With its proximity to the coast and roadside hawkers of dyes, Russian River Valley in West Sonoma County is cooler than neighboring Napa, both in terms of climate and laid back style. Known for its fog-fed vineyards, bountiful farms, and eclectic restaurants, it’s no wonder people have been exploring the towns along the conifer-lined Russian River since the 1870s. The native Pomo called the river Shabakai, meaning “long snake”, before the Russians ever laid eyes on it. It’s always good to bring a towel just in case – there are as many swimming spots as there are places to refuel and cool off afterwards.
The following is a simple sampling of the wineries and restaurants of the Great Russian River Valley, with all kinds of pleasures for the palate: from Old World tapas and star cookie sandwiches to award-winning food truck barbecue. . Pack a sweater and linger on earthy pinot noir or a hopped IPA – or one of the many flavors of artisanal ice cream.
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To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.