In the Sonoma Valley, you can taste world-class wines in laid-back Western style
Vineyards don’t come much more Northern California than St. Francis, where European touches like the Spanish Mission-style tasting room and a half-ton bell cast in Italy meet cutting-edge sustainability efforts and a 2-acre garden plot that feeds the vineyard food-pairing program. You can go as casual or as fancy as you want here: Drop in for a tasting any time; no reservations required. You can arrange a private event for a group, or splurge on a seated meal where the house chef pairs small plates with the vineyard’s bounty. www.stfranciswinery.com; 100 Pythian Road at Hwy. 12, Santa Rosa; 888/675-9463.