George Alexander House
423 Matheson St, Healdsburg, California, 95448, United States
More about Healdsburg
Entrance to Ferrari-Carano
Bathroom (Door shut), TV and Clothes Storage
Array of freshly backed bread
Big Old Trees. Very impressive
Travel Tips for Healdsburg
Sonoma County Wine Country
Our road trip took us from the lively streets of San Francisco to the quiet beauty of Bodega Bay. We traveled the winding Russian River Wine Road from Healdsburg to Guerneville.
Three separate wine districts sit in the northwest corner of Sonoma County:
The Dry Creek Valley, which contains 10,000 acres devoted to vineyards and runs parallel to and west of Alexander Valley from Lake Sonoma to Healdsburg.
The Russian River Valley, which contains 11,200 acres of vineyards and lies in a flat plain running south and west of Healdsburg and follows the Russian River to the Pacific Ocean.
The Alexander Valley, where 16,000 acres of vineyards thrive and which follows the Russian River from Cloverdale on the north, to Healdsburg, where the river turns west.
Two smaller districts within the Russian River Wine Road area are Chalk Hill and Green Valley, whose climate is cooler and where grapes, apples and pears are produced.
Smooth Jazz in the Vineyards
Rodney Strong Winery holds several outdoor concerts each summer. So far I've been to two and plan to be sure to get to another this summer.
My first experience was to see Rick Braun and Peter White (both favorites of mine). It was an evening concert on a perfect summer evening, beginning at 5. We left at 8 because we had dinner reservations at Madrona Manor (see review) and the music and festivities were still going. Patrons choose between "open lawn seating" (please bring low beach chairs) and "gold circle chair seating" (plastic folding chairs but with front views). We opted for the gold circle seating and had great views even though we were to the side and near the back. The performers were, as those two always are, charismatic and frequently went out into the audience with their instruments. The crowd was equally enthusiastic, many dancing in the aisles and in their seats.
Many people chose the lawn seating and most brought ice chests and picnic baskets. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, wherever they sat. Alcohol must be purchased on the property (Rodney Strong Wines only, of course) and lots of BBQ items are available for sale.
My second visit was on a VERY hot July afternoon. The temperature was in the high 90s and our "gold circle seats" were in the direct sun. We absolutely cooked and left early, not because the music didn't absolutely rock but because we could no longer take the heat!
A Swanky Place to Dine
Dry Creek Kitchen seemed a notch above the casual dining place. We asked to see the menu, but didn't see a thing our grandson would eat. However, for the gourmet...this might just be the place.
According to the literature, Chef Charlie Palmer uses the 'finest fresh seasonal produce, gourmet food purveyors and fine wines to form Dry Creek Kitchen". He is a former owner of Aureole in New York.
The menu offered Ahi Tuna Tartare ($18) or Jumbo Lump Crabcake ($14) as just two of the appetizers.
Mini Wagyu Beef and Foi Gras Burgers with Brioche Buns ($18), Miso Crusted Salmon with Carrot-Ginger Puree ($29) or Ribeye Steak and Eggs ($24) are just a few of the entree samples.
A wine trail luncheon tasting menu was available:
Seven-Tomato Guzpacho with Ambrosia Melon Sorbet and Herb Salad
Ahi Tuna Tartare with Chili Spiced Ponzu and Avocado Relish;
Painted Hills New York Strip Steak, Haricots Verts, Crushed Yukon Potato.
($45 per person, $70 paired with wine) Dessert is served with the selection.
Open daily serving lunch and dinner. See the website below for hours.
The HBG is right across the street from Hotel Healdsburg. The manager at Cyrus also works at HBG during the day. The HBG is the perfect spot to have burger and a beer, and if the weather is nice make sure to seat in the large patio.
Continuing in along Dry Creek Road I bypass the many, many wineries (you may like to explore and discover your own favorites) until I get to Raffanelli, a small, family owned winery with a great Zinfindel (incidently, Dry Creek Vintners are known for their world class Zins.) The only problem with this winery is you're limited to a purchase of 6 bottles!