Four New Wine Country Restaurants
These restaurants are bound to delight your taste buds.
Two Birds/One Stone, St. Helena // by Michael Woolsey
Two Birds/One Stone, St. Helena
Chefs Sang Yoon (Father’s Office in L.A.) and Douglas Keane (Cyrus) partnered for this Japanese-inspired California eatery at the renovated Freemark Abbey.
Small bite: California-inspired yakitori, such as the Thai basil chicken thigh; head-on prawns spritzed with charred lime and sprinkled with sudachi salt; and spicy tamarind duck breast with pickled cherries and turnips.
Big bite: Pork tenderloin with spiced Vietnamese caramel, kimchee, and charred leeks.
Signature: Tender wagyu short rib cooked in Korean barbecue sauce with scallions.
Star sip: Enenra Elixir, a quaff of eight-year-old Isle of Skye scotch with lemon, galangal, and Lapsang Souchong black tea.
3020 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, (707) 302-3777, twobirdsonestonenapa.com. Lunch Fri.–Sun., dinner Thurs.–Sun.
Restaurateur Crista Luedtke brought in acclaimed chef Ben Spiegel to help head up this dazzling, California-contemporary reinvention of the restaurant at Applewood Inn.
Small bite: Salted fish croquette with house-pickled vegetables and silky gribiche sauce.
Big bite: Five Dot Ranch flatiron steak accompanied by sprouted grains and a creamy, bagna cauda–like sauce.
Signature: Dessert of cultured cream panna cotta featuring Gravenstein apples from the resort’s orchard and Anita’s green walnuts.
Star sip: Vermouth with flavors of chile, watermelon, rose petals, and star anise.
13555 Hwy. 116, Guerneville, (707) 869-9093, eatatrevival.com. Dinner Thurs.–Mon.
The County Bench, Santa Rosa
Michelin-starred chefs Bruce Frieseke (Applewood Inn, Bella Vineyards) and Ben Davies (Petite Syrah, Spoonbar, Mirepoix) serve up seasonal California cuisine with big, bold flavors.
Small bite: Deviled brussels sprouts spread with house-made horseradish cream and topped with deviled egg yolks.
Big bite: Farm bowl layered with jasmine rice, trumpet mushrooms, farm egg, greens, cabbage, and beets.
Signature: Three-finger-thick rib eye with rosemary-anchovy gremolata and seasonal accoutrements; the sizable steak is meant for sharing.
Star sip: Any of the wines on the extensive wine list, which showcases vintages from Sonoma County and the surrounding areas.
535 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, (707) 535-0700, thecountybench.com. Lunch Tues.–Fri., dinner nightly, brunch Sun.
Gather Café by Stewart Cellars, yountville
With an interior space designed by Ken Fulk and a kitchen helmed by Sarah Heller, this gorgeous indoor-outdoor café and winery spans three buildings that frame a heritage oak tree.
Small bite: Bright, light Thai salad with arugula, carrot, crunchy cabbage, cucumber, chilled noodles, basil, and radish in spicy peanut-ginger dressing.
Big bite: Curry quinoa tossed with cauliflower, sweet golden raisins, crisp chickpeas, kale, and almonds.
Signature: Harvest salad of fresh mixed greens, roasted sweet potato, zucchini, crunchy walnuts, and tangy goat cheese.
Star sip: The house-made juice blend of the day, such as the spicy-tart carrot, orange, grapefruit, ginger, and turmeric elixir.
6752 Washington St., Yountville, (707) 963-9160, stewartcellars.com. Breakfast and lunch daily.