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Help a Local Plan a Santa Rosa Escape

My husband and I have decided that we are two city slickers in sore need of some time in the countryside.

We're booking a car for one day this weekend and using the chance to finally head to Russian River Brewery. My husband has been wanting to try their Pliny the Younger brew for quite some time.

But a trip to RRB does not a getaway make! In addition to hitting the Marin Headlands before or after lunch, I'd like to add an hour or two at a nice winery. The point isn't to try everything in the area; I just want to sit somewhere nice like Lynmar or Chateau St. Jean and enjoy a quiet glass or two. Can anyone offer opinions on the following, or a suggestion anywhere along the 101?

Paradise Ridge
Balleto/Dutton-Goldfield
Matanzas (We've been, but never wandered past the tasting room)

TIA

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  1. Take the insulated box and go on a little side trip to Bud's Custom Meats out in the country and stock up..
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6512...
    Edit: FWIW Mikey, no make that Robert likes it.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6963...

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    Bud's Custom Meats
    7750 Petaluma Hill Rd, Penngrove, CA

    1. http://www.passalacquawinery.com/visi...

      Passalacqua and Bear Republic

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      Bear Republic Brewing Co
      345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      1. I hope you luck out with the Pliny the Younger -- hard to find (even at the brewery) since the February release date. The brewpub always has some good things on tap though, so still worth the stop.

        We tend to do the Lynmar-and-RRBC combo.

        1. I was going to suggest you stop at Patisserie Angelica in Sebastopol if a dessert is in order but I just searched the site and it looks like they closed down their retail shop. Does anyone know if they reopened or if they are only taking special orders?

          Nevertheless, here's a lot of info for you to digest: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6421...

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          Patisserie Angelica
          6821 Laguna Pkwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472

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          1. re: Mari

            Patisserie Angelica has reopened for limited hours. Best to call to confirm.

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            Patisserie Angelica
            6821 Laguna Pkwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Just open Friday & Saturday
              http://biteclubeats.com/2010/03/patis...

              I did see them at Sebastopol's Sunday farmers market a couple weeks ago.

          2. PS. Any fruit picking this time of year?

            Thanks for the advice so far! I'm looking into Bud's and Preson now...

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              1. re: Pei

                Should be strawberries right about now. Try calling Petaluma farms.

                good journey.