River, Laguna, Frei & Graton Roads: to Graton for Lunch.
Wine Road: 191 Wineries and 56 Lodgings clustered within a 30 mile radius- it is true- and I want to show you!
I wanted lunch and I wanted to have it at the Willowood Market in Graton, CA. I had heard tales of fresh tomato salads, ling cod sandwiches, chicken prepared deliciously many ways- consumed in their quaint general store location- outside back patio, cool interiors:
I took Highway 101 to the River Road exit- here are the Wine Road members I could visit on this simple route:
Next up, Old World Winery.
Heading off River Road, a brief detour to the North: the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center:
Or, off of River Road, you could head south on Fulton Road to Wood Road:
Back up to River Road, left (west) and we are at Martinelli Winery:
I am about to take a little side trip off of River Road- heading right on Slusser:
Now I am doubling back over to Slusser Road- note the foggy morning, the ubiquitous eucalyptus trees:
Next up is Russian Hill Estate Winery:
Next door is Sonoma-Cutrer:
Now- back onto River Road in a westerly (right turn) direction, my next winery is Woodenhead- watch out! It is a quick, sharp right off of River Road onto Trenton Road- comme ca:
Now, completing this little loop, heading over to Laguna:
Which brings us to Martin Ray Winery:
Heading along Laguna back over to Guerneville Road- will do a quick left then a right on Frei- Lynmar Estate is next in my sights:
Heading along west on Frei Road to where it crosses 116 and turns into Graton Road- next up is Dutton-Goldfield Winery:
Right next door, Red Car Winery:
I am now in Graton and had delicious lunch at the Willowood Market, as you saw above. But now, I am continuing out Graton Road to:
Right around the corner is Avalon Luxury Bed & Breakfast:
Occidental is just a hop-skip-jump away- the Inn at Occidental:
Here’s looking at you, kids.