Magazine article Sunset

Wine-Country Love

Magazine article Sunset

Wine-Country Love

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The Northern California counties of Napa and Sonoma are emerging from last fall's wildfires with gusto. In full support, we at Sunset have sipped and savored to give you the best so you can roam to your heart's content.

SONOMA COUNTY

1. STAY In the heart of Santa Rosa, The Sandman (from $179; sandmansantarosa.com) is a reinvented motor lodge with singular style (not to mention a cool roll-up garage door to a heated pool).

2. INDULGE At Cornerstone Sonoma, Jack London Taproom (jacklondontaproom.com) is headed for a late-spring opening with a beer garden and interiors that are an homage to the legendary author. Then at Nomad Chic (nomadchic.mx), ever-irresistible global wares include striped pompom pillows and a Moroccan leather tassel that provides a finishing touch to any room.

3. DISCOVER Alice Warnecke Sutro of Sutro (sutrowine.com)--a 2017 Sunset Wine Awards Gold Medal winner--suggests a walk on the grounds before tasting the spoils from her family's historic Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard in Alexander Valley. After she leads you on a 30-minute nature hike to a Russian River overlook and Chalk Hill, you'll caravan to your choice of Jimtown Store or Shed in Healdsburg to taste Sutro Cabs and a Merlot with charcuterie.

4. TOAST The sleek new Sigh (sighsonoma.com) sparkling-wine bar seduces with low decibels. Here, they deftly pull corks with the softness of a woman's hush from a list of French and California sparklers (plus some beer and still wine). While there's limited food on offer, no objection will be made if you bring your own supply of the all-time best pairing for bubbles: potato chips. …

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