Next Stop Sonoma, CA, USA

While still uncomfortably warm, the occasional cool breeze is a sign that summer is finally nearing an end here in Tokyo. The arrival of fall in Japan means that the the fish become buttery with fat, pungent Matsutake mushrooms start popping out of the ground, and people head to the hills en masse to see the leaves turn shades of vermillion.

Next week I’m off to Sonoma Valley where I’m going to spend 3 days learning all about winemaking from the team at Kendall-Jackson Winery. It should be a few days of good food and good wine, but I have to say I’m most excited about meeting Ruth Reichl, who’s book Tender at the Bone first inspired me to write about food.

If anyone has suggestions on where to eat, or what wineries I have to stop by, leave me a comment.

  • Mike Pierce

    Marc, if you make it to Berkeley, I think you would totally groove on what is going on at Gather Right on the Berkeley/Oakland border is the little extraordinary gem Wood Tavern 

    Sounds like you will be busy with wine, but Black Diamond’s doors are always welcome to you bro. Have fun, meeting Ruth sounds pretty damn amazing. Cheers.

  • Cheryl in Silicon Valley

    We frequently visit the wine country and especially enjoy the wine in the Healdsburg area.  Check out Quivira Winery in Healdsburg and De Loach in Santa Rosa.  The Jackson Bar and Oven in Santa Rosa is a great place for lunch.  Everything is fresh, homemade and super high quality.

  • Janel

    Have fun in CA.  Wish I could escape the Tokyo heat and go with you.  If you have a chance to go for a little drive, go to Pt. Reyes and visit the Cow Girl Creamery as well as Osteria Stellina.  Both to die for and well worth a detour, esp if the weather is nice and you can drive out to the cliffs to gaze at the Pacific.


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