New Eats, New Sips
Seven restaurants, lounges, and tasting rooms to try in Wine Country.
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Atlas Social, Napa
Welcome this global small-plates bistro to the downtown scene. Chef Nick Ritchie presents a culinary trip around the world, with delicious bites including farro porridge topped with farm eggs and wild mushrooms, a raw bar, and larger plates such as whole roasted fish. 1124 First St., (707) 258-2583, atlassocialnapa.com.
Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka, Sonoma
Imagine crisp, smooth, and crystal-clean 80-proof spirits, plain or naturally infused with ginger, mandarin, cucumber, boysenberry, or espresso. This family-owned company has been crafting exquisite small-batch vodka from organic grapes since 2012. A new distillery opens this spring in the Carneros Brewing Company facility for tastings from the hand-stamped and signed bottles. 22985 Burndale Rd., (707) 938-1880, hansonofsonoma.com.
MacPhail Family Wines, Sebastopol
The towering sculpture made of stacked Radio Flyer wagons will catch your eye; the magnificent The Flyer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir will capture your heart. Überwinemaker James MacPhail’s personal touch is everywhere at this artsy, industrial lounge in The Barlow culinary and arts center, from oversize photos of his Bernese mountain dog to the knowledgeable yet playful staff. 6761 McKinley St., (707) 824-8400, macphailwine.com.
Chef David Bush rose to acclaim at St. Francis Winery and Vineyards in Santa Rosa, and now he’s making a statement with his sleek, wood-trimmed tavern. Ingredients are exciting, and recipes are sophisticated, bringing delights including beef tartar, pork riblets, and short ribs to his frequently changing menu. 9 E. Napa St., (707) 931-6926, ososonoma.com.
Tank Garage Winery, Calistoga
What’s not to adore about a 1930s gas station morphed into a hip tasting room, with a vintage Indian Chief motorcycle on display next to antique harmonicas and a 25-cent charm machine? Wines are collectables, tiny production one-offs that never repeat vintage to vintage. 1020 Foothill Blvd., (707) 942-8265, tankgaragewinery.com.
The Adobe, Sonoma
The tasting room is as special as owner Bill Price III’s Three Sticks wines. Set in a historic, renovated adobe home built in 1842, the appointment-only experience is warm and welcoming. The space showcases the casa’s roots with dramatic Mexican murals and artifacts, including an 1860s horse stirrup, spirit bottles, and tools. 143 W. Spain St., (707) 996-3328, threestickswines.com.
Hamel Family Wines, Sonoma
The estate house is a masterpiece of cantilever roofs supported by soaring glass wings, a rammed-earth wall, and a gleaming stone
interior. The Reserve Experience includes a tasting in the library, small bites, and a tour of the winery plus 12,000 square feet of caves and vineyards. 15401 Sonoma Hwy., (707) 996-5800, hamelfamilywines.com.