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private treatment rooms. This one-hour detoxifying and rejuvenating spa treatment includes the mud bath, hot springs Jacuzzi, and blanket wrap. Golden Havens mud he Wine Country is best known for bath was recently selected as the favorite what else?wine tasting. But visitors mud bath experience of all the Napa Valley quickly learn that the regions incredible spas. climate and geography are also conducive Lincoln Avenue Spa has takes the Calistoga to many other leisure activities. These range from athletic endeavors like bicycling mud bath to a new level with a body mud and hiking to shopping and culinary treatment for couples and individuals using specially designed Ayurvedic steam tables. adventures. Here are a few activities to consider for before and after wine tasting, and for those days when your exhausted taste buds say a change of pace is in order. Visit for frequent updates.

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Exquisite Spa Treatments Enhance Your Wine Country Experience in Napa and Sonoma
For visitors to the Napa Valley, its easy to forget that this world-famous wine growing region was famous for its hot springs before it was famous for wine. For nearly 150 years, the tiny town of Calistoga at the northern end of the Valley has been a magnet for visitors seeking relief and relaxation in its volcanic muds warmed by geothermal waters. Today mud baths remain a popular option on a broad menu of modern treatments offered by Calistoga spas like Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa & Resort and Lincoln Avenue Spa. At Golden Haven, couples enjoy Calistoga mud baths in

This is perfect for visitors to the Napa Valley who want the detoxifying benefits of mud and heat without the traditional immersion mud bath. At Lincoln Avenue Spa, the mud is an individualized mixture prepared exclusively for each client and then applied to the bodymuch like a body facial. When you enjoy day spa treatments at Lincoln Avenue Spa, you get complimentary day use of the Calistoga hot springs pool at nearby Golden Haven Hot Springs and Resort. Overnight visitors to Calistoga will find that Golden Havens affordable rooms offer some of the best lodging values in the Napa Valley. On the Sonoma side of the Mayacamus Mountains that separate the Napa and<<Wine Country Guide | 9

Sonoma wine countries, the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is one of the more unusual of the many spa options available. Osmosis is home to the only cedar enzyme bath in North America. Cozy wooden tubs are filled with a fragrant blend of finely ground cedar, rice bran, and plant enzymes imported from Japan. These ingredients heat naturally, by fermentation, a fragrant blend of cedar, rice bran, and plant enzymes creating biologically generated warmth that mimics the bodys natural metabolic process.

Take A Cooking Class To Make Friends and Hone Skills

Cooking classes are available throughout the Wine Country. Visitors can choose from formal programs offered at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena or informal programs like outdoor pizza classes taught Once a place for your body is dug into the on the grounds of some wineries in areas like warm mixture, you step into the tub, settle Lambert Bridge near Healdsburg. into the place that has been shaped to Cooking classes can expose participants to a support you, and are gently covered up to new cuisines, teach a new skills, open up new friendships, and introduce local ingredients the chin. The amount of time spent in the from the area. The Mediterranean climate bath varies based upon personal preference. of the Wine Country assures that fresh After the bath, the excess cedar fiber is ingredients from organic farms are always brushed off your body outside of the tub available and a likely component to most classes. Some of our favorite options for before you shower. cooking school are: At your leisure, you then have your choice Relish Culinary Adventures, 14 Matheson of optional treatments, such as a 75-minute Street, Healdsburg; (707) 431-9999; massage or aromatherapy facial. Or you can simply check out and spend as much time The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, as you like in the Meditation Garden that 2555 Main Street, St. Helena; (800) 888-7850; accounts for much of Osmosis five-acre sanctuary. Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa & Resort, Touring 1713 Lake Street, Calistoga; (707) 942-8000; It seems everywhere you look in the Wine Country these days a sleek stretched Lincoln Avenue Spa, 1339 Lincoln Avenue, limousine is gliding gracefully into view. Calistoga; (707) 942-2950; Think these are all filled with movie stars, business tycoons, and splurge spenders? Freestone; (707) 823-8231;
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The Advantages of Limousine

Well, think again. Its your vacation, so take a break from reading maps, making appointments and designating a driver and treat yourself to the luxury of limousine touring. Limousine service can be for a few hours to a few days and even handle your airport transport. If you have your own car you can even arrange for a knowledgeable driver to expertly transport you to your favorite destinations. Sit back and relax while sipping complimentary sparkling wine in the latest luxury vehicles and allow knowledgeable chauffeurs/tour guides to take you to the wineries of your choice. For reservations and information contact: California Wine Tours at (800) 294-6386; www. Napa Shuttle & Limousines at (707) 704-8033; We Drive at (855) 855-8950; Theres something special about flying over Northern Californias Wine Country in a hot air balloon. The air is clear, the sun shines brighter and a calming sense of solitude envelops you.

Valley with launches near Yountville, south of St. Helena. While every flight is unique, the usual adventure consists of a one-hour flight followed by breakfast on the ground complete with sparkling wine. Pilots for these aerial excursions are FAA certified. Napa Valley Balloons, Yountville; 707-944-0228;

Play A Round of Golf On A Wine Soar Above The Wine Country Country Course

In the Wine Country, wine and golf pair like nowhere else on earth. Here vineyards share the undulating landscape, invigorating Mediterranean climate, and spectacular Napa Valley Balloons flies over the southern vistas of the region with well-kept fairways and manicured greens. Check out these winners. The Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park, or simply Kennedy Park as it is known to local golfers, is the golf course for you if youre tired of playing looka-like golf courses. Locals also enjoy playing Napa Golf Course.<<Wine Country Guide | 11

They return often, frequently with friends from outof-town, to experience the beauty of the Napa River and river estuarynot to mention the wildlife and, of course, the golf. Northwood Golf Club was designed in 1928 by architect Alister MacKenzie, famous for Augusta National and Cypress Point, in collaboration with Robert Hunter. This enticing par 36, nine-hole course was originally created for the exclusive Bohemian Club. Named one of the top 3 nine-hole golf courses in the country by Golf Digest, Northwood remains one of the most scenic and challenging courses open to the public. Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park, 2295 Streblow Drive, Napa; 707-255-4333. Northwood Golf Club, 19400 Hwy 116, Monte Rio; 707-865-1116. and boutique wineries, Napa and Sonoma Valley Bike Tours is the bicycling outfitter thats trusted by top hotel concierges, corporate meeting and wedding planners, and individuals planning private group excursions. You can cycle along country roads or ride off-road through the vineyards and away from traffic (on a Cycling IN the Vineyards tour). Most routes follow flat to gently rolling roads that allow you to pedal 2-4 miles between stops at unique, off-the-beatenpath wineries. Choose from prearranged tours hosted by knowledgeable local tour guides, custom and private group tours, and self-guided touring options. Napa Valley Bike Tours, 6795 Washington Street, Bldg. B, Yountville; 707-944-2953; www.

Experience The Wine Country By Bicycle In All Four Seasons

No question, Napa and Sonoma Valleys are destinations that beg to be explored with all five senses. What better way to do that than a wine tasting tour by bicycle? Thanks to its fabulous climate, the Wine Country is the perfect place for bicycle touring in all four seasons. A full service bicycle touring company offers you the opportunity to experience the vineyards up close and create lasting memories from your wine country vacation. With a fleet of more than 200 late-model Specialized brand bicycles, a stable of local, knowledgeable tour guides, and long-standing relationships with many family-owned
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Visit Old Faithful Geyser Near Calistoga To See Fainting Goats

About every 30 minutes, visitors to the Old Faithful Geyser of California are treated to an eruption of steam and scalding water spraying 60 to 100 feet in the air. There are only two other old faithful geysers in the world that have earned the title due to their regular eruptions. This geyser has also proven itself to be a good predictor of earthquakes. When the geysers show is delayed or diminished, an earthquake is likely within the next couple of weeks in the 500 miles surrounding the geyser. The grounds surrounding the geyser feature a large picnic area where visitors are encouraged to bring their own lunches. There are also a snack bar and a gift shop on the property. Old Faithful Geyser makes for a wonderful family outing and features a petting zoo that includes the famous Tennessee Fainting Goats, Jacobs Four-Horn Sheep, and Guard Llamas.

Old Faithful Geyser of California is open every day including holidays. Hours are 9 AM - 6 PM (til 5 PM in winter). 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga; 707-942-6463;

Relax With Retail Therapy

Discover incredible savings of 25% to 65% every day at Premium Outlets with four Wine Country locations in Gilroy, Napa, Petaluma and Vacaville. These four outlet centers offer unparalleled collections of designer and name-brand outlets including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, Gucci, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Sony, Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion and many more. The selection of stores varies by center. For complete information, including center hours, a list of stores and to join the free VIP Shopper Club, visit www. . The four centers are conveniently located throughout the region. Napa Premium Outlets has 50 stores and is ideally situated at the southern entrance to the Napa Valley, just off Hwy<<Wine Country Guide | 13

29 at the First Street exit; call (707) 226-9876. Petaluma Village Premium Outlets, with 60 stores, is located 35 miles north of San Francisco in one of Sonoma Countys most charming towns. Call (707) 778-9300. Those traveling into the Wine Country from east or south of San Francisco can plan shopping stops along the way. Vacaville Premium Outlets, home to 120 stores, is located between Sacramento and San Francisco on Interstate 80; call (707) 447-5755. Gilroy Premium Outlets, with 145 stores, is located on Hwy 101 south of San Jose; call (408) 842-3729.

Get Your Cultural Fix At Historic Venues in Napa Valley

The Uptown Theatre Napa is downtowns ultimate destination for live entertainment. Nestled in the famed West End district, this stunningly restored art deco masterpiece showcases only the finest acts, featuring music, comedy and more. The Napa Valley Opera House is a non-profit performing arts organization located in the heart of downtown Napa and is a national historic landmark originally constructed in 1879. Patrons experience an eclectic array of performing arts including theatre, dance, comedy, jazz, blues, world music, and family programming in a world-class setting. The Uptown Theater Napa, 1350 3rd Street, Napa; (707) 259-0123; Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St. , Napa; (707) 226-7372; www.nvoh. org.

The Wine Country and music are a natural pairing. The combination of venues, perfect weather, and wonderful food and wine make for an unforgettable entertainment destination. Music can be found at wineries, restaurants, famous concert halls, and along rivers. Here are some of our favorite options: Rodney Strong Concert Series (June Sept) - The scenic Rodney Strong Vineyards has hosted 20 years of concerts at this intimate concert venue, with an all-star list of past performers including Kenny Loggins, Hall and Oates, Chris Botti, Susan Tedeschi and many other jazz, pop, and

Perfectly Paired Wine Country Music

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It z h a k Pe r l m a n a n d He r b i e Hancock. Napa Valley Opera House i n clu d e s a v a r i e ty of mu si c offerings in a historic building. Downtown Napa. Uptown Theatre regularly hosts big acts including: Adam Carolla, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Ziggy Marley, Chris Isaak, and Blues Traveler. Downtown Napa. classic rock superstars.. Vezer Family Vineyards (May 18) hosts a variety of musical talent throughout the summer hosted at their nearby Suisun Valley property. Sonoma-Cutrer (begins June 15) Jazzy Summer Nights kicks off on June 15th followed by concerts on July 20th and August 10th. All concerts start at 6PM with the terrace opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and include a SonomaCutrer Logo wine glass and access to the croquet courts where lessons will be offered by the Sonoma County Croquet Club. The Mondavi Concerts ( June 29 August 2) Now in their fourth decade of hosting music, Robert Mo n d av i Wi n e r y h a s h o st e d legendary artists for their Concert S e r i e s . E l l a Fit z ge ra l d , Tony Bennett, Chris Botti, Dave Koz. Green Music Center is an elegant new concert hall on the Sonoma State University campus. Performances here trend toward classical music and contemporary jazz. Upcoming artists include Wells Fargo Center For The Arts in its 31st season, the non-profit Wells Fargo Center for the Arts hosts world-class performances and nationally recognized education programs.<<Wine Country Guide | 15

Napa Valley
Our suggestions on where to taste, where to eat, and what to do

he Napa Valley is generally regarded as Americas most famous and most prestigious wine producing region. Except during peak traffic times, it is an easy hours drive to the northeast from San Francisco or to the southwest from Sacramento. The Valley runs approximately north-south for some 30 miles. Its width ranges from about a mile at its northern end to about five miles at its widest point near its southern end. It is framed by the Mayacamas Mountains on its western and northern sides, by the Vaca Mountains to the east, and by San Pablo Bay to the south. From north to south, the principal towns of the Napa Valley are Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, and the town of Napa. Between St. Helena and Yountville, the hamlets of
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Rutherford and Oakville are important grape growing and winemaking centers. South of the town of Napa, American Canyon is significant as a commercial center and as the second largest town in Napa County (after the town of Napa). The Napa Valley is home to over 400 wineries, some of the best restaurants in the United States, world-class spas, and many other amenities. Thanks in part to an abundance of natural beauty, and in part to stringent efforts to preserve both the beauty and the agricultural heritage of the region, the Napa Valley remains largely unspoiled by its success and notoriety as a wine tourism destination. It is worthy of as much time on your itinerary as you can devote. Count

on two days just to get a sense of the Valley and longer to fully appreciate it. If you have a week to spend here, you will not run out of places to go, things to see and do, and great wine and food. And you certainly will not be bored. Napa Valleys reputation is built on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. These are the varietals that won blind tastings against the French in the legendary Tasting of Paris in 1976, putting California and America on the world wine map. But just about every wine consumed in America is to be found somewhere in the Valley, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Zinfandel among many others. In particular, fans of sparkling wines will find a lot to like at venues like Mumm in Rutherford and Domaine Carneros. Part of the fun of visiting the Napa Valley, and a good reason to schedule several days here, is exploring the new wine varietals and new interpretations of established varietals that are constantly emerging and evolving here and throughout the California Wine Country. Travel-Wise Tip: The main arteries in the Napa Valley are Highway 29 and Silverado Trail. These run roughly north-south and in parallel through the length of the Valley, with Highway 29 to the west and Silverado Trail to the east. Silverado Trail is by far the less traveled and least congested of the two thoroughfares, especially during peak seasons and hours. The two roads are not far apart, so switching between them to avoid congestion can add to your enjoyment of the Valley. Traversing between the two is tricky, however, because not all eastwest roads connect the two arteries. It will behoove you to know which east-west roads are connectors, or cross roads, and which ones are not. The cross roads are easily identified on the Napa Valley map in the back of Wine Country Guide magazine and also on our standalone Napa Valley Map.<<Wine Country Guide | 17

Top Picks For Wine Tasting

Artesa Vineyards & Winery , 1345 Henry Road, Napa; 888-679-9463. Among the most dramatic and beautiful wineries in the world, Artesa is built upon a Carneros hillside with views to San Francisco. The wines here are exquisite. Ask about the special wine and food pairings. Andretti Winery, 4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa; 888-460-8463. Legendary auto racer Mario Andretti has fashioned a winery true to his Italian roots. At Villa Andretti, youll be transported to old Italy before you know it - a place with a more relaxed pace, and great wine to boot. Beringer Vineyards, 2000 Main Street, St. Helena; 866-708-9463. On the Register of National Historic Places, this breathtaking winery offers among the best tours and tasting experiences in the Valley. After your tour, sit on the Rhine House wrap-around porch and sip through a flight of reserve wines. Black Stallion Winery, 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa; 800-200-9756. Located on a picturesque stretch of the Silverado Trail, the Black Stallion estate recalls the rustic charm of early California. The estate property is framed by century-old olive trees and landscaped with natural grasses and Mediterranean plants. Castello di Amorosa, 4045 North Saint Helena Hwy (Hwy 29), Calistoga; 707-9676272. Unbelieveable is the word that comes to mind at this winery housed in an authentically-styled, 13th century Tuscan castle. Choose from one of the several tourand-taste optons here. Probably the most unique winery in America. Etude Wines , 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa; 707-257-5300. Etude means study in French, and this winery is a study in the crafting of Pinot Noir. Enjoy flights highlighting different interpretations of this notoriously challenging-to-make wine at the tasting bar or on the patio.

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Grgich Hills Estate , 1829 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707-965-2784. Vintner Hall of Fame inductee and Tasting of Paris winner Mike Grgich, now well into his eighties, continues to nurture his six different wine varietals as if they were his children. Chardonnay is the fair-haired child. Materra Wines , 1426 Main St., St. Helena; 707-244-4600; In Latin, Materra means Mother Earth. Materra combines the rich soils, varying climate and the extraordinary talents of a dedicated team to produce wines that are both tempting and complex. Open Wednesday-Sunday 11:30-5:00 and by appointment Monday-Tuesday. Mumm Napa , 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford; 800-686-6272. There are at least two reasons to visit Mumm. One is their world-class sparkling wines, which you can enjoy on a terrace with beautiful views. The other is a gallery of photographic art that is among the best in the Bay Area (or anywhere). Prager Winery & Port Works, 1281 Lewelling Lane, St. Helena; 707-963-7678. The perfect prescription for Port lovers since 1979. The winery is a family-run affair with three generations of Pragers involved in the crafting of premium ports and wines. St. Clement Vineyards, 2867 St. Helena Hwy North, St. Helena; 866-877-5939. Housed in a meticulously preserved and restored Gothic Victorian home dating to 1878, St. Clement is famous for a Bordeauxstyle blend called Oroppas. Eight wines here are available only at the winery. Stags Leap Winery , 6150 Silverado Trail, Napa; 800-395-2441. Call ahead to reserve one of two fixed tasting appointments at 10:00 and 2:30 daily. Youll tour the historic Manor House with castlelike stone tower and enjoy a flight of five excellent wines. Sterling Vineyards , 1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga; 800-726-6136. At this iconic

winery guests take an aerial tram some 300 feet up the mountainside to the winery, where they are greeted with a glass of wine. Make a reservation for the Reserve Tour & Tasting, 11:00 daily. Turnbull Wine Cellars, 8210 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 800-887-6285. Focusing on fine art as well as fine wine, Turnbull Wine Cellars boasts one of the largest permanent photography exhibitions on the West Coast. V. Sattui Winery, 1111 White Lane (at Hwy 29), St. Helena; 707-963-7774. V. Sattui is a mainstay of the Napa Valley. The winery offers six different options for tasting, spacious picnic grounds, and an onsite delicatessen with everything youll need for a proper Wine Country picnic. Whitehall Lane, 1563 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 800-963-9454. This winery is a perennial award winnerincluding recognition three times in five years for producing wines ranked among the top<<Wine Country Guide | 19

five worldwide, and winery of the year distinctions from two respected wine authorities.

Other Things To Do
Attractions and Tours California Wine Tours, 707-253-1300; Offers a choice of personalized or prearranged wine tours throughout the Napa and Sonoma wine regions. Prearranged itineraries begin at $69/person; ferry-to-limo excursions from San Francisco begin at $72/person. We Drive , 855-855-8950; We Drive provides private driver services that defines comfort and safety. Offering certified drivers to be your private driver in your car for anything you might need including: airport transportation, corporate car services, weddings, and for any event you may need a driver.. Napa Valley Balloons, 800-253-2224, 707-944-0228; Ultimate sightseeing experience over the southern Napa Valley. Sparkling wine landing celebration. Morning launch 7 days per week, weather permitting. Napa Valley Bike Tours, 6795 Washington Street, Bldg. B, Yountville; 707-944-2953. Complete cycling vacations, guided tours, self-guided tours, bicycle rentals. Wine purchase pickup service. Old Faithful Geyser of California, 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga; 707-942-6463. One of

only three old faithful geysers in the world, and home of the famous fainting goats. Shopping RASgalleries, 6540 Washington Street, Yountville; 707-944- 9211. Specializes in American Art Glass and represents over 200 artists. Napa Premium Outlets , 629 Factory Stores Drive, Napa; 707-226-9876. Over 50 designer and name brand stores in an upscale shopping mall. Napa Valley Wine Hardware, 659 Main Street, St. Helena; 866-611-9463. Unique wine accessories, wine racks and cabinets, wine books, corkscrews, etc. V Marketplace 1870, 6525 Washington St., Yountville, St. Helena; 707-944-2451. Specialty shopping in downtown Yountville including art, fine art, gourmet foods, chocolates, and wine. Spas Golden Haven Hot Springs, 1713 Lake Street, Calistoga; 707-942-8000. Calistoga hot springs mineral water and rejuvenating spa treatments, including mud baths for couples. Massage Envy Spa, 3365 Solano Avenue, Napa; 707-255-8000. Therapeutic massage and skin nourishing facial treatments. Visit for four other Wine Country locations. Lincoln Avenue Spa , 1339 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga; 707-942-2950. Perfect for visitors to the Napa Valley who want

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the detoxifying benefits of mud and heat without an immersion mud bath.

Where To Dine
Ad Hoc, 6476 Washington St., Yountville; 707-944-2487. This Thomas Keller restaurant serves a prix fixe, 4-course chalkboard menum that changes daily. Meals are served family style. Brunch on Sundays. Angle, 540 Main St., Napa; 707-252-8115. This intimate restaurant realizes the Rouas familys dream to create a refuge of delicious French country foods, wines, and occasions for celebration with friends and family. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Bardessono, 6526 Yount St., Yountville; 707-204-6030. Executive Chef OTooles menu draws from local growers, farmers markets and the restaurants own on- and off-site culinary gardens. Bistro Don Giovanni, 4110 Howard Lane, Napa; 707-224-3300. Napa Valley cuisine with an Italian and Country French flavor; memorable ambiance featuring traditional fireplace and romantic outdoor terraces. Lunch, dinner. Bistro Jeanty, 6510 Washington St., Yountville; 707-944-0103. Claiming to be the only French owned and operated restaurant in the Napa Valley, this bistro features classic dishes such as mussels au vin rouge, cassoulet, and Chef Philippe Jeantys special tomato soup. Boon Fly Caf, 4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa; 707-299-4900. Menus here feature modern rustic cuisine based on the agricultural heritage of the region. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Bottega, 6525 Washington St., Yountville; 707-945-1050. Chef Michael Chiarello serves seasonal farm-to-table Italian cuisine using the locally/sustainably produced food. The menu is divided into Stuzzichini (bites to share), Antipasti, Pasta, Secondi (main course) and Contorni (vegetable side dishes). Dessert and Cheese, Specialty Cocktail and

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Lounge menus are also available. Bouchon, 6534 Washington St. at Yount St., Yountville; 707-944-8037. Chef Jeffrey Cerciello serves award-winning French cuisine at this relative of the impossible-tobook French Laundry. Lunch, dinner. Brassica, 641 Main St., St. Helena, 707963-0700. Offering cuisine inspired by the rich and varied flavors of Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, Brassica also boasts a great selection of wines on tap, by the glass and bottle. Brix, 7377 St. Helena Hwy., Napa; 707944-2749. Chef Anne Gingrass-Paik prepares California-Mediterranean meals using ingredients from Brix own garden, free of pretentious trappings. Brunch on Sundays. Celadon, 500 Main St., Napa; 707-2549690. Award winning, seasonally influenced global comfort food served in the beautiful dining room or lovely garden courtyard. Lunch, dinner. Cindy s Backstreet Kitchen, 1327 Railroad Ave, St. Helena, 707-963-1200. This upscale eatery has become a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike. It features a menu of delicious, cookedfrom-scratch cuisine created from quality ingredients. Cook St. Helena, 1310 Main St., St. Helena; 707-963-7088. Dont be fooled by the plain storefront of this locals hangout. The excellent Italian fare makes this a great complement to a day of wine tasting. Cuve, 1650 Soscol Ave., Napa; 707224-2330. Adjacent to the River Terrace Inn, Cuvee has compiled a menu of new American favorites that includes braised shortribs, pan roasted chicken and fresh fish and seafood. toile, 1 California Drive, Yountville; 707944-2892. Etoile bills itself as the only fine dining restaurant within a winery in Napa Valley. It prides itself on epitomizing the very best that wine country dining has to offer.
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Farm, 4048 Sonoma Hwy.. Napa; 707299-4880. This restaurant prides itself on preparing food that accompanies wine and a passion for experimentation. Most ingredients come from within 150-miles of Carneros . Gotts Roadside Tray Gourmet, 933 Main St. between Charter Oak & Pope, St. Helena, 707-963-3486; also at 644 First Street (at Oxbow Public Market), Napa, 707-2246900. Informal, gourmet roadside diner with memorable Ahi sandwiches and low corkage fee. Lunch, dinner. La Toque, 1314 McKinstry Street, Napa; 707-257-5157. Chef Ken Franks new La Toque, now located in the Westin Verasa Napa hotel and residences adjacent to the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa, features prix fixe and ala carte menus that showcase seasonal local ingredients. Dinner. Market, 1347 Main St., St. Helena; 707963-3799. Set in a historic building featuring exposed stone walls and an antique bar dating back to the turn of the century, this comfortable but elegant restaurant features American classics with a fresh seasonal approach. Mustards Grill, 7399 St. Helena Hwy., Yountville, 707-944-2424. Cindy Pawlcyns first restaurant, this cozy vineyardsurrounded country grill features produce grown onsite, warmth, and character. Lunch, dinner. Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry St. between 1st St. & Soscol Ave., Napa; 800-4274124; Enjoy the freshest and finest ingredients available prepared on board this rail excursion from the historic town of Napa through one of the worlds most famous wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena and back to Napa; classic continental style cuisine with California overtones. Lunch, dinner. Rutherford Grill, 1180 Rutherford Rd. at Hwy. 29, Rutherford; 707-963-1792. Great steaks, ribs and chicken; low corkage fee; outdoor bar and fireplace. Lunch, dinner.

TASTING OPTIONS Villa Tasting $10/Person Featuring signature Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Dolcetto and Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Tasting $15/Person Showcasing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Experience Old World Charm At Andretti Winery

ust outside of the city of Napa , legendar y auto racer Mario Andretti has fashioned a winer y true to his Italian roots. At Villa Andretti, you ll be transported to old Italy before you know it - a place with a more relaxed pace, and great wine to boot. Andretti snapped up this picturesque 53-acre property in 1995 and converted it to a sprawling Italian villa complete with stone-tiled piazza, gracious arches, and meticulous landscaping. Surrounding the villa are 42 acres of estate vineyards, making Andretti Winery the perfect spot for summer picnics or an afternoon spent enjoying a bottle of wine beside the vineyards. Andretti Win er y is perhaps best known for its Italian varietals, handcrafted by winemaker and Napa Valley icon, Robert Pepi. Pepi has long been a pioneer in the effort to make great local Sangiovese, and at Andretti

he does just that. In fact, The Founders Tasting Andrettis 2009 Napa Valley $30/Person Sangiovese was recently named Best of Class at the A luxurious tasting seated in the Tuscan House featuring San Francisco Chronicle several reserve wines: Pinot Wine Competition. Grigio, Montona Chardonnay, At the same time, fans of Montona series red wines: Napas Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot will also find some terrific and Zinfandel Port wines at Andretti, including Delizia Tasting Cabernet Sauvignon and $5/Person Merlot, plus a knockout For those in search of a simple dessert wine experience, Super Tuscan combining the featuring Moscato and best of Italian and Bordeaux Zinfandel Port varietals. Th e w in er y now has ANDRETTI WINERY tasting areas set up in four 4162 Big Ranch Road Napa, CA 94558 locations throughout the property: the tasting room; 888-460-8463 the barrel room where Open 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily winery staff routinely brings No Appointment Required visitors for impromptu DIRECTIONS barrel tasting; the art gallery, home to Andrettis new Take Highway 29 north to Oak Knoll Road; right on Oak Knoll Artist-in-Residence program; to Big Ranch Road; right on Big and the VIP room in the Ranch for .5 miles. Winery on left. Tuscan House, where visitors can enjoy a Founders tasting Mention This Article For 2-for-1 Tastings or arrange private lunches and dinners in advance.<<Wine Country Guide | 23

Artesa Vineyards & Winery A

r t e sa Vin e yard s & Winery is among the most dramatic, beautiful and unique wineries in the world. Built into a hilltop on the Napa side o f C a r n e r o s , Ar t e s as spectacular architecture, sculpture gardens and fountains enhance a wraparound view that on a clear day includes San Francisco some 50 miles to the south. Built originally as Codornu Napa, which produced sparkling wines exclusively, the winery was rechristened Artesa in 1999. In the Spanish Catalan language of its family owners, who have been making sparkling wine for 450 years, Artesa means craftsman. Today Artesas wine craftsmen also produce highly acclaimed still wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cab er n et Sauvignon. Visitors sample Artesas wines at a curved wooden tasting bar with a picturewindow view of a peaceful courtyard. In-the-know w e e ke n d v i si t o r s c a l l ahead to reserve a place at an exclusive wine and cheese pairing of fered ever y Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 in Artesas luxurious Raventos Lounge. Participation is limited to

10 guests each day. Another popular attraction at Artesa is the terrace off the tasting room where guests can sit to enjoy the sunshine and superb views with a sampling of their favorite Artesa wines. Artesa Vineyards & Winery is located to the southwest of the Town of Napa, near the T intersection of Carneros Highway with Highway 29 North. Enter the winery by taking a comfortable climb up the tiered double stairway and crossing the broad plaza to the main entrance, pausing to appreciate the views, sculpture and fountains.

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FOOD & WINE PAIRING Limited Release wines with fresh local tastes. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12:30 PM, $75 pp CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE Chocolate and Wine Pairing Daily at 1:30 PM, $45 pp

Those not inclined to take the stairs can enter through a door on the parking lot level, take a short

walk through the barrel room, and ride an elevator up to the level of the main entrance and tasting room.

VINO CON QUESO An Intimate Wine & Cheese Pairing Daily at 11:30 AM, $45 pp ULTIMATE TASTING Candelight Barrel Room Tasting Saturday and Sunday 2:30 PM, $55 pp ARTESA VINEYARDS & WINERY 1345 Henry Road Napa , CA 94559 (888) 679-9463 Open Daily 10-5 (last pour at 4:30) DIRECTIONS Go north on Old Sonoma Road from Carneros Highway (Highway 12). Turn left on Dealy Lane, which becomes Henry Road. Turn left again at Artesa.

VINES AND WINES A Vineyard Tour and Tasting

Have you ever wanted to taste a grape right off the vine? Lace up your hiking boots, grab a glass of bubbly and journey down to the vineyard. After a Sparkling wine greeting and a tour of the winery, your tour guide will lead you outside to the vineyards. Enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir while standing in the Pinot Noir vineyard where the grapes are grown and discover why Pinot Noir is so hard to grow and how the coolness of the San Pablo Bay breeze has influenced the wine you are sipping. After the educational tour of the vineyard, you pick two more Limited Release wines to sample. Cost is $45 per guest, available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM. Reservations are required so please call 707-254-2126 or visit to book online.<<Wine Country Guide | 25

Beringer Vineyards Showcases Napas Best, Past and Present

et aside time on your Wine Country visit to tour Beringer Vineyards, one of Napa Valleys oldest continuously operating wineries and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Whether you are a wine novice or a connoisseur, you are sure to learn something new at Beringer. Plus youll have the opportunity to taste some of Beringers fabulous reserve and winer y exclusive wines.

Beringer offers tours throughout the day every d ay. O n th e Ta st e of Beringer tour, your guide will lead you first through the Old Stone Winery and the tunnels used for aging wine, then through the demonstration vineyard where youll learn about vineyard practices and trellising, and on to the Rhine House Mansion for a sit-down tasting. Along the way youll be greeted by life-sized cutouts of

winer y founders Jacob and Frederick Beringer, entrepreneurial brothers who hailed from Germany. Frederick, enthralled by opportunities in the United States, first made his way to New York in 1863. Five years later his brother Jacob came to New York, but soon found himself longing for his old life as a cooper, winemaker, and cellar master in Germany. Jacob had heard of the budding wine industry in California,

The Rhine House at Beringer Vineyards

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BERINGER TOURS ABOVE: Popular features of tours at Beringer Vineyards include the founding familys personal wine cellar and over 40 original stained glass panels. Introduction To Beringer $25 Per Person Guests of all ages are welcome on this historic tour, which guides you through the Old Stone Winery and wine aging tunnels, highlighting Beringers long history and commitment to quality. Call (866) 708-9463 for details and reservations. Taste Of Beringer $40 Per Person Learn about the Napa Valley, Beringer Family history, and the winemaking process on this one-hour tour. Youll explore the Old Stone Winery and wine-aging tunnels and visit the demonstration vineyard before proceeding to the Rhine House Mansion for a sit down tasting of three wines paired with small food bites. Call (866) 708-9463 for details and reservations. BERINGER VINEYARDS 2000 Main Street (Hwy 29) St. Helena, California 94574 (866) 708-9463 Open Daily 10-5 (10-6 Jun-Oct) DIRECTIONS Take Hwy 29 north 1/8 mile from downtown St. Helena. or south 8 miles from Calistoga. Beringer is on the west side of Main Street / Hwy 29.

so he made his way west to Napa Valley. This time Frederick followed Jacob, and the intrepid brothers started Beringer Brothers Winery. Th e to ur t ake s y o u through the original winery, which was built

recognizable building on the Beringer property. Originally built in 1883 as Fredericks home, it has been carefully preserved with all of its intricate carved woodwork, stonework and Belgian art nouveau glass. The house was designed by renowned

At Beringer Vineyards, visitors tour Napa Valleys colorful past to appreciate some of todays best wines.
in 1876 and is still used today to barrel age some of Beringers wines. Youll get to walk through a portion of the winerys caves, in all 1,200 feet of tunnels that were hand-chiseled by immigrant workers in the 1870s. While in the caves, youll learn about winemaking and get to see some really cool artifacts including a massive 250 year-old fruit press. After your tasting, plan to spend more time in the Rhine House, the most architect Albert Schroepfer, who also designed the Gothic Victorian just up the road that is now St. Clement Vineyards. The Rhine House is open to browsers and tasters alike during Beringers regular business hours. Tasters can sit out on the lovely wrap-around porch and sip through a flight of reserve wines, including perennial standouts Private Reserve Chardonnay and Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.<<Wine Country Guide | 27

Sterling Vineyards
he iconic Sterling Vineyardsperched on its stunning, Napa Valley hillside locationoffers one of the most idyllic experiences in the Wine Country. Guests glide 300 feet via aerial tram to reach the winery reminiscent of a Greek monastery. Founded i n 1 9 6 9 , S t e rli n g h a s long been recognized for innovative winemaking. In fact, it was the first winery in the U.S. to produce a v int a ge-d at ed vari et al Merlot. Guests are greeted with a glass of wine and are immediately made welcome. A tour of the winery also offers visitors a g re a t d e a l of w i n e education. Unlike some wineries, there is no canned spielyou are your own guide. Elevated corridors above th e w ork areas give visitors unrestricted views of the winemaking three separate DVD videos displayed on large f lat screen TVs, visitors join Sterlings winemakers for a visit through the various seasons of the winemaking year. Throughout the visitor center is one of the largest collections of wine-related art. Another feature that sets Sterling Vineyards apart is its tasting rooms. Guests are comfortably seated as a very gracious and knowledgeable staff presents the wines at your table. They offer wine and food pairing suggestions and are eager to answer any qu estions vi sitors might have after their Winemaking 101 tour. Veteran visitors to Napa Valley have learned to

process. Photographs and educational panels are scattered throughout the winery, including a fascinating wine barrel stave display explaining the influence of various toasting levels and its effect on wine. Another unique innovation at Sterling is a Win emakers Vide o Tour. Through the use of

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Sterling Vineyards Platinum Napa Valley 09

Living up to its name, the 2009 Platinum is the culmination of the finest grapes and state-of-the-art winemaking. Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, this classic Bordeaux-style blend has a big, inky-black profile led by distinct aromas of cocoa, espresso, toast and black currant. A bold weight of black-cherry fruit washes across the palate with unrelenting intensity. Mouthcoating tannins and caramel pastry notes extend into a long and satisfying finish. Pair this striking bold, wellbalanced wine with roasted meats, risotto, or winter pastas.

Visitors reach Sterling via an aerial tram. begin their explorations in Calistoga. Its unhurried pace, renowned restaurants, and over a dozen great wineries can easily fill a day. But as the folks at Sterling are often heard to say, Start at the top!

Sterling Vineyards offers one of the most idyllic experiences in the Wine Country.
The History Of Sterlings Stunning Architecture
Perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial tram carries visitors up the hill to the winery, whose architecture was modeled after that of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. The brilliant white stucco stands out dramatically against the rugged Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges that flank each side of Napa Valley. Mount Saint Helena makes a lovely distant backdrop. The winerys towers house eight bells from Londons Church of St. Dunstans-inthe-East, originally founded in the 10th century. The church was destroyed by fire in 1666, rebuilt, then destroyed again during the bombing of WWII. Each time, new bells were recast from the old metal to give them superior tonal quality.

1111 DUNAWEAL LANE CALISTOGA, CA 94515 (800) 726-6136

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St. Clement Vineyards, St. Helena

Napa Valley In One Great Day

o many wineries, so little time. With so many great places you could visit, how do you narrow the options? Heres a winning day trip on which youll enjoy exquisite wines in three of the most relaxing, enchanting and exclusive settings in Napa Valley. Start your day at Stags Leap, which accepts tourand-tasting reservations for 10 and 2:30 d ai ly. Reservations are limited and book up fast. You can get lucky on short notice, but it is best to reserve well in advance. Here you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the estate followed by a sit-down tasting in the historic Manor House, a two-story stone structure with a castle-like tower built in 1891 with rocks from a local quarry. Stags Leap win e educators will guide you through a f light of five wines. The w i n e r y, b e s t k n o w n f o r i t s e l e g a n t Pe t i t e Sirah, also produces Vi o g n i e r, C h a rd o n n ay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 90 acres of estate v in eyard s surroundin g t h e Ma n o r Ho u s e a re largely planted to Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. These estate grap es are featured in The Leap, the winerys most collectible Cabernet Sauvignon. After a leisurely lunch i n n e a r b y Yo u n t v i l l e or St. Helena (see th e dining guide in this m a g a z i n e) , g o t o S t . Clement Vineyards. Here youll find more rich Napa Valley history as well as six wonderful singlevineyard Cabernets and the iconic Bordeaux-style blend, Oroppas. S t . C l e m e n t s m a i n tasting room is in a classic Gothic Victorian built in 1878 by stained g l a s s m e r c h a n t Fr i t z Rosenbaum. Architecture buf fs will appreciate

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TASTING SUGGESTIONS 09 Stags Leap The Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Flavors of black cherry, blueberry and cassis with notes of fresh herbs, licorice and coffee bean. Silky tannins spread warmly over the palate. $80 09 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon, Star Vineyard A soft, textured wine graced with soft, supple tannins and a silky personality. Tar, smoke and licorice add considerable complexity and nuance on the finish. $80 09 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Opens with generous aromas of dark berry and cherry leading to layers of black licorice and graphite notes on the nose. The palate shows a depth and richness of fruit flavors ranging from blackberry, to boysenberry, to cassis. $85 WINERY INFORMATION Stags Leap Winery 6150 Silverado Trail Napa, (near Yountville) California 94558 (800) 395-2441 Open by appointment only St. Clement Vineyards 2867 Saint Helena Hwy N St. Helena, California 94574 (866) 877-5939 Open Wed-Mon 12 to 5 PM Etude Wines 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road Napa, California 94559 (707) 257-5300 Open daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Stags Leap Winery, Yountville

Etude Wines, Carneros

this remarkable building, which has been meticulously restored to the finest detail. Tastings are available on a walk-in basis in the main tasting room and by reservation on th e Hilltop Terrace with beautiful views of the Napa Valley. Eight of the 13 wines produced by St. Clement are only available at the w i n e r y. T h e s e i n c l u d e single-vineyard Cabernets from Howell Mountain, Diamond Mountain, M o u n t Ve e d e r a n d Rutherford. Wrap up your day at Etude, the distinguished producer of estategrown Pinot Noir in Carneros. Etude (which means study in French)

was founded in 1982 by legendary winemaker Tony Soter as a study in the craft of making Pinot Noir, considered by many winemakers the most difficult grape. Etude now makes several superb Pinot Noirs from an estate vineyard located at the foot of Sonoma Mountain. In Etud es b eauti ful , contemporar y tasting room, which is open t o t h e p u b l i c d a i l y, guests can enjoy a flight a t t h e t a st i n g b a r, In addition to Pinot Noir, the winer y offers for tasting exceptional Pinot Gri s, Chardonnay, and Ros plus three simply magnificent Cabernet Sauvignons.<<Wine Country Guide | 31

Peju Winery A Garden Oasis On Highway 29

elebrating 30 years as a family-owned winer y in Rutherford, Peju is a garden oasis in the heart of the Napa Valley. Guests are welcomed into the beautiful 3 0 - a c re e st a t e b y t h e signature arching sycamores that line the driveway. The centerpiece of the Peju estate is the 50-foot French Provincial tasting room tower complete with moat and dancing fountains. Today Peju is still a family-owned and familyrun estate winery with the next generation, daughters Lisa and Ariana, taking over the day-to-day operations. P ra c t i c i n g su st a i n a b l e farming across all vineyard properties, Peju was recognized in 2009 as a Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business. A solar-powered winery, the Rutherford estate also maintains the distinction of being one of only 21 certified organic wineries in the Napa Valley. Situated in the famed Rutherford Appellation, Pejus focus is on crafting

world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. It also produces other award-winning varieties including Cabernet Fr a n c , M e r l o t , S y r a h , Zinfandel , Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and popular proprietary blends. Wine tasting at Peju is an enjoyable and educational experience. Guests of the Classic Tasting sample four current release wines in a presentation style led by kn ow l e d ge a b l e a n d entertaining tasting room Ambassadors. Guests looking for a Winer y Experience may reserve one of three other Premier Peju Experiences: Barrel Tasting , a private tour of the beautiful estate gardens, followed by a reserve barrel tasting and a classic wine tasting; Private Reserve Ta s t i n g , a n i n t i m a t e , private reserve tasting in the stunning Peju tower; or Wine & Cheese Pairing, a sit down tasting that includes a selection of local artisan cheeses paired with current release wines.

PREMIER PEJU EXPERIENCES Wine & Cheese Pairing $65 Per Person Available by appointment only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 2pm Barrel Tasting $50 Per Person Available by appointment only Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm Private Reserve Tasting $75 Per Person Available by appointment only Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 11:15am and 12:30pm Classic Tasting $20 per person Tasting fee is waived with any $35 wine purchase. No reservations necessary for up to 7 guests. PEJU PROVINCE WINERY 8466 St. Helena Highway Rutherford, CA 94573 (707) 963-3600 Open Daily 10-6pm DIRECTIONS Take Highway 29 north 8 miles from downtown Napa. Peju is on the east side of Highway 29, which is also known as the St. Helena Highway.

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Taste the consistently great wines from

Whitehall Lane

f y o ure l o o k i n g f o r consistently great wines and lots of selections you cant f ind b a ck h om e, Whitehall Lane on Highway 29 near St. Helena is a must stop. W h it e h a l l L a n e f i r st opened in 1979, but its when the Leonardini family purchased the winery in 1993 that the awards and accolades began rolling in, including three wines in Wine Spectator s Top 100. Now unquestionably a w o r l d - c l a s s w i n e r y, Whitehall Lane keeps its sights on consistent quality and great value. Th e t a sti n g ro om i s housed in a modern looking, angular building. The knowledgeable, friendly staff will take you through the wines, many of which come from the winerys own 125 acres in Napa Valley. Whitehall Lane makes all of the best varietals from Napa Valley, and for fans of dessert wine, theres also terrific

Orange Muscat. Whitehall Lane is one of the first Napa Valley wineries 11 Las Brisas Pinot Noir to step boldly into the use The This rich and graceful of alternative closures on offering has appealing aromas their wines since natural of rose petals, violets and toasty cork does not always form bread. On the palate the wine is the perfect seal. On their plush with waves of ripe currant white wines the winery is and strawberry flavors framed using screw caps, while beautifully by fancy oak underon a few of the red wines, tones. The subtle tannins add length to the silky finish. $48 including the perennial award-winning Reser ve 09 Reserve Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon, they Sauvignon, Napa Valley are using a stylish, easy-to- This stylish wine is captivating open glass-on-glass closure and delicious from the enticing that might just revolutionize aromas to the long, smooth the way wine bottles are finish. Its a blend of lush fruit with aromas of deep blackberry, sealed. W h i t e h a l l L a n e h a s currant and toasted oak. $75 added two new wine clubs WHITEHALL LANE WINERY to ensure members can get 1563 St. Helena Highway their favorites available only St. Helena, CA 94574 at the winery. Members (800) 963-9454 re c e iv e c omp li m e nt a r y tours and tastings, Open daily 10-5:45 discounted pricing, access DIRECTIONS t o l i m i t e d p r o d u c t i o n Whitehall Lane Winery is located wines, invitations to parties at 1563 St. Helena Highway and e vents and access (Highway 29) in St. Helena, just to the estate for private south of Zinfandel Lane. celebrations.<<Wine Country Guide | 33

TASTING SUGGESTIONS 10 Chardonnay, Carneros This well-balanced Chardonnay has aromas and flavors of pear, honey, tropical fruit and toasty oak. It has a very long, flavorful finish that lingers. $28

Exploring Close-In Carneros W

ondering what to do with your free day in San Francisco? Hop in the car and in just 45 minutes you can be at the door of your first winery in the spectacular Carneros wine region. Theres a distinct feel in Carneros, whose location at the confluence of Napa and Sonoma makes it part of both regions. Yet Carneros has its own unique and inimitable spirit, fed by its world reputation for fine sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Hi g hw ay 1 2 1 i s th e g a t e w ay t o C a r n e r o s , and within a few minutes you ll hit some worldclass wineries on this scenic stretch of road. On either side of the highway are sister wineries Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Cline is best known for its highly-rated Rhone varietals, but this 350-acre estate offers so much for visitors picnic grounds, spring-fed ponds and colorful gardens. Acro ss th e hig hway, Jacuzzi pays homage to Cline proprietor Fred Clines Italian heritage. Jacuzzi features a wide array of interesting Italian varietals

served in a sprawling 18,000 square-foot villa modeled after the Jacuzzi family home in Italy. Just up Highway 121 at its junction with Highway 116 (Arno l d D rive) i s Schug Carneros Estate. Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and lifelong dream of on e of Californias most celebrated winemakers, Walter Schug who built his reputation at Joseph Phelps Winery. Traveling eastward and deeper into the region along the Carneros Hi g hway (Hi g hway 12,

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Itinerary for a day in Carneros

Where to Taste: Cline Cellars, 24737 Arnold Drive (Highway 121), Sonoma; www., 707-940-4000 Open 10 AM-6 PM daily Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Drive (Highway 121), Sonoma;, 707-931-7575 Open 10 AM-5:30 PM daily Schug Carneros Estate, 602 Bonneau Rd., Sonoma;, 707-939-9363 Open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM daily Artesa Vineyards and Winery, 1345 Henry Road, Napa; www.artesawinery. com, 707-254-2126 Open 10 AM-5 PM daily Etude Wines, 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa;, 707-257-5300 Open 10:00 AM-4:30 PM daily
Left: Domaine Carneros provides a sparkling wine experience. Right: Artesa pairs art and spectacular architecture with award winning wines.

Where to stay: If you decide to stay overnight: Ledson Hotel, 480 First Street East, Sonoma;, 707996-9779 The Carneros Inn, 4048 Highway 121, Napa;, 707299-4800 Where to eat: Boon Fly Cafe at The Carneros Inn, 4048 Carneros Hwy (Hwy 121/12), Napa; 707-299-4870 Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, 1325 Broadway (at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa), Sonoma; 707-931-2042 Directions: From San Francisco, take Hwy 101 North across the Golden Gate Bridge; to Hwy 37 East; to Highway 121 North (Napa/ Sonoma) for 4.5 miles to your first stop, Cline Cellars. From your last stop, Etude Wines, take Carneros Hwy east to Hwy 29 South, to Hwy 37 East, to I-80 South to San Francisco.

running concurrent with Highway 121) takes you to two more great stops on the Napa side of Carneros. Just after you pass the iconic Domaine Carneros estate (pictured) on the right, go left on Old Sonoma Road, then left again on Henry Road to A r t e s a Vi n e y a rd s a n d Winery. Artesa is widely recognized as the crown jewel of Carneros. It is a modern architectural wonder with sculptures, fountains, and a worldclass art collection. Enjoy a classic or reserve tasting of Artesas elegant

wines while enjoying this memorable stop. From Artesa, your last stop is just south of the Carneros Highway at Etude Wines. In French etude means study. Etude Wines was founded as a study in the art of making Pinot Noir, considered by winemakers to be among the most challenging of wines to make. Fo r l u n c h t r y t h e Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar in the town of Sonoma not far from Schug, or Boon Fly Cafe in Napa near Artesa and Etude. See sidebar for details.<<Wine Country Guide | 35

Picture Perfect St. Helena S

t. Helena is the wine capital of Napa Valley and a town that epitomizes all that makes this area so specialworld-class wineries, great eats and unique shopping. Plan a few days with St. Helena as your home base and delve into all that this vibrant small town has to offer! Whether youre overnighting or just making a pit stop in St. Helena, take a stroll up and down Main Street to take in the towns wonderful ambiance. There are interesting shops lining both sides of the street, including boutiques with the latest styles in clothing and shoes, jewelry, and home furnishings. Strat egically lo cat ed just north of Adams Street, Mat erra Win e s i s th e perfect spot to start, end or turnaround your Main Street stroll. The homey elegance of this urban tasting room invites you to linger over sit-down tastings of award-winning wines produced by the Cunat Family Vineyards of Napa Valleys Oak Knoll D i stri ct. Wal k-ins are welcome here, but its a good idea to call ahead for a tasting appointment,

especially on busy days and in peak season. If youre interested in spending a day or two wine tasting and touring, St. Helena has plenty of opulent winery estates to explore. One of the best in-depth tours around i s of fered at Beringer Vi n e ya rd s , t h e o l d e st continuously operating winer y in Napa Valley. For wine tasting without an appointment, drop in at Whitehall Lane or St. Clement, where youll find many incredible examples of Napa Valley s finest Cabernet Sauvignons.

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Itinerary for a day in St. Helena

Where To Taste: Beringer Vineyards, 2000 Main St., 707-963-8989 Open daily 10-5 PM, 10-6 PM (Summer) Materra Wines Tasting Room, 1426 Main Street, 707-244-4600 Open Wednesday-Sunday 11:30-5 PM and by appointment Monday-Tuesday Prager Winery & Port Works, 1281 Lewelling Lane, 707-963-7678 St. Clement Vineyards, 2867 St. Helena Hwy N., 707-265-5000 Open daily 10-5 PM Whitehall Lane Winery, 1563 St. Helena Hwy, 707-963-7035 Open daily 10-5:45 PM Where To Stay: Wine Country Inn, 1152 Lodi Lane, 707-963-7077
Left: Historic Bale Grist Mill located just north of Downtown St. Helena. Right: A taste of old Italy can be found at the California Olive Oil Factory.

Where To Eat: Cindys Backstreet Kitchen, 1327 Railroad Ave., 707-963-1200 French Blue, 1429 Main St., 707-968-9200 Gotts Roadside, 933 Main St., 707-963-3486 Meadowood Restaurant, 900 Meadowood Ln., 707-967-1205 Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co., 1400 Oak Avenue, 707-963-4491 Model Bakery, 1357 Main St., 707-963-8192 Tra Vigne, 1050 Chart Oak Ave., 707-963-4444 Directions: From San Francisco, take Highway 101 north to the Mark West Springs Rd exit. Turn right on Mark West Springs Rd (Porter Creek Rd), then left on Petrified Forest Road. Turn right on Highway 128/ Foothill Blvd for approximately 9 miles to St. Helena.

St. Helena has a wide selection of eats for whatever you crave. In the morning, the top stop for coffee is Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company, where they roast fresh beans almost daily. You ll find the best pastries in town at Model Bakery, which is also the perfect stop for a quick lunch of fresh salads, sandwiches or the days special pizza. If you want a juicy burger or other classic drive-in fare, check out Gotts Roadside ( formerly Taylors Refresher). For a relaxed meal in an upscale, urban chic setting, tr y

French Blue, an all-day neighborhood restaurant (across Main Street from Materra Wines). It s tough to choose between all the terrific di n n e r o p t i o n s i n S t . H e l e n a . Fo r a m o r e elegant dining experience, m a k e re s e r v a t i o n s a t the Michelin three-star rated Meadowood Napa Valley. For a more casual atmosphere with classic California cuisine featuring fresh local ingredients, tr y Cindy s Back street Kitchen; for Italian with a contemporary flair, try the popular and fun Tra Vigne.<<Wine Country Guide | 37

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Healdsburg Area Our suggestions on where to taste, where to eat, and what to do
s the Russian River twists and turns her way out to the Pacific, valleys and gentle hillsides fan out on both sides. Her banks are strewn with sandy beaches, redwood forests, and vineyards of every description. The river has carved three valleys of major winemaking significance: Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River. Through these valleys dozens of wineries rise out of the sea of vines, presenting visitors with a baffling array of places to explore and tastes to savor. We suggest you explore the three valleys starting from Healdsburgwinery central for northern Sonoma County and the hub of the three-valley area. Framed by the Alexander Valley to the northeast, the Dry Creek Valley to the northwest, and Chalk
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Hill and Knights Valley to the southeast, its no wonder the grapes and wine make the towns wheels go round. The heart of Healdsburg is a shady park, known as the Plaza, surrounded by inns, restaurants, and shops. There are gourmet delis, too, if you choose to picnic right there or want to provision a vineyard outing.

Dry Creek Valley

Near the Mendocino County border, about 10 miles northwest of Healdsburg, the Warm Springs Dam holds back the waters of Dry Creek, forming serpentine Lake Sonoma. From the dam, you get a birds eye view of the valley that rolls out in front of you. The dam was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1980s primarily to form

a state recreation area. It also protects the fertile vineyard-covered valley below from flooding. The combination of welldrained soils, morning fog, and temperature variations from the valley floor up the steep hillsides has proved beneficial to certain varieties of red and white wine grapes. Growers and vintners have taken advantage of these favorable circumstances for more than 100 years. Today, Dry Creek Valley is one of the premium wine producing areas of the county. Two parallel roadwaysDry Creek and West Dry Creek roadsrun north and south along the edges of the valley. Two smaller roadsLambert Bridge and Yoakim Bridgerun east and west across the valley (and the creek, hence the bridges), connecting the larger north-south thoroughfares. Together, these four roads provide access to several dozen wineries of the Dry Creek Valley appellation.

Road you can either stay on Westside Road toward Guerneville or make the turn onto Wohler and continue past Eastside Road to River Road. Consult the Sonoma County Central pages for information on the southern Russian River Valley.

Alexander Valley
From Healdsburg you have two options for touring the Alexander Valley. You can go north on Highway 101 about eight miles to Geyserville and turn right on state Highway 128. Or you can head north on Healdsburg Avenue, taking a right on Alexander Valley Road just outside of town. Alexander Valley Road merges into Highway 128 at a three-way stop near Jimtown. From this intersection, if you continue east (straight) on Highway 128, youll pass several wineries before traveling through Knights Valley and then winding through a series of hills to end up in Calistoga, the northernmost reach of the Napa Valley. If you turn left (north) onto Highway 128, to traverse the valley towards Geyserville, youll be driving on one of the most picturesque roads in Sonoma County.

Russian River Valley

To the south, West Dry Creek Road curves subtly into Westside Road, transporting you quietly out of the Dry Creek wine region and into the Russian River Valley. Subtle changes in soil structure and climate, invisible to the travelers eye, mean a world of difference to local grapegrowers and winemakers. Several more wineries are found along Westside Road before it meets Wohler Road intersecting from the left. There you need to decide whether you want to continue into the southern part of Russian River Valley or head back north toward Windsor and Healdsburg. If you choose to go north, you can cross over the Russian River on Wohler, bear left on Eastside Road and follow it as it skirts Windsor and eventually merges into Old Redwood Highway running between Windsor to the south and Healdsburg farther north. If you decide to continue on into the southern Russian River Valley, at Wohler

Southern Russian River Valley

Just west of Santa Rosa is the southern reach of the Russian River Valley. Visitors typically approach it along one of two main routes: by following River Road west from Santa Rosa; or by following Westside or Eastside roads south from the northern part of the valley to Wohler Road, then turning off Wohler onto River Road. Along the route from the northern Russian River Valley it is also possible to follow Westside Road beyond Wohler to visit a couple of major wineries farther south on Westside. From Eastside Road you can reach this southern stretch of Westside Road by turning right on Wohler, going left across the old bridge spanning the river, and then going left again on Westside. Be especially careful on this southern stretch of Westside; it is narrow and winding<<Wine Country Guide | 41

and, while scenic and serviceable, it is not a particularly good road. If you follow Westside all the way to its end, you will find yourself at River Road about three miles west of Wohler. The character of the Russian River Valley is a bit different north to south. The northern reach has much more of a Dry Creek Valley feel. Up north the wineries are generally larger, newer, and perhaps a little flashier than in the south, which has a more rustic feel. On the map, the southern Russian River Valley is a large area with irregular shape that is somewhat wider than it is tall. It is bounded on the north by River Road, which becomes Old River Road near Guerneville; and on the south by state Highway 12, which becomes Sebastopol Road and then the Bodega Highway as it runs east to west. On the west, the Bohemian Highway shapes the area, running from near Guerneville southeast to Freestone. Highway 101 forms the eastern boundary. State Highway 116 runs diagonally through th e south ern valley, from Guerneville in the northwest to Sebastopol in the southeast. Other important roads are Mirabel Road, which connects River Road and Highway 116; Guerneville Road connecting Highway 101 and Highway 116; and Olivet Road connecting River Road and Guerneville Road. All along this skeleton of roadways and many smaller roads branching from it are a myriad of wineries where you can taste Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and other wines produced in the Russian River Valley appellation. The major towns youll want to consider visiting in the southern Russian River Valley are Sebastopol, Graton, Guerneville, and Occidental. Forestville is also important because it is home to some good wineries and is located at the junction of Mirabel Road and Highway 116. In Sebastopol, you can enjoy an easy stroll
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along Main Street to take in antique, art, and book shops among other homegrown stores and restaurants that somehow are only found in small towns. Youll find the Sebastopol natives to be friendly and welcoming if a bit quirky. Nonconformity is the norm among many locals in this unabashedly authentic and American small town. The hamlet of Graton is essentially a wide spot in Graton Road just west of Highway 116 near its intersection with Guerneville Road and about four miles northwest of Sebastopol. Take a few minutes to walk the downtown area, occupying just a couple of blocks along Graton Road. Youll find surprising touches of sophistication including good restaurants and interesting shops. If youve stopped in Graton, you might as well continue on along Graton Road about six miles to the southwest to Occidental. Yet another micro-town, Occidental seems impossibly cute, but is remarkably authentic. Here again you will find good restaurants and many interesting shops to browse. From Occidental, you can head north along the Bohemian Highway to Guerneville or go south to Freestone where you can pick up the Sebastopol Highway (Highway 12) back toward Sebastopol. Or, you can just go back to Highway 116 the way you came. Guerneville is about 12 miles to the northwest of Graton along Highway 116, and about 15 miles to the north of Occidental along the Bohemian Highway route. During the warmer months, which can be seven or eight months in the Wine Country, it is the focal point of much activity for visitors to the many rustic resorts along the Russian River.

Where To Eat
Costeaux French Bakery, 417 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707-433-1913. Just a block and a half walk from the downtown Healdsburg Plaza, Costeaux is renowned for its world-class artisan and sourdough breads, made-to-order bistro cuisine (serving full breakfast and lunch daily), and legendary desserts. The caf has indoor seating and a delightful open air patio. Downtown Bakery & Creamery, 308A Center Street, Healdsburg; 707-431-2719. This bakery with informal caf is a great place for morning coffee and pastries, a sandwich or focaccia pizza at lunchtime, or dessert until late afternoon closing. Flying Goat Coffee, 324 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707-4333599. Locals congregate here in the mornings. Some are on their way to work, others will linger through the morning. A classic Healdsburg coffee-and-pasty venue. Korbel Market & Delicatessen 13250 River Road Guerneville; 707-824-7000. The award winning deli carries local artisan cheeses, breads, sweets, unique soft drinks and epicurean gifts that can be enjoyed on the beautiful patios or packed to go. Ravenous Caf, 420 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707431-1302. Serves California Eclectic cuisine in a 1930s Craftsman style house or on the patio. Excellent long list of wines by the glass. Also good for dinner. Willis Seafood & Raw Bar, 403 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707-433-9191. The small plates menu is designed for sharing and features items ranging from New England Style Rolls to Latin inspired skewers. Also good for dinner. Barndiva, 231 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707-431-0100. This upscale-casual, indoor-outdoor restaurant bills itself as a celebration of all things local. A trendy locals favorite. Bistro Ralph, 109 Plaza St., Healdsburg; 707-433-1380. An upscale, cool-vibed locals hangout serving California-

French cuisine. If youre wine palate is on overload, go for the martinis. Dry Creek Kitchen, 317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707-431-0330. This Charlie Palmer restaurant draws upon regional ingredients to create specialties by Chef de Cuisine Dustin Valette. Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg; 707433-4231. One mile from downtown Healdsburg, this Michelin one star restaurant is on a Victorian estate at the heart of Sonomas wine country. Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Avenue (H2 Hotel), Healdsburg; 707-433-7222. This happening spot is all the rage with locals. Chef Rudy Mihal applies a modern Mediterranean flavor palate to ingredients grown and produced locally.

What To Do
Relish Culinary Adventures, 14 Matheson Street, Healdsburg; 707-431-9999. Culinary education in the heart of wine country. Relish combines talented chefs, fabulous cuisine, and captivating Sonoma County locations, including the Relish Culinary Center, to create one-of-a-kind wine country cooking classes. Wine Country Bikes, 61 Front Street, Healdsburg; 707-4730610. Bicycle touring center with 2500 square feet of great rental bikes, maps, local information, showers & changing rooms, cycling clothing and accessories. California Wine Tours, 707-253-1300 Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, 209 Bohemian Highway Freestone; 707-823-8231 The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg, 327 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg; 707-433-4747 1713

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Enjoy tours, tasting, and shopping at

Rodney Strong Vineyards

in e dr inker s kn ow Rodney Strong Vineyards for its wonderful, approachable line of Sonoma County wines. But starting five years ago the winery significantly upped the ante when it started the Winery within a Winery, a cutting edge project to create small lots of distinctive ultrapremium wines. Now Rodney Strong of f e r s o n e of t h e f e w c o m p re h e n s i v e w i n e r y tours in Sonoma County w here you can see the Winery within a Winery project in action . Tour participants start out in the estate vineyard with an introduction to vineyard practices. Then its into the winery for a firsthand look at the this innovative project. In the cellar youll learn about how the winemaking team carefully selects, sorts, and processes the best individual vineyard blocks to make Rodney Strongs Reserve and Single

Vineyard wines. After the tour, stop in the tasting room for the Reserve tasting, where the 07 Reserve Cabernet winery shows off the great Sauvignon, Alexander Valley work done in the Winery Full bodied and richly textured, within a Winery. This list with intense aromas and flavors of superbly crafted wines of black currant, sandalwood, includes two single vineyard white pepper and cocoa. Alexander Valley Cabernet Smooth, lingering finish. $45 Sauvignons that highlight the difference place makes 09 Russian River Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard even within a single Aged entirely in small French appellation. Youll also get oak barrels, which adds a to try Reserve Chardonnay, subtle, toasty vanilla character Reserve Pinot Noir, and and a hint of spice. $16 Rodney Strongs flagship RODNEY STRONG B o r d e a u x- s t y l e b l e n d , 11455 Old Redwood Highway Symmetry. Healdsburg, CA 95448 R o d n e y S t r o n g s (800) 678-4763 hospitality center offers a large selection of unique Open 10 AM - 5 PM Daily gifts for friends and family Guided winery tours daily at back home. This fun and 11 AM and 3 PM eclectic gift shop features DIRECTIONS local, handmade and high Exit Highway 101 North quality tabletop accessories, at Healdsburg Ave. Take wine accessories, and logo a left from off-ramp onto attire. Its the perfect place Healdsburg Ave./Old Redwood to do all of your holiday and Highway to the winery 1.6 special occasion shopping. miles on the right.

TASTING SUGGESTIONS 07 Symmetry Red Meritage, Alexander Valley Layers of blackberry, cassis, dark plums and sweet spices with a hint of smoky dark chocolate and spice. Silky in texture and long on the finish. $55

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Boutique Winery DArgenzio Defines Urban Wine Scene

Todays Primo Selection Five wines, changes daily. $10 per guest, waived with wineclub signup Barrel Tasting and Tour

his winter make a plan t o v i s i t DA r g e n z i o Winery, a winery setting the pace in the urban wine scene in Santa Rosa with drop-in barrel tastings and a festive atmosphere in the least expected yet most convenient of locations. DA rgenzio is housed in the former cabinet shop where Ray DArgenzio plied his familys longstanding trade before the winemaking bug bit him 17 years ago. DArgenzio did both crafts under one roof - made wine, built cabinets - until four years ago, when he converted the space to fulltime winery, tasting room, and event center. Now walk into DArgenzio and be magically transported to Old Italy, with soaring ceilings broken by quaint arches and fantastic floor to ceiling paintings. Theres even a magical Harry Potter door, through which visitors pass to an event space straight out of

an old Tuscan villa. In the Taste a flight of 4 wines straight main room, the tasting bar out of the barrel while having is a full four sides, with a special tour of the winery. comfortable bar seating that Learn more about the family makes it easy to stay a while. history, winemaking practices, and see how the wines are Out on the back patio, theres made. $20 per guest both a fire pit and a bocce Chocolate and Wine Pairing court. Experience Yo u c a n d r o p i n a t Melt in your mouth chocoDArgenzio anytime they are lates from 31% white cocoa open to enjoy several unique to 72% dark cocoa. Indulge wine tasting experiences, your senses with this delicious including barrel tastings experience. Includes flight of 5 wines. $15 per guest and wine and chocolate pairing. You never know DARGENZIO 1301 Cleveland Ave., Suite A what special barrels they Santa Rosa, CA 95401 will tap at DArgenzio, where (707) 546-2466 they are producing nearly 20 varietals including Pinot Open 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet and till 9 PM on Thursdays for Wine Down Thursdays Sauvignon and many hardto-find Italian varietals such DIRECTIONS as Moscato, Sangiovese, and From Highway 101, take College Avenue exit, then west Barbera. On Thursdays, the winery 0.2 miles to Cleveland Avenue, and north 0.2 miles to the ramps up in the evening for winery. Wine Down Thursdays, with live music, food and wine by the glass specials.<<Wine Country Guide | 45

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Napa Valley
Take Sterlings famous aerial tram to the top of the hill for a special reserve tasting (p. 28)

and fountains at Artesa (p. 24)


Shop at over 50 designer and name brand stores at Napa Premium Outlets (p. 13)

Visit one of only three Old Faithful geysers in the world (p. 13)


After tasting, promote peace by dropping coins in the fountain at Grgich Hills Estate Winery (p. 18) Taste the incredible wines from the Oak Knoll district s Cunat Family Vineyards (p. 18)


See the Napa Valley in one great day with stops at three notable wineries (p. 30)

Enjoy world-class entertainment at historic Napa Valley Opera House (p. 14)

Providing exceptional transportation and memorable tours in the wine country since 1986. (p. 10)


Taste incredible Cabs at this solarpowered garden oasis on Hwy 29

Tour and taste Napa at its best, past and present, at Beringer Vineyards (p. 26)


Experience a Calistoga mud bath at Golden Haven Hot Springs (p. 9)


Rent a bicycle for a few hours, a day, or longer (p. 12)

See extraordinary art collections at RASgalleries in Yountville (p. 7)

Experience the wines and old world charm Marios winery (p. 23)

Dine on the Wine Train as the Napa Valley glides slowly by (p. 20)


Get a mud treatment on a special Ayurvedic steam table (p. 9)


Reserve with Napa Valley Balloons to soar above it all (p. 11)

Visit the winery honored three times for wines rated in the top five worldwide (p. 33)

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things to do today
(p. 32)


Taste delicious California Ports from this family-owned winery (p. 21)

Taste the difference 100 years experience makes at historic Sebastiani (p. 56)

unusual gravity-flow Pinot facility (p. 43)

Boutique urban wine tasting in historic downtown Santa Rosa. (p. 45)

View scale models of Californias historic missions before tasting the wines at Cline Cellars (p. 54)

Visit Ledson Winerys incredible European style castle (p. 58)


Have a luxurious spa treatment at one of Wine Countrys relaxing options (p. 81)

Sample wines and olive oils at Jacuzzi Winerys ornate Italian villa (p. 62)


Treat yourself to a Pure Sonoma experience at opulent Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood (p. 55)

Go to Petaluma Premium Outlets and shop at 60 brand name stores (p. 13)

Taste classic varietal wines in the the wine region that is less crowded and


Suisun / Fairfield

Visit Suison Valleys leading producer of Zinfandels and Petite Sirahs (p. 95) Addicted to jelly beans? Then the Jelly Belly Factory tour is a dream come true. (p. 4)

close to the Bay Area (p. 63)

Enjoy the beautiful culinary gardens at Kendall-Jacksons Wine Center in Fulton (p. 2)

Lake County
Reserve a tasting at Six Sigma, where mathematical principles inspire winemaking (p. 67)

See the fascinating Winery within a Winery at Rodney Strong Vineyards (p. 44)


Visit Twin Pine Casino & Hotels wine tasting room and four- star restaurant located between Calistoga and Clear Lake (p. 8)

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Wine Country Guide | Sonoma North Wineries

A. Rafanelli Winery 4685 West Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-1385. Alderbrook Winery 2306 Magnolia Drive Healdsburg; 707-433-5987. Arista Winery 7015 Westside Road Healdsburg, CA 95448 Amista 3320 Dry Creek Rd. Healdsburg; 707-431-9200. Armida Winery 2201 Westside Road Healdsburg; 707-433-2222. Bella Vineyards 9711 West Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 866-572-3552. Chalk Hill Winery 10300 Chalk Hill Road Healdsburg; 707-838-4306. Christopher Creek Winery 641 Limerick Lane Healdsburg; 707-433-2001. Clos du Bois 19410 Geyserville Ave Geyserville; 707-857-3100. 435 West Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-1637, ext. 17. F. Teldeschi Winery 3555 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-6626. Family Wineries 4791 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-0100. Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery 8761 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-6700. Field Stone Winery 10075 Hwy. 128 Healdsburg; 707-433-7266. Foppiano Vineyards 12707 Old Redwood Hwy Healdsburg; 707-433-7272. Francis Coppola Winery 300 Via Archimedes Road Geyserville; 707-968-1100. Fritz Winery 24691 Dutcher Creek Road Cloverdale; 707-894-3389. Gary Farrell Winery 10701 Westside Road Healdsburg; 707-473-2900. Geyser Peak Winery 22281 Chianti Road Geyserville; 707-857-2500. Hanna Winery (Alex. Valley) 9280 Hwy 128 Healdsburg; 707-431-4310. Hartford Family Winery 8075 Martinelli Road Forestville; 707-887-1756. Harvest Moon Winery 2192 Olivet Road Santa Rosa; 707-573-8711. Hauck Cellars 223 Center Street Healdsburg; 707-473-9065 Hawkes Winery 6734 Hwy 128 Healdsburg; 707-433-HAWK. Holdredge Wines 51 Front St Healdsburg; 707431-1424.

Hook & Ladder Winery

2134 Olivet Rd., Santa Rosa, 707-526-2255 Hop Kiln Winery 6050 Westside Road Healdsburg; 707-433-6491. Hudson Street Wineries 428 Hudson Street, Healdsburg; 707-433-2364. 428 Hudson St Healdsburg; 707-433-2364. In Vino Veritas 118 North St Healdsburg; 707-395-0307. Iron Horse Vineyards 9786 Ross Station Road Sebastopol; 707-887-1507. J Vineyards & Winery 11447 Old Redwood Hwy Healdsburg; 707-431-3646. J. Rochioli Vineyards 6192 Westside Road Healdsburg; 707-433-2305. Jordan Vineyard & Winery Appointment. 1474 Alexander Valley Road Healdsburg; 707-431-5250. Joseph Swan Vineyards 2916 Laguna Road Forestville; 707-573-3747.

Healdsburg; 707-433-8178. Limerick Lane Cellars 1023 Limerick Lane Healdsburg; 707-433-9211. Longboard Vineyards 5 Fitch St Healdsburg; 707433-3473 Lynmar Winery 3909 Frei Road Sebastopol; 707-829-3374. Mauritson Family Winery 2859 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-431-0804. Marimar Torres estate 11400 Graton Road Sebastopol; 707-823-4365. Martin Ray Winery 2191 Laguna Road Santa Rosa; 707-823-2404. Martinelli Winery 3360 River Road Windsor; 707-525-0570. Matanzas Creek Winery 6097 Bennett Valley Road Santa Rosa; 707-528-6464. Mazzocco Vineyards 1400 Lytton Springs Road Healdsburg; 707-433-9035. Matrix 3291 Westside Road Healdsburg; 707-433-1911 Meeker Vineyard 21035 Geyserville Ave Geyserville; 707-431-2148. Michel-Schlumberger 4155 Wine Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-7427. Mill Creek 1401 Westside Road Healdsburg; 707-431-2121. deLorimier Winery 2001 Hwy. 128 Geyserville; 707-857-2000. Medlock-Ames 3487 Alexander Vly. Rd., Healdsburg; 707-431-8845.

DArgenzio Winery
81301 Cleveland Ave Suite A Santa Rosa; 707-546-2466. Davis Family Vineyards 52 Front St Healdsburg; 707433-3858. De La Montanya Estate 999 Forman Lane Healdsburg; 707-484-8090. DeLoach Vineyards 1791 Olivet Road Santa Rosa; 707-526-9111. deLorimier 2001 Hwy. 128 Geyserville; 707-857-2000. Dry Creek Vineyard 3770 Lambert Bridge Road Healdsburg; 707-433-1000. Dutcher Crossing 8533 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-431-2700. Everett Ridge Vineyards

Kendall-Jackson Wine Center

5007 Fulton Road Santa Rosa; 707-571-8100.

337 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg; 707-433-7102.

Korbel Champagne Cellars

13250 River Road Guerneville; 707-824-7316. La Crema 235 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg; 707-431-9400. Lambert Bridge Winery 4085 West Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-431-9600. Lancaster Estate 15001 Chalk Hill Road

Moshin Vineyards
10295 Westside Road Healdsburg; 707-433-5499.

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Murphy-Goode Winery 20 Matheson St. Healdsburg; 707-431-7644. Paul Hobbs Winery 3355 Gravenstein Hwy N. Sebastopol; 707-824-9879. Papapietro Perry 4791 Dry Creek Rd Healdsburg; 707-433-0422. Passalacqua Winery 3805 Lambert B ridge Road Healdsburg; 707-433-5550. Paradise Ridge Winery 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr. Santa Rosa; 707-528-9463. Pedroncelli Winery 1220 Canyon Road Geyserville; 707-857-3531. Porter Creek Vineyards 8735 Westside Road Healdsburg; 707-433-6321. Preston Vineyards 9282 West Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-3372. Raymond Burr Vineyards 8339 West Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-8559. Ridge at Lytton Springs 650 Lytton Springs Road Healdsburg; 707-433-7721. Robert Young Estate Winery 4960 Red Winery Road Geyserville; 707-431-4811.

Siduri Wines 980 Airway Court, Suite C Santa Rosa; 707-578-3882. Silver Oak Cellars 24625 Chianti Road Geyserville; 707-857-3562. Simi Winery 16275 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg; 707-473-3231. Stonestreet Winery 7111 Hwy 128 Healdsburg; 800-355-8008. Stryker Sonoma 5110 Hwy 128 Geyserville; 707-433-1944. Sunce Winery 1839 Olivet road Santa Rosa; 707-526-9463. Taft Street Winery 2030 Barlow Lane Sebastopol; 707-823-2049. Thumbprint Cellars 102 Matheson St., Healdsburg; 707-433-2393. Toad Hollow Vineyards 409-A Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg; 707-431-8667. Topel Winery 125 Matheson St. Healdsburg; 707-433-4116. Trentadue Winery 19170 Geyserville Ave Geyserville; 707-433-3104. Twomey Cellars 3000 Westside Road Healdsburg; 800-505-4850. Unti Vineyards 4202 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-5590. Vintners Signatures 4001 Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707-857-3300. White Oak Vineyards 7505 Hwy 128 Healdsburg; 707-433-8429. Williamson Winery 134 Matheson St. Healdsburg; 707-433-1500. Wilson Winery 1960 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg; 707-433-4355.


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Sonoma Valley Our suggestions on where to taste, where to eat, and what to do
onoma Valley, also known as the Valley of the Moon, is about an hours drive north of San Francisco and about a halfhours drive from either the Sonoma County Airport to the northwest or the town of Napa to the east. Some 17 miles in length, the valley is bounded by the outskirts of Santa Rosa on the north, San Pablo Bay on the south, the Mayacamas Mountains to the west, and the Sonoma Mountains to the east. Home to about 75 wineries, Sonoma Valley is a complete wine tourism destination unto itself. Its three principal townsKenwood, Glen Ellen and the town of Sonomafeature excellent B&B and full-service hotel (including spa) accommodations as well as many restaurants highly regarded for casual and fine dining. Sonoma Valley is the birthplace of the California wine industry
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with vineyards dating to the early 1800s. The regions winemaking reputation is built on robust red wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Meritage blends, among others. But Sonoma Valley vintners produce over 25 varieties of wine in all, so no matter what your palates preference you are likely to find wines that please here. Travel-Wise Tip: Sonoma Valley and the Healdsburg area (including Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys) are the main wine regions of Sonoma County. From the town of Sonoma to Healdsburg is about 40 miles and, in usual driving conditions, driving time is about an hour. While it is certainly possible to tour the Healdsburg area through day trips from a base in Sonoma Valley, it is not advisable. It is far better to devote two or three days to each area and to reserve accommodations close to where youll be touring. Visiting

the Wine Country is all about relaxing and enjoying the wine and lifestyle amenities of the different regions you visit. That becomes difficult if a significant portion of your day is spent driving. Top Picks For Wine Tasting
To Santa Rosa
Matanzas Creek Winery

There are many more wineries in Sonoma Valley than most people have time to visit. Researching the wineries you could visit to choose the ones you will visit can be a frustrating and time-consuming process.
Adler Fels Winery

Ledson St. Francis

Bennett Vly. Rd.

Landmark Winery Kaz Winery

Adobe Canyon Rd. Chateau St. Jean

Sugarloaf State Park

Blackstone Mayo Reserve Room

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Loxton Oakville Grade 12 Kunde Wellington Benziger (steep) Family Audelssa Mayo Family Winery Winery Winery Imagery Estate Winery Jack London Glen Arrowood Winery Ellen State B.R.Cohn Winery Historical Valley of the Moon Winery Park Madrone Glen Ellen Olive Oil Agua Press Caliente
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Here are our recommendations for wineries that deserve a spot on your itinerary. To be sure, there are plenty of other good wineries in Sonoma Valley, but you cannot go wrong choosing from this list:

Sonoma Hotel
West Spain

Sonoma Cheese Factory

Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma

East Spain

La Casa Restaurant
Fourth St. East

Top Picks For Wine Tasting

Chateau St. Jean , 8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707-833-4134. Stunning. The gardens of this winerys dreamlike setting offer visitors the feeling of having traveled to the Mediterranean. World-class wines and a well stocked charcuterie make this the perfect picnic spot. Cline Cellars , 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma; 707-940-4000. You know this brand, and youd never imagine it comes from this laid-back winery. The tasting room is in an 1850s farmhouse. There are aviaries and a museum of California missions. Some wines may be familiar, but others may surprise you. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma; 866-522-8693. Yes, this is the same Jacuzzi, the family whose name is synonymous with luxury whirlpool spas. And what a job theyve done with their winery--a spectacular Italian villa--and their wines, which celebrate the familys heritage. Youll be sorry if you miss this one! Kenwood Vineyards , 9592 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707-833-5891. This facility and staff behind this familiar wine label are unexpectedly rustic and friendly. Theres nothing corporate about this 22-acre estate with its tasting room in the barnjust an authentic Wine Country experience. Ledson Winery & Vineyards , 7335 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707-537-3810. You have to see this 16,000 square foot FrenchNormandy castle to believe it. Tour the winery, stroll the grounds, and taste some of the best wines in Sonoma Valley. Schug Carneros Estate, 602 Bonneau Road, Sonoma; 707-939-9363. The drive up from Bonneau Road will take you through
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Sonoma Spa

Sebastiani Vineyards

The Plaza

Glen Elen, Kenwood West Napa St.

Broadway (Hwy 12)

Ledson Hotel & Harmony Club

East Napa St.

Sonoma Valley Bike Tours

Sonoma Wine Hardware


vineyards and rose borders to where the winery building is tucked into a hillside containing underground barrel caves. Behind the German style post-and-beam building, there is a vista point with a 360 view of the surrounding area and the opportunity to see as far as Mount Diablo on a clear day. Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery, 389 Fourth Street East, Sonoma; 800-888-5532. This legendary winery has been making fine wines at the current location for well over 100 years. Get a first-hand sense of history while tasting outstanding wines, many available only at the winery. Valley of the Moon, 777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen; 707-939-4500. This landmark winery marries a rich history dating to 1860 with state-of-the-art wine production and Italian artisan packaging. The etched bottles are gift-worthy, but you ll be tempted to keep the wine for yourself.

Where To Dine
Basque Boulangerie Caf, 460 First Street East, Sonoma; 707-935-7687. A great place to find locals early in the morning talking to neighbors, reading the paper and grabbing a cup of coffee with a pastry. Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar , 1325 Broadway (in The Lodge at Sonoma), Sonoma; 707-931-2042. For heartier fare,

TASTING OPTIONS Promenade Tour & Tasting $20 (Members $16) Taste five outstanding wines while strolling Chateau St. Jean on a historical guided tour. 11 AM & 1 PM daily. Chateau Luxury Tasting $25 (Members $10) A seated tasting of reserve wines in the historic Chateau or on the patio (weather permitting). 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM daily.

Visit Chateau St. Jean For A Pure Sonoma Experience

ake an afternoon to enjoy the good life at Chateau St. Jean, the first Sonoma winery to win the coveted Wine Spectator international W i n e o f t h e Ye a r distinction. This historic winery offers a complete Wine Country experience: a historic building in a storybook setting, beautiful grounds featuring gorgeous Mediterranean gardens, and a first-rate tasting experience. When you pass through the gates at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood, youll feel like youre waking in the midst of a pleasant dream. Pass slowly up the driveway to take in the view of the stately 1920 chteau, now fully restored and listed on the National Register of Historic Preservation. The Chateau is nestled at the foot of the picturesque Sugarloaf Ridge and framed by the rolling 270-acre St. Jean Estate Vineyard. You l l p ass from th e parking lot through an arch and into the spectacular

gardens at Chateau St. Jean . The main garden is of detailed formal designa true parterrewith Reserve Wine in Riedel hydrangeas, two fountains, $45 (Members $36) a rose garden, and a large A guided tasting of reserve patio for dining and sipping at the visitor center. A more wines that demonstrates how intimate and less formal quality stemware can enhance your tasting experience. courtyard garden sits 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM daily. between the chteau and the Call to reserve. visitor center. Near the main Cinq Cpages garden is a demonstration Blending Experience vineyard where guests can $75 (Members $60) learn about growing the Create your own blend of five perfect wine grape. classic Bordeaux wines, and For t astin g, y ou can leave with a bottle of your opt for the regular tasting creation! 11 AM & 1:00 PM in the Visitor Center, or ThursSun. Call to reserve. choose from four special CHATEAU ST. JEAN wine experiences. The Cinq 8555 Sonoma Highway Cpages (five varieties) (Highway 12) Blending Experience, Kenwood, CA 95452 named for Chateau St. Jeans Phone: (877) 478-5326 flagship wine, lets you taste each of the classic Bordeaux Open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily varietals (Cabernet DIRECTIONS Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec) Take Sonoma Highway (CA-12) separately, then create your 12 miles north from the town of Sonoma, or 11 miles east own blend of these wines. from Santa Rosa, to Kenwood The result is a customin Sonoma Valley. blended bottle to take home.<<Wine Country Guide | 55

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this venue prides itself on a creative menu with ingredients from Sonoma County farms, ranches and dairies. C a f C i t t i , 9 0 4 9 S o n o m a Hw y, Kenwood; 707-833-2690. This wonderful, casual neighborhood restaurant offers consistently good Italian food including a good variety of pastas. The Girl & The Fig, 110 West Spain Street, Sonoma; 707-938-3634. Seasonal, Provencal-inspired cuisine features garden vegetables, herbs, and an abundance of creativity. Caf La Haye, 140 East Napa St, Sonoma; 707-935-5994. Restaurant critic Michael Bauer calls this small and intimate eatery one of those rare restaurants in which you know the moment you walk in the door, youre going to have a good time ... Simple food prepared to perfection ... excellent service. Harvest Moon Caf, 487 First St West

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Award-winning Sonoma County Wines ~ Free Historical Tours ~ Picnic Grounds Located four blocks from the Sonoma Plaza ~ Open Daily 11am-5pm. Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery~389 Fourth Street East, Sonoma CA 95476 ~ 707-933-3200 ~ Established in 1904
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(West Napa Street), Sonoma; 707-933-8160. This is another smallish venue, so avail yourself of the outdoor seating when the weather and your mood are conducive. Regarded by many locals as one of the best restaurants in Sonoma. CaliforniaMediterranean cuisine.

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Bicycle Touring

Other Things To Do
Attractions and Tours California Wine Tours, 707-253-1300; Offers a choice of personalized or prearranged wine tours throughout the Napa and Sonoma wine regions. Prearranged itineraries begin at $69/person; ferry-to-limo excursions from San Francisco begin at $72/person. Sonoma Valley Bike Tours, 520 B r o a d w ay, S o n o m a ; 7 0 7 - 9 9 6 - 2 4 5 3 . Complete cycling vacations, guided tours, self-guided tours, bicycle rentals. Spas Massage Envy Spa , 452 First St. E. S onoma , S onoma ; 707-938-7404. Therapeutic massage and skin nourishing facial treatments. Visit for four other Wine Country locations. Kenwood Inn and Spa, 10400 Sonoma Hi g hw ay, Ke nw o o d ; 8 0 0 - 3 5 3 - 6 9 6 6 . Employing the power of the grape using topical treatments based on oils extracted from grape seeds.

Why We Love It
Imagine pedaling through the Wine Country on a bicycling adventure that includes wine tasting, gourmet food, and expertly trained support staff. This is exactly the experience that makes the Napa Valley and Sonoma world-famous bicycle touring destinations. A fullservice bicycle touring company can arrange your entire trip so all you need to do is pedal. A guide will lead you on an itinerary carefully planned to introduce you to the best wines and sights. A van will pick up your wine purchases and give you a hand if you need roadside assistance. Or, if you prefer to be your own guide, bicycle and equipment rentals are generally available by the day and half-day.

Who To Contact
Napa Valley Bike Tours, 6795 Washington Street, Bldg. B, Yountville; 707-9442953; Sonoma Valley Bike Tours, 520 Broadway, Sonoma; 707-996-2453;
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f you want to be treated like royalty, visit romantic setting for a fairytale wedding. The Ledson Winery and Vineyards in Kenwood. Castles dramatic circular driveway and arched The 16,000 square foot French-Normandy carriage entryway, water fountains, and grand winery referred to as The Castle, sits staircase create the perfect background for majestically behind its estate vineyard. exchanging nuptials like royalty. And the Steve Ledson adopted his passion for stunning visuals make for a magnificent growing grapes from his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He originally built wedding album. To enhance the Ledson experience, there The Castle as his private home, but when it began to draw much attention from locals is the luxurious Ledson Hotel & Centre du and tourists alike, he decided he wanted more Vin on the historic Sonoma Plaza. Named privacy. In 1999 he opened the doors to the by Conde Nast Traveler as One of the 100 public and created one of the most unique hottest new hotels around the globe, one of and dynamic wineries the top 18 hotels in the US, anywhere in the country. This castle is a must and one of the only 2 hotels Upon arrival, a wellsee. Bella English, The in California, the hotel informed concierge will Boston Globe features six individually guide guests over elegant decorated guest rooms, hardwood floors to one of the four cozy and classy tasting salons. On furnished in antique grandeur blended with warm spring and summer days, the doors the finest modern comforts. The French are left wide open. After tasting, you may be Bistro, open from 11:30 am, serves fine wines, tempted to stroll through the gardens. You can sparklers, beer and cocktails with delicious also visit the Gourmet Marketplace and select French cuisine made from local ingredients. among fine cheeses from around the world, Centre du Vin features wine tasting as well meats, pastas, salads and sinfully decadent as handcrafted cocktails at the beautiful desserts. While enjoying your favorite Ledson wine, you can picnic beneath century-old oak and welcoming bar. As a bonus, there is outside seating where you can watch the trees. All Ledson wines are handcrafted in small world go by on the Plaza. The Hotel also production lots and many sell out before features incredible live music events on most the next vintage is ready to go to market. A weekends. great way to avoid disappoint is to join one of For hotel reservations log on to www. Ledsons four wine clubs. Members receive two or call 707-996-9779. The bottles or a case of wine with each shipment concierge will be happy to assist with your and you choose the wines you prefer: white plans for an unforgettable stay in the area. only, red only, Zinfandel only, or a mix. Ledson Winery is open daily from 10:00 am Club members are treated to private parties to 5:00 pm, at 7335 Highway 12, Kenwood. For throughout the year and enjoy preferred more information call 707-537-3810 or visit pricing at additional events. Ledson Winery also provides a unique and
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Sonoma Valley Sojourn F

lanked by the M a y a c a m a s Mountains on the e a st a n d t h e S o n o m a Mountains on west, S o n o m a Va l l e y, a l s o k n o w n a s t h e Va l l e y of th e Moon , car ves a majestic swath through the southern part of Sonoma County. Whether you can only spend a day or have a full weekend, Sonoma Valley makes for the perfect Wine Country getaway. Visitors to Sonoma Va l l e y, w h i c h m a n y consider the birthplace of the wine industr y in California, have the luxur y of dozens of options for wine tasting. Start out at Ledson Winery, a worldrenowned architectural marvel at the north end of the valley. This incredible 16,000 square foot French Normandysty l e c a st l e h a s i t a l l wonderful wine, a gourmet marketplace and gift boutique. After the castle head south to Chateau St. Jean, another architectural wonder just a few minutes down Highway 12. The

winer y of fers beautiful grounds with gorgeous Mediterranean gardens, and a first-rate tasting experience in the Reserve Room with some of Sonoma Valleys finest wines. Ke e p h e a d i n g s o u t h f o r a v i s i t t o Va l l e y o f t h e Mo o n W i n e r y, where you ll find a long li st of d elicious, wel lpriced wines and a wide selection of Wine Country gifts. Also a great destination for a picnic, Valley of th e Moon of fers a large covered picnic spot for

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Itinerary for Sonoma Valley

Where To Taste: Ledson Winery 7335 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood 707-537-3810 Open daily 10am - 5pm

Chateau St. Jean

Chateau St. Jean 8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood 707-833-4134 Open daily 10am - 5pm Valley of the Moon Winery 777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen 707-939-4500 Open daily 10am - 4:30pm B.R. Cohn Winery 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen 707-938-4064 Open daily 10am - 5pm Where To Eat: Cafe Citti 9049 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood 707-833-2690 Open for lunch and dinner daily Glen Ellen Market 13751 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen 707-996-6728 Open daily 6am - 9pm Caf La Haye 140 East Napa St, Sonoma 707-935-5994 Open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday the girl & the fig 110 West Spain Street, Sonoma Open for lunch and dinner daily; Sunday brunch Where To Stay: Ledson Hotel 480 First Street East, Sonoma 707-996-9779 Directions: From San Francisco, take Highway 101 north to Highway 37 east. Turn north on Highway 121 and follow signs for Highway 12. From the east and Napa, take Highway 12 west/121 north and follow signs for Highway 12 to Sonoma.

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hot days as well as a few more private tables, set by a rolling creek. Wind your tasting day down at B.R . Cohn Winery, which is perched atop the 90-acre Olive Hill Estate Vineyard. B.R. Cohn is highly-regarded for their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon as well as award-winning estate grown olive oil. When youve worked up a midday appetite from tasting win e, shopping and sightseeing, Cafe Citti in th e h ear t of Kenwood offers up great salads, pizza and pasta for lunch, or pick up a few sandwiches or picnic provisions at Glen Ellen Market in Glen Ellen.

A trip to Sonoma Valley w o u l d n t b e c o m p l e t e w it h o ut a v i sit t o t h e historic Sonoma Plaza . Th e hub of a ctiv ity in the town of Sonoma, the plaza is a great place to stro l l , sh op, and t a st e wine at the many tasting rooms that ring the plaza. In the evening, you ll find some great dining options near the Sonoma Plaza. Check out the quaint and charming Cafe La Haye for high quality and satisfying seasonal fare. For a more festive atmosphere and alfresco dining, try the girl & the fig, which features more r u st i c Fre n c h - i n sp i re d fare.<<Wine Country Guide | 61

Experience the Jacuzzi family way of life

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

he name Jacuzzi evokes an expectation of luxury, and luxury is exactly what visitors find at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards was first launched in 1994 by Fred Cline, proprietor of Cline Cellars and grandson of Jacuzzi whirlpool inventor Valeriano Jacuzzi. The brand made its home at Cline until 2007, when the winery opened in its new 18,000 square foot home directly across the highway from Cline in Carneros. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards c e l e bra t e s t h e Ja c u zz i familys Italian heritage. To that end, the main visitor center at Jacuzzi is a Tuscanstyle stone villa modeled after the Jacuzzi homestead in Udine, Italy. And, the tasting room features mostly Italian varietals, including Moscato, Dolcetto, Barbera, and even lesser known ones like Arneis, Lagrein, and Aleatico. The visitor center has

incredible detail work both inside and out, from the dramatic Murano chandelier in the main foyer to the tasting bar handcrafted using 10 different kinds of wood. Visitors can enjoy a picnic in the winerys stone piazza (courtyard), whose centerpiece is an 85-year old fig tree transplanted from grandpa Valerianos home in Oakley. Or, the more adventurous can walk up the steps of the winerys bell tower for spectacular, panoramic views of the Carneros hills. Visitors to Jacuzzi can also sample olive oils from the Olive Press, a boutique olive oil producer. The Olive Press has its own tasting room with full view of the olive oil production area, and visitors can watch oil being made during harvest season. Both Olive Press and Jacuzzi tasting rooms have a wide selection of imported and local food products that make great gifts.

TASTING SUGGESTIONS 06 Pinot Grigio, Sonoma Coast Bright, crisp and well-balanced, with delicious tropical pear and peach flavors. $21 06 Pinot Noir, Carneros Ripe red cherries, raspberries, strawberries and spearmint. $24 05 Sangiovese, Sonoma County Bright raspberry, cherry and spicy flavors with balanced acidity and moderate tannins. $24 JACUZZI FAMILY VINEYARDS 24724 Arnold Drive Sonoma, California 95476 Phone: (866) 522-8693 Open daily 10-5:30 DIRECTIONS Jacuzzi Family Vineyards is on Arnold Drive/Highway 121 directly across from sibling winery Cline, 1.8 miles south of the Highway 12/121 intersection and 4.9 miles north of Highway 37.

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Itinerary for Suisun Valley

Where To Taste: Vezr Family Vineyard 2522 Mankas Corner Road, Suisun Valley 707-429-3935 Open 11am 5pm (Mon - Thurs); 10am - 6pm (Fri - Sun) Winterhawk Winery 4537 Abernathy Road, Suisun Valley 707-428-6977 Open Sat - Sun

Discovering Suisun Valley

Ledgewood Creek Winery 4589 Abernathy Rd, Suisun Valley 707-426-4424 Open daily 10am - 5pm Wooden Valley Winery 4756 Suisun Valley Rd, Suisun Valley 707-864-0730 Open daily 11am - 5pm Suisun Valley Wine Cooperative 4495 Suisun Valley Rd, Suisun Valley 707-864-3135 Open 12noon - 5pm (Thurs - Sun) Rock Creek Vineyard 4610 Green Valley Road, Green Valley 707-864-2471 Open By Appointment Other Fun Stops: Cal Yee Farms 5158 Clayton Rd. Suisun Valley 707-425-5327 Budweiser 3101 Busch Drive, Fairfield 707-429-7595 Tours 10am - 4pm Tues - Sat (Sept - May) Il Fiorello Olive Oil 2625 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield 707-864-1529 Jelly Belly Visitor Center One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield 800-953-5592 9am - 4:00pm Erickson Ranch 2482 Cordelia Road, Suisun Valley 707-864-0557 Open 9am-6pm Tues - Sun (late June end of November)

nterested in a nearby Wine Country trip that offers great scenery and w i n e s w h i l e b y p a s si n g t h e c ro w d s ? W hy n o t explore the Suisun Valley, w h ere y ou l l f ind more than two dozen wineries just a short drive from S a n Fra n c i s c o a n d t h e East Bay, along with some beautiful countryside to traverse by car or bicycle. A recognized app el lation since 1982, Suisun Valley lies just to the east of the Napa Valley and enjoys its own unique microclimates. Cooled by the Suisun and San Pablo Bays, the southern part of Suisun Valley can produce delicate cool-climate wines, while the northern reaches of the valley heat u p t o p r o d u c e q u a l i ty Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit e Sirah . Th ere are now 20 grap e vari et al s grown in Suisun Valley, from Riesling and Muscat Canelli to Zinfandel and

even Pinot Noir. S u i su n Va l l e y c u t s a sw a t h j u st e i g h t m i l e s long and three miles wide, but there are more than two dozen wineries in the area. Many of them have tasting rooms t h a t a r e o p e n d a i l y, in cludin g Vez r Fami ly Vineyard , best known for their Petite Sirah and Zinfandel , where you can bring along a picnic to enjoy near the estate vineyards. Virtually around the corner from Vezr is Wooden Valley Winery, producers of Gold Medal Merlot and Petite Sirah, as well as a blush White Gamay and off-dry Riesling. Fa r t h e r s o u t h a l o n g S u i s u n Va l l e y R o a d i s S u i s u n Va l l e y W i n e Cooperative, where visitors can sample the wines from five distinct family-owned wineries.<<Wine Country Guide | 63

Lake County

ust a half hour north of the Napa section to plan your itinerary and stops. Valley and Mendocino County wineries Highway 175, five miles north of Kelseyville are the wine regions of Lake County. The will take you to Highway 101 if your evening relaxed, rural atmosphere and clean air destination is in Mendocino or Sonoma contribute to the refreshing character of counties. these unspoiled regions. Well-known as a The communities of Lake County vacation and weekend getaway destination, are alive with special events such as the Lake County is re-establishing its reputation Heron Festival at Clear Lake State Park for producing fine wines. (April); Wild West Day in Upper Lake and With an important exception, Lake Middletown Days in Middletown ( June); Countys wine regions are around Clear the Lake County Wine Adventure (July); the Lake, the large body of water that is the Kelseyville Pear Festival (September); Steele main focus of tourism within the county. Wines Harvest Festival (October); Memorial The exception is Guenoc Valley, situated Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day activities; along Butts Canyon Road just north of the as well as concerts and entertainment Napa County line. The Clear Lake district year-round at Robinson Rancheria Resort literally surrounds the lake; carved within & Casino. Call the Lake County Visitor it are two sub-regions. The Red Hills district Information Center for information is just to the southwest of the lake along on these and other events. The center is Highway 29 as it runs northwest toward located at 6110 East Hwy 20 in Lucerne. The Kelseyville. The High Valley district lies number is 800-525-3743 or 707-274-5652. along the eastern shore of the lake, just to the north of Highway 20 between the junction with state Highway 53 and the town Willits of Lucerne. Redwood Valley Cellars Clear Lake, with its Lake Upper Lake 100 miles of shoreline, Mendocino Discovery Inn Tulip Hill is Californias largest Lucerne Ukiah 29 natural freshwater lake. 101 Lakeport To Colusa The parks, beaches and Lake County Visitor Clear Lake Information Center resorts around the lake are 53 Steele Days 20 Wines. 175 Inn Clearlake popular spots for rest and Rosa DOro Lower Lake Kelseyville Hopland 29 relaxation, family picnics, fishing, skiing, boating and Six Sigma 29 175 swimming. Cloverdale A one-day taste of Lake Crazy Creek Air Adventures County is best achieved by Lake Calpine Geothermal Middletown Sonoma Visitor Center simply driving around the Geyserville 128 Twin Pine lake, a distance of some 60 Casino miles on highways 29, 20, 101 128 29 Healdsburg and 53. Consult the map Calistoga and directories in this


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Mendocino County



Mendocino Little River Albion



Navarro An 101 d Va erso lle n y Philo

Pt. Arena Lighthouse



Hopland and Ukiah. Located only 35 miles north of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, and less than 15 miles from Booneville in Anderson Valley, Hopland is a pleasant overnight or mid-day destination for traveling wine enthusiasts. Much larger Ukiah is the seat of Mendocino County government and a business center for agricultural activity in the region. Those who enjoy sampling local beers will be interested to know that Mendocino County is well known for its local brews as as well as for its wines. The town of Hopland owes its name to the hops industry, which dates to 1866 in the region. Handcrafted beers and ales are made and enjoyed throughout the Mendocino County wine country.<<Wine Country Guide | 65

Redwood Valley


Parducci Winery

Lake Mendocino

Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery

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endocino County has ten officially recognized wine regions. The vast majority of wineries with tasting rooms is located in one large region known as the Mendocino AVA (American Viticultural Area). The Mendocino AVA encompasses several smaller AVAs with well established and growing reputations in their own right. These include Anderson Valley, Yorkville Highlands, and Redwood Valley. Anderson Valley and Yorkville Highlands lie along Highway 128, which connects Highway 101 with Highway 1 (the coastal highway). The major towns along Highway 128 as it runs through these wine regions are Yorkville, Boonville, Philo, and Navarro. Redwood Valley and the rest of the Mendocino AVA lie along Highway 101 north of its junction with Highway 128. The major towns along Highway 101 as it makes its way north through the winelands are

Cleone Fort Bragg Skunk Train





The Undiscovered Wine Country

Lake County has been growing wine grapes since the mid-19th Century, long before vineyards were established in Napa and Sonoma counties. Prohibition spelled the end of commercial wine growing in the region until the 1960s, but Lake Countys wine industry is booming again with nearly 20 wineries, 135 growers and 8,800 acres of vineyards. Within easy reach of Napa and Sonoma, savvy wine travelers are rediscovering the wines and beauty of Lake Countys Wine Country. Weve prepared a quick overnight tour to introduce our readers to this exciting destination. Day One: Starting from St. Helena via Pope Valley, your first stop is Langtry Estate. The winery overlooks the beautiful Detert Reservoir, and produces outstanding Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc. Leaving Langtry Estate drive North towards Hwy 29 and head to Wildhurst Winery in Kelseyville. The tasting room is located in the restored Odd Fellows Hall building. Visitors are treated to a variety of wines including the celebrated Sauvignon Blanc as well as local merchandise. Next, stroll down to Studebakers Deli and enjoy lunch where locals gather. After lunch, get back on Hwy 29 and head to Steele Winery. Jed Steele was the founding winemaker at Kendall-Jackson and continues to turn out award winning Chardonnays. When you are finished tasting, head to Upper Lake and the beautifully restored Tallman Hotel. Dinner is next door at the Blue Wing Saloon where you will enjoy homestyle cooking prepared from locally grown ingredients and paired with local wines. Day Two: Before returning to Napa, head south on Hwy 20 to Ceago Del Lago Winery. The beautiful winery rests on the shore of Clear Lake. Learn about Biodynamic farming and plans for the upcoming resort. Continue south to Hwy 53 and merge onto Hwy 29 and return to Napa via Calistoga. For winery hours see the directories in this section.
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Lake county is located nor th of Calistoga and is a next door to Mendocino County. The Visitor Information Center is located at 6110 E Hwy 20 in Lucerne.


The name Six Sigma refers to a methodology for measuring quality and process improvement to achieve near-perfection. A mathematician by training, owner Kaj Ahlmann applies data-driven principles of this methodology to every

wine he produces. His Tempranillo is regarded by some critics as the best produced in California. Open daily for tasting, tours by appointment. 13372 Spruce Grove Road, Lower Lake; 707-994-2086.

Lake County Concierge

Where To Stay
The Bungalow, 10195 E. Hwy. 20, Clearlake Oaks; (707) 998-0399. The Carriage House, 80 Clear Lake Avenue, Lakeport; (888) 203-5949, (707) 263-0995. Tallman Hotel, 9550 Main Street, Upper Lake; (707) 275-2244, (866) 708-5253.

Where To Eat
Blue Wing Saloon & Cafe, 9520 Main Street Upper Lake; (707) 275-2233. Saw Shop Gallery Bistro Restaurant & Bar, 3825 Main Street, Kelseyville; (707) 278-0129. Studebakers Coffee House, 3990 Main Street, Kelseyville; (707) 279-8809.<<Wine Country Guide | 67

Wine Country Guide | Mendocino & Lake Directories


Breggo Cellars 11001 Hwy 128, Boonville; 707-895-9589 Brutocao Cellars - Anderson Valley 7000 Hwy 128, Philo; 707-895-2152 Brutocao Cellars - Hopland 13500 S. Hwy 101, Hopland; 707-744-1664 Claudia Springs Winery 1810 Hwy 128, Philo; 707-895-3993 Goldeneye Winery 9200 Hwy 128, Philo; 707-895-3202 Graziano Family of Wines 13251 S. Hwy 101, Suite 3, Hopland; 707-744-8466 Greenwood Ridge Vineyards 5501 Hwy 128, Philo; 707-895-2002 Handley Cellars 3151 Hwy 128, Philo; 800-733-3151 Husch Vineyards 4400 Highway 128 Philo; 707-895-3216 Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery 10400 S. Hwy 101, Hopland; 877-462-0666 Jeriko Estate Winery 12141 Hewlitt and Sturtevant Rd, Hopland; 707-744-1140 Maple Creek Winery 20799 Hwy 128 Yorkville; 707-895-3001 McDowell Valley Vineyards 13380 S. Hwy 101 Hopland; 707-744-8911 McFadden Farm & Vineyards 13275 S Hwy 101 Ste. 5 Hopland; 707-743-1122

McNab Ridge Winery 13441 S. Hwy 101, Hopland; 707-744-1986 Milano Winery 14594 S. Hwy 101, Hopland; 707-744-1396 Navarro Vineyards 5601 Hwy 128 Philo; 707895-3686 Nelson Family Vineyards 550 Nelson Ranch Rd., Ukiah; 707-462-3755 Pacific Star Winery 33000 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg (12 miles north of town); 707-964-1155 Pacific Star Winery 401 Main St., Fort Bragg (in town); 707-962-9463 Parducci Wine Cellars 501 Parducci Road, Ukiah; 707-462-9463 Paul Dolan Vineyards 501 Parducci Rd, Ukiah; 707-463-5357 Phillips Hill Estates 8627 Hwy 128, Philo; 707-895-2209 Roederer Estate 4501 Hwy 128 Philo; 707895-2288 Saracina Vineyards 11684 S. Hwy 101, Hopland; 707-744-1671 Scharffenberger Cellars 8501 Hwy 128, Philo; 707-895-2957 Silversmith Vineyards 3700 A Road J, Redwood Valley; 707-485-1196 Standish Wine Company 5101 Hwy 101, Philo; 707-895-9213 Yorkville Cellars 25701 Hwy 128, Yorkville; 707-894-9177

14077 Hwy 128 Boonville; 707-895-ZINA


Lake County
Brassfield Estate Open By Appointment 10915 High Valley Road, Clearlake Oaks; 707-998-1895 Ceago Del Lago 5115 E. Hwy 20 Nice; 707-274-1462 Cougars Leap Winery 9300 Seigler Springs Road N., Kelseyville; 707-279-0651 Langtry Estate Vineyards & Winery 21000 Butts Canyon Road, Middletown; 707-987-2385 Moore Family Winery 11990 Bottlerock Road Kelseyville ; 707-279-9279 Ployez Winery 11171 S. Hwy 29 Lower Lake; 707-994-2106 Rosa dOro Vineyards 3915 Main St. Kelseyville; 707-279-0483 Shannon Ridge Winery 12599 E. Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks; 707-998-9656

Boonville Hotel Spontaneous menus of simple, fresh, local fare featuring organic meats and locallygrown produce. Dinner. 14050 Hwy. 128, Boonville; 707895-2210.

Lake County
Blue Wing Saloon California comfort food, microbrews and local wines. Menu offers homestyle recipes pairing the best of the regions orchards, farms and vineyards. 9520 Main St. Upper Lake; 707-275-2233.


Grace Hudson Museum History and anthropology museum featuring Western American art, California Indian cultures, North Coast history, and contemporary regional artists. 431 South Main Street, Ukiah; 707-467-2836.

Six Sigma Ranch

Open Daily 13372 Spruce Grove Road, Lower Lake; 707-994-2086 Sol Rouge Open By Appointment PO Box 859 Kelseyville; 707-279-9000 Steele Wines 4350 Thomas Drive, Kelseyville; 707-279-9475 Terrill Cellars Tuscan Village 16175 Main Street Lower Lake; 707-799-7530.

Lake County
Crazy Creek Air Adventures Amazing views soaring above Lake County just minutes from the Napa Valley. 18897 Grange Rd, Middleetown; 707-987-9293; www.

Twin Pine Casino & Hotel

Dining and entertainment a few minutes away from Napa Valley. Located in Middletown; 800-564-4872;

Tulip Hill Winery

Open 10:00- 6:00 Daily. 4900 Bartlett Springs Road Nice; 707-274-9373

Zina Hyde Cunningham

Open 10: 00-5:00 Daily.

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Wine Country restaurant concierge

INSIDE: Wine Country dining is a mixture of locally farmed produce, world-class chefs, and stunning settings >>


The Wine Country experience is probably as much about food as it is about wine. Nowhere else are the basic ingredients of great wine and food pairings more abundant than in the California Wine Country. Conditions that make the region perfect for cultivating world-class wine grapes bless the Wine Country with quality produce, herbs, meats, dairy products, and other chefs essentials. Close proximity of the Pacific Ocean adds fresh seafood to the bounty. Access to fine wines, including many not available outside the Wine Country, makes this the perfect location for creating great cuisine. On the following pages youll find lists and profiles of the Wine Countrys best restaurants, together with tips for getting the most from your Wine Country dining experiences.

The Wine Country is home to some of the worlds most talented and innovative chefs. They come here for the spectacular climate, produce, artisanal foods, and wines. No wonder the Wine Country is home to so many fabulous restaurants.<<Wine Country Guide | 69

Wine Country Guide | Dining Favorites

Helena, 707-963-1200. Celadon Award winning, seasonally influenced global comfort food served in the beautiful dining room or lovely garden courtyard. Lunch, dinner. The Historic Napa Mill, 500 Main St., Napa; 707-254-9690. Gotts Roadside Tray Gourmet Informal, gourmet roadside diner with memorable Ahi sandwiches and low corkage fee. Lunch, dinner. 933 Main St. between Charter Oak & Pope, St. Helena, 707-963-3486; also at 644 First Street (at Oxbow Public Market), Napa, 707-224-6900. La Toque Chef Ken Franks new La Toque, now located in the Westin Verasa Napa hotel and residences adjacent to the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa, features prix fixe and ala carte menus that showcase seasonal local ingredients. Dinner. 1314 McKinstry Street, Napa; 707-257-5157. Meadowood Restaurant The Restaurant at Meadowood offers a fine dining experience in the country where the best traditions of Napa Valley are wedded with a modern, enlightened approach to cuisine. 3 Stars, Michelin Guide, 2013. 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena; 707-967-1205. Napa Valley Wine Train Enjoy the freshest and finest ingredients available prepared on board this rail excursion from the historic town of Napa through one of the worlds most famous wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena and back to Napa. Lunch, dinner. 1275 McKinstry St. between 1st St. & Soscol Ave., Napa; 707-253-2111; Pizzeria Tra Vigne This informal sister eatery of the more formal fine dining restaurant of the same name serves excellent brick oven pizzas. Lunch, dinner. 1016 Main St., St. Helena; 707-967-9999. Redd Restaurant The menu here showcases regionally inspired seasonal selections with ethnic influences. A daily 5 course chefs tasting menu is also available in addition to the regular menu. Lunch, dinner; brunch on Sundays. 6480 Washington St., Yountville; 707-944-2222. Solbar at Solage Resort Solbar says its guiding principles are are to use the best ingredients, the appropriate technique, and the perfect seasoning. Guess what: it works! Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707-226-0850. Terra This intimate restaurant showcases Chef Sones seasonal menus that blend local ingredients and the flavors of southern France and northern Italy.Dinner. 1345 Railroad Ave., St. Helena; 707-963-8931. Wine Spectator Greystone Terraced gardens provide the perfect introduction to the cuisine, which features Californias bounty from the land and sea. Lunch, dinner. Culinary Institute of America, 2555 Main St. at Deer Park Rd., St. Helena; 707-967-1010.

Napa Valley
Alex Restaurant Offers dishes focused on the fundamentals of classic Italian cooking: handmade pasta, smart wine pairings, locally sourced food, and attention to detail. Lunch, dinner. 1140 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford; 707-967-5500. Bistro Don Giovanni Napa Valley cuisine with an Italian and Country French flavor; memorable ambiance featuring traditional fireplace and romantic outdoor terraces. Lunch, dinner. 4110 Howard Lane, Napa; 707224-3300. Bottega Chef Michael Chiarello serves seasonal farm-to-table Italian cuisine using the locally/sustainably produced food. The menu is divided into Stuzzichini (bites to share), Antipasti, Pasta, Secondi (main course) and Contorni (vegetable side dishes). 6525 Washington St., Yountville; 707-945-1050. Bouchon Chef Jeffrey Cerciello serves award-winning French cuisine at this relative of the impossible-to-book French Laundry. Lunch, dinner. 6534 Washington St. at Yount St., Yountville; 707-944-8037. Cindys Backstreet Kitchen This upscale eatery has become a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike. It features a menu of delicious, cooked-from-scratch cuisine created from quality ingredients. 1327 Railroad Ave, St. 70 | Wine Country Guide >>

Sonoma County
Applewood Inn & Restaurant This cozy restaurant was built to recall a French barn, yet gives one the feeling of being at a fine Italian villa. Dinner. 13555 Hwy. 116, Guerneville; 707-869-9093. Bistro des Copains The food of Provence is inspired by the earthy local flavors found throughout Sonoma County. Fruits and vegetables, flowers, spices and herbs, olives,honey, and cheese abound. Dinner. 3782 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental; 707-874-2436. Bistro Ralph Chef and owner Ralph Tingle serves up contemporary California cuisine at this comfortable spot on the Healdsburg Plaza. Lunch, dinner. 109 Plaza St. at Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA 95448; 707-433-1380. Cafe La Haye Food critic Michael Bauer says it best: Cafe La Haye is one of those rare restaurants in which you know the moment you walk in the door youre going to have a good time...Simple food prepared to perfection... excellent service. Dinner. 140 E. Napa St. between 1st & 2nd, Sonoma; 707-935-5994. Dry Creek Kitchen Chef Charlie Palmer, owner of New Yorks acclaimed Aureole Restaurant, creates culinary masterpieces from the best local ingredients and wines. Lunch, dinner. Hotel Healdsburg, 317 Healdsburg Ave. at Matheson St., Healdsburg, CA 95448; 707-4310330. Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant Chef Steve Litke offers seasonal California-French cuisine showcasing local, artisan ingredients. One of the Wine Countrys best restaurants. Dinner. 7871 River Road, Forestville; 707-8873300. Girl & The Fig Serving Provencal-inspired cuisine, this favorite with locals and visiors alike features garden vegetables, herbs, and an abundance of creativity. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. 110 W. Spain St., Sonoma; 707-938-3634. John Ash & Co Chef Jeffrey Madura utilizes the freshest of locally grown products to create inspired wine country cuisine. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Vintners Inn, 4330 Barnes Rd. at River Rd., Santa Rosa; 707-527-7687. La Gare French Restaurant Chef Roger serves up traditional French cuisine featuring fresh local ingredients in an elegant but relaxed atmosphere. An extensive selection of local wines compliments a menu on which soup and salad are included with all entrees. A gluten-free friendly menu is available upon request. Open for dinner only Wed-Sun from 5:00 PM (closed June 30-July 13). 208 Wilson St, Santa Rosa; 707-5284355;

Madrona Manor Chef Jesse Mallgrenprepares New Californian cuisine using the finest ingredients from Sonoma County including greens, vegetables, herbs and fruit from Madrona Manors own gardens. Dinner. 1001 Westside Rd., Healdsburg; 707-433-4231. Scopa Italian bistro fare in small energetic space. Wednesday meet the winemaker dinners.Dinner, Tue-Sun. 109A Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707-433-5282. Willis Seafood & Raw Bar Cuban inspired East Coast cuisine, a fresh raw bar, and an eclectic drink menu. Lunch, dinner; no reservations. 403 Healdsburg Ave. at North St., Healdsburg; 707-433-9191. Also Willis Wine Bar, 4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa; 707-526-3096. Willow Wood Market Cafe Eclectic Mediterranean cuisine served in an informal (some say funky) environment. Popular with locals and visitors. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. 9020 Graton Rd., Graton; 707-8230233. Zin Restaurant Casual fine dining with ingredient-driven menus featuring fresh farm produce, at moderate prices. 344 Center St., Healdsburg. Lunch, dinner. 707-473-0946.

Michelin Star Restaurants

The following Wine Country restaurants have been awarded stars by the Michelin Guide for 2013: The French Laundry, 6640 Washington Street, Yountville; 707-944-2380. Three stars. The Restaurant at Meadowood, 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena; 707-967-1205. Three stars. Auberge du Soleil, 180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford; 707-967-3111. One star. Bouchon, 6534 Washington Street, Yountville; 707944-8037. One star. Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, 7871 River Road, Forestville; 707-887-3300. One star. La Toque, 1314 McKinstry Street, Napa; 707-2575157. One star. Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg; 707-433-4231. One star. Redd Restaurant, 6480 Washington Street, Yountville; 707-944-2222. One star. Solbar at Solage Calistoga, 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707-226-0850. One star. Terra, 1345 Railroad Avenue, St. Helena; 707-9638931. One star. Terrapin Creek, 1580 Eastshore road, Bodega; 707875-2700. One star.<<Wine Country Guide | 71

Wine Country Guide | Napa Dining Guide

Meal Service Key: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
All Seasons Bistro - Calistoga 1400 Lincoln Ave. | L-D Barolo - Calistoga 1457 Lincoln Ave | D Jole - Calistoga 1457 Lincoln Ave. | D Solbar at Solage - Calistoga 755 Silverado Trail | B-L-D Azzurro Pizzeria - Napa 1260 Main St. | L-D Bank Caf & Bar - Napa 1314 McKinstry St. Bistro Don Giovanni - Napa 4110 Howard Lane | L-D Boon Fly Caf - Napa 4048 Sonoma Hwy. | B-L-D Brix - Napa (Yountville) 7377 St. Helena Hwy. | L-D C Casa - Napa 610 First St. | B-L-D Celadon - Napa 500 Main St. | L-D Cole's Chop House - Napa 1122 Main St. | D Cuve - Napa 1650 Soscol Ave. | L-D Farm - Napa 4048 Sonoma Hwy. | D Hog Island Oyster Co. - Napa 610 First St. | L-D La Taquiza - Napa 2007 Redwood Rd. | L-D La Toque - Napa 1314 McKinstry St. | D Napa Valley Wine Train - Napa 1275 McKinstry St. | L-D Morimoto - Napa 610 Main St. | D Oenotri - Napa 1425 First St. | D Pearl - Napa 1339 Pearl St. | L-D ZuZu - Napa 829 Main St. | L-D 707 942-9111 707 942-9900 707 942-5938 707 226-0850 707 255-5552 707 257-5151 707 224-3300 707 299-4900 707 944-2749 707 226-7700 707 254-9690 707 224-6328 707 224-2330 707 299-4882 707 251-8113 707 224-2320 707 257-5157 707 253-2111 707 252-1600 707 252-1022 707 224-9161 707 224-8555 Alex Restaurant - Rutherford 1140 Rutherford Rd. | L-D Cindy's Backstreet - St. Helena 1327 Railroad Ave. | L-D Cook St. Helena - St. Helena 1310 Main St. | L-D French Blue - St. Helena 1429 Main St. | B-L-D Gott's Roadside - St. Helena 933 Main St.| L-D La Condesa - St. Helena 1320 Main St. | L-D Market - St. Helena 1347 Main St. | L-D Meadowood Rest. - St. Helena 900 Meadowood Ln. | D Model Bakery - St. Helena 1357 Main St. | B-L Pizzeria Tra Vigne - St. Helena 1016 Main St. | L-D Press - St. Helena 587 St. Helena Hwy. | L-D Terra - St. Helena 1345 Railroad Ave. | L-D Tra Vigne - St. Helena 1050 Charter Oak Ave. | L-D Wine Spectator - St. Helena Greystone, 2555 Main St. | L-D Ad Hoc - Yountville 6476 Washington St. | D Addendum - Yountville 6476 Washington St. | L Bistro Jeanty - Yountville 6510 Washintgon St. | L-D Bottega - Yountville 6525 Washington St. | L-D Bouchon - Yountville 6534 Washington St. | L-D toile - Yountville 1 California Dr. | L-D French Laundry - Yountville 6640 Washington St. | L-D Redd Restaurant - Yountville 6480 Washington St. | L-D 707 967-5500 707 963-1200 707 963-7088 707 968-9200 707 963-3486 707 967-8111 707 963-3799 707 967-1205 707 963-8192 707 967-9999 707 967-0550 707 963-8931 707 963-4444 707 967-1010 707 944-2487 707 944-1565 707 944-0103 707 945-1050 707 944-8037 707 944-2892 707 944-2380 707 944-2222

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Wine Country Guide | Sonoma Dining Guide

Meal Service Key: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Terrapin Creek - Bodega 1580 Eastshore Rd. | L-D Farmhouse Inn - Forestville 7871 River Rd. | D Diavola Pizzeria - Geyserville 21021 Geyserville Ave. | L-D Fig Cafe & Winebar - Glen Ellen 13690 Arnold Dr. | D Willow Wood Cafe - Graton 9020 Graton Rd. | B-L-D Applewood Inn - Guerneville 13555 Hwy. 116 | D Barndiva - Healdsburg 231 Center St. | L-D Bistro Ralph - Healdsburg 109 Plaza St. | L-D Downtown Bakery - Hldsbg 308A Center St. | B-L Dry Creek Kitchen - Hldsbg 317 Healdsburg Ave. | L-D Jimtown Store - Healdsburg 6706 Hwy. 128 | B-L Madrona Manor - Healdsburg 1001 Westside Rd. | D Scopa - Healdsburg 109A Plaza St. | D Willi's Seafood - Healdsburg 403 Healdsburg Ave. | L-D Zin - Healdsburg 344 Center St. | L-D Cafe Citti - Kenwood 9049 Sonoma Hwy. | L-D Kenwood - Kenwood 9900 Sonoma Hwy. | L-D Bistro des Copains - Occidental 3782 Bohemian Hwy. | D Avatar's Punjabi - Petaluma 131 Kentucky St. | B-L-D Central Market - Petaluma 42 Petaluma Blvd. N. | D Cucina Paradiso - Petaluma 114 Petaluma Blvd. N. | L-D Della Fattoria Caf - Petaluma 141 Petaluma Blvd. N. | B-L-D 707 875-2700 707 887-3300 707 814-0111 707 938-2130 707 823-0233 707 869-9093 707 431-0100 707 433-1380 707 431-2719 707 431-0330 707 433-1212 707 433-4231 707 433-5282 707 433-9191 707 473-0946 707 833-2690 707 833-6326 707 874-2436 707 765-9775 707 778-9900 707 782-1130 707 763-0161 Graffiti - Petaluma 101 Second St. | L-D Sea Modern Thai - Petaluma 500 Petaluma Blvd. S. | L-D Water Street Bistro - Petaluma 100 Petaluma Blvd. N. | B-L Bistro 29 - Santa Rosa 620 Fifth St. | D John Ash & Co. - Santa Rosa 4330 Barnes Rd. | D La Gare - Santa Rosa 208 Wilson St. | D Osake - Santa Rosa 2446 Patio Ct. | L-D Rosso Pizzeria - Santa Rosa 53 Montgomery Dr. | L-D Stark's Steak House - Santa Rosa 521 Adams St. | L-D Willi's Wine Bar - Santa Rosa 4404 Old Redwood Hwy. | L-D Zazu - Santa Rosa 3535 Guerneville Rd. | D K&L Bistro - Sebastopol 119 S. Main St. | L-D Peter Lowell's - Sebastopol 7385 Healdsburg Ave. | B-L-D Cafe La Haye - Sonoma 140 E. Napa St. | D Carneros Bistro - Sonoma 1325 Broadway | B-L-D El Dorado Kitchen - Sonoma 405 First St. W. | L-D Estate - Sonoma 400 W. Spain St. | D Girl & the Fig - Sonoma 110 W. Spain St. | L-D Harvest Moon Caf - Sonoma 487 First St. W. | D LaSalette - Sonoma 452 First St. E. | D Red Grape Pizzeria - Sonoma 529 First St. W. | L-D Sant - Sonoma 100 Boyes Blvd. | D 707 765-4567 707 766-6633 707 763-9563 707 546-2929 707 527-7687 707 528-4355 707 542-8282 707 544-3221 707 546-5100 707 526-3096 707 523-4814 707 823-6614 707 829-1077 707 935-5994 707 931-2042 707 996-3030 707 933-3663 707 938-3634 707 933-8160 707 938-1927 707 996-4103 707 939-2415<<Wine Country Guide | 73

Wine Country Guide | Limousine Touring Guide

Wine Country Limousine Touring

Recommended Companies
AA Limousine Service
Provides Napa and Sonoma wine touring services from all Bay Area cities; weekday rates start at $180 for four hours. Transportation options include sedans, SUVs, Hummers, and limousines. Call 415-308-2028 or visit

t seems ever ywhere you look in the Wine Country these days a sleek stretched limousine is gliding gracefully into view. Think these are all filled with movie stars, business tycoons, and splurge spenders? Well, think again. Increasingly, limousines are mainstream transportation filled with regular people, just like you, who are simply out to enjoy a day in the Wine Country. So why the fancy wheels? Because limousine touring offers at least five big advantages: 1. Competence. Limousine drivers are professionals. They focus on safe driving so you can focus on the scenery, the wine, and your traveling companions. 2. Confidence. Limousine companies specializing in Wine Country tours know the area, distances, and local driving conditions. They will get you where you want to go, when you want to be there. 3. Convenience. You go to the Wine Country to relax and enjoy, not to worry about traffic and directions and parking. Limousine services take care of the worrisome details so you can relax and have fun. 4. Comfort. Ah, theres nothing nicer than sitting on those sumptuous leather seats, sipping sparkling, as the Wine Country slips silently by. 5. Cost. Limousine touring isnt as expensive as you think. Call for pricing. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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Beau Wine Tours

Beau Wine Tours & Limousine Service is the perfect solution for a great wine tasting day in the Napa Valley or Sonoma County. Beau also offers complete luxury transportation services throughout Northern California. Ask about airport transfers, evening dinner service, and special occasions. Call 800-3872328, or visit

California Wine Tours

A full-service transportation company offering a choice of personalized or prearranged wine tours throughout the Napa and Sonoma wine regions. Prearranged itineraries begin at $69/person; ferry-to-limo excursions from San Francisco begin at $72/person. Call 707-253-1300 or 800-294-6386, or visit

Napa Shuttle & Limousines

Napa Shuttle offers wine touring excursions of the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, plus airport services to/from all of the airports serving the Napa Valley (San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, and Sonoma County). Town cars, limousines, and small group vans available. Call 707-704-8033 or visit www.

We Drive
We Drive is a special type of transportation company that provides a trained, certified, and experienced private driver to chauffer you to where you want to goin your own car! We Drive offers wine tours in the Napa and Sonoma wine regions. Plan your own itinerary, or let We Drives experts help plan your day. Call 855-855-8950 or visit

Contact Numbers At-A-Glance

AA Limousine Service Beau Wine Tours California Wine Tours Napa Shuttle & Limousines We Drive Destiny Wine Tours (415) 308-2028 (800) 387-2328 (800) 294-6386 (707) 704-8033 (855) 855-8950 (707) 254-0442

Wine Country lodging directory

INSIDE: Wine Country lodging runs the gamut from worldclass resorts, to luxury B&Bs and inns, to tidy motels >>


What is it about a bedand-breakfast or country inn that makes it such an appealing place for a Wine Country stay? Or an upscale urban hotel or a world-class luxury spa and resort? Maybe its the elegant comfort of the surroundings, the unabashed (but never intrusive) friendliness of the hosts and staff, or the quiet privacy of the experience that makes these accommodations fit so well with wine touring. Or perhaps its the sheer decadence of being pampered by crisp service and thoughtful amenities, of guiltless sleeping in . . . . Perhaps its unwise to over-analyze questions that are so fundamental to enjoyment of Wine Country pleasures. Not knowing for certain is part of the romance that makes the Wine Country such a pleasing destination.

The Wine Country offers a variety of lodging options ranging from crisp and clean motels, to luxury bed and breakfast inns, to world-class hotels and resortswith just about everything you can imagine in between. Whatever your need, theres an option to fit every taste and budget.

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an excellent location to explore and discover all that Napa has to offer. The AVIA Napa is within minutes to gourmet dining options, galleries, shopping and 15 local tasting rooms featuring some of the finest wines the region has to offer. 141 rooms. 1450 First Street, Napa; (866) 644-2842. Blackbird Inn, A Four Sisters Inn Offers the intimacy of a vintage hideaway, yet is an easy walk to many shops and restaurants. With its spacious front porch, huge stone fireplace and liberal use of fine woods, Blackbird Inn creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere and is just a short drive to world renowned Napa Valley wineries. 8 rooms. 1755 First St., Napa; (888) 567-9811. The Carneros Inn A vineyard oasis ideally located between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys with gravel paths that crunch underneath your feet, private gardens, sumptuous hotel accommodations, exceptional dining, outdoor showers that can be enjoyed under a blanket of stars, crisp white linens and spa treatments inspired by local ingredients ensure a memorable experience that will last a lifetime. 101 rooms. 4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa; (707) 299-4900. La Residence A picturesque inn near Yountville, this secluded and charming country inn showcases all of the beauty of Napa Valley wine country in a tranquil retreat on two lush acres of oaks, redwoods, and serene gardens. La Residence is just five minutes south of Yountville and world-class wineries. It is the perfect destination for a relaxing retreat or romantic getaway. 26 rooms. 4066 Howard Lane, Napa; (707) 253-0337. The Meritage Resort & Spa An idyllic Napa Valley luxury hotel and resort, set against rolling hills with its own private vineyards, The Meritage is a destination unto itself with Tuscan inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine in Siena restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Regain a healthful balance with curative treatments at Spa Terra. 158 rooms. 875 Bordeaux Lane, Napa; (707) 251-1900. Napa River Inn The only locally-owned luxury boutique hotel in historic downtown Napa, Napa River Inn is ideally situated in the Historic Napa Mill, a National Registered Landmark built in 1884.It artfully blends historic ambiance with Napas fun and vibrant downtown atmosphere. The Inn is surrounded by world-class restaurants, cafes, art galleries, shopping and nightlife, including Silos, Napa Valleys premier jazz club. 66 rooms. 500 Main Street, Napa; (866) 251-8500.

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Indian Springs Resort & Spa Situated on 16 beautiful acres planted with olive and palm trees, roses and lavender, Indian Springs is blessed with four thermal geysers that produce an extraordinary supply of rich mineral water. Operating as a resort since 1862, Indian Springs remains a truly unique experience. Olympic-size mineral pool, full-service spa including mud treatments, 41 rooms. 1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga; (707) 942-4913. Mount View Hotel & Spa Start with breakfast in bed, and spend the day in the top-rated spa and lounge by the heated pool, where film stars of the 30s and 40s once lounged in this elegant historic hotel. Whatever activities you might choose, the Mount View is the perfect canvas for creating your own ideal experience. 32 rooms, spa, pool.1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga; (800) 816-6877. Solage Resort & Spa Surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, steps from Calistoga in northern Napa Valley, Solage Calistoga brings a refreshing new twist to the wine country resort lifestyle. With sophisticated, private studio accommodations, the celebrated Spa Solage, and Michelin Star-rated Solbar, youll experience Napa Valley resort hospitality in a whole new light. Gym, full-service spa, 2 pools with hot tubs, 89 rooms. 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; (866) 942-7442. AVIA Napa Hotel Centrally located in the revitalized West End the AVIA provides 76 | Wine Country Guide | LODGING DIRECTORY

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Farmhouse Inn & Spa Farmhouse realizes the ever-evolving vision of brother/sister team, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei. Their vision for Farmhouse Inn is to share their Sonoma County lifestyle. Says Catherine, Anyone can have a wine country vacation; Farmhouse guests have a total wine country experience. 18 rooms; Michelin star restaurant. 7871 River Road, Forestville; (707) 887-3400. Applewood Inn A Russian River eco-resort, Applewood Inn is on a knoll in the shelter of towering redwoods. Rooms in the original Belden House feature a lounge area with cozy chairs around a river-rock fireplace that encourages loitering. Larger and airier rooms in the newer buildings recall a Mediterranean villa. 19 rooms and Michelin star restaurant.13555 Hwt 116, Guerneville; (707) 869-9093. Grapeleaf Inn This award-winning B&B is a luxuriously restored Queen Anne Victorian a short walk off the Healdsburg Plaza. It combines the gracious hospitality of a country inn with meticulous service and luxurious accommodations. Stylish, contemporary decor paired with timeless antiques meld to create the best of Wine Country style and luxury. 15 rooms. 539 Johnson Street, Healdsburg; (707) 431-8140. h2hotel From an undulating roof alive with succulents to ripples on the creek by its feet, h2hotel is rooted in nature and fluid by design. Built to LEED Gold green building certification, all aspects in form and function at h2 take an eco-friendly view. Striped bamboo floors and local art give the rooms character without excess fuss. 36 rooms. 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; (707) 922-5251, Haydon Street Inn Located in Healdsburg where the Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valley wine regions converge, the Haydon Street Inn B&B is a charming Queen Anne Victorian inn. It is perfect for a romantic getaway, wine tasting, and then dinner at one of Healdsburgs many gourmet restaurants. 9 rooms. 321 Haydon Street, Healdsburg; (707) 433-5228. Sheraton Hotel Petaluma This cozy and comfortable Sheraton hotel sits on the Petaluma Marina, adjacent to wetlands and walking trails.Named one of the Nations Top 10 Getaways Near a Major City by Travel & Leisure Magazine, Petaluma offers much to do. Explore the downtown with its historic architecture, unique shops, galleries, and bistros. Or head outdoors for a round of golf, river kayaking, or mountain biking. 183 rooms. 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma; (707) 283-2888. Hotel LaRose Hotel La Rose is the only Sonoma County hotel to be listed with the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Featuring historic architecture and charming character, Hotel La Rose has anchored Santa Rosas Historic Railroad Square since 1907. Its comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff make Hotel La Rose perfect for business and vacation visitors to the Sonoma Wine Country. 49

rooms. 308 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa; (800) 527-6738. Ledson Hotel Standing like the crown jewel of the Historic Sonoma Plaza, the Ledson Hotel & Centre du Vin invites guests to step back in time to a grander era. Meticulously designed and built, this luxury hotel features six individually decorated guestrooms. At Centre du Vin guests enjoy award-winning wines while basking by the huge fireplace or take in the sunset at a sidewalk table. 480 First Street, Sonoma; (707) 996-9779. Sonoma Mission Inn For hundreds of years, ancient thermal mineral waters have graced the site. Today, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is proud to be one of the only luxury spa resorts in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water. The Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa hotel pays homage to ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations, which believed in the axiom Sanitas Per Aquas. 226 rooms, full-service spa, swimming, golf, fine dining. 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma; (866) 540-4499.

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Bear Flag Inn - Calistoga
2653 Foothill Blvd | | 5 rooms (707) 942-5534 (707) 254-2800 (707) 942-8400 (707) 942-6829 (707) 942-4913 (707) 942-9797 (800) 816-6877 (707) 942-4441 (866) 942-7442 (707) 942-1112 (866) 644-2842 (877) 561-6000 (888) 567-9811 (707) 299-4900 (707) 224-7969 (707) 255-1831 (707) 253-9540 (707) 226-1878 (707) 252-0444 (707) 257-1930 707-2539300 (707) 253-0337

McClelland Priest B&B Inn - Napa

569 Randolph Street | 7 rooms

(707) 224-6875 (707) 251-1900 (877) 251-8500 (707) 253-8600 (707) 944-0646 (707) 320-9000 (707) 257-0200 (707) 253-1900 (707) 257-1800 (707) 251-1900 (707) 963-1211 (800) 845-1777 (707) 963-9463 (707) 963-3890 (800) 458-8080 (707) 204-6000 (888) 944-2885 (800) 522-4140 (707) 944-2468 (707) 944-8877 (800) 351-1133 (707) 987-0297

Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge - Calistoga

580 Lommel Road | 48 rooms

Meritage Resort & Spa, The - Napa

875 Bordeaux Lane | 158 rooms

Cottage Grove Inn - Calistoga

1711 Lincoln Avenue | 16 rooms

Napa River Inn - Napa

500 Main Street | 66 rooms

Eurospa & Inn - Calistoga

1202 Pine Street | 13 rooms

Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa - Napa

3425 Solano Avenue | 275 rooms

Indian Springs Resort - Calistoga

1712 Lincoln Avenue | 41 rooms

Poetry Inn - Napa (Yountville)

6380 Silverado Trail | 3 rooms

Luxe Calistoga - Calistoga

1139 Lincoln Avenue | 5 rooms

River Terrace Inn - Napa

1600 Soscol Avenue | 106 rooms

Mount View Hotel & Spa - Calistoga

1457 Lincoln Avenue | 32 rooms

Silverado Resort & Spa - Napa

1600 Atlas Peak Road | 435 rooms

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort - Calistoga

1300 Washington Street | 60 rooms

SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Napa

101 Gateway Road East | 100 rooms

Solage Resort - Calistoga

755 Silverado Trail | 89 rooms

Westin Verasa - Napa

1314 Mckinstry Street | 180 rooms

Stevenson Manor Inn - Calistoga

1830 Lincoln Avenue | 34 rooms

Vino Bello Resort - Napa

865 Bordeaux Way | 182 rooms

AVIA Hotel - Napa

1450 First Street | 141 rooms

Auberge du Soleil - Rutherford

180 Rutherford Hill Road | 52 rooms

Bel Abri, A French Country Inn - Napa

837 California Boulevard | 15 rooms

Rancho Caymus - Rutherford

1140 Rutherford Road | 26 rooms

Blackbird Inn, A Four Sisters Inn - Napa

1755 First Street | 8 rooms

Harvest Inn Napa Valley - St. Helena

1 Main Street | 74 rooms

Carneros Inn, The - Napa

4048 Sonoma Highway | 101 rooms

Ink House Bed & Breakfast - St. Helena

1575 South St Helena Hwy | 6 rooms

Cedar Gables Inn - Napa

486 Coombs Street | 9 rooms

Meadowood Napa Valley - St. Helena

900 Meadowood Lane | 85 rooms

Elm House Inn (Best Western) - Napa

800 California Boulevard | 22 rooms

Bardessono - Yountville
6526 Yount Street | 62 rooms

Embassy Suites Napa Valley - Napa

1075 California Boulevard | 205 rooms

Hotel Yountville - Yountville 6462

Washington Street | 80 rooms

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham - Napa

314 Soscol Avenue | 60 rooms

Lavender, A Four Sisters Inn - Yountville

2020 Webber Avenue | 8 rooms

Hilton Garden Inn Hotel - Napa

3585 Solano Avenue | 80 rooms

Napa Valley Lodge - Yountville

2020 Webber Avenue | 55 rooms

Inn At The Vines - Napa

100 Soscol Avenue | 68 rooms

Villagio Inn & Spa - Yountville

6481 Washington Street | 112 rooms

Ivy Hotel Napa - Napa

4195 Solano Avenue | 115 rooms

Vintage Inn - Yountville

6541 Washington Street | 80 rooms

La Residence - Napa
4066 Howard Lane | 26 rooms 78 | Wine Country Guide | LODGING DIRECTORY

Twin Pine Casino & Hotel - Lake County

22223 Hwy 29, Middletown | 60 rooms

Wine Country Guide | Sonoma Lodging Guide

Old Crocker Inn - Cloverdale
1126 Old Crocker Inn Road | 10 rooms (707) 894-4000 (707) 887-3300 (877) 857-4343 (855) 242-8838 (707) 935-0237 (707) 996-6720 (707) 869-9093 (800) 222-5784 (707) 431-1300 (707) 431-8140 (707) 922-5251 (707) 433-5228 (707) 433-6991 (707) 433-4277 (800) 889-7188 (707) 433-4211 (800) 258-4003 (707) 887-9573 (707) 833-6996 (800) 353-6966 (707) 283-2888 (707) 584-5466

Flamingo Resort & Spa - Santa Rosa

2777 4th Street | 170 rooms

(800) 848-8300 (800) 222-6101 (707) 545-0444 (707) 523-7555 (800) 527-6738 (707) 284-1234 (707) 293-2100 (707) 575-1426 (707) 824-0880 (707) 996-8091 (707) 996-3220 (800) 900-8844 (707) 939-1340 (707) 996-9779 (707) 938-2929 (707) 935-6600 (888) 712-1289 (800) 468-6016 (866) 540-4499 (707) 938-9200 (707) 837-9355 (707) 836-2420

Farmhouse Inn & Spa - Forestville

7871 River Road | 18 rooms

FountainGrove Inn - Santa Rosa

101 Fountaingrove Pkwy | 126 rooms

Geyserville Inn - Geyserville

21714 Geyserville Avenue | 38 rooms

Hilton Garden Inn Airport - Santa Rosa

417 Aviation Blvd | 90 rooms

Chauvet Hotel - Glen Ellen

13756 Arnold Drive | 6 rooms

Hilton Sonoma Wine Country - Santa Rosa

3555 Round Barn Blvd | 246 rooms

Gaige House, The - Glen Ellen

13540 Arnold Drive | 23 rooms

Hotel La Rose - Santa Rosa

308 Wilson Street | 49 rooms

Glenelly Inn & Cottages - Glen Ellen

5131 Warm Springs Road | 9 rooms

Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel - Santa Rosa

170 Railroad Street | 155 rooms

Applewood Inn - Guerneville

13555 Hwy 116 | 19 rooms

Sandman Motel - Santa Rosa

3421 Cleveland Avenue | 112 rooms

Dry Creek Inn - Healdsburg

198 Dry Creek Road | 102 rooms

Vintners Inn - Santa Rosa

4350 Barnes Road | 44 rooms

Duchamp Hotel - Healdsburg

421 Foss Street | 10 rooms

Avalon, A Luxury B&B - Sebastopol

11910 Graton Road | 3 rooms

Grape Leaf Inn, The - Healdsburg

539 Johnson Street | 15 rooms

Bungalows 313 - Sonoma

313 First Street East | 5 rooms

h2hotel - Healdsburg
219 Healdsburg Avenue | 36 rooms

El Dorado Hotel - Sonoma

405 First Street West | 26 rooms

Haydon Street Inn - Healdsburg

321 Haydon Street | 9 rooms

El Pueblo Inn - Sonoma

896 W. Napa Street | 53 rooms

Healdsburg Inn - Healdsburg

110 Matheson Street | 12 rooms

Inn at Sonoma - Sonoma

630 Broadway | 19 rooms

Honor Mansion - Healdsburg

14891 Grove Street | 18 rooms

Ledson Hotel - Sonoma

480 First Street East | 6 rooms

Hotel Healdsburg - Healdsburg

25 Matheson Street | 65 rooms

MacArthur Place - Sonoma

29 E. MacArthur Street | 35 rooms

Les Mars Hotel - Healdsburg

27 North Street | 16 rooms

Lodge at Sonoma Resort - Sonoma

1325 Broadway | 182 rooms

Madrona Manor - Healdsburg

1001 Westside Road | 22 rooms

Sonoma Creek Inn - Sonoma

239 Boyes Blvd | 16 rooms

Raford Inn - Healdsburg

10630 Wohler Road | 6 rooms

Sonoma Hotel - Sonoma

110 W. Spain Street | 16 rooms

Birmingham B&B - Kenwood

8790 Sonoma Hwy | 5 rooms

Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa - Sonoma

100 Boyes Blvd | 226 rooms

Kenwood Inn & Spa - Kenwood

10400 Sonoma Hwy | 29 rooms

Sonoma Valley Inn - Sonoma

550 Second Street West | 80 rooms

Sheraton Hotel Petaluma - Petaluma

745 Baywood Drive | 183 rooms

Hampton Inn & Suites - Windsor

8937 Brooks Road South | 116 rooms

Doubletree Hotel - Rohnert Park

1 Doubletree Drive | 245 rooms

Worldmark Windsor Resort - Windsor

1251 Shiloh Road | 226 rooms

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Wine Country spa directory

INSIDE: The Wine Country offers spa experiences ranging from world-renowned destination resorts to day spas>>


Spas are a key part of the Wine Country lifestyle. Several of the same factors that make the region so perfect for wine also make it perfect for spas. Geology, climate, terroir (think mudbaths!). For many visitors to the region, spas are actually the main attraction. And no wonder. Some of the top spas in America, in the world for that matter, are located here. For others, spas are the perfect complement to the wine, the cuisine, the natural beauty . . . the pleasure of just being here. No matter how a spa fits into your overall Wine Country experience, options abound. Some spas are full-service resort hotels; others are day spas. Some of the resorts offer day spa services to non-guests. Be sure to call ahead to confirm the availability of services and to reserve your own special time to relax, reflect, and regenerate.

Thats the whole point of touring the Wine Country, isnt it? To relax? With so much to see and do and taste, its easy to lose sight of the point. Thats where spas come in. For a few minutes or hours or days, they insulate you from the frenetic pace of fun that surrounds you and refocus your energies on. . .relaxing.

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Wine Country Guide | Spa Favorites

treatments in a private and intimate setting. 575 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 305A; Napa; 707224-8500. Napa Valley Day Spa Natural, healthy treatments are the focus at Napa Valley Day Spa. Several services, such as the Suddenly Slender Body Wrap and Mineral Facial Wrap, are exclusive and cannot be experienced anywhere else in the Napa Valley. The warmth of dark mohagony wood welcomes you to the relaxing ambience of this spa. 2025 Jefferson Street, Napa; (707) 258-9900. Spa at Silverado Resort, The Enhance the rejuvenating effects of Napa Valleys spectacular natural beauty with a visit to The Spa at Silverado. Spanning 16,000 square feet, the Roman-inspired spa is the largest private resort spa in the region and offers endless opportunities for lasting renewal. Winner of two SpaFinder Readers Choice Awards in 2011. 1605 Atlas Peak Road; (707) 257-5555. Spa at the Napa Valley Marriott The Spa at the Napa Valley Marriot invites you to treat yourself to a blissfully ahhmazing experience. Soft plush robes, comfortable slippers, and a soothing eucalyptus steam shower are complimentary with any spa service. Once relaxed, you can select from reviving Napa spa treatments including massages and facials. 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa; (707) 254-3330. Spa at the Harvest Inn Book an outdoor massage in Harvest Inns Redwood Grove. Tucked under a canopy of redwoods, a tented massage cabana is available as a private oasis complete with beautiful vineyard views, an exquisite atmosphere for an individual or couples massage. Treatments are available in the Redwood Grove from May to October. 1 Main Street, St. Helena; (707) 963-9463. Health Spa Napa Valley The only full-service spa and fitness club of its kind accessible to day visitors, Health Spa Napa Valley offers luxury spa services accompanied with an unmatched fitness and wellness component. An open-air boutique environment backed by caring staff caters to your every need. Select from many options designed to create a memorable experience. 1030 Main Street, St. Helena; (707) 967-8800. Gloria Curry Day Spa Gloria Curry is committed to providing the very best in therapeutic facial and body massage treatments. These include Seaweed Extracts and Aromatic Essential oils that balance the body, mind and spirit. The spa offers an elegant and calming atmosphere located in the heart of the Oxbow Area of Napa. 1027 McKinstry Street, Napa; (707) 226-7980.

Napa Valley
Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa & Resort Experience the magic of the Calistoga hot springs water and rejuvenating spa treatments. After a day of touring Napa Valley, you can swim in Golden Havens hot springs pool, relax on the sun deck under the California sun, and rejuvenate with their famous Calistoga spa treatments. Special couples packages available. 1713 Lake Street, Calistoga; (707) 942-6793. Lincoln Avenue Spa Lincoln Avenue Spa has been a popular Calistoga day spa located in a beautiful and historic stone building for 20 years. In addition to body mud, Lincoln Avenue Spa offers a variety of Calistoga day spa treatments, including massage, salt scrubs, facials, herbal wraps, european body wrap, aromatherapy baths and steams.1339 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga; (707) 942-2950. Solage Resort & Spa Health and wellness are at the heart of the Solage experience. Artfully designed and ecologically conscious, Spa Solage offers relaxing and invigorating services, including new twists on the renowned Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies. Packages include couples spa services and full-day personal spa retreats.755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; (866) 942-7442. MAIS OUI Massage & Spa MAIS OUI was founded to provide high quality massages and spa treatments that Napa Valley is known for without the associated high prices. Whether you are by yourself, with a partner, or accompanied by a group of friends, you will experience your 82 | Wine Country Guide | SPA DIRECTORY

Sonoma County
Osmosis Sanctuary Experience transformation in the only Cedar Enzyme Bath in North America. Immersed in a warm bed of softly ground evergreens, your body is evenly supported with a gentle, penetrating heat. The bath boosts your metabolism and circulation, casts your skin in a radiant glow, and is profoundly relaxing. 209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone; (707) 823-8231. Massage Envy Spa Massage Envy is committed to a stress-free spa experience, every time. This includes friendly staff, professional massage therapists and a calm, inviting environment. Membership affords easy access to massages, spa facials, and more at hundreds of locations nationwide. 5761 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa;(707) 537-0555, and 452 First Street East, Sonoma; (707) 938-7404. Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa An elegant and luxurious resort in the south of Californias Wine Country, Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa is waiting to refresh your senses, relax your body and enchant your palate. Indulge your senses while enjoying the privacy and seclusion of the Courtyard Spa. 16702 Coast Highway One, Bodega; (888) 404-2255. Spa at Hotel Healdsburg The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg offers simple, complete, and conscious care in tranquil surroundings. The Spas spacious facility offers six serene treatment rooms including a couples suite, and relaxing garden patio. The spa offers several seasonal treatments including a Meyer Lemon Sage Herbal Wrap. 327 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg;(707) 433-4747. The Spa at Kenwood Named in successive years as one of the leading spas in the country, The Spa at Kenwood fully embraces the power of the grape employing the penetrating, protective qualities of topical treatments based on oils extracted from grape seeds. The spa offers clinically validated treatments that create visible changes to the skin. 10400 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood; (707) 833-1293. The Best Day Spa Relax in this calm, soothing facility and let The Best Day Spa provide you with the ultimate wine country spa experience. Enjoy a soothing massage, unwind in the sauna, pamper yourself with body scrub and body wrap treatments, or indulge in a facial and nail treatment. The spa partners with several major hotels in Santa Rosa. 3082 Marlow Road, Santa Rosa; (707) 545-1058. Le Carre Spa at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel Nestled in a secluded courtyard, Le Carre Spa is the ultimate retreat for body and soul. Melt

away the days activities in your own private Massage Suite. Choose from a number of custom styles to soothe aching muscles and rejuvenate your senses. Choose from a variety of spa packages and extensive services to nourish body and mind. 170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa; (707) 636-7300. Raindance Spa at the Lodge at Sonoma Raindance Spa offers its guests a transformative experience that washes away stress and refreshes the soul. Nestled in the Valley of the Moon wine region, Raindance Spa offers treatments that draw upon the natural healing properties of the regions herbs, plants, minerals and fruits, including lavender and grape seed. 1325 Broadway, Sonoma; (707) 931-2034. Spa at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Rated among the Top Spas by Travel+Leisure Magazine, the famed Willow Stream spa is designed with many amenities to promote health, relaxation and rejuvenation. The tranquility and beauty of this environment is echoed throughout the 40,000-square-foot spa, which offers endless opportunities to find your energy. 100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma; (707) 938-9000. Blush-A Day Spa Blush is an intimate and tranquil retreat featuring a sophisticated and healing approach to optimal beauty and wellness. Each spa visit is uniquely tailored for you. Whether you want to purify, energize, balance, restore or relax, there is a treatment or package to meet your needs whether you have an hour, an afternoon or a day. 561 Broadway, Sonoma; (707) 935-0116.

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Napa Valley
Calistoga Massage Center - Calistoga 1219 Washington Street | Day Spa Calistoga Spa Hot Springs - Calistoga 1006 Washington Street | Lodging Calistoga Village Inn & Spa - Calistoga 1880 Lincoln Avenue | Lodging Dr. Wilkinsons Resort - Calistoga 1507 Lincoln Ave | Lodging Euro Spa & Inn - Calistoga 1202 Pine Street | Lodging Golden Haven Hot Springs - Calistoga 1713 Lake Street | Lodging Indian Springs Resort - Calistoga 1712 Lincoln Avenue | Lodging Lavender Hill Spa - Calistoga 1015 Foothill Blvd | Day Spa Lincoln Avenue Spa - Calistoga 1339 Lincoln Avenue | Day Spa MAIS OUI Massage & Spa - Calistoga 1458 Lincoln Avenue, Railcar 16 | Day Spa Mount View Hotel & Spa - Calistoga 1457 Lincoln Avenue | Lodging Roman Spa Hot Springs - Calistoga 1300 Washington Street | Lodging Spa at Calistoga Ranch - Calistoga 580 Lommel Road | Resort Guests Only Spa Solage - Calistoga 755 Silverado Trail | Lodging Emerald Day Spa - Napa 1523 Main Street | Day Spa Gloria Curry Day Spa - Napa 1027 McKinstry Street | Day Spa Greenhaus European Day Spa - Napa 1300 Pearl Street | Day Spa MAIS OUI Massage & Spa - Napa 575 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 305A | Day Spa Milliken Creek Inn & Spa - Napa 1815 Silverado Trail | Resort Guests Only Napa Massage & Bodycare - Napa 1834 First Street | Day Spa (707) 942-6193 (707) 942-6269 (707) 942-0991 (707) 942-4102 (707) 942-4056 (707) 942-8000 (707) 942-4913 (707) 942-4495 (707) 942-2950 (707) 224-8500 (707) 942-6877 (707) 942-4441 (707) 254 2800 (707) 226-0800 (707) 226-2700 (707) 226-7980 (707) 257-8837 (707) 224-8500 (707) 255-1197 (707) 252-7079

Napa Valley Day Spa - Napa 2025 Jefferson Street | Day Spa Paris Day Spa - Napa 1614 Jefferson Street | Day Spa Relaxation Co - Napa 1401 Lincoln Avenue | Day Spa Spa at Silverado Resort, The - Napa 1605 Atlas Peak Road | Lodging Spa at the Carneros Inn, The - Napa 4048 Sonoma Highway | Lodging Napa Valley Marriott Spa - Napa 3425 Solano Avenue | Lodging Spa Terra at Meritage Resort - Napa 875 Bordeaux Way | Lodging St. Pierre Center For Massage - Napa 2400 Clay Street | Day Spa Terrace Spa Napa Valley - Napa 585 Coombsville Road | Day Spa Spa at Auberge du Soleil - Rutherford 180 Rutherford Hill Road | Lodging Spa at the Harvest Inn - St. Helena 1 Main Street | Lodging

(707) 258-9900 (707) 257-2044 (707) 265-7733 (707) 257-5555 (707) 299-4850 (707) 254-3330 (707) 251-3000 (707) 255-1640 (707) 259-1138 (866) 228-2490 (707) 963-9463

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Health Spa at Meadowood - St. Helena 900 Meadowood Lane | Lodging Health Spa Napa Valley - St. Helena 1030 Main Street | Day Spa Spa at Bardessono, The - Yountville 6526 Yount Street | Lodging Spa Villagio - Yountville 6481 Washington Street | Lodging (707) 963-3646 (707) 967-8800 (707) 204-6050 (707) 948-5050 Boon Hotel & Spa - Guerneville 14711 Armstrong Woods Road | Lodging Spa at Applewood, The - Guerneville 13555 Highway 116 | Lodging West Sonoma Inn & Spa - Guerneville 14100 Brookside Lana | Lodging A Simple Touch Spa - Healdsburg 239 Center Street | Day Spa Spa at Hotel Healdsburg - Healdsburg 327 Healdsburg Avenue | Lodging Spa Dolce - Healdsburg 250 Center Street | Day Spa Spa at Kenwood, The - Kenwood 10400 Sonoma Highway | Lodging Perfect Day Massage - Petaluma 800 Baywood Drive | Day Spa Soft Shell Spa - Petaluma 10 Kentucky Street | Day Spa Best Day Spa, The - Santa Rosa 3082 Marlow Road | Day Spa Coldwater Creek Spa, The - Santa Rosa 728 Farmers Lane | Day Spa Le Carre Spa - Santa Rosa 170 Railroad Street | Lodging Massage Envy Spa - Santa Rosa 5761 Mountain Hawk Way | Day Spa Spa at Montecito Heights - Santa Rosa 2777 Fourth Street | Day Spa (707) 869-2721 (707) 869-9093 (707) 869-2470 (707) 433-6856 (707) 433-4747 (707) 433-0177 (707) 833-1293 (707) 762-3578 (707) 773-4950 (707) 545-1058 (707) 566-9314 (707) 636-7300 (707) 537-0555 (707) 303-3313

Sonoma County
Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa - Bodega 16702 Coast Highway One | Lodging Spa at Bodega Bay Lodge - Bodega Bay 103 Coast Highway One | Lodging Massage, Inc. - Cotati 315 East Cotati Avenue, Suite D | Day Spa Osmosis Sanctuary - Freestone 209 Bohemian Highway | Day Spa Gaige House Spa - Glen Ellen 13540 Arnold Drive | Lodging (888) 404-2255 (707) 875-3525 (707) 792-0555 (707) 823-8231 (707) 935-6411

(707) Touchstone Therapies - Santa Rosa 4525 Montgomery Drive, Suite 7 | Day Spa 331-0631 Wine Country Day Spa - Santa Rosa 1601 Terrace Way | Day Spa Mermaids Spa - Sebastopol 115 South Main Street | Day Spa Blush - A Day Spa - Sonoma 561 Broadway, Suite C | Day Spa Spa at MacArthur Place - Sonoma 29 East MacArthur Street | Lodging Massage Envy Spa - Sonoma 452 First Street East | Day Spa Raindance Spa - Sonoma 1325 Broadway | Lodging Sonoma Mission Inn - Sonoma 100 Boyes Boulevard | Lodging (707) 545-8390 (707) 823-3535 (707) 935-0116 (707) 933-3193 (707) 938-7404 (707) 931-2034 (707) 938-9000

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Wine Country activities directory

INSIDE: The Wine Country offers great wine tasting but that isnt all. Dont miss these exciting experiences>>


Wine Country is filled with an endless variety of activities. While, wine Tasting is at the top of everyones list, there are many ways to keep you busy on your next trip to the area. Fitness fans will find some of the best bicycling, hiking, and water sports in the nation. If you are interested in honing your cullinary skills, cooking schools abound. For those looking for a new perspective on the area, consider one of the many aerial excursion companies including hot air balloon companies and glider services. Familes will enjoy tour offerings as well as natural wonders like Old Faithful Geyser. Wine Country certainly begins with wine but it doesnt end there. The ideal climate and beauty of the area means that all kinds of activities are available to those willing to explore them.

Just like wine tasting, when it comes to recreating in the Wine Country, recreational flavors abound. Golf, bicycling, hiking, aerial adventures, and water sports are all available to experience. Why not experience the wilder side of Northern Californias Wine Country.

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Aerial Excursions
Crazy Creek Air Adventures
Glider rides showcase colorful rural vistas and vineyards, the largest fresh water lake in California, geothermal steam clouds produced by nearby geysers, and even the remnants of an ancient volcano. Post Office Box 575, Middletown; 707-987-9293.

Sonoma Canopy Tours

Just outside Occidental, enjoy a unique zipline course that features a zipline that is over 800 feet long. Walk sky bridges high in the air. Marvel at panoramic forest views and deep ravines. Discover the world-famous California Coastal Redwoods in a way you never imagined. Sonoma Canopy Tours. Its high adventure thats green, family-friendly and educational. 888-494-7868 or visit

Napa Valley Balloons

Ultimate sightseeing experience over the Napa Valley. Sparkling wine landing celebration. Morning launch 7 days per week, weather permitting. Post Office Box 2860, Yountville; 800-2532224, 707-944-0228.

Napa Guided Riber Boat Cruise

Enjoy an in-depth, insider tour of the Napa River and everything that is connected to it. All cruises are aboard an Electra Craft electric boat, which comfortably seats up to 11 passengers. Seating is limousine-style and the wrap-around windows provide panoramic views from every seat. Call 707224-9080 or visit

Bicycle Rentals
Napa Valley Bike Tours Sonoma Valley Bike Tours
Bike and kayak rentals, one-day guided tours, and all-inclusive vacation packages since 1987. Tour the Wine Country in a way you simply cant experience by car. Special connections let you visit wineries and sample wines youd otherwise miss. Bicycle inside the vineyards or on country roads. New, high-end bicycles every year ensure a great experience. 707-944-2953, 707-996-2453;, Wine Country Bikes Will deliver the whole rental kit right to your door. 61 Front Street Healdsburg; 707-473-0610.

Northwood Golf Club
9 holes; public; 3966-5786 yards; par 64-72. Food & beverage service; deck. 19400 Hwy 116, Monte Rio; 707-865-1116.

Eagle Vines Golf Club 18 holes; public; 5652-7283 yards; par 72. Practice range; food & beverage service. 580 South Kelly Road, Napa; 707-2574470.

Outdoor Adventure
Rivers Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips
Launching from Healdsburg, all of the trips offer beautiful places to swim, fish, and picnic, and an abundance of amazing wildlife to enjoy such as turtles, osprey, otters, wild ducks, 3 types of herons, deer, fish, and eagle. Call 707433-7247 or visit 308-2028 or visit

Sustainable Tour Program Kunde

Kunde Winery is in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Walk the property with either Fourth-Generation Winegrower, Jeff Kunde, or Sonoma Valley docent, Bill Myers, both of whom have tremendous experience and passion for environmental education. Designed for outdoor and wine enthusiasts, hikes are moderately strenuous and take guests from the Sonoma Valley floor up 1,400 feet into the Mayacamas Mountain range. Call 707-833-5501, or visit
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Wine Country Guide | Useful Phone Numbers

Bistro Ralph - 109 Plaza St., Healdsburg...............................................................................................707-433-1380 Corks - 5700 Gravenstein Highway North, Forestville..............................................................................707-887-3344 Dry Creek Kitchen - 317 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg..........................................................................707-431-0330 Francis Ford Coppola - 300 Via Archimedes (Hwy 101 to Independence Lane), Geyserville..................707-431-0330 Ravenous Cafe - 420 Center St., Healdsburg..........................................................................................707-431-1302 Willis Seafood & Raw Bar - 403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg............................................................707-433-9191 Zin - 344 Center St., Healdsburg..............................................................................................................707-473-0946 Equus Restaurant - (Fountaingrove Hotel) 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa............................707-578-6101 John Ash & Co - (Vintners Inn) 4330 Barnes Rd. at River Rd., Santa Rosa...............................................707-527-7687 La Gare French Restaurant - 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa..................................................................707-528-4355 Underwood Bar & Bistro - 9113 Graton Rd., Graton.............................................................................707-823-7023 ZaZu - 3535 Guerneville Rd., Santa Rosa.................................................................................................707-523-4814 Cucina Paradiso - 56 E. Washington St., Petaluma................................................................................707-782-1130 Cafe La Haye - 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma................................................................................................707-935-5994 Duece - 691 Broadway, Sonoma.............................................................................................................707-933-3823 El Dorado Kitchen - (El Dorado Hotel) 405 First St. West at West Spain St., Sonoma.............................707-996-3030 Saddles Steakhouse - 29 East MacArthur St., Sonoma.........................................................................707-933-3191 Kenwood - 9900 Sonoma Hwy./Hwy. 12, Kenwood...............................................................................707-833-6326 Brassica - 641 Main St., St. Helena.........................................................................................................707-963-0700 Cindys Backstreet Kitchen - 1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena................................................................707-963-1200 JoLe - (Mount View Hotel) 1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga..........................................................................707-942-8272 Market - 1347 Main St., St. Helena.........................................................................................................707-963-3799 Martini House - 1245 Spring St., St. Helena..........................................................................................707-963-2233 Mustards Grill - 7399 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena.................................................................................707-944-2424 Rutherford Grill - 1180 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford..............................................................................707-963-1792 Silverado Brewing Co. - 3020 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena....................................................................707-967-9876 Terra - 1345 Railroad Ave., St. Helena.....................................................................................................707-963-8931 Wine Spectator Greystone - 2555 Main St., St. Helena........................................................................707-967-1010 Bistro Don Giovanni - 4110 Howard Lane, Napa...................................................................................707-224-3300 Bistro Jeanty - 6510 Washington St., Yountville....................................................................................707-944-0103 Bouchon - 6534 Washington St., Yountville............................................................................................707-944-8037 Downtown Joes Brewery and Restaurant - 902 Main St., Napa.......................................................707-258-2337 Etoile - 1 California Dr. at Hwy. 29, Yountville.........................................................................................707-944-2892 French Laundry - 6640 Washington Street, Yountville...........................................................................707-944-2380 La Toque - 1314 McKinstry Street, Napa.................................................................................................707-257-5157 Napa Valley Culinary Center - 388 Devlin Road, Napa.........................................................................707-603-3260 Napa Valley Wine Train - 1275 McKinstry St., Napa...........................................................................707-253-2111 ZinsValley - 1106 First Street.,Napa.......................................................................................................707-224-0695

Sonoma Central

Sonoma South

Napa North

Napa South

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California Wine Tours .................................................................................................................... 707-253-1300 Napa Shuttle & Limousines ......................................................................................................... 707-704-8033 We Drive .......................................................................................................................................... 855-855-8950 Napa Valley Bike Tours.................................................................................................................. 707-944-2953 Sonoma Valley Bike Tours............................................................................................................. 707-996-2453 Golden Haven Spa & Resort - 1713 Lake St., Calistoga.....................................................................707-942-6793 Lincoln Avenue Spa - 1339 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.............................................................................707-942-2950
Massage Envy Spa - Two Sonoma Locations; visit 707-255-8000 Mount View Spa - 1457 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga...................................................................................... 800-816-6877 Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary - 209 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone..........................................................707-823-8231



Calistoga Balloons - Calistoga...............................................................................................................888-995-7700 Napa Valley Balloons - Yountville...................................................................................................... 707-944-0228 Driven Raceway - Fairfield and Rohnert Park...................................................................................... 707-426-3748<<Wine Country Guide | 89

Fritz Sbragia Silver Oak Dutcher Ferrari-Carano Crossing Bella David Preston Coffaro Yoakim Bridge Pedroncelli Raymond Burr Talty Gpfrich Truett Hurst Meeker Forchini deLorimier Amphora Family Wineries Quivira Papapietro Perry Peterson River Rock Casino Coppola Rued Michel-Schlumberger Clos du Bois Passalacqua Rafanelli Teldeschi Trentadue Lambert Bridge Vintners Mauritson Ridge Robert Amista Signatures Young Dry Creek Stryker Mazzocco Medlock Starlite Wilson Ames Hawkes Jordan Stonestreet Sausal White Oak Alexander Valley Hanna

Geyser Peak

Everett Ridge Michael Bernard Alderbrook Mill Creek Armida De La Montanya Foppiano Twomey Matrix VML Winery

Rodney Strong
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Gary Farrell Porter Creek Arista Thomas George

Chateau Limerick Lane Felice Duex Amis / Mutt Lynch Merriam

Christopher Creek



Hartford Family

Hop Kiln Rochioli Chalk Hill

Russian River Iron Horse


Joseph Kendall-Jackson Swan Wine Center Harvest Martinelli Moon Martin Pellegrini Ray Inman Sunce Robert Dutton Dutton DeLoach Hook & Rue Goldfield Estate Ladder Lynmar

Russian Hill Sonoma-Cutrer

Osmosis Spa

Taft Street Balletto Hanna

Sandman Inn

Paradise Ridge

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Taft Street Balletto Hanna

Sandman Inn DArgenzio

Cellars of Sonoma

Massage Envy

Pride Mountain

Matanzas Creek Blackstone VJB Mayo Family Reserve Family Wineries The Wine Room Landmark Kaz

Chateau St. Jean Kenwood

Kunde Loxton Wellington Benziger Audelssa Mayo Family Imagery Arrowood

Valley of the Moon Petaluma Village Premium Outlets

Eric Ross

B.R. Cohn Moon Mountain

Massage Envy Ravenswood

Cellar Door

SV Bike Tours
Buena Vista Gundlach Bundschu

Bartholomew Park

Robledo Keller Estate Anaba Schug Gloria Ferrer


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Peter Michael


OldFaithful Geyser
Bennett Lane Summers

Chateau Montelena Vincent Arroyo

Graeser Vermeil

Golden Haven Spa

B Cellars August Briggs Reverie Clos Pegase Cuvaison Paoletti Twomey Castello di Amorosa Schramsberg Pope Valley Dutch Henry



Frank Family Madrigal Rancho de las Flores

Benessere Rombauer Chateau Boswell Ehlers Burgess Schweiger Freemark Abbey Trinchero A Dozen Vintners Casa Nuestra


St Clement
Spring Mountain


Charles Krug

Wine Hardware Merryvale Louis Martini Heitz V Sattui Joseph Conn Phelps Valley William Harrison Rutherford Hill Rutherford Ranch

Prager Winery & Port Works

Whitehall Lane

Sutter Home Hall Wine Merchants Flora Springs Arger-Martucci Rutherford Grove Provenance

Catacula Lake

Grgich Hills
Rubicon Estate

Raymond Quintessa Franciscan Sullivan AlphaOmega Frogs Leap

Beaulieu Peju

Conn Creek


Mumm Napa
ZD Groth Plumpjack Silver Oak Miner Family to Nichelini

St Supery Robert Mondavi Sequoia Grove Cakebread Opus One


Far Niente Napa Wine Co. Diamond Oaks

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Opus One


Chateau Potelle

Far Niente Napa Wine Co. Silver Oak Diamond Oaks Folie Deux Cosentino Cardinale Paraduxx Goosecross Cliff Lede Baldacci Robert Sinskey Shafer

Napa Valley Bike Tours

Cornerstone Domaine Chandon

RASgalleries Stags Leap Silverado Winery

Vineyards Pine Ridge Steltzner

Hess Collection

Stags Leap Wine Cellars Regusci Chimney Rock Clos Du Val Silenus Trefethen Signorello Monticello Black Stallion


Darioush Hagafen

Van Der Heyden

William Hill Reynolds Luna Judds Hill

Folio Winemakers Studio Domaine Carneros Cuvaison

Wine Train (1275 McKinstry St.) Stonehedge (1004 Clinton St.)

Madonna Estate


Saintsbury McKenzieMueller

Ceja Patz & Hall


(On Devlin Road)

Cartlidge & Browne

Valley Gate Vnyds

Vezer Family Vyd.

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Wine Country Overview

alifornia is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, behind France, Italy, and Spain. Fully 90 percent of all wine produced in the United States comes from here. Almost anywhere you go in California, from Mexico to Oregon and from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, you will find vineyards and wineries. Only the desert seems to be an exception, and even there examples probably exist to prove this assertion wrong. While there is much wine country in California, the areas of the state distinguished as the Wine Country are in the north. Less than 60 miles upstate from San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa counties are the Wine Country heartland. Including all four counties, the Wine Country occupies an area of over 7,000 square miles. It is home to literally hundreds of wineries that are open for tasting, scores of lodging accommodations, dozens of fine dining restaurants, and a myriad of one-ofa-kind shops. Spotlights Wine Country Guide is the definitive guide to Wine Country touring, complete with overviews, maps, directories, features, and touring suggestions. Each monthly issue breaks the Wine Country down into sensible, manageable regions that can be explored at a leisurely pace. Sonoma North is centered around Healdsburg and includes the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Sonoma South includes the town of Sonoma together with the Sonoma Valley (also known as Valley of the Moon) and the Sonoma side of the Carneros district. Napa North covers the top half of the Napa Valley including the Calistoga, St.
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Helena, and Rutherford areas. Napa South covers the bottom half of the valley including the Oakville and Yountville areas, the town of Napa, and the Napa side of Carneros. Mendocino County and Lake County are each comprised of four wine districts. In Mendocino County, the districts are Hopland and Redwood Valley along Highway 101, Anderson Valley along Highway 128, and Mendocino Coast along Highway 1 (the Coastal Highway). In Lake County, they are Guenoc Valley and Red Hills along Highway 29, High Valley along Highway 20, and Clear Lake surrounding the large lake of the same name.

Getting Here
BY AIR: The closest major airports are San Francisco International (SFO), Oakland International (OAK), and Sacramento International (SMF). SFO and SMF are both about 60 miles from the town of Napa at the southern end of the Napa Valley; OAK is somewhat closer, about 50 miles. Santa Rosa now offers direct flights from Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. If you plan ahead, you can see the Wine Country by limousine. See our Phone Directory of Wine Tours and Limo Services at the back of this magazine. BY CAR: The Wine Country is served by two major highways. U.S. Highway 101 runs north-south, connecting San Francisco with Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Interstate 80 runs northeast-southwest between San Francisco and Sacramento, connecting to California highway 12 running into southern Napa and Sonoma counties. Important branches off I-80 are I-880, running along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, and I-580, connecting Oakland with San Rafael on the western side of the Bay.<<Wine Country Guide | 95