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Sonoma/Napa Review - Thanks for your help!

CarlieInLA Mar 7, 2011 10:29 AM

Thanks to some great advice from hounders, our trip to Sonoma/Napa was great. Here is the original post:

For lunch, we went to Girl and The Fig which was great. I had the cauliflower/celery root soup which was creamy and delicious. Also had the duck confit which was a great version. Not greasy at all, and the beans and tomato really helped round out the dish. Others in my group had burgers which had mixed reviews. My sis in law had a hard time eating hers b/c the bread was so thick.

For dinner we went to Oenotri which was amazing! Had the chef's selection of salumi, all meats were absolutely delish, we wished we ordered the selection of 10. I had the beef tartare which was one of the best I have had. The meat/spices/nuts all blended perfectly and it was served with an egg that was creamy and really accented the flavors. The bread was perfectly toasted and smoky which really went well with the beef. My husband had the squab with farro which was also delicious. For entree I had the lamb sausage with wild nettle radiatore. Perfectly cooked pasta, delicious sauce, and lamb. Others at the table had the strozzapreti with lamb ragu, pizza, and ravioli. Everyone raved about their dish. We had a delish panacotta to finish out the meal. Service was good. Overall a wonderful meal and I will be returning.

Wineries we enjoyed:
Gunlach Bundschu - excellent reds
Ravenswood - We tasted the non-commercial side and really enjoyed the whites. Their zins were Ok , but don't compare to Paso Robles
Benziner - Didn't love the atmosphere, very touristy, but I did enjoy some of their wines, esp the Sav Blanc.
Frog's Leap - I loved Frog's Leap in Napa. The gardens are beautiful and I love that they serve you the tastings and then let you enjoy at your leisure.

Thanks everyone for your great advise, as always.

1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559