Ok, so I posted below and got mimimal response (though thanks for the one recommendation, I do appreciate it) I thought I'd try again with a little more general topic. I know you guys get bombarded by posts saying "i'm coming to wine country, where should i go" so I'll try to keep that to a minimum...I have done some research and have narrowed it down quite a bit, but am still looking for last minute advice/recommendations from local hounds.
1) Any can't miss spots in or near Glen Ellen? This is where we are staying in Sonoma. I've got a res at the Girl & The Fig Fri night, was also thinking Cafe La Haye; maybe Tre Vigne ?(though I think that's in Napa?); I'm looking for fairly casual, bisto style food. French/Italian/california influenced with great local wines. Reasonably priced. We'll be exploring Sonoma/Napa during the days and probably won't be up for a real formal dining experience at night, but one night we could be up for a special occasion place. But most importantly, are there any places we just shouldn't miss? We've got 3 nights.
2) I've also done some vineyard research but I'll admit, it can get sort of overwhelming. I've been to Napa before so I've done the tasting thing before, but my partner hasn't. Though it would be great to taste some stellar wines, honestly I'm more interested in the tasting experience; meeting some really passionate vintners (or just people who work there); seeing some spectacular views/ landscapes; perhaps picnicking on grounds somewhere with a bottle and some sandwiches. Although that being said, I LOVE Pinot Noir, would love to some great little-out-of-the way pinot wineries. Perhaps a day in Caneros? Again, our landing point is Glenellen but we'll have a car (obviously) and I'm up for traveling.
Any last-minute advice you can offer will be very helpful..thanks in advance...