Plan a trip to Sonoma wine country

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

Dry Creek Valley restaurants

Your best dining bets are in nearby Healdsburg. Or stop at the Dry Creek General Store and get wines and sandwiches for a winery picnic

Healdsburg's Flying Goat Coffee

On any given morning count on finding locals fueling up at "the Goat" just off the main square.

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    Dry Creek Valley wineries

    Standouts include sleek (and green) zin-master Ridge, Lambert Ridge with its beautiful gardens, and Preston with its fine wines and organic produce

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1 | Barndiva
Hollywood glam meets Mr. McGregor's farmhouse. Sip pretty cocktails outside under Moroccan chandeliers. The menu requires some concentration--it's divided into Light, Spicy, and Comfort categories, forcing you to choose what mood you're in that day--but the food is good and the setting is lovely, especially the back patio.
 231 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707/431-0100; barndiva.com

2 | Bistro Ralph
One of the first places on the square to set the bar for excellent seasonal cuisine.
 109 Plaza Street, Healdsburg; 707/433-1380

3 | Bovolo
Terrific pizza and salads, located behind Scharffen Berger chocolate and other gourmet food and wine stalls in the Plaza Farms complex.
 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg; 707/431-2962

4 | Cyrus
Exquisite cooking that's giving Napa Valley's French Laundry a run for its money.
 29 North Street, Healdsburg; 707/433-3311; cyrusrestaurant.com

5 | Downtown Bakery & Creamery
Longtime favorite for morning (or anytime) pastries. Head baker and owner Kathleen Stewart is a Chez Panisse disciple.
 308 A Center Street, Healdsburg; 707/431-2719; downtownbakery.net

6 | Dry Creek General Store
It sells fishing bait, a great selection of local wines, and sandwiches, from meat loaf to prosciutto di Parma with fresh mozzarella.
 3495 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg; 707/433-4171; dcgstore.com

7 | Dry Creek Kitchen
New York celebrity-chef Charlie Palmer opened this place, then moved to town. Local ingredients and wines are in good hands in this serene, classy dining room.
 317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707/431-0330; charliepalmer.com/dry_creek

8 | Flying Goat Coffee
Just "the Goat" to locals, it serves excellent coffee and pastries.
 324 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707/433-3599; flyinggoatcoffee.com

9 | Jimtown Store
In the Alexander Valley just east of Healdsburg, Carrie Brown's Americana-filled general store is the place to stop for sublime sandwiches, salads, and what is without a doubt the world's best chocolate pudding.
 6706 State Highway 128, Healdsburg; 707/433-1212; jimtown.com

10 | Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar
An extension of the excellent Willi's Wine Bar near Santa Rosa (4404 Old Redwood Highway; 707/526-3096), this lively hangout serves Latin-leaning small plates.
 403 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707/433-9191; willisseafood.net

11 | Bovolo
Excellent pizza and salads, amid the gourmet food and wine stalls.
 106 Matheson St., Healdsburg; 707/431-2962.

12 | Les Mars Hôtel
Feels more like Louis XIV's Loire Valley than today's Sonoma County.
 27 North St., Healdsburg; 707/433-4211; lesmarshotel.com

13 | Scopa
You’ll find sublime housemade pasta here.
 109A Plaza St.; 707/433-5282

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