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Sep 8, 2006 05:31 PM

Plan my day in Sonoma/Healdsburg

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?

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

      1. Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg for fine picnic foods:

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

        Wine tasting and picnicking along Dry Creek Wine Trail:

        More wine tasting between Healdburg and Sonoma along Valley of the Moon:

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        1. re: coolbean98

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

        2. 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

            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.

          2. 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.