Six spots to ring in the New Year in Sonoma County

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There’s no better place to raise a glass than Sonoma Valley, and that goes double when it comes to New Year’s toasts. Whether you’re looking to have a subdued, impeccable meal with a variety of sumptuous organic ingredients, sample fine wines from throughout the region, dance your way into 2017 or all of the above, Sonoma’s many options will make sure you’re celebrating when the clock strikes 12:00.

Dancing and Delicacies

450 West Spain Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
Call 707.933.0450
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 29 reviews

Look no further than Ramekins, Sonoma’s sprawling, Spanish-style inn and culinary school, for an all-out New Year’s Eve celebration. The menu will feature savory bites built around its own farm-to-table produce, live music from The French Disconnection, craft beer and wine, and of course, a champagne toast as the clock strikes 12:00. Tickets are $125, and dressy, elegant cocktail attire is de rigeur.

Insider Tip: With an onsite inn, make Ramekins your home away from home with your New Year’s eve revelry.

Champagne en Campagne

Fig Café & Winebar
13690 Arnold Drive
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Call 707-933-3000, ext. 13
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 364 reviews

At just $45 per person (not including beverages/taxes etc), the Fig Café & Winebar’s rustic, Franco-local New Year’s Eve prix-fixe is a steal. Our picks for living it up in this laid-back Glen Ellen eatery on the last night of 2016? Start with the Sonoma-sourced roasted parsnip bisque with candied bacon, and follow it up with pan-seared halibut and lobster risotto.

Insider Tip: Spend the night at Gaige House up the street in Glen Ellen for a serene, woodsy wake-up call on your first day of 2017.

Sumptuous Slow Food

Dry Creek Kitchen
317 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Call 707.431.0330
Trip Advisor: 4 stars, 724 reviews

Want to ring out the year with a luscious, languorous meal? The acclaimed Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg is offering a special six-course New Year’s Eve tasting menu that features locally-sourced, expertly-prepared delicacies such as California Osetra caviar, white truffle risotto and caramelized squab. The five-hour feast begins at 5:00 p.m., and costs $145 per person plus $85 for wine pairings, taxes and tip not included.

Insider Tip: Dry Creek Kitchen is the most intimate of the restaurants in chef Charlie Palmer’s (Aureole) stable, and hosts a Pigs & Pinot event every spring.

The Manor Born

Madrona Manor
1001 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Call 707.433.4231
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 273 reviews

A five-course dinner from Chef Jesse Mallgren kicks off the 2016 New Year’s Eve celebration at Madrona Manor, an inn known for its top-shelf wine pairings and magical setting. Dinner starts at $160 per person plus $91 for wine; after the feast, you can dance into the wee hours of 2017 on the Palm Terrace overlooking the manor’s formal gardens.

Insider Tip: You can’t get more locavore than Madrona Manor; the 1881 estate sources fresh-picked produce directly from its extensive orchards and gardens.

Silver Spoons

219 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Call 707.433.7222
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 305 reviews

Spoonbar in Healdsburg is offering a five-course New Year’s Eve menu and dessert bar from husband-and-wife chefs Patrick and Casey Van Voorhis, plus a deejay, dancing and a midnight Champagne toast for $125 per person. Latecomers, stop in for dessert, master-mixologist drinks and dancing after 10:00 for just $50.

Insider Tip: The Healdsburg Inn is centrally located downtown on Healdsburg Plaza, just a quick walk from Spoonbar and its hip, late-night crowd.

Waltzing into 2017

Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, CA 95952
Call 707.583.3340
TripAdvisor: N/A

If your musical tastes run more Stradivarius than Stratocaster, head to the Petaluma’s Hermann Sons Hall for a Viennese-style New Year’s Eve. A live orchestra will perform Strauss waltzes for dancing at the black-tie-optional affair, and a buffet-style dinner will emphasize Austrian dishes and fine wines. A $150 ticket benefits the Sky Hill Cultural Alliance, Sonoma’s premier promoter of quality classical performances.

Insider Tip: A classical concert at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum preceding the New Year’s Eve party will feature mezzosoprano Karen Clark.


WineCountry Staff


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