Healdsburg, CA

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Cuisine Description

The contemporary American menu features simple dishes grounded in classic cooking technique with unexpected flavor combinations. “Pairing wines with such dynamic, unique flavors is truly a joy,” says Joe Czesnakowicz, wine director.

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Wine List Description
The global wine list specializes in selections from Sonoma, aiming to prove that terroir is as important in California as it is in Burgundy or the RhĂ´ne.
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Riot-Worthy Dish
Wine Enthusiast editors asked America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2013 "which dish would start a riot if it was taken off the menu?" Their riot-worthy dish is…
"Braised mussels and clams in a broth of leeks and butter with whole prawns and sunchokes is 'a sommelier’s dream,' says Czesnakowicz, “so many wines pair well with this dish.'"

Perfect Pairing
Kanpachi and crushed avocado on toast with radishes and urfa pepper matched with Unti’s 2011 Vermentino from Dry Creek Valley is a perfect pairing.

Wine Events
A monthly guest dinner series called “Forks & Corks” brings star chefs and sommeliers from the Bay Area to Healdsburg to offer innovating menus in partnership with Chef Louis Maldonado. Special wines are highlighted during the restaurant’s Sunday night prime-rib dinners with California Rhone Rangers winemakers.


Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced the third annual issue of America's best wine-centric establishments, and to commemorate the list, WE hosted a rooftop party where we honored this year's recipients and toasted the exploding culture of wine and food.

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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

Move over pork: Duck is the new darling of America’s hottest restaurants, and it scores big with playful wine pairings from Rioja to the Rhône.

Pizza Party

Wine-friendly pizzas offer diners a slice of heaven.

New York's Sommeliers Pour Local

Many of Manhattan’s best restaurants aren’t just about eating local, but drinking local wines, too.

Element of Surprise

Whether menus change daily, weekly or monthly—or cease to be presented to diners at all—eating at these restaurants is nothing less than a thrill.