Top Attractions in Forestville
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- Well worth finding this out-of-the-way gem. The bartenders (Toby & Sherry) were so nice that within minutes became friends. The wines are truly superb; from the dry merlot & cabernet sauvignon to the sweet peach & blueberry. The food is okay but not noteworthy; pizza & a chicken salad for us, but the wine, service, and absolutely lovely barn-like post & beam building are all awesome. This is a very nice place; classy, romantic, rustic; and there's live music ranging from solo piano to folk on the weekends. For date night, a romantic evening, a few old friends... such a pleasant experience. A must visit.Written June 18, 2021
- This is a great place to taste wine, eat lunch and listen to some live music. The wine is nothing too special and you won’t get a great view, but you’ll enjoy the live music and unique atmosphere with old cars and buildings. The menu is great, too.Written September 26, 2021
- We went rafting along the Russian River for the first time with another couple. This beach was one of several little spots that families could bring the kiddos and enjoy the river. There is a number of families and rafters on a beautiful summer day.Written September 24, 2019
- Cozy, spacious tasting room in the heart of Russian River Valley. We loved our personal experience hosted by Adrian, head winemaker and his knowledgeable staff. We were treated like VIPs and absolutely ADORE their small-lot, vegan wines!Written December 22, 2021
- Jeez, am i really the first person to review Swan?!? I'm honoured. And surprised.
Well, my first visit to Swan was 21 years ago...
And i've been visiting sonoma on/off ever since. And i'm SO disappointed with the wine country. If you show the interest to go visit a winery several hours drive away, your reward is a tasting fee and prices which are way above what you can get in shops.
But not with Swan. This was a relief. It saved my day. It was the best visit i can remember. Fantastic service. Knowledgeable staff. Friendly. And.... the orange wine.... i have to be back to get that.
THANKS!!! For restoring my belief in the whole notion of wine country tasting!!Written July 30, 2017
- Jigar wines is located in downtown Forestville in West Sonoma County. It is a tasting room near several restaurants and other tasting rooms. Forestville is a quaint little town. Plenty of parking.Written August 16, 2019
- I am conflicted in writing this review. I want this winery to receive the credit they deserve but I don't want all their wines bought up so I can't get anymore!!
We were directed to Enriquez by partner Farmhouse Inn as part of our food and wine blowout for my birthday. The setting was lovely and Meredith was a wonderful host. We enjoyed the business as being operated by talented women and wish them great success.
What I most enjoyed was that the wines they served were accessible (perhaps benefitting from a cellar but pretty well ready to go now as well I think since they had held onto them themselves). A small operation but they are surely an up and coming winery as they are discovered, especially with their partnership with Farmhouse. Am looking forward to the cases we ordered coming in and continuing to enjoy them for some time to come. We joined their wine club and will swing by next time we are in the area. There may be some improvements with marketing over time and I see they are working to expand how the winery can be used as a venue, will be cool to see how these things evolve. But the wine ... nice!!!!!Written October 14, 2021
- We put in at Steelhead Beach for a mid-week paddle after Labor Day. Virtually empty parking lot. It’s an easy launch point from the beach. We had parked a car near Johnson Beach in Guerneville. The trip took about 5 hours with a stop for a picnic lunch and a stop for a swim. The current is pretty slow so some steady paddling was necessary.
Johnson Beach is closed on weekdays after Labor Day so we found street parking nearby for the takeout. Takeout right before the dam is easy with a short carry to get the boats outside the gate.
Steelhead Beach Regional Park closes at 7:30 pm so make sure to leave early enough to get back to get your drop-off vehicle!Written September 10, 2018
- Well now! These folks are on a dirt road behind the "main" street of Forestville. My GPS gave up, but the lady down the street working in her yard encouraged me: "Just go a few more feet around the corner". We did. Worth it. Ryan and Megan (hence "RYME") make distinctive wines out of little-known varietals. Example: their Sangiovese Friulano. 15% of it is Friulano, making a dark pink wine. Unlike most roses, it's highly aromatic. Their Massa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is from a familiar grape, but they give it their own twist. It's from Carmel Valley fruit, with long, delicate strawberry flavors and light body. For some reason, it reminds me of one of Cheval Blanc's lighter vintages. Yum! We loved them, their wines, and the seating in the yard, full of acorns (but no squirrels!)Written February 14, 2022
- We had a great introduction to stand up paddle board with Bill. The river is beautiful and we highly recommend it if you are visiting the Santa Rosa areaWritten May 29, 2022
- Burke's is like a highly organized boot-camp rental palace. No BS, you follow their rules and their advice if you want to live, and if you want to rent things from them. On one hand, it makes the experience a bit not personal and industrial. On the other hand, it is very reassuring for new users and inexperienced people who want to go out on the water and don't really know what to do. They will answer all your questions and offer some advice for what to do if you get into trouble. If I was super expericend I might have gone with a smaller outfit, but I wasn't and this place fit the bill. The only slight downside is that the trip down the river is quite long. We took our sweet time, but still it was a full 5 hour ride down the river, which can be a little taxing (but was definetely worth it. Very fun and beautiful river).Written August 16, 2021
- This is a fun country store chocked full of farm fresh made pies, jams and all kinds of take away gifts. We stop here every time we head to Iron Horse Vineyards, right next door. Good snacks for before and after wine tasting too. The pies are so good, try not to eat the whole thing. The store was upgraded about a year ago so it now has a bathroom and has doubled in size. Really nice.Written May 3, 2017
- Lovely private wine tasting experience on Kistler's front porch complete with rocking chairs and cozy blankets. Already a huge fan of their pinots, we now love their chardonnays as well (not to mention their delicious dips and crackers). Thank you Kistler for a special anniversary treat we won't soon forgetWritten September 11, 2021
- We enjoyed fishing at Wholer Bridge Fishing Access. Wholer Bridge is a historic bridge across the Russian River in Wine Country.
There is also a boat ramp there to launch one's boat
Wholer Bridge is classified also as a national historic landmark.Written June 19, 2020
- I was on a birthday celebration trip and we had stopped at a few locations. I will admit that it was not really planned out, we showed up without any notice on a Saturday afternoon and just hoped for the best.
It truly was. Amanda Goldsmith was there and greeted us very kindly. She let us know that we could sit outside if we wanted (being a group of 7 I think that was best). Immediately I was entranced by the artwork of the wine bottles.
Amanda was so attentive and friendly the entire time, which was tough considering there was an event they had scheduled going on inside. Still with the pace that we where on (very slow and leisurely) we didn't even notice any lapse which she kept apologizing for LOL.
The wine tasting was very informative and organized, they have these helpful cards that they give you so that you can remember and retrace what you've tried. I believe we ended up tasting 7 wines and luckily they are right next door to Nightingale Bread. We were told that we could grab items to bring back. Funny enough we bumped into Amanda as we arrived there, she was getting items for the event. Again she went out of her way to recommend several items and we took her up on the Rosemary Focaccia along with a few more items.
BY FAR it was the best experience of the day, even after we were finished we didn't feel rushed in anyway, they invited us to partake in the snacks that they had setup for the event, there was live music going on.
I believe our group bought quite a number of bottles. The wine is very good and with that art on the bottle who could really resist.
If I find myself there again or if someone asks, it is for sure on my list of place to go to.Written October 11, 2019