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The Comprehensive Insider's Guide to Northern California Wine Country

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131 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Farm-to-table dining meets Eastern philosophy and culture at this unparalleled Michelin-starred restaurant and inn in downtown Healdsburg. The 52-seat restaurant prides itself on creating food that is as much about ancient Japanese technique as it...
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4130 Howard Ln, Napa, CA 94558, USA
With midcentury modern architecture and vinyl on the turntable, Ashes & Diamonds is not your typical Napa winery. Yet for Kashy Khaledi, the son of Darioush Khaledi (the man behind Darioush Winery), the new digs make perfect sense. The younger...
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821 Coombs St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Locals will tell you one of the best things on the menu at chef Curtis di Fede’s Japanese izakaya-style restaurant is the soft-serve ice cream, which changes every night and is available for roadies through a take-away window near the front...
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Napa, CA, USA
Napa Valley Paddle (NVP) rents kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and inflatable paddleboards by the hour, day, and weekend. But the company—base on the Main Street Dock at Riverfront Plaza—also offers guided tours that offer a completely...
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6948 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
As the name suggests, Ramen Gaijin is all about the noodles. Sure, the menu features small-plate, izakaya-style dishes such as briny Miyagi oysters, pork-shoulder gyoza, rabbit confit fried rice, and tako salad, but the real star of the show is...
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6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Sebastopol’s answer to the Napa’s Oxbow Market is The Barlow, a hip and upscale outdoor mall featuring a variety of epicurean hot spots, shops, tasting rooms, and galleries. Once an apple-processing facility, the 18 industrial...
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580 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Calistoga Ranch sits in a private canyon of the ridge that makes up the eastern side of the Napa Valley. From this secluded spot, the entire valley floor unfolds. On windy nights, you might spot hawks surfing thermal winds just outside your...
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1712 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
The best time to hit the mineral-fed pools at Indian Springs is just before closing, right around 9:30 p.m. Grab a float noodle, place it behind your neck, float on your back in the 102-degree water, and look up at the stars. No matter how cold...
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875 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Wine, as they say, belongs at the table. Yet most tasting rooms offer only the wine. For a richer experience, seek out wineries that offer food pairings or, better yet, an entire meal. At Robert Sinskey winery, cookbook author and Chef Maria Helm...
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4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Yes, the Hess Collection in Napa makes wine and sells it under the same name. But really, the brand is about something equally wonderful in entirely different ways: modern art. Owner and entrepreneur Donald Hess began collecting art in the 1960s,...
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500 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
The Culinary Institute of America opened in the former Copia building in 2017, and, in doing so, resuscitated a vision of a foodie attraction in downtown Napa that celebrates the valley’s long and colorful epicurean history. The...
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17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446, USA
Grays and greens abound in this public conservation tract in the tiny town of Guerneville along the Russian River. The area predates logging in the northern part of the state, so the preserve is home to some of the oldest and tallest trees in...
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25 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Healdsburg SHED dubs itself a “modern grange,” and the name is both original and apt. In the olden days, the grange was where a farming community gathered to share experiences and meals. Today, in downtown Healdsburg, SHED serves a...
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2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, USA
Peanuts characters are alive and well at this Santa Rosa institution, which celebrates the life and legacy of Snoopy creator Charles M. Schulz. The museum was founded in 2002 by Jean Schulz, the cartoonist’s widow, and today it houses the...
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1450 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
With dark walls, natural wood accents, and red curtains in front of the elevators, the trend-setting Andaz hotel feels like more of a scene than any other property in downtown Napa. In the center of downtown Napa, the hotel is mere steps from...
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28700 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Pairings are everything at Ram’s Gate, one of the first wineries on the drive to wine country from San Francisco. First is the combination of sights: the wonders of architect Howard Backen’s open-concept tasting room in a refurbished...
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2100 Denmark St, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
This small-production and boutique winery near downtown Sonoma has achieved cult status in recent years for the exclusivity of the experiences that owners (and brothers) Andrew and Adam Mariani have put together. Standard tastings run about 90...
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10701 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
The perspective from Gary Farrell Winery, on the outskirts of Healdsburg, is distinctive. Perched high on a ridge above Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, you get a sense of the fog that makes this growing region so perfect—the...
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1460 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
This winery’s downtown Napa location is more of a nightclub than a tasting salon, complete with leather couches, a huge vinyl collection, a recording studio in the back, and a small stage for live music near the front window. In short,...
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1339 Pearl St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
When Japanese video game magnate Kenzo Tsujimoto founded Kenzo Estate winery on Mount George, high above the Napa Valley, he dreamed of eventually opening a restaurant that would serve authentic kaiseki, or multi-course, prix fixe dinners. That...
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1050 Charter Oak Ave, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Simplicity reigns at The Charter Oak, the gamechanging restaurant owned by Christopher Kostow (who also helms the kitchen at The Restaurant at Meadowood). The family-style menu by chef Katianna Hong features “elemental” cooking, with...
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Think of the Oxbow like a high-end shopping mall for food and wine. On the east side of the Napa River, the market brings together a number of epicurean purveyors under one roof (well, technically, it’s three different roofs). The result:...
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11 Central Ave, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Tamales, tamales, and more tamales. This is the story at El Molino Central, arguably Sonoma County’s most authentic Mexican restaurant. Sure, the tiny eatery on Highway 12 in Boyes Hot Springs has a full menu that features a variety of...
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738 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Just about every aspect of the farm experience comes to life at Long Meadow Ranch’s public-facing facility in St. Helena. The relaxed destination includes an outdoor café, a restaurant named Farmstead, and a general store with wine-...
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11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Rodney Strong, a former professional dancer, opened this pioneering winery in 1959. Today, in addition to a traditional tasting room, the winery has added more sophisticated options on the Terrace, an outdoor lounge that looks out on vineyards....
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900 Meadowood Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
The renowned Meadowood Resort mixes the grandeur of a chalet with the amenities of a five-star resort—located in a private canyon within minutes of downtown St. Helena. The shaded, secluded property revolves around 99 rooms, most of which...
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900 Meadowood Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Don’t let the understated name of the restaurant at Meadowood Napa Valley fool you—the place is a temple to fine dining that repeatedly earns three stars from Michelin and is considered one of the best in the world. Executive Chef...
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4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
This refined 28-acre resort set in the rolling hills between downtown Sonoma and downtown Napa makes guests feel relaxed the moment they check in. The vistas are unobstructed from the resort’s pool areas, and many of the property’s 94...
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330 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
A trendsetting Italian restaurant just off the plaza in downtown Healdsburg, Campo Fina is where locals go for a night out. The eatery sponsors an annual bocce tournament on a regulation court in the back, hosts after-hours dance parties on summer...
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6752 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
The country-style NOMAD Heritage Library at Stewart Cellars’ downtown Yountville tasting room has the look and feel of a worldly traveler’s living room: It’s full of books. Rumor has it the titles are tomes that owner Michael...
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7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436, USA
A labor of love from local brother-and-sister owners Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, this six-acre, farmhouse-style resort in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley underwent an $8 million renovation in 2015, adding nine light-filled...
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915 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville, CA 94562, USA
It’s hard to ponder the growth of Napa Valley without thinking of Silver Oak. The cult-favorite Oakville winery has been producing some of the region’s best cabernet sauvignon since the 1970s, and after more than 40 years, the majority...
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1601 Silverado Trail S, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
In 1989, Chilean winemakers Augustin and Valeria Huneeus happened upon a 280-acre parcel of land in the heart of Rutherford that had never been planted with vines. The couple jumped and bought it. The result is Quintessa, one of the most...
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4605 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Visitors to this modern Russian River Valley winery receive a personal greeting and a glass of sparkling wine as they walk up—an appropriate welcome for a relaxed-yet-sophisticated few hours. Most tastings take place in the comfortable and...
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7227 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Entering the reservations-only Williams Selyem winery may feel like a walking into a wine barrel—and that’s by design. The architects incorporated wood from old redwood wine tanks for a more authentic feel. Wine lovers call the...
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1915 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Las Alcobas Napa Valley, a member of the Luxury Collection and the only U.S. outpost of the iconic Mexico City brand, blends old and new in exciting and totally indulgent ways. The center of the 68-room property is a Victorian-style mansion that...
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755 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, Solage is one of Calistoga’s top lodging options; the trio of overnight accommodations, spa, and Michelin-starred restaurant practically force guests to unwind and relax. The experience starts in the...
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14120 Old Cazadero Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446, USA
If “glamping” is glamorous camping, then Autocamp is glamping to the hilt. The resort, tucked into an old-growth redwood grove outside of Guerneville, consists of 23 luxury Airstreams and 10 luxury tents. Accommodations are outfitted...
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219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Sustainability is the name of the game at h2hotel in downtown Healdsburg. The building is certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council and has a living roof of grass and succulents that filters rainwater to reduce the impact on...