Thought we spent most of the San Francisco trip actually in San Fran, we did head out for one day to the wineries. After reading up on Sonoma and Napa and asking lots of questions of friends who had been before, I knew going in I was really hoping to spend most of the day, if not all, in Sonoma. I was really pleased when our tour company, Terrific Tours (absolutely great small tours – we were one of four couples!), chose to take us just to Sonoma for the day. We ended up visiting five wineries! Our line-up included Jacuzzi Winery, Robledo Family Winery, Walt Pinot Noir (situated just diagonal to the rear from Girl and the Fig), Ravenswood, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards.
After trying a couple of wineries, it was a nice break to head over to The Girl and the Fig off of the main square in Sonoma for a bit of food. We hadn’t had anything to eat since breakfast in Union Square except for a few breadsticks one of the wineries served with their wine tasting selection.
It seemed appropriate after a morning of wine to try out their charcuterie platter. We tried cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk, which were all amazing. We ended up picking a lot of French cheeses, but they all worked well with the meat and the figs, which true to the restaurant’s name were rich, plump, and flavorful.
I’d read the duck confit is amazing at the Girl and the Fig, so I had to try it. Besides, I’d actually never tried duck confit! You have your choice of one leg ($14) or two ($20). It’s served with farro, baby carrots, Mano Formate bacon lardons, pea tendrils, and a bacon vinaigrette. I went with just one leg, which proved to be more than plenty for a quick lunch. The flavors were bold and the bacon presence prominent, which I loved. The skin on the duck was perfectly crispy. I could eat these bacon lardons every day.
My boyfriend’s grass-fed steak tartare was also good. Flavorful and fresh. It was prepared traditionally with raw egg, caperberries, lavender sea salt, and toast. If you’re in the area visiting wineries and want to incorporate a quick stop for something superb for lunch, this is your spot. We actually showed up without reservations. We were in and out with our multiple courses in less than an hour, with time to spare to head around the corner to Walt Pinot Noir for a bonus tasting. Highly recommend. And be on the lookout for Girl and the Fig products in marketplaces in the area. We snagged some preserves in the airport on the way out. Can’t wait to try them!
The Girl & The Fig – 110 West Spain Street, Sonoma – 707.933.3000