Passionate believers are always seeing promise in their environments, and Sonoma is a place of infinite inspiration. Gary Farrell began exploring great vineyards around the Russian River Valley in the early 1980’s and was sourcing his first wines from now famed vineyards like Rochioli and Allen. The local setting features specific conditions which yield remarkable purity, bright aromas, intense flavors and exemplary balance, and not just in our wines! The food being produced in Sonoma County is considered amongst some of the finest in the world. The local bounty of great weather and soils suits as many diverse foods as it does wines. Even the Michelin Guide agrees, the local food scene serves the finest seasonal and regional foods and is worthy of visit. They have designated three restaurants deserving of a one-star rating in Sonoma, and we are grateful to have them in our backyard.
131 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Healdsburg may be a premier destination today, but for decades, it was a sleepy farm town. The recently Two Michelin-starred restaurant SingleThread is proof the area continues to embrace the farm to table culture. Lead by Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife Katina, the SingleThread team farms its own produce, chicken, cattle, honey, and olive oil just outside town to create eleven-course tasting menus customized to their guests’ dining preferences. The stunning dining room and guest accommodations itself stands at the corner of Main and Center Streets in downtown Healdsburg, near the historic town square and other local landmarks—the gazebo that hosts live music all summer, storefronts whose architecture has been preserved for over a century, and of course, the famous Russian River. Reservations are a must, as menus are confirmed based on guests’ direction to the kitchen team. For those who want a truly unique experience, you can stay in SingleThread’s guest accommodations and enjoy breakfast from the two-starred kitchen as well!
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
7871 River Road, Forestville, CA 95436
The formula composed of fifth generation Sonoma farmers, a Michelin Star and a world class team of sommeliers come together in an elegant and orchestrated dining occasion at The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant. During our last visit, we tried the delightful seared scallop which featured local corn and chanterelles with a miso dusting and house cured guanciale. Our palates kept thinking of pairing the dish with our 2014 Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay. The wine’s seductive citrus aroma called for the scallops, and the luxurious caramel and savory honey notes from the French oak sought out the flavors of the miso and guanciale. The sommelier team on staff has a fantastic wine list that perfectly enhances the fresh yet timeless foods as well. The romantic setting in a turn of the century farmhouse accented by meandering paths beautiful gardens is a classic Sonoma setting, and an epic meal worthy of many visits.
1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg, California 95448
Madrona Manor’s mansion has stood since 1881 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. A beautiful renovation in the early 1980’s turned it into the charming and beautiful incarnation we visit today. Michelin Starred Chef Jesse Mallgren fully utilizes the estate farm, and remains laser focused on local, seasonal produce and ingredients. Chef Mallgren masterfully prepares and offers two 9-course tasting menus featuring different approaches. The ‘Walk Thru The Garden’ tasting menu features estate grown dishes straight from the garden while the ‘Grande Dame’ menu is a bit more decadent. The foie gras with brioche, pistachio and a burned cinnamon gastrique already reads like a tasting sheet for our 2014 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir. Imagining the cinnamon and black tea notes in the wine and pairing the two together is enough to make us call for reservations right now.
Terrapin Creek Cafe
1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Out on the Sonoma Coast, The Terrapin Creek Cafe is at the crossroads of delicious, rustic, elegant, and casual. Their expanded idea on comfort food make it easy to just drop in and have a Michelin Star dinner any time. Since 2008, Terrapin Creek Cafe has featured regional and seasonal delights of the surrounding Sonoma Valley area. The food reflects the ambient countryside and shines with local wines. The lamb shank with creamy polenta, cremini mushrooms and roasted carrots is a snapshot of Sonoma, just as our 2014 Maffei Vineyard Zinfandel provides a glimpse into the history of local winemaking. These Zinfandel vines are 80+ years old, and the full, rich and leathery palate would shape around the savory braised lamb while the complex array of berry fruit aromas ignite all the senses.
Sonoma is a big place and it plays a big role in the world of food and wine. Multiple Michelin starred restaurants are sprinkled throughout world famous vineyards and wine regions. Our winemaking efforts are all about conveying a place, the story behind that place, and local chefs are doing the same thing in kitchens near us. These highly acclaimed Michelin Star restaurants make enjoying Sonoma wines that much more enjoyable to visit.
Here at Gary Farrell Vineyard & Winery we’re happy to help you plan your visit to our Wine Country. Whether it’s where to stay, what to do, where to eat, or what other wineries to visit we’re here to help. Learn more about our winery experiences here and get more information on visiting the Russian River Valley here.
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