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HMK Sep 8, 2006 05:31 PM

My husband and I will be in wine country next week for our annual pilgrimmage. We are staying in Napa, but eating at Cyrus on Friday night. I was thinking rather than drive over and back just for dinner, we could spend the whole day in Sonoma.

We are contemplating the Girl and the Fig for lunch (do we need to make reservations), but don't want to spoil our appetite for dinner.

We are intersted in wineries as well as olive oil, cheese etc. Pretty much anything goes. I'd like help planning the day.

Specific wineries?
Specific eats?
Shopping?
Markets?
Etc

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  1. Robert Lauriston Sep 8, 2006 06:00 PM

    Downtown Bakery in Healdsburg for breakfast or lunch or to pick up picnic stuff to take to wineries.

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      Maya Sep 8, 2006 06:25 PM

      Article about small wineries in the area:

      http://www.sfbg.com/38/40/x_bottle_ro...

      1. coolbean98 Sep 8, 2006 06:35 PM

        Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg for fine picnic foods: http://www.oakvillegrocery.com/stores/healdsburg.asp

        Bear Republic for truly Californian beers and outdoor seating (I recommend getting the sampler - 12 glasses to taste!), 1 block away from Oakville Grocery:
        http://www.bearrepublic.com/

        Wine tasting and picnicking along Dry Creek Wine Trail:
        http://www.winecountrygetaways.com/russian_details.html

        More wine tasting between Healdburg and Sonoma along Valley of the Moon:
        http://www.viamagazine.com/top_storie...

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        1. re: coolbean98
          Robert Lauriston Sep 8, 2006 08:04 PM

          I don't think Oakville's as good as it used to be.

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          Seconds Please Sep 8, 2006 09:31 PM

          If you can, go south to Bezinger in Glen Ellen. Amazing wine, family, location, corporate neighbor and environmentally sound.

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          1. re: Seconds Please
            Benny Choi Sep 8, 2006 09:51 PM

            I visited Benzinger two weeks ago. Great vineyard and winery tour on the tractor-pulled tram. Nice place, nice people. So-so wines - a group of us didn't buy a single bottle after tasting everything they offered to taste.

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            sfmags Sep 8, 2006 11:20 PM

            I really like Jimtown store to pick up some lunch, followed by winery visits. J Winery serves great appetizers with their sparkling wine tastings -- a good experience. Roshambo winery has great views and is a little different from your typical winery experience. I've also enjoyed Stryker Sonoma Vineyard and Dry Creek Vineyards in the past.

            Enjoy your stay...Healdsburg is a great town.

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              Joel Sep 8, 2006 11:29 PM

              We enjoy Healdsburg.
              In the last two years, a number of wineries have opened tasting rooms right in the town. Most of them do not charge for tasting. They are all within a few blocks of the main plaza.

              We find it more congenial to walk around town, tasting from time to time, rather than drive around to wineries. We bring a blanket so we can have a nap in the plaza before dinner. It is a beautiful spot.

              I haven't been in the town of Sonoma in a few years, but I think there are also wine-tasting rooms in the plaza area.

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              1. re: Joel
                Melanie Wong Sep 9, 2006 03:53 AM

                Note that Healdsburg plaza is closed for renovation currently.
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                mc2 Sep 8, 2006 11:35 PM

                The last time we had lunch at Willy's, in Healdsburg, it was outstanding.

                1. Melanie Wong Sep 9, 2006 03:50 AM

                  Here's a link to your earlier request on this topic and replies.
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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