R2 Wine Company takes its name from its founders, Roger and Richard Roessler, two brothers who combine their years of business and restaurant-industry experience to bottle up the rare and delicious tastes of Sonoma's sunny vineyards. With the aid of expert viticulturist and winemaker Drew Huffine, the two brothers show their love for the noble grape with a wealth of original vintages, such as the complex Rhapsody rhone that epitomizes the cool, bright terroir of the Santa Ynez Valley, or the Red Birds pinot noir, which celebrates the brothers love for their hometown team. Curious guests congregate for vino-sipping soirees at the earthy-hued tasting room off the Sonoma Plaza, or join the wine club for regular deliveries of mouthwatering vintages and invitations to members-only events and tastings.
Beyond the Glory Sports Bar & Grill welcomes broods and boosters to enjoy their classic menu of shareable appetizers and belly-filling burgers. Excited diners flex fingers around fried orders of beer-battered onion rings ($7.25) made with jumbo sweet onions or cheese- and bacon-packed potato skins ($8.25), and ravenous barbershop quartets grease their voice boxes with the Glory sampler platter ($16.95) loaded with hot wings, potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and spicy Santa Fe taquitos. Leaf lovers fork through ruffage-filled salads such as the spinach salad ($9.50) topped with bacon, gorgonzola, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette or the country fried chicken salad ($10.95) crowned with crisp chicken strips, ranch dressing, and pickled red onions. Each of the seven burgers comes on a ciabatta roll with stylish edible accessories such as the California burger’s avocado and pesto mayonnaise ($12.25) and the Bench Warmer’s beefless black bean patty ($8.95).
Traxx Bar & Grill is nestled in the riverside town of Petaluma, and its selection of beer, wine, and spirits from a full bar keeps libations flowing to palates in a stream as inexorable as a river. Chefs stack 13 specialty, half-pound beef burgers with toppings such as avocado, pico de gallo, and grilled pineapple, and adorn fries in hot sauce and parmesan cheese. A kids' menu of cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, and hot dogs accommodates young lads and lasses, and drafts of craft beers and goblets of locally acquired Sonoma-county wine water the craws of of-age diners. Colorful knickknacks, street signs, and sports pendants beam down from the walls onto a seating area of barstools and tabletops, where model airplanes and bongo drums dangle from the ceiling. Multiple flat-screen TVs, meanwhile, glimmer with rousing sports games and gripping car commercials featuring sedans that can yodel.
At Devi Yoga Center, seasoned instructors draw on backgrounds in dance, psychotherapy, and somatic study to teach ancient poses that are both graceful and meditative. The 1,100-square-foot studio, complete with cathedral ceilings, radiant heat, and natural light, shelters students from the stress and flying monkeys waiting outside. Owner Kashi Ananda specializes in TriYoga, a system based in ancient yoga that features a sequence of kundalini-inspired postures synchronized with breath and focus, meant to boost physical, mental, and spiritual energy. Students can also cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace with other styles of yoga, from beginner-friendly aerial routines to relaxing prenatal sessions with a complimentary tea service.
The sustainable, organic farming at Long Meadow Ranch supplies chef Sheamus Feeley with a plethora of seasonal produce. Farmstead’s menu fluctuates with the unpredictable patterns of Earth’s seven seasons and consists of first and second courses. Start with meatballs lounging in a caramelized mirepoix and tomato marmalade ($12). Reviewers rave about the second-course cheeseburger, made with Long Meadow Ranch’s grass-fed beef and California cheddar ($15). Summon all 10,000 taste-bud buddies to help you escape the ranch and follow the brick-cooked chicken road to a technicolored land of flageolet beans, lacinato kale, and salsa verde ($23). A glass of Long Meadow Ranch’s own sauvignon blanc ($8) can be enjoyed with dinner in a smooth leather booth or all by itself at Farmstead’s granite-covered bar.
Wildflower-filled vases adorn hardwood tables within Savour St. Helena's rouge-tinted tasting room, where servers dish out hard-to-find vinos culled from small wineries. The Vinter's Tasting offers oenophiles and foodphiles the makings of an authentic vintner's lunch, uniting assorted cheeses and charcuteries with the sipper's choice of three wines. Quaffs of the Areté 2010 sauvignon blanc or the Houdini 2007 merlot escort nibbles of artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and mixed olives to a flavorful promenade chaperoned by bites of crusty french bread and a kindly corkscrew. Alternatively, a flight of Spotted Owl Vineyards 2008 mountain cuvée and Veendercrest 2005 Rutherford cabernet sauvignon can coast in for a smooth landing upon your palate's runway.