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.

28 Extraordinary Restaurants in Napa Valley

In the times prior to the pandemic, Eater’s Napa Valley “essential restaurants” map documented wine country’s most celebrated restaurants: Michelin Guide icons like the French Laundry, airy farmhouses, buzzy downtown eateries with epic local wine lists, and the best delis for picnic-worthy sandwiches. Many of those restaurants are still open for business, but the COVID-19 crisis has led diners to gravitate toward take out.

First Taste: Perry Lang’s brings legit dry-aged steaks to Yountville

Anchored by Thomas Keller's The French Laundry, Yountville is California Wine Country's crown jewel of fine dining. But there's something that's been missing in this tiny, 1.5-square-mile town until now: a classic chophouse. Enter Perry Lang's, Yountville's latest restaurant addition by chef Adam Perry Lang, a master of all things meat. Tucked back from Yountville's bustling Washington Street, Perry Lang's is located inside the historic Groezinger Estate House, a modest brick mansion built in