Many people were kind enough to write and suggest both wineries and restaurants in the area. We only had a very short visit. Here's what we did.
Got off the plane at SFO and the four of us headed south, arriving late afternoon. We headed straight for Justin, a lovely location. We were met by the resident pooches who ushered us into the reception area and we were then directed to the tasting room. Cost was $5.00. I am certainly not an expert, especially in the many blends they seem to have, both at Justin and other local wineries. Also, some of the top wines were sold out. There was no Isosceles or Justification. I bought a half bottle of the 2004 Obtuse which I thought was excellent.
Next we went to Tablas Creek. Small tasting room. Apparently it is under construction. $5.00 fee. I liked and bought the Esprit de Beaucastel White.
We stayed at Summerwood. A lovely inn with very accommodating innkeepers. Wine and hors d'oeuvres out when we arrived and desserts later on.
Dinner was at Bistro Laurent. Really nice room. Service was excellent. I was the DD so only sipped the wines. Had the smoked salmon tarte, which was good, but not special. Had the duck which I ordered medium because I like my food cooked. Maybe it was my fault for so doing, but usually when I order duck medium it comes slightly undercooked - this one was overcooked and tough. Disappointing. Friends had different dishes and generally seemed to enjoy everything they ate, so I think it was just my main that was disappointing. Rice pudding for dessert in a way I have never seen before. Came with a slightly carmelized top. Really nice and the best part of the meal for me.
Those of you who live in the area are lucky to have such a large number of wineries and such good restaurants to enjoy. Town looks pretty nice too. And no snow, which is what I went home to.
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