Since we’re right in the heart of the Wine Country you know that it is almost impossible to select only 5 great places to wine and dine. But here are 5 of my favorite places with some of the best dining in Sonoma County.
Lynmar Estate – Bar Bite with Tastings
This is one of my favorite places to taste. Well known for its expansive “veggiscaped” gardens, the best time to visit is in the Summer and Fall when everything is in full bloom. The wines are very well layered pinots and hearty chardonnays. They offer small bar bites in their beautiful tasting room or outside on their patio, which overlooks the rolling vineyards and gardens. If you want to enhance your experience, call ahead to have them prepare a lunch from the garden and paired with their finest wines. It is a very memorable experience which you may soon consider to be some of best dining in Sonoma County.
JCB Lounge – Cult Classic Wines and James Bond Movies
It’s all about the bubbles and wigs at the JCB Lounge in Santa Rosa. These cult classic wines and champs are sure to please the palette but the tasting room is equally pleasing. A beautiful chandelier greets you welcomes you to a very intimate tasting experience. Each chair offers a leopard throw and views of the twin TVs playing loops of James Bond movies. Step up the fun and get wild with their wig collection. Makes for some memorable pictures!
VJB Cellars – Some of the Best Dining in Sonoma County
Bring your appetite for this one! Located in Kenwood, this family owned Italian villa is a great place to have lunch and taste some rare Italian varietals. Deli style lunch can be taken to go or enjoyed at the villa’s outdoor piazza where they make their own mouthwatering ribs and homemade pizzas. They have a tasty showcase of hearty wines and a worthy Prosecco. Dante is their flagship wine, a blend of Cab and Sangiovese.
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Ram’s Gate – Highly Recommended
I fell in love with this winery as soon as we drove up. The architect is a well known local who specializes in farmhouse revivals. The place does not disappoint. Here you are greeted by a concierge who escorts you to your table. The wines, oh the wines are superb. You have a choice of tasting experiences. If you really want to treat yourself, indulge in the food pairing option. A knowledgeable enthusiast guides your tastings and a tour of the facilities is a must. Really a must do!
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