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A Brilliant Evening at Valette in Healdsburg, Sonoma County

By Published On: February 21st, 2023

Enjoy fine food and wine.

Indulge in the epicurean delights of Sonoma County at The Matheson Healdsburg! From farm-to-table eats to delicious wines and rooftop vibes, you won’t be disappointed.

After a blissful afternoon in wine country, we headed over to The Matheson, on Healdsburg Plaza, to check out their wine wall.

Inside The Matheson Restaurant in Healdsburg Plaza.
Inside The Matheson Restaurant in Healdsburg Plaza. Photo Courtesy: Michael Woolsey

The wall includes 88 wines, carefully preserved with argon gas, and a sophisticated dispensing system. 

The process is simple, cash up a wine card, wave it by your preferred selection, and choose your pour. You can do a splash, a half glass or a full one. Quaff and repeat.

Impressive wine wall at The Matheson.
Impressive wine wall. Photo Courtesy: Michael Woolsey

The wall has a broad selection, from an obscure Greek wine to local favorite Kistler Chardonnay to pricey but yummy Chateau d’Yquem. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample old favorites or taste something you’ve always wanted to try.

Dinner at Valette

Next stop, our dinner reservation at Valette.

Valette Restaurant in Healdsburg Plaza.
Valette Restaurant in Healdsburg Plaza. Photo Courtesy: Brianna Danner.

Just a few steps away from The Matheson and the plaza, Valette is one of wine county’s most storied restaurants, and deservedly so. 

Valette restaurant kitchen view and wine Ladder.
Valette at the Pass and Wine Ladder. Photo Courtesy: Brianna Danner.

Looking over the menu, you might have trouble making a decision. No worries, go for the Chef’s 5-Course Tasting Menu. With two people getting different menus, you end up sampling ten amazing dishes. Add on wine flights for the full experience.

Valette restaurant's Coriander Crusted Duck Breast and Pan Roasted Mt. Lassen Trout.
Valette’s Coriander Crusted Duck Breast and Pan Roasted Mt. Lassen Trout. Photo Courtesy: Brianna Danner.

We sampled Hawaiian ahi poke, prime beef tartare with truffle and pan roasted Mt. Lassen trout, among other dishes. My favorite was the scallops en croute, or was it the coriander crusted duck breast? Hard to say, each course was a revelation. 

Day Boat Scallops en Croute at Valette restaurant.
Day Boat Scallops en Croute. Photo Courtesy: Brianna Danner.

The service was polite, as you would expect, but also incredibly precise. Our server had detailed knowledge about the food and wine and brought each course with a certain flair.

We left Valette fully satisfied, and reveled in the experience. Yes, it was a stormy winter day in wine country, but the confines of a warm restaurant, with incredible food and a few splashes of the region’s finest juice made it all worthwhile.

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