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Of all California’s wine regions, Sonoma may be the easiest to fall in love with. Visit this laid-back land of vineyard-rich valleys, from Sonoma to Dry Creek to Alexander, with the Russian River thrown in

Taste Sonoma, California

Our guide to the best of the best for every occasion in a town where (local) food matters

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BEST PICNIC FIXINGS

The Fig Pantry

The scene Crowded deli counter behind a coffee bar and shop that's equally crowded with wine, kitchen gear, and fig products.

The food Takeout echoes the Girl & the Fig: flavorful Mediterranean sandwiches (grilled steak, arugula, and artichokes with black-olive aioli) and salads (Provençal potato).

Did you know? The Sonoma Plaza is one of the few places in the West grandfathered past public alcohol-consumption laws. That means you can sip your own wine sans paper bags under the square's grand trees, making the Fig Pantry particularly useful. INFO: $$; 1190 E. Napa St.; 707/933-3000.

BEST FOR A COZY DATE NIGHT

Harvest Moon Cafe

The scene Sweet little stucco-walled dining room right on the square, with patio seating behind.

The food Two Chez Panisse alums get back to basics in a short, fresh Mediterranean menu. Remind yourself how good perfectly cooked beans can be, especially topped with stellar homemade pork sausage. INFO: $$$; 487 First St. W.; 707/933-8160.

BEST FOR A BIG NIGHT OUT

The General's Daughter

The scene Classy black tablecloths and fine-tuned service in the unfussy Victorian once owned by (surprise) General Mariano Vallejo's daughter Natalia.

The food Well-heeled comfort imported from the South ― think gumbo and grits, exquisite seafood, and simple meat dishes. Plus produce from the Benziger family's biodynamic vineyard, and a California wine list as deep as you'll find anywhere. INFO: $$$$; closed Mon; 400 W. Spain St.; 707/938-4004.

 

 

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