Sonoma Weekend Away


One of the best parts of living in San Francisco is that just a short car ride away, Sonoma Valley awaits you with open arms.  This laid back valley is pure ecstasy to those wine connoisseurs or just heaven to wine newbies.  Either way, with great wine comes amazing cuisine.  Some of the best restaurants in the world can be found here.  My goal one day is to actually get into one since the wait list is crazy long.  However, the restaurants without Michelin stars are also pretty darn good.  So here’s a little bit of cuisine and alcohol that I experience in the beautiful Sonoma Valley.

Actually…..it started in Santa Rosa! If you love beer, this is the place for you! The Russian River Brewing Company voted one of the best beers in the company, many times over! Known for the Pliny the Edler (People kill for this beer).  They also have great and simple bar food.

The Russian River Brewing Company


The Beer Sampler: SHARE THIS…these beers are STRONG and so good

Location:
725 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-545-BEER
http://russianriverbrewing.com/

Hangover Cure Breakfast: Piner Cafe LLC

(used iphone for photos of breakfast)

Serious comfort food and super laid back.  This seems like a place that would be featured on Triple D: Dinners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fierr on the Food Network.  


Walnut French Toast with Powered Sugar


Side of scrambled eggs….yum! My favorite


Blueberry Pancake Short Stack


Chicken Fried Steak with country potatoes and fried eggs…my fiancé’s favorite.


3-Egg Omelett with bacon, feta and spinach with country potatoes.

Location:
975 Piner Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-575-0165
http://pinercafe.com/Piner_Cafe/Piner_Cafe.html 

On to Wine Country!

Loxton Winery


Super friendly winery from Australia and great prices!

Location:
11466 Dunbar Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
707-935-7221
http://www.loxtonwines.com/ 

 

Harvest Moon Estate + Winery  


The dogs came to enjoy the wine as well: Izzy (German Shepherd) and Dooley O’Doul (Min Pin/Chi Mix)

Location:
2192 Olivet Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-573-8711
http://harvestmoonwinery.com/

 

Westwood Winery Tasting Room: Amazing!!!!

I was enjoying the wine too much to take photos!

Location:
11 East Napa Street, STE.3
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-287-5502
http://westwoodwine.com/index.html

 

Hawkes Tasting Room

Again…forgot to take photos…wine was too amazing!

Location:
383 1st Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-938-7620
http://www.hawkeswine.com/ 

 

El Dorado Kitchen

(used iphone for photos)

We came in late and they were about to close the kitchen but let us put our order in!  So happy they did! Definitely worth revisiting.


A little bit of bubbly


Wagyu Beef Carpaccio: crispy rice, truffle aioli, watercress, parmesan and lemon vinaigrette


Ahi Tacos: Guacamole, spicy cream, slaw


Caesar Salad: romaine hearts, country croutons, parmesan reggiano


Cheeseburger with fries

Location:
405 First Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-996-3220
http://www.eldoradosonoma.com/el_dorado_kitchen.html 

 

All and all…another success with more wine than cuisine pictured but all still good!

 

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