Food & WineThe temperate climate of West Sonoma County provides ideal growing conditions for a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and vines. Local producers were early adopters of organic and sustainable farming techniques so our local produce is second to none in quality. Likewise, local dairies produce organic cheeses of extraordinary quality.
During the summer, towns like Guerneville, Sebastopol and Healdsburg host weekly Farmer's Markets where the freshest local produce is available. Depending on the market, you may find a variety of food stands serving everything from barbecue to vegan. Local musicians provide a melodic background of bluegrass, jazz and blues.
Festivals throughout the county celebrate a variety of local foods, such as the Bodega Seafood & Art Fest, the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol and the Flavors of Fall in Guerneville. Events such as A Wine & Food Affair and the Russian River Food and Winefest showcase the finest foods and wines of the region.
The climate and terroir of this region provide excellent growing conditions for a variety of grapes, most notably the pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc varietals. Our talented wine makers then transform them into world-class wines. The Russian River Valley appellation stretches from Guerneville in the NW corner, south to Highway 12 and then east of Healdsburg onto the far side of Highway 101. Neighboring appellations include Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and the Coastal Region. There are wine-related events such as barrel tastings and food pairings throughout the year suited to both seasoned wine lovers and newcomers alike.
With such an extraordinary bounty, it is not surprising that dining experiences in this region can be transcendent. Local chiefs pay meticulous attention to the selection of ingredients, cooking techniques, presentation, and wine pairings. Casual dining in this region is also surprisingly good. A roadside tamale stand or taco truck can offer mouth-watering, well-priced meals.
The knowledgeable team at the West Sonoma Inn welcomes your food and wine inquiries and will be happy to assist you in planning your wine trip, renting a limousine or making your restaurant reservation.
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