We are planning a somewhat last minute trip up north (we live in L.A.) and are hoping for some restaurant and wine guidance.
The Sat. after next we are going to drive up to S.F. and stay in the city that night. We are thinking Incanto (having done Delfina--loved it!!--and A16--liked it--on previous visits this past year). Then Sunday we are going to drive up to the wine country. We are staying at the Gaige House Inn in Glen Ellen. We normally go to Healdsburg, but were just there with my parents (disappointed by Cyrus--report to follow soon) so chose Sonoma to experience something new. We have been to Napa before, though admittedly not since 2003 or so. I am fairly clueless having never been to the Sonoma area (meaning town, not county).
I did a lot of reading on this board in the last couple of days, and we think we will do one dinner in Napa, one in the town of Sonoma, and one in Santa Rosa. Here are my dinner-related questions:
1) For our 1st dinner (on Sunday), we were tempted to hit Mirepox in Windsor, where we have had great meals on every Healdsburg visit, but given our location, thought we should not go north of Santa Rosa. Zazu's menu looked appealing - is it worth the drive? (or should we hit one of the Sonoma restaurants listed below in #3? We also considered Syrah)
2) We want to have one dinner over in Napa (probably on Monday) given all the places that have opened since our last visit. Trying to decide between Ad Hoc and Redd. Ad Hoc seems like a great concept, though it's a crap shoot in terms of what is served I guess. Redd sounds great to me, but my husband is leaning toward Ad Hoc. Any thoughts on this?
3) For the dinner close to where we are staying (on Tues.), we thought La Salette in Sonoma based on how interesting the menu is and favorable posts on here. If anyone strongly disagrees, let me know (we also looked at Cafe La Haye, Girl and the Fig and the General's Daughter).
Finally, I have never visited any wineries in lower Sonoma--not sure of the terminology, just trying to distinguish area around Sonoma the town from the county. Any recommendations? I definitely prefer smaller producers that are not on the tour bus route. And ones where they do not look annoyed to have another person walk in the door, if you get my drift. We like all kinds of wine, though rarely drink Merlo and do not care for very oaky Chardonnays. A friend recommended Richardson, Nicholson Ranch, and Hanzell but didn't tell me anything about them.
I really appreciate any and all info. Thanks very much.