wine country recs
I'm planning a mid-April trip to San Francisco, and hope to spend 4-5 days north of the city hiking, eating and tasting wines. Initial thoughts are to spend a night or two in Sonoma, and another couple of nights in Healdburg/Russian River area. How do these locations compare with other Napa, Sonoma or Mendocino locales? Any suggestions as to "don't miss" chow destinations? Thanks.
You would be well advised to do "Search this board" searches for all the towns & areas (Healdsburg, Sonoma, Russian River, Napa, St. Helena, etc.) you are thinking of visiting. You will many of helpful posts already here for you to review.
I think the general consensus is that wine country in Sonoma County is a little less formal and touristy than much of what you will find in much of Napa County. I would recommend touring Dry Creek Valley, west of Healdsburg. I would also recommend driving the length of Napa Valley (drive the Silverado Trail road) as it is quite scenic.