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Christmas week in Sonoma, need restaurant and winery recs!

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Christmas week in Sonoma, need restaurant and winery recs!

Im4Wine | Nov 26, 2013 08:52 AM

Husband and I have done plenty of trips to Napa, but never Sonoma. We are staying at the Fairmont in Sonoma and will have dinner one night at Sante. Other than that we have no idea where to go for wine or food. We will be golfing Thursday morning, so we will have Tuesday (Christmas Eve), Wednesday (Christmas Day), Thursday afternoon and Friday wide open for exploring wineries.

Might be good to schedule a hike for Christmas day as I'm sure not a lot will be open.

We enjoy most wines, anything from crisp whites to Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabs and Zinfandel (Cabs are a favorite). We would prefer not to venture into Napa this visit. That being said, we will have a car and can travel throughout Sonoma County for great recommendations.

I’ve done a bit of research on the boards and these wineries seem to keep popping up:

Sonoma:
Scribe
Bartholomew Park (hiking trail?)
Gundlach Bundschu

Kenwood (20 min):
Chateau St. Jean

Santa Rosa (40 min):
St. Francis

Healdsburg (I realize this is about an hour from where we are staying):
Unti
Ridge
Papapietro
Passalacqua

Food-wise we love French, Italian, Mexican, Tapas; do not like sushi. Not too worried about breakfast as we will probably eat at the hotel before we hit the road each day. Lunches will be on the go in between wine tastings. We have a reservation at Sante for Thursday and will do the Chef’s Tasting Menu. Other than Sante, we will probably try to eat on the lighter side, i.e. not a large tasting menu and are fine with more casual restaurants.

Have heard good things about:

Willi’s Wine Bar (Santa Rosa)
El Molino Central
The Girl and the Fig
La Salette
Café La Haye

Please tell me if there are any "musts" or "skips" on the list and feel free to add other suggestions.

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