While in Healdsburg, Calif., for Wine Spectator’s annual Bring Your Own Magnum party in Sonoma, I stopped into Bistro Ralph for lunch. It’s a casual restaurant right on the plaza that focuses on local food and wine. Very local: Almost everything is sourced from Sonoma County. (On the other hand, I would guess that most of the customers when I was there were non-locals like me.)
I sat at the bar and ate a juicy burger made of ground lamb from CK Lamb, founded in 1984 by sheep rancher Bruce Campbell of Healdsburg, who sells to top chefs from wine country to New York. The burger was delicious. I paired it with a Pinot Noir ($12.50 for a generous glass) from Nalle, better known as a Zinfandel producer. The wine was supple and elegant, with bright cherry and spice flavors. I rated it 89 points, non-blind.
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