appreciation and in depth
knowledge of the local terroir, we strive to make wines that are a true
representation of the best Sonoma has to offer. Here in the nearby Guerneville and
Forestville areas, there is an abundance of natural beauty and delicious
produce, from wine grapes to seasonal crops that keep us and our neighbor restaurants
stocked up with seasonal goodies throughout the year. And as we have been
perfecting our winemaking craft for over 30 years at Gary Farrell, the
restaurants that surround us have also bloomed into destinations that should be
on your itinerary next time you come by for a wine tasting at Gary Farrell Winery.
stopped at Boon last week, and were blown away by the dedication
local meats and cheeses, organic and seasonal ingredients. The all Russian
River wine list in particular caught our eye. This hotel and restaurant keeps
to the growers and producers that are nearby, and does little to manipulate the
local fruits, veggies and meats, allowing for the true expression these special
gardens. We started with a summer panzanella with corn, cherry tomatoes and arugula,
then finished up with seared halibut which featured gigante beans and a tasty
basil pistou. We will be back soon.
Hwy 116 (River Road)
be surprised to see chefs and bartenders out in the garden picking ingredients
fresh for you at Dawn Ranch’s restaurant, the Agricultural Public House. Each dish and
beverage is crafted to be healthy and comfortably elegant. Local beers and
wines are poured alongside small batch spirits also made nearby, in a setting
that is friendly and unpretentious. The Berkshire Pork chop we had was served
with a spring veggie gratin and a cherry chutney that was a home run with our
Russian River Pinot Noir.
is a small, seasonal and sustainable restaurant tucked into the small town of
Forestville. They are inspired by the fantastic harvests of the Sonoma County
and celebrate the orchards, ranches, foragers and fishermen they feature on
their menu. Their commitments to sustainability shine through in every craveable dish, especially our
favorite Sonoma snack, the all Sonoma County cheeseboard.
Village Inn and Restaurant
Rio, CA 95462
The Village Inn and Restaurant is perfectly suited to cater to visitors and locals alike.
The Inn is as pleasurable as the kitchen, and both are an experience that
shouldn’t be missed. They only serve real food, grown and harvested locally and
ethically, offering a tantalizing look at the Sonoma food scene. Also, every
Sunday is locals night! Now, it’s a well-known secret that you don’t have to be
a local to attend, but this fabulous blend of food and friends is a great way
to get to know the farmers who fill the menu at the Village Inn Restaurant. If
you haven’t tried Sonoma’s renowned Mary’s Chicken, they cook an herb fried
chicken with mashed potatoes that has us dropping in regularly.
Canetti’s Roadhouse Italiano
prides itself on utilizing the seasonal Sonoma ingredients to create a distinct
and delicious blend of
Californian and Tuscan cuisine. You will find Sonoma produce in
traditional Tuscan dishes such as Ribollita soup and Porchetta alli spiedo that
are served next to Sonoma and Tuscany’s finest wines. Chef Francesco Torre was
a dean of cooking class at Badia a Coltibuono in the heart of Chianti, and
continues is educational spirit at Canetti’s. They offer Tuscan cooking classes
that will teach you how to make Italian inspired dishes with the seasonal and
regional foods that Sonoma is famous for.
efforts at Gary Farrell are complete when nature, science,
and passion combine to become
art in the form of wine. The restaurants we recommend to our guests are the
same we frequent here as locals. The food scene in Guerneville and Forestville
have the rustic charm, as do the people work their nearby farms. After years of
getting to know the land, our wines
an outstanding representation of the Sonoma environment, and our neighbor
restaurants produce dishes steeped in the same philosophies. Next time you are
here wine tasting, ask us to recommend a place to plan your next dinner that
you won’t soon forget.
Proprietor Crista Luedtke from Boon is as full of fun as her food at the
restaurant. See her quick interview with local food TV personality Liam Mayclem
in this YouTube video.