Sunday, August 02, 2015

Rick's Tips Issue No. 49, August 2015 - A Perfect Day in Wine Country

The current issue of "Rick's Tips," Blue Heron's free newsletter of fun and interesting things to do in the Bay Area, has an article on northern Sonoma County wine country entitled "A Perfect Day in Wine Country."  Check is out by clicking here.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Best Sonoma County Restaurants - 2015

The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2015 was recently published. Zagat, which in years past has published a guide book that included wine country restaurants, only included restaurants in San Francisco in this year's Top 50 list.  While we're a little late this year, here's Blue Heron's annual summary of the critics' choices for the best restaurants in Sonoma County. 

No Sonoma County Restaurants received two or three stars from Michelin.  The Sonoma County recipients of one Michelin star are Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Forestville, Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, and Terrapin Creek in Bodega Bay. 

"The San Francisco Chronicle's" top rating is four stars. No Sonoma County restaurant received 3.5 or 4 stars.  Sixteen restaurants are the recipients of three stars.  In Sonoma city only Cafe La Haye received three stars.  In Healdsburg, the recipients are Barndiva, Chalkboard, Madrona Manor, New Campo Fina, Ravenous Cafe and Lounge, Scopa, and Spoonbar.  

Lunchtime on my tours in Sonoma County usually finds my guests in either Healdsburg or the town of Sonoma. My favorite lunch spot in Healdsburg is Willi's Seafood, which features small plates of the freshest seafood. In Sonoma city, I recommend The Girl and the Fig for French influenced California food, El Dorado Kitchen for American cuisine, La Salette for Portuguese food, and Della Santina's for Italian food. If you would like to take a private tour in Sonoma County that includes a meal at one of these great restaurants, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.

Best Napa Valley Restaurants - 2015

The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2015 was recently published. Zagat, which in years past has published a guide book that included wine country restaurants, only included restaurants in San Francisco in this year's Top 50 list.  While we're a little late this year, here's Blue Heron's annual summary of the critics' choices for the best restaurants in the Napa Valley.

The French Laundry in Yountville and The Restaurant at Meadowood near St. Helena once again received three stars from Michelin.  Thirty Bay Area restaurants received one star from Michelin. The Napa recipients are Bouchon in Yountville; La Toque in Napa city, Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, Terra in St. Helena, and Solbar in the Solage resort in Calistoga.

"The San Francisco Chronicle's" top rating is four stars, which were awarded to two Napa Valley restaurants:  French Laundry (Yountville) and The Restaurant at Meadowood (near St. Helena). The following Napa Valley restaurants received 3.5 stars: Bar Terra (St. Helena), Bistro Don Giovanni (Napa city), Redd (Yountville), and Terra (St. Helena). Thirteen restaurants are the recipients of three stars.

My favorite lunch spot in the Napa Valley remains Auberge du Soleil. The combination of food, service, and view can't be beat. I've taken many happy guests to this restaurant. If you would like to take a private tour of the Napa Valley that includes a meal at one of these great restaurants, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.