Willi’s Wine Bar: A User’s Guide
Award-Winning Restaurant | Casual Roadhouse Atmosphere | Extensive Selection of Local Wines | Inventive Small Plates
Small plate: Moroccan-style lamb chops with preserved lemon couscous
Vegetarian small plate: goat cheese fritters with blistered cherry tomatoes
Dessert: five spice beignets
Wine: the “I Love Sonoma County Wines” flight, featuring three local wines
Where to Sit: the heat-lamp-equipped outdoor patio, which creates a romantic mood thanks to surrounding greenery and overhead lights.
Five spice: a seasoning mixture commonly found in Asian cooking. Blends may vary, but the five spices are often fennel seeds, Sichuan pepper, Chinese cinnamon, star anise, and cloves.
Za’atar: a tangy blend of Mediterranean herbs including thyme, sumac, sesame, and salt.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market offers fresh produce, bread, cut flowers, and more on Wednesdays and Saturdays (50 Mark West Springs Rd).
After: Explore the sculpture gardens while drinking in breathtaking views at Paradise Ridge Winery (4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr).
Nestled at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean's idyllic 250-acre estate fills with the soft hush of broad grape leaves rustling in the sun. Hedges of waxleaf privet shelter well-manicured gardens, where firework-like bursts of hydrangea sway beneath courtyards and tasting rooms. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren strolls among the trellises, checking on the grapes, which hang heavy with sugar on the vines. She has spent the last 32 years overseeing the harvests at Chateau St. Jean, producing wines that have earned significant praise and awards. Wine Spectator gave the St. Jean Cinq Cépages cabernet sauvignon 93 out of 100 points, calling it “complex, layered, elegant and refined, with cedar cigar box, tobacco, currant and black licorice—trim and tapered.”
The wines fuel jocund chatter in the fully restored chateau, which was originally constructed as a summer home in 1920. In private rooms as well as outside on the sun-drenched deck, glasses click together with the soft jingling sound xylophonists make in their sleep.
For a little flavor to your day, head to Santa Rosa and dine at Earth's Bounty Kitchen and Winebar.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
For comfortable outdoor service, Earth's Bounty Kitchen and Winebar sets up a seasonal patio.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Earth's Bounty Kitchen and Winebar, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
At Earth's Bounty Kitchen and Winebar, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
The menu at Earth's Bounty Kitchen and Winebar is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Surrounded by rolling green hills in the heart of wine country, Benessere Vineyards stretches out across 42 sun-soaked acres, where Italian-varietal grapes grow perfectly in the Mediterranean climate of Napa Valley. The passion project of John and Ellen Benish, Benessere is Italian for "well-being," a feeling the couple hopes to instill in each person who visits their picturesque destination. Once a horse ranch, the main building has been transformed into a winery and welcoming tasting room where visitors can swirl and sip samples of their Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, and other Italian-style wines. Guests can enjoy their tasting out on the covered patio while enjoying the view.
Taste the fine notes of Markham Vineyards' superior wines in stock on the shelves of their store in Saint Helena.
Stock up your home bar with an assortment of liquors from Markham Vineyards and become your own personal bartender.
Have you ever wanted to be a sommelier? Pretend to be one today and test out your tasting abilities with this perfect bottle of vino.
Patrons of Markham Vineyards will love the convenience of the nearby parking spaces.
When you're looking to upgrade your meals, you'll find the best wines to pair on the shelves at Markham Vineyards.
We recommend the delicately fermented grapes of Taste of Railroad Square's winery in Santa Rosa.
Be sure to visit the restaurant at this winery for a delicious meal.
Bring the whole family to this winery, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Enjoy a night out on the town at Taste of Railroad Square and treat yourself to a couple flavorful drinks.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Get ready for some delicious fun when you try the unique wines at Taste of Railroad Square in Santa Rosa.