Though I once resided in Sonoma County, it had been 20 years since I last visited wine country, and nearly that long for T. So we took care of that oversight last week. Here's a snapshot: Bunks: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Villagio Inn and Spa, Silverado Resort. Silveradoâ€™s day in the sun is behind it, but having a condo for accomms does still have advantages. Toss up for us â€˜tween the other two as most enjoyable. We loved Yountville so Villagio gets points for that, but at the getaway level the Fairmont pushes up just â€˜neath the uppermost handful of resorts weâ€™ve experienced here or abroad. Without slighting any of the other attributes, itâ€™s really all about the service, and I think Fairmontâ€™s on a level with Four Seasons in that capacity. Golf: Sonoma Golf Club, Eagle Vines, Silverado North. Sonomaâ€™s a classic-era gem. I played it at 6600 yards and given the temp and rain, it felt like 7600, and I enjoyed every bit. Blind shots, greens apropos to the type of hole, variable-width fairways and doglegging can go as far as island greens and waste areas in making a course memorable and enjoyable and tough. Eagle Vines is a recent fusion of 10 holes formerly part of Chardonnay and eight new ones by Johnny Miller. Typical Miller â€¦ wide open fairways and nasty approaches. Nasty. Outstanding course. L ... O ... N ... G, as well. The blues played 68freakinhundred, and there was zilcho roll. Silveradoâ€™s like La Costa but with different trees. Eats: In Sonoma we kept on going back to the Fairmontâ€™s Big 3 Diner. Itâ€™s comfort food with a twist, and I donâ€™t mean like Hash House A Go Go. Guess Iâ€™d call it avant comfy: Filet mignon pot pie, mac with Vella dry jack cheese, halibut in lemon-butter sauce on risotto, etc. We had appies and drinks one afternoon at Bouchon and dinner one night. We had a shot at French Laundry but just werenâ€™t up for a five-/six-bill night, and after trying Bouchon, if the latter is truly THAT much more notable, then itâ€™s gotta be otherworldly â€¦ and I just canâ€™t imagine it being so. Oh well, guess weâ€™ll just have to bite the bullet next time. Anywho, we got out of Bouchon for under $200 w/tax and tip, with four courses (3.5 actually as we split an appie) and a liter of Cotes du Rhone. We had cod beignets on a sundried confit and with fried sage, Terri had onion soup and I had the daily salad special of crispy sweetbreads on frisee with lardons and herbs. For mains we had the â€œsignatureâ€ chicken (on lentils with shrooms, lardons, pear onions and hunterâ€™s sauce) and leg â€˜o lambo with a ragout of coco beans, piquillo peppers and lamb sausage. Dessert consisted of dark chocolate â€œbouchonsâ€ and coffee pot de crÃ¨me. A lively, cramped, bright and inviting place and a top-drawer experience all the way around. Another highlight was Bistro Don Giovanni, just north of Napa. Picture a toned down Circo at Bellagio but get rid of the fountains and add vineyards, oh and add polite courteous service, too. LOL Lentil soup, beet, haricot vert, avo and fennel salad, wild mushroom risotto, pizzocheri (cabbage, potato and cheese pasta), two desserts (a trifle and butterscotch pudding) and a bottle of Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs put us back a very reasonable $130 before tip. A winner joint. And donâ€™t miss out on a couple of the signature cocktails prior to dinner. Drinks: The find was Deerfield Ranch, an insider visit arranged by the concierge at the Fairmont. I havenâ€™t bought a Merlot in eons, but thatâ€™s what we came away from Deerfield with. Very Bordeaux, but not one-dimensional, and not at all like all the crap being bottled and sold and consumed here, there and everywhere (like those damn lick-a-pat-of-butter Chards). Aside from Domaine Chandon, we avoided the big tourist traps, hitting Silver Oak, Stagâ€™s Leap (the real one) and Schramsberg, instead. (In fact, we drank a fair amount of Schramsberg bubbly all week.) We hope to return to Schramsberg and partake of the 3-day wine â€œcampâ€ they offer. Spa: Terri had Thai massage, a three-part exfoliation/soak/massage thingy and a pedicure. I had barefoot shiatsu and a two-hour hot stone treatment. Thai and barefootâ€“ ouch, ouch, ouch, ooooooh, ouch, ouch, ouch, ooooooh â€“ may be our new faves. Weather: Awful. But who cares? We had a blast. One of our best trips ever. We also visited COPIA, saw family, scored on the shopping side of the ledger and found a couple great little specialty markets/delis and bakeries. If it doesnâ€™t become an annual event, weâ€™ll hopefully get back every other year since there are no turistas clogging up roads, wineries and restaurants this time of year.