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With 50+ years of combined experience with some of the world’s most renowned winemakers, Peter and Betsy Spann founded their winery in 2001. Their steeply terraced mountainside vineyard yields small amounts of richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Sangiovese grapes. Just as jazz is an interpretation of classical music, Spann Vineyard blends are interpretations of classical wine styles, such as the white wines Yin-Yang (Chardonnay/Viognier blend) and the red wines OMG (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend), The Powerlifter (Petite Sirah/Grenache/Syrah/ Cinsault blend) and Mo Jo (Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/Merlot blend).

111 E Napa St
Sonoma,
CA
US

At the heart of the cabernet sauvignon merlot and chardonnay vines of Napa Valley the French restaurateur Claude Rouas has created a discreet and elegant hotel hidden amongst a grove of olive trees that evoke his love of Provence in the South of France. A handful of houses perched on the hillside offer spacious maisons with private terraces where aged French oak floors colorful chenille fabrics abstract paintings and fireplaces create an air of romance. The Mediterranean inspired cuisine features the very best of the region and the spa which also draws its cue from the land proposes treatments based on grapes olives herbs flowers mud and minerals. The 15 000 bottles in the wine cellar promise an oenophiles journey to the wine heaven as you watch the sun setting on the horizon. CLUB 5C Hotel welcomes Relais and Chateaux Club 5C members with a VIP Welcome and a Discovery Privilege. Please include the Club 5C membership number in the reservation and please show your Club 5C membership card on arrival.

180 Rutherford Hill Road
Rutherford,
CA
US

Palms Grill’s team of chefs harness the power of fresh, locally sourced produce to craft their menu of more than 150 made-from-scratch dishes. Reward early-rising appetites or trick late-rising roosters into a false sense of accomplishment with all-day breakfast options, including the California omelet ($8.95) with its savory mélange of avocado, mushrooms, and duo of swiss and cheddar cheese. Appetizers, such as vegetarian spring egg rolls ($8.95), limber chomping muscles before they get to work gnawing on The Palms melt, which unites slices of grilled parmesan-sourdough bread with stacks of turkey, ham, bacon and swiss cheese ($8.95). Mouths munch happily on The Paradise burger ($8.95), a half-pound patty anointed by a triumvirate of swiss cheese, pineapple, and teriyaki sauce ($8.95). Culinary sorcerers conjure Crispy Chicken Palms Style, pairing lightly breaded chicken breast with lemon-cream sauce and fresh asparagus ($14.95). Palms Grill offers petite options of many dishes for those with smaller appetites, watching waists, or transporting their food by fanny pack.

18999 Highway 12
Sonoma,
CA
US

Hand-painted signs greet passersby at Schellville Grill's cozy roadside shack, hinting that homemade meals await inside. Though the restaurant's façade emanates a rustic vibe, the kitchen teems with formal expertise from the Culinary Institute of America, owner Matthew Nagan's alma mater. Here, Matthew rubs beef tri-tips in a mélange of dried chipotle, natural smoke flavor, and hand-ground black pepper, marinates them for 24 hours, then grills them over hot coals, hickory chips, and dried wine vines. This sweet and spicy meat stars in several house specials, including a ranchero quesadilla and a sandwich that's lured Food Network's Guy Fieri to Matthew's smokehouse.

On a flower-lined patio, diners pair live music and local wine with gourmet sweets from Matthew's sister, Emily. Available in flavors such as chocolate zinfandel and espresso cinnamon, whole cakes can be ordered for pickup or enjoyed at private parties in the restaurant's dining room or safe deposit box.

22900 Broadway
Sonoma,
CA
US

Located in Napa Valley, Honig Vineyard & Winery produces flavorsome sauvignon blancs and cabernet sauvignons that can be found on restaurant wine lists across the country. Visitors to the winery’s fancy tasting room have the chance to sample five of Honig’s delicious wines. Sommeliers and thirsty Langoliers can sniff, taste, and carefully dissect the potable properties of the Rutherford sauvignon blanc, a 2008 vintage that starts fruity and ends with a crisp, minerally finish, as well as the 2006 Honig cabernet sauvignon, which features blackberry, cherry, and plum flavors developed over 18 months in an American oak barrel, just like old-timey cowboy hobos. The remaining three samples include the 2008 Honig Late Harvest sauvignon blanc—a refreshing dessert wine aged in new French oak barrels with lemony and grapefruity hints—Honig’s single vineyard cab, and a library selection.

850 Rutherford Rd
Rutherford,
CA
US

Eagles Trace's vintage-producing veterans lead parties of up to eight connoisseurs into the depths of their winery, housed within the stone-hewn walls of an underground cave. During the 90- to 120-minute tour, guests taste up to four varieties from the collection, swirling and sniffing their sample before determining whether they got the merlot, the cabernet sauvignon, or cough syrup. Groups then enter into the caves to taste one of the winery's creations straight from the barrel, where it is kept at a constant 60 degrees–62 degrees by the cool subterranean air. At the tour's conclusion, visitors adopt their favorite bottle to take home, such as the cuddly 2005 Latitude 38, a bordeaux-style blend that is house-trained and boasts flavors of blackberries, black currant, and plums.

680 Rossi Rd
Saint Helena,
CA
US

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