How a Sonoma County Chef Helped Inspire Netflix’s ‘Wine Country’ Movie

SNL alum Rachel Dratch’s 50th birthday party in wine country may have been the impetus for the highly-anticipated Netflix film Wine Country, but there’s perhaps another person who deserves some of the credit for making our all-star female cast dreams come true: Sonoma County chef Gerard Nebesky, proprietor of Gerard’s Paella Y Tapas in Santa Rosa, who was tasked with organizing Dratch’s birthday weekend.

17 Over-the-Top Food and Wine Pairings in Sonoma County

Often referred to as Napa Valley’s younger sibling, Sonoma wine country is all grown up. Now with more than 400 wineries scattered throughout its world-class growing region, plus renowned restaurants like the Girl and the Fig and Michelin-starred Single Thread, Sonoma County has forged its own identity as the cooler, mellower family member, who also happens to be an easier and more scenic drive from San Francisco.

Destroyed by Fire, Willi’s Wine Bar Will Come Back to Life in a New Location

It’s been six months since the North Bay fires ripped through Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties. Now, one Sonoma County staple has officially decided to rebuild. Beloved by both locals and tourists, Willi’s Wine Bar will rise from the ashes of the Tubbs Fire in a new Santa Rosa location, with owners Mark and Terri Stark targeting a grand re-opening date of October 9, 2018, exactly one year from when they lost it.