Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
“Why is it named Winters if it’s so hot all the time?” my brother asked me once, only half-rhetorically, as the fifth glass of ice-cold lemonade he gulped down did little to soothe the red of his heat-flushed face. When he asked that, though, he hadn’t yet been here in winter.
In other words, for much of the year, being outside is unpleasant in one way or another. Fortunately, there are around ten restaurants in town — and a few more if you’re willing to count fast-food chains.
The restaurants reflect the spirit of the town in their own way. Most of them are ultra-casual, perfect for a meal with the family — or for grabbing a bite to take home. And then there are the ones with niche audiences. Preserve, for example, is a trendy joint that combines excellent drinks, raw wood, and stainless steel in a way that would make San Francisco’s hipsters feel right at home.
And then there’s the wine. Winters isn’t a wine town, and it can’t compete with Napa or Sonoma, but… well, it would really like to convince you otherwise. In the two-block downtown area, there are four tasting rooms, and there’s a winery just a mile or so outside of town. The wine is generally excellent, but just as importantly, this allows the residents to whom a wine-based lifestyle to imagine they’d rather live here than in Napa Valley.
And in no particular order:
Buckhorn Steakhouse for your red meat quotient.
Stop by Ficelle for California style tapas.
Berryessa Tasting Room is the “store front” in downtown for the vineyard Berryessa Gap.