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Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. Restaurant Take Top Honors in “Best of Sonoma County” Competition


Santa Rosa’s Beloved Boutique Hotel and Wine Country Restaurant Garner Best Wine Country Inn and Best Romantic Meal, Plus The Front Room Bar & Lounge Named a Favorite Happy Hour

Vintners Inn LogoSANTA ROSA, Calif. (August 23, 2016)—Boutique hotel Vintners Inn and the legendary restaurant John Ash & Co. were chosen as 2016 favorites by readers of The Press Democrat in their annual Best of Sonoma County competition. The four-diamond hotel, surrounded by a 92-acre vineyard was named “Best Wine Country Inn” and the restaurant was named “Best Romantic Meal.” Adjacent to John Ash & Co, The Front Room Bar & Lounge made Sonoma Magazine’s list of, “The 18 Best Happy Hours in Sonoma County,” and was also chosen as an honorable mention by The Press Democrat readers.

“It is a great source of pride that locals and visitors continue to Celebrate Everything at John Ash & Co. and Vintners Inn. We are so grateful to our regulars for their continued support,” says General Manager Percy Brandon.

Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt’s seasonal menu showcases Sonoma County’s local flavor with many ingredients sourced from the property’s culinary garden, just yards away from the kitchen. Favorites on the menu now are an appetizer of Tuna and Avocado Poke with ponzu, daikon, wakame, sorrel, tobiko caviar and cucumber chips; Coconut Curry Cauliflower Soup; and Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Beauregard yam purée, sautéed zucchini, and chili caper butter. For dessert, Pastry Chef Casey Stone’s Raspberry Jam-Swirled Cheesecake was just named a “Can’t Take Off The Menu” item by The Press Democrat food and writer Heather Irwin, who recently named Stone as one of Sonoma County’s “Six Sweetest Pastry Chefs.”

Don and Rhonda Carano, founders of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg, acquired Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. in 2000, expanding their shared desire to bring an Old World appreciation of wine, food and hospitality to Sonoma Wine Country.

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About Vintners Inn

Vintners Inn is a California Green Certified, 44-room boutique hotel spanning a 98-acre property in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley appellation. Reminiscent of a European village replete with culinary gardens, sparkling fountains and vineyard views, this lush enclave offers a serene escape that is conveniently located in the best of wine country. With award-winning on-site dining, a full-service conference and events center, and an array of amenities from Bocce ball to a vineyard trail to a fitness room, it’s an ideal location for a romantic getaway, business retreat or dream wine country wedding.

About John Ash & Co. Restaurant

Helmed by veteran chef, Tom Schmidt, John Ash & Co. restaurant is one of Sonoma County’s premier dining venues, featuring a seasonal menu built around local, sustainable ingredients, many of which are grown in the on-site culinary garden. With a lively bar scene, welcoming sun porch, and the region’s only “all season” terrace nestled amidst the estate’s vineyards and gardens, John Ash & Co. is classic wine country dining at its best. The restaurant is located on the Vintners Inn estate at 4330 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; for information and reservations, visit http://www.vintnersinn.com/johnash.asp or call (707) 527-7687.

About The Front Room Bar & Lounge

Adjacent to John Ash & Co., The Front Room Bar & Lounge is a popular gathering place where locals and guests of Vintners Inn can unwind together. The Front Room offers small plates in a warm and inviting setting, a perfect venue to enjoy conversation, relaxation and fun while exploring new wines and a seasonal cocktail list. A curved bar, handcrafted from fir and accented with an iridescent cobalt blue mosaic tile top, winds its way along the wall. A massive stone-cut fireplace and glass-enclosed wine cellar add dramatic flair. Plush furnishings in mohair, chenille, and soft-rubbed leather make a sumptuous setting.

Vintners Inn, John Ash & Co. Restaurant and The Front Room Bar & Lounge are part of the Ferrari-Carano family of brands.

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