMA COUNTY LA CREMA WINERY Stylish salon offers hip urbanites limited-release country cousins of the top-selling restaurant brand. Pop in for the Pinot, stay for the Syrah. 235 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10:30am–5:30pm. 707.431.9400.

LOCALS TASTING ROOM Locals is a high-concept tasting room offering over 60 wines from nine wineries in varietal flights. Corner of Geyserville Avenue and Highway 128, Geyserville. Open daily, 11am–6pm. 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. 5 Fitch St., Healdsburg. Open Thursday–Saturday, 11am–7pm; Sunday, 11am–5pm. 707.433.3473.

LYNMAR WINERY Produces world-class Pinot and Chard in elegant rural setting. Look for fun food pairings. 3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.829.3374.

MATANZAS CREEK WINERY Matanzas Creek Winery features a peaceful tasting room overlooking its famed acres of lavender. 6097 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 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. 3291 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Tasting fee $5. 707.433.1911.

MAYO FAMILY WINERY Excellent place to pair food with wine, as tastings are matched with specific food items. 9200 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open daily, 10:30am–6:30pm. 707.933.5504.

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. 1400 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am-5pm. 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. 6487 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. Daily 10am–5pm. $12.50 fee. Alexander Valley Bar opens at 5pm. 707.431.8845.

MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER 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.

MOSHIN VINEYARDS Like so many other enterprising victims littering the area, former math teacher Rick Moshin fell hard for Pinot somewhere along the way. 10295 Westside Road, Healdsburg, Tasting room open daily, 11am–4:30pm. 707.433.5499.

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WINERIES | SONOMA COUNTY 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. 20 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10:30am–5:30pm. 800.499.7644.

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 of Sonoma Valley. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 8860 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.282.9020.

PETERSON WINERY Owner Fred Peterson’s “low-tech, yet high touch” philosophy translates into vintage Zinfandels made in modern, environmentally sustainable ways. 4791 Dry Creek Road, Bldg. 7, Healdsburg. Tastings by appointment only. 707.431.7568.

RAVENSWOOD WINERY The winery motto is “No wimpy wines,” and they make strong, much-praised Zinfandels. A great place to learn that wine is supposed to be fun. 18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.933.2332.

ROBERT RUE VINEYARD A new wave of Zin specialists helped keep small, old vineyards like this in production. Now, they’re making their own; refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, too. 1406 Wood Road, Fulton. Friday to Sunday, 10am–5pm, or by appointment. Tastings $5. 707.578.1601.

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. 11455 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Open 10am–5pm daily. 800.678.4763.

RUSSIAN RIVER VINEYARDS The iconic, Fort Ross–styled building may have bats in the attic, but the remodeled tasting room and restaurant feature crisp, delicious libations and a new menu. Nice Chileno Valley Riesling and Sonoma Coast Syrah. Look for the Bat Blend; proceeds benefit the bats. 5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Forestville. 11am to 5pm daily. $5 fee. 707.887.3344.

SBRAGIA FAMILY VINEYARDS Ed Sbragia makes stellar Cab in Zin country. 9990 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–5pm. 707.473.2992.

SEGHESIO FAMILY WINERY Delicious Italian varietals, many of them brought directly from Italy; excellent Zinfandel. 14730 Grove St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.433.3579.

SHELDON 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. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. Friday–Monday noonish to sixish; fees $5–15. Food carts join Thirsty Thursdays, 4–8pm. 707.865.6755.

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WINERIES | SONOMA COUNTY 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. 16275 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.473.3213.

THUMBPRINT CELLARS Vegan wines named Arousal, Threesome and Four Play; but it all started out innocently enough. Downtown lounge offers curvaceous bar, hookah-den-styled booth, and seasonal nosh. 102 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Open 11am to 6pm Sunday–Thursday, to 7pm Saturday. Tastings $5–$10; with food pairing, $10–$20. 707.433.2393.

TOAD HOLLOW A humorous, frog-themed tasting room begun by Robin Williams’ brother Todd Williams and Rodney Strong, both now passed. Refreshing and fun. 409-A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10:30am–5:30(ish)pm. 707.431.8667.

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.” 777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.996.6941.

WHITEHALL LANE WINERY Family-owned winery in the Rutherford area, founded in 1979. 1563 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. Open 10am–5:45 daily. 800.963.9454.

WILSON WINERY Scenic setting and rustic-modern tasting room makes for an atmospheric, recommended visit. Single-vineyard Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah win awards for good reason—namely, even curmudgeons take one sip and turn into believers. 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Tastings $5; $10 for reserves. 707.433.4355.

THE WINE ROOM/ADLER FELS WINERY Initially making Gewuztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, this operation has expanded into making negociant varietals with wines from other vineyards. 9575 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 11am–5pm daily. 707.833.6131.

WOODENHEAD VINTNERS Burgundian done California-style, with no mechanical pumping to create small and unique lots. All in all, damn good handcrafted wine. Pinot, Zin–yum, yum, yum. 5700 River Road, Forestville. Open Thursday–Monday, 10:30am–4:30pm. 707.887.2703.

MARIN COUNTY PEY-MARIN VINEYARDS A Marin wine adventure where cow country meets conifer forest, at the historic, hospitable Olema Inn. Discover razor-lean “Shell Mound” Marin County Riesling, opaquely purple, yet eminently food-friendly “Punchdown” Syrah, and more. 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema. Open daily from noon to 4pm. $12 fee. 415.663.9559.

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WINERIES | SONOMA COUNTY POINT REYES VINEYARDS The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.

RICK’S WINE CELLAR The focus for this critically acclaimed winery is local wines in limited supply, with wide varieties of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. 207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera. Monday, 4–8pm; Tuesday–Saturday, noon–8pm; Sunday, 3–7pm. 415.927.9466.

ROSS VALLEY WINERY In existence since 1987, the Ross Valley Winery produces Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zin port wines. 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 1–7pm. 415.457.5157.

NAPA COUNTY 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. 1155 Mee Lane at Highway 29, Rutherford. Tasting room open daily, 10am–6pm. 707.963.9999.

AUGUST BRIGGS WINERY Tasting room is a white barn lit by skylights and often staffed by the owner’s wife or mother. 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. Open Thursday–Sunday, 11:30am–4:30pm. 707.942.5854.

BERINGER WINERY A vineyard established in 1876 and on the National Register of Historic Places. Worldwide reputation for classic, characteristic wine. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 2000 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.4412.

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. 8300 St.Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Tasting room open by appointment only. 800.588.0298.

CASA NUESTRA WINERY Endearingly offbeat, with a dedicated staff and a collection of goats and dogs roaming freely. 3451 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 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 dungeon. . 4045 N. St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga. 9:30am–5pm. Tasting fees, $10– $15; tours, $25–$30. Napa Neighbor discounts. 707.967.6272.

CHARLES KRUG WINERY Founded 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

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WINERIES | SONOMA COUNTY Cab in unassuming low building across from the original stone winery. Ask about the Johannesburger Riesling. 2800 Main St., St. Helena. Tasting daily, 10:30am to 5pm. Fees vary; complimentary for “Napa neighbors.” 707.967.2229.

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. 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 9:30am–4pm. 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. 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. 800.366.8583.

DARIOUSH Exotic locale, with giant columns and a Persian theme, Darioush is justly famous for its Bordeaux. 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. 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. 1240 Duhig Road (at Highway 12/121), Napa. Wine flights $15; also available by the glass or bottle. Open 10am–5:45pm. 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. 3022 St. Helena Hwy. N. (at Lodi Lane), St. Helena. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 800.963.9698.

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. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 9:30am–4:30pm. 707.963.2784.

HESS COLLECTION WINERY An intellectual outpost of art and wine housed in the century-old Christian Brother’s winery. Cab is the signature varietal. 4411 Redwood Road, Napa. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.255.1144.

MUMM CUVÉE NAPA Californian-style fizz factory, all barn and no chateau, offers a robust account of how the bubbles get in the bottle. Sparkling winetastings 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. 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–5pm daily. Tasting $6–$20; Oak Terrace $30. 707.967.7700.

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WINERIES | SONOMA COUNTY PLUMPJACK WINERY Part of the huge empire in part helmed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Syrah, Merlot and more. 620 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.945.1220.

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 Careros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.

RUBICON ESTATE Despite the celebrity hype, the wine is award-winning. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.782.4226.

SCHRAMSBERG Sparkling wine at its best. The “tasting room” is a branch of the cave illuminated with standing candelabras. 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4558.

SOMERSTON WINE CO. Ambitious ranch and winery inclues utility-vehicle “buggy” rides by appointment. The cheese shop and grocery opens in April. All that and wine, too. 6488 Washington St., Yountville. Tasting room open noon-8pm Monday–Thursday; to 9pm, Friday–Saturday; to 10pm, summer. Tastings $15–$40. Ranch tours by appointment, $50. 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.

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. 5584 Silverado, Calistoga. Tasting by appointment. www.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. 1111 White Lane, St. Helena. Open daily, 9am–6pm. 707.963.7774.

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