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Wine Country: Lunch At The Girl and The Fig in Sonoma


While visiting Buena Vista Carneros earlier in the day, we asked our hostess about her dining recommendations in Sonoma. At one point she noted that you are far less likely to engage in a conversation at a restaurant in Sonoma than you would in Napa. She also gave The Girl and The Fig a glowing review.

Given the woman’s comments about Sonoma, it shouldn’t be surprising that the exact opposite would happen when we went to The Girl and the Fig for lunch and met an awesome couple sitting next to us on the beautiful outdoor seating area. We talked for hours while dining on an excellent cheese and fruit platter, duck confit and roast pork loin tartine.

We gave our new friends a no corkage fee coupon we acquired at Buena Vista (always ask your tasting hostess about dining options in the area. Wineries often have coupons) and they returned the favor by loading us up with all the Roessler 2008 Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir we could drink. That was fortuitous because Pinot Noir goes well with duck and there was no by-the-glass Pinot option on the menu.

The food was great, but the conversation made it one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. So if you visit The Girl and the Fig, say hi to the people next to you. The outdoor seating is tight—almost communal, so you will definitely have the opportunity to meet new people.

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