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Something other than wine in Napa

HMK Sep 3, 2006 12:34 AM

OK, OK. I know it sounds crazy, but my husband and I will be out in wine country for our annual harvest season get-away and we want someting more than just good food and good wine. We've been to Napa and Sonoma countless times, so for this trip, we are looking for a different experience. Rather than just winery after winery (we'll still do our fair share), we were thinking about options to make this trip a bit unique. For example, visiting cheese artisans, or olive oil specialists. Any recommendations?

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    sfsand Sep 3, 2006 01:38 AM

    cooking classes, biking, balloon ride and if you go coastal then, oysters, kayaking and hiking. All of course with a picnic basket of good food and wine :)

    1. Melanie Wong Sep 3, 2006 12:51 AM

      Not crazy at all. Though you asked for Napa in your subject heading, if you're willing to check out Sonoma County, I'd have a few hundred suggestions for you. You can use the Farmtrails link below to search for Sonoma County food producers (e.g., cheese, olive oil), and I suggest that you order a map to carry with you.


      If any of these appeal to you, you might want to ask again here for more details. You might also find reports on many of them by using the site search engine.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        HMK Sep 3, 2006 01:09 AM

        Sonoma would certainly be fine. In fact, we have dinner reservations for Cyrus one evening - it might be nice to spend a good portion of the day in Sonoma rather than just driving over for dinner.

        1. re: HMK
          Melanie Wong Sep 3, 2006 02:05 AM

          Off the top of my head, here are some suggestions. You'll find more details by searching the site for past posts with these key words.

          Joe Matos
          Spring Hill Jersey
          Petaluma Creamery
          Two Rock
          Bodega Goat
          Bellwether (in Plaza farms in healdsburg)
          Redwood Hill, no public tours in the fall, but here's the schedule of community events in september to find them

          Cheese counters -
          Whole Foods
          Cheesemaker's Daughter
          Cheese Store (healdsburg


          Olive Oil -
          Olive Press in Glen ellen
          BR Cohn
          Wetzel Estate
          Da Vero (in Plaza Farms)

          Handmade ice cream -
          Downtown Bakery
          Buona Sonoma in La Dolce V
          Screamin' Mimis
          Petaluma Creamery
          Dry Creek Kitchen in Cafe Newstand

          Bakeries -
          Della Fattoria
          Downtown Bakery
          9 Islands
          Karina's Bakery
          Little Maya Bakery

          Poultry, charcuterie, salumi -
          Willie Bird

          Chocolatiers -
          La Dolce V
          Gandolf's (Santa Rosa farm market on saturday)

          Farmers markets - recent reports on Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Windsor

          Other things for the season to look up on Farmtrails - cider (fresh and unpasteurized this time of year), mushrooms, pumpkins, chili peppers (Tierra Vegetables), honey

          Keep an eye out for community festivals --- barbecues, crush parties, salmon roasts, crab feeds, pancake breakfasts --- by tuning to local radio stations and watching for banners along roadways. These are often the best food to be found and a place where local products are showcased. Let me know if you need more suggestions.

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