more about tours.
This is a continuation of the previous page,
which includes restaurants to visit and things to do in the area
of the Bucklin Society tour to "a place named Bucklin" in the wine growing area of California.
On the previous page we were talking about the
It's called Harmony because the Executive Chef, Darren Robey, chooses food
to complement the characteristics of wines. (The wine menu offers over one
hundred wines.) What makes Harmony more special is the intimate, wealthy
feeling you get from their walnut paneling and granite flooring and huge
Harmony Restaurant, phone
707.996.9779, 480 First Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476
Deuce in Sonoma brings to mind the adjectives: romantic, French, great service.
I say French because that is the way the place seems to me because
of the menu items and the ambiance. However, the menu tells us they
offer a "Caramelized pork chop with an Apple Brandy Sauce " instead of
the chef using Calvados and calling it "Côtelette de porc caramélisée avec de
la sauce Calvados". So eat good food, well prepared, and enjoy
speaking English. However, Duce should get together with local winemaker Will
Bucklin who worked at winemaking at Chateau Lafitte Rothschild, and feature
his Bucklin Old Vine Zinfandel . Certainly the local Bucklin Zin
is superior to the zin they now have on their wine list.
Deuce, 691 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476. (707)933-3823.
At the top of the Sonoma Valley is Healdsburg, which has a delightful old
fashioned town square, which has Bistro Ralph, which has two of the most
professional waiters we have ever encountered. It is a joy to watch them
work, and the food is outstanding bistro food. Bistro
Ralph, 109 Plaza, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
Greystone Restaurant is in the Culinary Institute of
America's cooking school for chefs who already are employed elsewhere.
While continuing their education, they cook imaginative dishes for people like
you and me. The restaurant, in a converted winery building, provides a
view of the chefs at work from every table. You can stand at a waist high
bar at various areas and converse with the chefs as they cook. Spend some time
going over to the chefs working at the dessert preparation area for
entertainment Book a seat at the afternoon cooking demonstration; spend an hour
sitting on the terrace in front of the restaurant enjoying the fine view, and
then have dinner. The food presentations are outstanding. As an
appetizer, order "Today's Temptations," an array of delicious small bites to be
shared by all at the table.
Greystone Restaurant, 2555
Main Street, St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 967-1010.
Tra Vigne is a lovely restaurant in Napa Valley. It is always packed,
as it should be. But locals head for the Pizzeria Tra Vigne which is
tucked away nearby. The Pizzeria is not like what you expect a pizza place
to be. Think of a roadhouse that serve lunch and you may understand what
you will find. A menu heavy on sandwiches but with a killer chicken salad.
Yes, they do have pizza, but they also have what in effect are sandwiches
wrapped inside what you may mistake for a soft shell taco but really is a piece
of pizza without toppings, jsut right for a sandwich without so much bread.