Russian River Valley & Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County

Most of the 130 wineries of the Russian River Valley are within a 30 minute drive of each other. Plan to stay in Occidental, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, or Healdsburg. Bicycles are a good way to explore the region and travel to the wineries. Picnics are a must. Russian River Valley Wine Road maps are available at, a very informative website for the region.

The 96,000 acres in the Russian River Valley contain a wide array of growing conditions. The valley is cooler in the south and west, where it is exposed to coastal winds and fog, and hotter in the north and east, where it abuts the warmer Dry Creek Valley and Chalk Hill appellations.

I have included Sonoma Coast wineries as there is overlap between the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley AVAs.

Recommended Wineries

Anthill Farms
Address4791 Dry Creek Road, #3-4, Healdsburg (in Papapietro Perry Winery).
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
ProductionSmall lots of Pinot Noir and Syrah.
WinemakerAnthony Filiberti, David Low, Webster Marquez
OwnerAnthony Filiberti, David Low, Webster Marquez
PoP coverageAnthill Farms
Arista Winery
Address7015 Westside Rd, Healdsburg
Tasting Room11-5 daily
ProductionPinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer
WinemakerLeslie Sisneros & Mark McWilliams
OwnerMcWilliams Family
CommentsFamily winery, modern tasting room and Japanese-style water garden. Join 'A' List to access best small lot Pinot Noirs.
PoP coverageArista Winery
Bacigalupi Vineyards
Address4353 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Tasting RoomOpen daily.
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Fondare, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah
WinemakerAshley Herzberg
OwnerBacigalupi Family
CommentsRussian River Valley's oldest growers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
PoP coverageBacigalupi Vineyards
Benovia Winery
Address3339 Hartman Road, Santa Rosa
Tasting RoomTours and tasting by appointment.
Production2,500 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel
WinemakerMike Sullivan
OwnerJoe Anderson
Comments Rental house on property (see lodging). New hospitality center. Outstanding lineup of wines.
PoP coverageBenovia Winery
Davis Family Vineyards
Address52 Front St., Healdsburg
Tasting RoomNear Healdsburg town square on the Russian River. Picnic tables. Open Friday through sunday 11-5 or by appointment.
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc (from New Zealand) and olive oil.
WinemakerGuy Davis
OwnerGuy Davis
CommentsConsistently fine wines across the entire portfolio.
PoP coverageDavis Family Vineyards
De La Montanya Estate Vineyards & Winery
Address999 Foreman Lane, Healdsburg
Tasting RoomOpen Saturday and Sunday 11-4:30 and by appointment. Picnic grounds.
Production4,500 cases Pinot Noir and several other varietals in small quantities
WinemakerDennis De La Montanya, Michael Loykasek, and Tami Collins
OwnerDennis & Tina De La Montanya
CommentsCharming yellow cottage on the property for rent (see lodging). Established in 2003.
PoP coverageDe La Montanya Estate Vineyards and Winery
Dehlinger Winery
AddressHwy 116 & Vine Hill Rd.
Tasting RoomBy appointment January-August
Production7,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon
WinemakerTom and daughter Eva Dehlinger
OwnerTom & Carole Dehlinger
CommentsIconic RRV producer of estate wines for close to 30 years. Praised for uniqueness, quality, consistency and value.
PoP coverageDehlinger Winery
Dutton-Goldfield Winery
Address825 Gravenstein Hwy, Ste 3, Sebastopol
Tasting Room5700 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. Open daily.
Production6,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
WinemakerDan Goldfield
OwnerSteve Dutton and Dan Goldfield
CommentsEstablished 1999.
PoP coverageDutton-Goldfield
Eric Kent Cellars
Address1014 Hopper, #612, Santa Rosa
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
Production2,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
WinemakerKent Humphrey
OwnerKent and Colleen Humphrey
CommentsEstablished 2003.
PoP coverageEric Kent Wine Cellars
Freeman Vineyard & Winery
AddressPO Box 2250, Sebastopol
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
Production4,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
WinemakerEd Kurtzman
OwnerKen and Akiko Freeman
CommentsTasting by appt. 10 acres owned, 30 acres leased. Established 2001.
PoP coverageFreeman Vineyard & Winery
Freestone Vineyards
Address1625 Freestone Flat Rd (Winery not open to public).
Tasting RoomGuest Center open Friday through Sunday, 11-5. Intersection of Bodega Highway and Bohemian Highway.
ProductionPinot Noir and Chardonnay.
WinemakerTheresa Heredia
OwnerJoesph Phelps Vineyards
CommentsExceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
PoP coverageFreestone Vineyards
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
Address10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA
Tasting RoomOpen Mon-Fri; Sat-Sun by appt
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel
WinemakerTheresa Heredia
CommentsSuperb Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from elite Russian River Valley vineyards as well as top vineyards in other California wine regions. Cozy tasting room with views. Several unique tasting experiences are offered.
PoP coverageGary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
george wine company
Tasting RoomBy appointment at Moshin Winery
Production<1000 cases
WinemakerGeorge Levkoff
OwnerGeorge Levkoff
CommentsA one-man show - highly lauded Pinots popular in Las Vegas & New York restaurants.
PoP coveragegeorge wine company
Hirsch Vineyards
Address45075 Bohan-Dillon Rd, Cazadero
Tasting RoomTours and tasting by appointment.
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay
WinemakerMark Doherty
OwnerDavid Hirsch
CommentsA long drive, but worth it. Among the first plantings in the true Sonoma Coast. Make sure weather is suitable before departing. 72 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Winery established in 2002.
PoP coverageHirsch Vineyards
Inman Family Wines
Address5793 Skylane Blvd, Suite C, Windsor
Tasting RoomBy appointment Thursday-Monday
ProductionPinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Chardonnay, sparkling wines
WinemakerKathleen Inman
OwnerSimon and Kathleen Inman
CommentsRental home on the Olivet Grange Vineyard (see lodging). Established in 2000. Tasting room and barrel room on estate property.
PoP coverageInman Family Winery
J Vineyards & Winery
Address11447 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
Tasting RoomBeautiful hospitality center with wine-food pairings available.
ProductionSparkling wine, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinotage.
WinemakerGeorge Bursick
OwnerJudy Jordan
PoP coverageJ Vineyards and Winery
Joseph Swan Vineyards
Address2916 Laguna Rd, Forestville
Tasting RoomOpen weekends.
Production5,000 cases Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel
WinemakerRod Berglund
OwnerLynn and Rod Berglund
Comments11 acres owned, 24 acres leased. An historic winery established in 1969.
PoP coverageJoseph Swan Vineyards
Kastania Vineyards
Address4415 Kastania Rd, Petaluma (adjacent to Hwy 101)
Tasting RoomComfortable tasting room open by appointment and some weekends.
Production900 cases of Pinot Noir from 5 acre vineyard
WinemakerLeslie Sisneros
OwnerHoot and Linda Smith
CommentsEstablished in 2001.
PoP coverageKastania Vineyards
Keller Estate
Address5875 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma
Tasting RoomWinery and cave tour and tasting by appointment.
Production10,000 cases
WinemakerJacqueline Yoakum
OwnerAna Keller
CommentsOwn 86 acres. Established in 2000.
PoP coverageKeller Estate
Address788 Gold Ridge Road, Sebastopol
Tasting RoomBy appointment only.
WinemakerTed Lemon
OwnerTed & Heidi Lemon
CommentsOne of California's premier producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley.
PoP coverageLittorai
Lynmar Winery
Address3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol
Tasting RoomHospitality center open 7 days a week 10:00-4:30. Food and wine pairings. Reservations recommended. Beautiful setting and views.
Production12,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose
WinemakerShane Finley
OwnerLynn Fritz, Alisia Fritz
CommentsOne of the most beautiful hospitality centers in the Russian River Valley that compliments the outstanding wines. Established in 1990.
PoP coverageLynmar Estate
MacPhail Family Wines
AddressThe Barlow - 6761 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Tasting RoomTasting Lounge at The Barlow open daily
ProductionPinot Noir and Chardonnay
WinemakerJames MacPhail
CommentsVarious tasting options - check website.
PoP coverageMacPhail Family Wines
MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
Address4605 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Tasting RoomVariety of tasting options at MacRostie Estate House on Westside Rd daily. RSVP suggested.
ProductionPinot Noir and Chardonnay from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast
WinemakerHeidi Bridenhagen/Steve MacRostie
OwnerSteve MacRostie
CommentsNew hospitality center on Westside Rd in 2015. Consistently excellent and sensibly priced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from estate and sourced vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley.
PoP coverageMacRostie Winery & Vineyards
Papapietro Perry
Address4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
Tasting RoomFriendly tasting room open daily 11-4:30.
ProductionSmall lots of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay
WinemakerBen Papapietro
OwnerBen Papapietro and Yolando Papapietro, Renae and Bruce Perry
CommentsWonderful hosts, upbeat tasting room, consistently stellar Pinot Noir. Ben learned from Burt Williams.
PoP coveragePapapietro Perry
Pellegrini Family Vineyards
Address4055 W Olivet Rd., Santa Rosa
Tasting RoomTasting room inside winery open most days (call ahead). Tours by appointment.
Production36,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Zinfandel, and several other varietals.
WinemakerKevin Hamel
OwnerBob Pellegrini
Comments 130 acres owned including Olivet Lane Vineyard, a Russian River Valley heritage vineyard. Established in 1933.
PoP coveragePellegrini Wine Company
Red Car Wine Co.
Address8400 Graton Road, Sebastopol
Tasting Room10-5 daily
WinemakerCarrol Kemp
OwnerCarrol Kemp
CommentsPinot Noir specialist featuring single vineyard wines from true Sonoma Coast. Adjacent Dutton-Goldfield
PoP coverageRed Car Wine Co.
Reuling Vineyard
Address8600 Templeman Rd, Forestville, CA 95436
Tasting RoomNone - not open to public
WinemakerMatt Taylor
OwnerTim and Jackie Reuling
CommentsPinot Noir and Chardonnay from a single estate vineyard of some notoriety. Owned by Reuling Family.
PoP coverageReuling Vineyard
Rochioli Vineyards & Winery
Address6192 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA
Tasting RoomOpen Friday-Monday; Tuesday & Wednesday by appt
WinemakerTom Rochioli
OwnerJoe Rochioli, Jr.
CommentsLegendary Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from Tom (winemaker) and Joe (grower) Rochioli. An iconic Russian River Valley winery with plantings dating to 1968. Limited production wines under J. Rochioli label are sold exclusively through mailing list. Other wines available for tasting in tasting room.
PoP coverageRochioli Vineyards & Winery
Scherrer Winery
Address966 Tiller Ln., Sebastopol
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
Production6,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel
WinemakerFred Scherrer
OwnerFred and Judi Scherrer
PoP coverageScherrer Winery
Screen Door Cellars
Tasting RoomCall to arrange to taste.
WinemakerBobby Donnell
OwnerBobby and Shannon Donnell
CommentsA small producer of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Rosé of Pinot Noir.
PoP coverageScreen Door Cellars
Siduri Wines
Address981 Airway Court, Suites E&F, Santa Rosa
Tasting RoomDaily by appointment
Production7,500 cases multiple Pinots CA & OR
WinemakerAdam Lee
OwnerAdam & Dianna Lee
CommentsUrban warehouse winery. Highly popular tastings at winery.
PoP coverageSiduri Wines
Thomas George Estates
Address8075 Westside Rd, Healdsburg
Tasting Room11-5 daily
Production5,000+ cases
WinemakerChris Rossi
OwnerBaker Family
CommentsHistoric winery site (Davis Bynum). Varied lineup of solid wines. Beautiful setting, welcoming tasting room, caves. Rental units on the property.
PoP coverageThomas George Estates
Twomey Cellars
Address3000 Westside Rd, Healdsburg
Tasting RoomHealdsburg Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5
ProductionFour CA AVA Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blanc
WinemakerBen Cane
OwnerDuncan Family
CommentsTours by appt, Chef's Boards to pair with wines (order in advance). Modern tasting room overlooking RRV. Calistoga tasting room also. Wines are top-notch.
PoP coverageTwomey Cellars
AddressPO Box 810, Forestville
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
Production1,500 cases
WinemakerDenise Selyem and Kirk Hubbard
OwnerDenise Selyem and Kirk Hubbard
CommentsBoutique winery in former apple processing plant. Denise Mary Selyem's father was Ed Selyem of Williams Selyem fame.
PoP coverageWesMar Winery
Address(Winery) 5700 Gravenstein Hwy N, Forestville
Tasting RoomOpen Thursday through Sunday 10:30-4:30at 570 River Rd, Santa Rosa.
Production3,500 cases
WinemakerMicholai Stez
OwnerNickolai Stez, Zina Bower
CommentsEstablished in 1999.
PoP coverageWoodenhead

Recommended Lodging

Applewood Inn
Address13555 Hwy 116, Guerneville, CA
CommentsRomantic retreat. Excellent restaurant open Tues-Sat with great Sonoma County wine list. 30 minute drive from Healdsburg. Original owners, who added so much, sold the property in 2009. New owner plans Tuscan style retreat with cooking school and other changes.
Benovia Winery Hideaway Cottage
Address3339 Hartman Rd, Santa Rosa
CommentsNicely furnished 3 bedroom house with garage in the middle of estate vineyard, walking distance to winery. All amenities provided. !5-20 minutes from both Healdsburg and Sebastopol.
Bodega Bay Lodge
Address103 Coast Hwy 1, Bodega Bay, CA
CommentsPerched on a waterfront bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Sonoma Coast, the Lodge provides sweeping views. 83 guest rooms with the Ocean Club Suites the most luxurious. 8 acres of landscaped grounds, heated outdoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center, beach access. Duck Club Restaurant is top notch. 30 minutes west of Russian River Valley. $195 and up.
Camellia Inn
Address211 North St., Healdsburg
CommentsThe longest family owned and operated Inn in the Healdsburg area. Italianate Victorian built in 1871. Very personable inn keepers. Three minute walk to downtown Healdsburg.
Address421 Foss St, Healdsburg
CommentsSix minimalist luxury modern cottages in downtown Healdsburg. Excellent continental breakfast included.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Address1101 Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol
CommentsI often stay here. This is a full service and well appointed hotel that is inexpensive. Walking distance to downtown Sebastopol and close to many wineries. Swimming pool and gym. Rooms and suites.
Healdsburg Inn on Plaza
Address112 Mathieson St, Healdsburg
CommentsCountryside decor on the central town plaza.
Honor Mansion
Address891 Grove St., Healdsburg
CommentsBuilt in 1883, the Victorian "resort inn" offers 13 rooms, including 4 suites, spread over four acres. Owners Cathi and Steve Fowler purchased Honor Mansion in 1994 and restored the building to its original splendor. Full gourmet breakfast buffet each morning, wine and appetizers in the afternoon. Lap pool, croquet lawn, PGA putting green, hiking and jogging trail, tennis court, basketball court and bocce courts. AAA Four Diamond Award for 13 consecutive years. $240 and up.
Hotel Healdsburg
Address25 Mathieson St, Healdsburg
CommentsSleek, modern hotel on the central town plaza. Antithesis of cutsy area B&Bs. Dry Creek Kitchen Restaurant with excellent Sonoma County wine list. No corkage if you bring in a Sonoma wine not on list.
Inn at Occidental
Address3657 Church St, Occidental
CommentsHighly rated B&B in small town of Occidental
Irish Rose Inn
Address3232 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg
CommentsAffiliated with Brogan Cellars
Little Yellow Cottage
Address999 Foreman Lane, Healdsburg
Comments2 bedroom house overlooking De La Montanya Estate Vineyard and Winery. All amenities provided. 10 minutes from Healdsburg. Contact Tina De La Montanya.
Madrona Manor
Address1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Comments17 rooms in this 3-story Victorian that dates to 1881.     Swimming pool. The outstanding Restaurant at Madrona Manor offers new American cuisine.
Nick’s Cove & Cottages
Address23240 Hwy 1, Marshall (Tomales Bay)
OwnerPat Kuleto
CommentsExcellent restaurant. Situated on shores of Tomales Bay.
Olivet Grange Vacation Rental
AddressOlivet Road and Piner Road, Santa Rosa
Comments3 bedroom, 1 bathroom farmhouse at Olivet Grange Vineyard dating to 1918. Like your grandmother's house with large kitchen and living room. Charming with nice beds. 15 minute drive to Healdsburg.
Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma
Address745 Baywood Dr., Petaluma
CommentsAll of the wineries in Petaluma are within a short drive of the hotel.
The Raford Inn of Healdsburg
Address10630 Wohler Rd, Healdsburg
CommentsVictorian B&B overlooking vineyards.
Timber Cove Inn
Address21780 N Coast Hwy 1, Jenner
Comments25 miles north of Bodega Bay and closest to winery and vineyard outposts along the true Sonoma Coast. Located on a solitary rocky point above the ocean, this rugged lodge is perfect for whale watching.
Vintners Inn
Address4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa
CommentsEuropean style lodging among a 92-acre vineyard. Home to John Ash & Co. Restaurant.
Windrose Romantic Cottages
Comments5 cottages, for 1 or 2 people. Inexpensive.

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Recommended Restaurants

Address6566 Front St., Forestville
CommentsB, L & D at this unassuming spot. Chef is Daniel Kedan, formerly Peter Lowell and Ad Hoc.
Barn Diva
Address231 Center St., Healdsburg
CommentsLocally-sourced ingredients with seasonal menus. L & D Weds-Sun. Excellent Sunday brunch. Owners built the barn from the ground up and opened the restaurant in 2004. Chef Ryan Fancher has had a culinary journey that included San Ysidero Ranch in Santa Barbara, and the French Laundry and Per Se. Reservations for parties of 8+.
Bistro Des Copains
Address3782 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental
CommentsDinner only. Highly recommended Cal-French cuisine. Owners are very wine-savvy.
Bistro Ralph
Address129 Plaza St, Healdsburg
CommentsA Healdsburg institution enjoyed by many visitors and locals alike. On the Plaza.
Campo Fina
Address330 Healdsburg Ave at North St, Healdsburg
CommentsFrom Scopa owner Ari Rosen. Wood-fired oven. Italian small plates and pizza. Local boutique labels, Italian wines and Italian-inspired cocktails. L & D daily.
Central Market
Address42 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma
CommentsChef and owner Tony Najiola serves seasonal, locally sourced fare with a Mediterranean influence. Good vibe and wine list.
Chloe's French Café
Address3883 Airway Drive, Suite 145, Santa Rosa
CommentsHard to find (located behind a medical building complex) but worth the search. Only open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays. Terrific sandwiches and salads. Don't miss the chicken curry salad sandwich on baquette or croissant. Cheerful staff. I just love this place.
Cucina Paradiso
Address114 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma
CommentsMy favorite Italian restaurant in Sonoma County. Excellent wine and food service. Reservations required.
Diavola Pizzeria and Salumeria
Address21021 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville
Phone707- 814-0111
CommentsWood-fired pizzas, paninis, pastas, house-cured salumi. Well-chosen local wine list. Great wine country vibe with friendly service and outstanding food. One of my favorite wine country haunts.
Dick Blomster's Korean Diner
Address16236 Main St., Guerneville
CommentsOpened in 2012, this playful restaurant has been standing-room-only since day one. There are first-rate Korean staples such as kimchi-fried rice topped with egg, crispy tofu bibimbap or Korean Fried Crack chicken with soy, ginger, and vanilla slaw atop buttered white bread. Only 78 seats so rsvp a must.
Downtown Bakery & Creamery
Address308 A Center St, Healdsburg
CommentsMaybe Sonoma's best bakery run by Chez Panisse alumni. Great breakfast, and donut muffins which appeared on Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." highly recommended. Good pizza too. On the Plaza.
Dry Creek Kitchen
Address317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg
CommentsElegant restaurant from an acclaimed chef who lives in Sonoma. Local ingredients with a French touch. Can be uneven but when its good its very good. No corkage for wines from Sonoma County. Outstanding Sonoma County wine list with many verticals.
Hop Monk Tavern
Address230 Petaluma, Sebastopol
Phone707- 829-7300
CommentsLarge selection of draft beers and a menu using locally sourced ingredients. Live music. Outdoor dining. A second, smaller location is at 691 Broadway in Sonoma.
Ike's Place
Address1780 Mendo Ave, Santa Rosa
CommentsLegendary Bay Area sandwich shop with over 200 sandwich combinations
Jimtown Store
Address6706 Hwy 128, Healdsburg
CommentsQuirky café and store that has excellent luncheon foods. You must go here at least once in your life. The ideal place to get your picnic supplies.
K&L Bistro
Address1193 Main St, Sebastopol
CommentsFormer Michelin 1 Star. One of my favorite restaurants in Sebastopol. Very small, French bistro food, excellent wine service, reservations required. L & D, Mon-Sat. The hamburger is terrific as is the house-made Boudin Blanc sausage with pink pearl apple, endive salad and french fries.
Lolitas Market and Taqueria
Address451 Lakewille St., Petaluma
CommentsAuthentic taqueria, great tacos.
Mateo's Cocina Latina
Address214 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg
CommentsWell-known Yucatan-born chef, Mateo Grandos, formerly of Masa's, Manka's Inverness Lodge, and Dry Creek Kitchen, honed his menu selling tamales from a mobile kitchen at Sonoma County Farmers' Markets, and later serving cutting edge menus from a mobile pop-up restaurant, Tendejon de La Calle. One of SF Chronicle's Top 100 restaurants. Yucatan street food lunch and dinner and weekend brunch. Outdoor dining, private events and catering.
Nick’s Cove & Cottages (see lodging)
Partake by K-J
Address241 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg
Comments55-seat Tasting Lounge and Flight Club where you can explore a wide range of wine flights and a selection of seasonal bites (Bites & Flights menu) driven by K-J's organic gardens.
PoP coverageKendall-Jackson Wine Estates
Address301 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg
Rivers Inn Restaurant & Inn
Address11048 Hwy 1, Jenner
CommentsGorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean along with good food and good wine list.
Rocker Oysterfeller's Kitchen & Saloon
Address14415 Coast Hwy 1 in the Valley Ford Hotel, Valley Ford
CommentsDinner Wednesday through Sunday, Sunday brunch, Saturday lunch. Locally sourced food including oysters from Drake's Bay, beef from local ranchers. Authentic flavors, laid back atmosphere. Decent Sonoma wine list.
Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar
Address53 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa Creekside Center
CommentsFormer Tra Vigne chef John Franchetti. Wood- fired pizzas, salads, antipasto all fresh. Also in Petaluma.
Santi Taverna Restaurant
Address21047 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville
CommentsOutstanding and authentic Italian cuisine. A favorite of local winemakers. 10 mins north of Healdsburg.
Address109A Plaza St, Healdsburg
CommentsTiny Italian spot on the plaza - no sign but next to Bistro Ralph. Outstanding and reasonable. Be sure and have Nona's Chicken. Reservations required.
Address25 North St., Healdsburg
CommentsA foodie destination with fresh produce from local farmers, edibles by bulk, cooking and gardening tools, fermentation bar, B & L, provisions for dinner.
Tendejon de la Calle
OwnerChef Mateo Granados
CommentsChef Granados, a veteran of Masa's in San Francisco and Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, and an anchor at the Healdsburg Farmer's Market, dishes out Yucatan specialties from a pop-up kitchen at wineries throughout Sonoma county. Dinners are usually Weds, Thurs and Fri and limited to 60 tickets. Dinner is served by waiters and attendees can bring their own wine or buy from the hosting winery. All ingredients in the dinners is from local farmers. Don't miss this if you get the opportunity. Granados will be opening a restaurant in Healdsburg sometime in 2011-2012.
Terrapin Creek Cafe Restaurant
Address1580 Eastshore Rd., Bodega Bay
CommentsCasual, affordable restaurant established in 2008 now serving dinner Thursday through Monday. Reservations needed.
The Inn at the Tides
Address800 Highway 1, Bodega Bay
CommentsBay view lodging and Sonoma-California cuisine at the Bay View Restaurant. Monthly winemaker dinners. The Tides Wharf Restaurant at 835 Highway 1 is open for B, L, & D and has a fish market, wine shop and food to go.
The Parish Cafe
Address60-A Mill St., Healdsburg
CommentsNew Orleans meets Wine Country bistro. Chef and owner Rob Lippincott is a Louisiana native who sold beignets at the local Farmers Market before opening his restaurant. 10 po'boy combinations. Breakfast too.
The Tides Wharf Restaurant
CommentsSee The Inn at the Tides.
Two Niner Diner
Address561 Sky Ranch Dr. at Petaluma Airport
CommentsWatch small planes take off and land with views of vineyards in the distance.
Underwood Bar & Bistro
Address9113 Graton Rd, Graton
CommentsFun spot with bar seating. Excellent wines. Fantastic hamburger. Loved by locals.
Village Bakery
Address7225 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol
CommentsDon't be put off by modest appearance. Pastries to die for especially the bear claws.The seeded sourdough bread is my favorite bread in the entire world! (Peter adds: if you're there on Saturday, try to get a loaf of the Fig-Anise—heavenly!) Also in Santa Rosa at 1445 Town & Country Dr, 707-527-7654
Willis Seafood & Raw Bar
Address403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg
CommentsSmall plates, seafood rolls, good wine list.
Willis Wine Bar
Address4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa
CommentsSmall plates, great wine list, rustic and comfortable. Filet Mignon sliders and dungess crab tacos are fab.
Willow Wood Market Café
Address9020 Graton Rd, Graton
CommentsCasual eatery, general store ambiance, many locals. B, L & D daily. Market with unusual stuff.
Zazu Kitchen + Farm
Address3530 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa
CommentsA former roadhouse restaurant now located in The Barlow in downtown Sebastopol. The restuarant is owned by chefs Duskie Estes who was once a contestant on Food Network Challenge and her husband, John Stewart, a rock star salumist, known for producing their Black pig salami and bacon. Reservations usually required for lunch (Wednesday-Friday), brunch ( Saturday-Sunday) and dinner (Wednesday-Monday). Deservedly very popular especially if you like bacon.

Recommended Wine Stores

Bottle Barn
Address3331 A Industrial Dr., Santa Rosa.
CommentsExtensive Pinot selection at low prices. Tricky to find, but well worth the effort. Just a warehouse, no service, no frills.
Address21023 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville
CommentsPraxis, Eric Ross, Hawley, Portalupi.
Sophie's Cellars
Address20293 Hwy 116, Monte Rio
CommentsHard to find, small production Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. Prices are full retail.
Vine & Barrel
Address113 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma
CommentsGood Petaluma Gap Pinot selection at sensible prices. Tasting bar.
Wine Spectrum Bar & Shop
Address123 4th St., Santa Rosa's Railroad Square
CommentsArmida, MacPhail, Russian Hill, others.

Picnic Supplies

Farmer's Markets
Oakville Grocery
Address124 Matheson St., Healdsburg
CommentsGourmet, upscale, nice wine selection.
Oliver's Market
Address560 Montecito Ctr, Santa Rosa
CommentsGreat selection of cheeses and wines, fresh organic produce, great deli.
Pacific Market
Address1465 Town and Country Dr, Santa Rosa
CommentsGreat deli sandwiches, salad bar. Locations in Rohnert Park and Sebastopol.
Skyhawk Village Market
Address5755 Mountain Hawk Dr, Santa Rosa
CommentsFresh foods made with care.
Traverso's Gourmet Food & Liquors
Address2098 Stagecoach Road, Fountaingrove Village
CommentsA Santa Rosa institution - since 1922.
Wild Flour Bakery
Address140 Bohemian Hwy, Forestville
CommentsWorth the 15 minute drive from Sebastopol. The greatest wood-fired brick oven breads on this planet. Coffee, no food.

Wine Country Tours

Getaway Adventures
Address2228 Northpoint Pkwy, Santa Rosa
CommentsBicycle touring company.
Wine Country Bikes
Address61 Front St., Healdsburg
OwnerJonathan Garner
CommentsFull service from friendly owner. $100 an hour for transportation that can seat 10 people. Water, snacks. Good way to avoid costly DUI.

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