The Japanese landscapes of Hakone were used for some of the scenes in [I "Memoirs of a Geisha"].
Rob D. Brodman
Cinnabar Winery Tasting Room Try the Cabernet Franc. INFO: Tasting fee from $5; 14612 Big Basin; 408/867-1010.
Uncorked The tagline of this shop is "Fine Wines Without the Attitude," and they nailed it. INFO: Tasting fee from $10; 14500 Big Basin; 408/741-9000.
The Plumed Horse The best splurge restaurant in town. Go for broke with the likes of foie gras and chestnut ravioli with a truffle-poached egg, plated tableside. Or save some cash and just split a great bottle of wine in the lounge. INFO: $$$$; closed Sun; 14555 Big Basin; 408/867-4711.
Sent Sovi Ingredients shine ― lobster on a colorful tangle of root vegetables, for instance ― in what feels like the village's private dining room. The most interesting wines-by-the-glass list in town. INFO: $$$$; closed Mon; 14583 Big Basin; 408/867-3110.
Saratoga is a great jumping-off point for meandering through one of the most beautiful wine regions in the state, the Santa
Cruz Mountains. Our favorites: Ridge Vineyards, David Bruce Winery, and Burrell School Vineyards & Winery. Visit scmwa.com for a complete directory of wineries.