Sip with style in Saratoga

Horse culture meets fine wining and dining 50 miles south of San Francisco

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  • The Japanese landscapes of Hakone were used for some of the scenes in [I "Memoirs of a Geisha"].

    The Japanese landscapes of Hakone

    Rob D. Brodman

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SIP

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.

EAT

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.

NEARBY

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.

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