John Ash & Co.

Following our visit to Rodney Strong, checking into Vintners Inn, and walking around the vineyard, we decided to eat on the hotel property at John Ash & Co. Luckily, although it was last minute, they were able to seat us at a table overlooking the vineyard.

The welcome we received from the restaurant staff was second to none, and the Food and Beverage Manager really made us feel right at home.



I wanted just about everything on the menu which featured many fresh, local ingredients, and variety of flavors and styles of cuisine.

John Ash Menu

With the hot day that was in it and the celebratory mood of the weekend, I started with a glass of sparkling wine from the Roederer Estate in the Anderson Valley.

Roederer sparkling wine

We were brought cornbread with a creamy, delicious butter. The cornbread had jalapenos in it! Oh my yum. I need to make jalapeno cornbread soon.



jalapeno corn muffin

The amuse bouche was a bit of plump, tender crab, topped with whipped avocado.

crab amuse bouche

We also started with Hog Island oysters with three different sauces, a lemon granita, a “hogwash” mignonette, and cocktail sauce. Its so interesting to note the differences in appearance and flavor between East and West coast oysters. I like them all!

hog island oysters

For our main meal, we stuck with a selection of appetizers. They were all light, but together made a healthy, filling meal. First there was the Spicy Salmon Sushi Roll with sriracha, ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce.

salmon roll

Then the Roasted Red & Yellow Beet Salad with fennel, avocado, red wine vinaigrette and Bohemian Creamery capriago cheese.

beet salad

We finished with “Petaluma Poultry Rocky” Chicken Lettuce Wraps with green onions, peanuts, cilantro, and Asian dipping sauce.

lettuce wraps

We were too full for dessert at the restaurant, so we took a piece of Guinness chocolate cake to go and ate it in the big comfy bed. I am SO glad that we decided to stay on the hotel property for dinner. We were on East coast time and tired, plus the food and service turned out to be exactly what we wanted.

In fact, we liked John Ash & Co. so much that we also finished off my birthday there. More on all of the birthday eating and wine tasting later, but since we are on the subject of John Ash & Co., we did go there for a drink in the lounge at the end of my birthday.

I had the “Tiny Bubbles” flight.



Roederer Estate Brut N.V., Mumm Napa Brut Prestige N.V., and Nicholas Feuillate Brut N.V.

I do love my bubbly! ;)

It was pretty amazing to have such a delicious restaurant on site and within about 3 minutes’ walking distance from our hotel room. It made it very easy for us to enjoy some time out without having to get in the car. Perfect!

John Ash & Co. is another great reason to stay at Vintner’s Inn.

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Tags: Dining out, Food, hotel, hotels, oysters, restaurant, Sonoma, Sonoma County, sparkling wine, Travel, where to stay in wine country, wine

  1. Constance C’s avatar

    This looks amazing, super jealous – you always have the most wonderful culinary experiences!


  2. Mark’s avatar

    Looks like you guys are having a great trip. That bubbly flight and Spicy Salmon Sushi Roll sure sounds good!


  3. brandi’s avatar

    what a great meal! I do love spicy cornbread.


  4. Daisy’s avatar

    Amuse Bouche! I love those little morsels of goodness and I couldn’t think of what they were called in an earlier post of mine hahah. this whole meal lookks amazing. love all the bubbly


  5. Simply Life’s avatar

    Oh what a great meal! that cornbread looks delicious!


  6. Nicole’s avatar

    wow everything about your trip and meal look incredible! what a beautiful picture of you 2 also. enjoy! :)


  7. Kelly’s avatar

    Wow that place does look delicious. I am stuck on the cornbread, I love cornbread!


  8. Debi(Table Talk)’s avatar

    We are headed to the Bay Area next week. ~Can’t wait for all of the fantastic restaurants.
    Your dinner description is getting me excited for our trip!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      You are going to have the best time! I have only been a few times, but please feel free to email if you need any suggestions.
      Thank you for commenting. Your website is absolutely beautiful!


    2. Coley’s avatar

      I am dying to go to wine country! So jealous – hope you had a great time!


    3. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

      Interesting. Am not familiar with this place. But do you know who else makes excellent jalapeno cornbread? Circa!


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