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Healdsburg recommendations?

I aiming at a trip to Healdsburg in March and am looking for chowhound recommendations re:

* restaurants: I'm going to Cyrus later in the year and am now looking for delicious alternatives -- flexible on ethnicities, style and price. Lively and fun would be great.

* wineries: would like to visit Ramey and selected others within a modest driving distance. Don't mind paying a tasting fee or making a reservation. Your favorites?

Thanks

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  1. My favourites in Healdsburg are:

    1. Preston (Organic) - love their C. Sauvignon
    2. Everett Ridge (they use some organic grapes) -like their Diablita line for everyday drinkability and they have an excellent port as well !
    3. Bella Vineyards - love their Zin.

    1. Good information has surfaced here in the last year or two, in the bodies of threads about North Bay food and wine. Examples:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/456265

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/582467

        1. Restaurant: Willi's Wine Bar. Love it. Small plates. Everything tasty. Most imaginative but not too far out. Easy to find. Has outdoor seating if it's warm enough.

          1. We had a wonderful lunch last month at Restaurant Charcuterie. Very nice list of wines by the glass.

            http://www.healdsburgmenus.com/html/d...

            1. By Appointment:
              Merry Edwards
              Siduri/Novy
              Kosta Brown / Kutch / Deerfield Ranch (/Ketchum?)
              Rafanelli

              No appointment:
              Martinelli
              Hartford Family
              Davis Winery (IN Healdsburg)
              Rosenblum (IN Healdsburg)

              Restaurants: Oakville Grocery for lunch, Zin for moderately priced dinner. Or Zazu in RRV for a roadhouse CA/Northern Italian that is a lot of fun. Or Farmhouse Inn for an amazing dinner.

              1. A newer restaurant on the square is Scopa - Italian based. Fun and great food/service.
                Wineries - Dry Creek - Dutcher Creek Winery, tasty cabs,zins and sauv blancs-very scenic at the end of the valley.
                Sunce Winery - lots of interesting blend/varietals, have a tasting room off the square (no fee at their winery)

                1. i loved the wines at a rafanelli -- much better than the wines at michel-schlumberger and bella, but i'm not a wine expert and i like dry wines.

                  i haven't been to cyrus for dinner, but their cocktails are great (fresh fruits and/or herbs) & they also have absinthe.

                  i went to willi's and zin and thought the food at both places was good but not great.

                  i liked bovolo for a casual lunch.

                  1. I'm a big Healdsburg fan...for food, I had a fantastic breakfast pizza at Bovolo.
                    Dry Creek General Store is always packed - if you want to picnic I would suggest Dry Creek Vineyard as a picnic venue (they have tons of tables available) and a place to pick up salami/cheese (they sell it in the tasting room)

                    In terms of wineries, my favs are:
                    A. Rafanelli
                    Unti
                    Ridge
                    Quivira
                    J
                    Preston

                    1. Went to Healdsburg twice in recent monthsand thanks to this board had some great wine/food.

                      Wineries:
                      Gary Farrell - gorgeous view/great wines overall/tasting fee
                      Rochioli - no tasting fee/loved the pinot

                      Food:
                      Bovolo - had a wonderful lunch there and the gelato is delicious
                      Barndiva - went for lunch; everything was great; little more upscale than Bovolo/Costeaux
                      Cyrus - absolutely amazing! (I know you are going there later in the year but thought I would throw that in there)
                      Costeaux Bakery - went for lunch; great, casual French bakery/bistro type place; filled with locals
                      Downtown Bakery - stopped in for some afternoon cookies; very good

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                      1. re: meggie t

                        Edited to add links.

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                        Downtown Bakery & Creamery
                        308 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                        Bovolo
                        106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                        Cyrus Restaurant
                        29 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                        Costeaux French Bakery Cafe
                        417 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                        J Rochioli Vineyards & Winery
                        6192 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                        Gary Farrell Wines
                        10701 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                        Barndiva
                        231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                        1. re: meggie t

                          Many thanks for the excellent recommendations.

                          1. re: cortez

                            Bistro Ralph on the Square is excellent. And Yoakim Bridge makes some wonderful zins -- more elegant and less over-powering than some.

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                            Bistro Ralph
                            109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448