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Sep 4, 2006 01:43 PM

Russian River Valley/Sonoma County Restaurants and Wineries? Also, sept 22-25 events?

We will be in Windsor from Sept 22-26--chicago and NYC foodies for wine tasting. What are the must try restaurants? Looking for great ambience and food--will drive for something truly outstanding--can be $$$. Also intrested in the must try vineyards for best wine and prettiest wineries (and if we need to book for a private tasting or any other interesting things liek that)? thank you! finally, are there any events that weekend we need to know about such as a wine crush? thanks a lot!

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  1. The Farmhouse Inn is right where you are and worth the trip. The General's Daughter is a nice destination in Sonoma. Try Porter Creek for some great burgundian style wines (their own vineyards are biodynamic. Taste at Rochioli as well further down the road.

    1. I moved to this area from Chicago just over a year ago. First I would ask what kind of wine you are looking for? Where will you be staying? It is a very diverse region, (fortunately?) there is no simple answer to your question.

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      1. re: jimmmb

        we are looking for more of the cult great reds that you cannot find in stores. we would love to try vineyards that are unique, either for the views, the wines, the grounds, food pairings, but not overly touristy. we will travel for great wine or food. thanks! how do you like living there?

        1. Great website for info and doings in the area:

          a division of and sister site to

          very informative.

          Lots of good options in Healdsburg......Cyrus being one of them.
          Cute town to shop and have lunch too.

          1. You are in luck, the Russian River Food and Wine Fest is Sun. Sept. 24.


            The harvest should be in full force by then (hopefully) so any winery you go to should have a lot of action.

            My favorite wineries:
            Beauty: Ferari Carano
            Wine and Food pairing : J Winery (next door to another great winery, Rodney Strong
            )View (and great bubbly): Iron Horse

            All of the above wineries are not far from Windsor.

            Have fun!

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            1. re: bonnie_p

              Thanks so much! We are spending 1 day in Dry Creek Valley, one in Alexander Valley, and one in Russian River Valley, so if you have any others in those areas, I'd love to hear! Also, have res for dinner sat at Farmhouse, sun--have 3 reses (one at River's End, one at Madrona Manor and one at Terra), and mon, 2 reses (Cyrus and Santi--cyrus would have to be 5:30pm). If any of you have any thoughts, pls let me know!