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?
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.
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.
Kosta Brown / Kutch / Deerfield Ranch (/Ketchum?)
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.
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)
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.
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:
Went to Healdsburg twice in recent monthsand thanks to this board had some great wine/food.
Gary Farrell - gorgeous view/great wines overall/tasting fee
Rochioli - no tasting fee/loved the pinot
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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Edited to add links.
Downtown Bakery & Creamery
308 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
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
231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448