the critics on zazu...
'superb... unpretentious, wine savvy... retro-hip"
- bon appetit
"award of excellence: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011"
- wine spectator
"innovative... marvelous... a wine country destination that upholds the fantasy of a mythical roadhouse eatery where the service is friendly and the food is great."
- michael bauer, san francisco chronicle
"bib-gourmand / inspector’s favorite for good value" - 2008, 2009, 2010 Michelin Guide
"It's like diner food gone to heaven...The folks at Zazu have hit their stride and are serving up some of the best food in the country. Yes, country, not just county."
jeff cox, press democrat read full review>>
TOP 50 RESTAURANTS 2005 - san francisco magazine
I"It's the quintessential wine country diner: a place where the wine flows, the
room hums with good cheer, and the irresistible food keeps everyone coming back for more."
san francisco magazine
"Best chef, sonoma county ... Best cutest darn thing... It’s not ... because her delicious dishes are sourced completely locally from within a half-hour radius. The fact of the matter is that Duskie Estes, co-chef and owner with husband, John Stewart, at both zazu restaurant + farm ... Makes our mouths water with culinary creations that leave most diners awestruck. Much of that is due to zazu’s onsite farm, with veggies and greens, and the couple’s flock of chickens, which supply the eggs to make handmade pasta every morning, and their home-cured salumi... What Estes does with the ingredients ... matters the most. It’s the reason why she was featured on the Food Network in 2007 and why Emeril Lagasse calls her a friend."
- North Bay Bohemian readers’ poll, 2010
"RISING STAR CHEFS AWARD – sustainability" - star chefs 2009
"as local as local gets... Spectacular salumi ... Awesome wine list ... Sonoma hospitality at its finest... 25 for food / 23 for service" - 2009 zagat guide
Secrets of Success from the King and Queen of Pork Read in the Daily Meal
IRead about ZAZU's eco-gastronomy in Elle Japan (in Japanese / PDF)
See Duskie and John in the Wine Institute's new "Land of Wine and Food" video.
Visit the new blog Duskie writes with Ziggy the Wine Gal on The Land of Wine and Food
to get duskie's macaroni and cheese recipes, as seen on the food network challenge, click here.
To listen to KQED Radio's report on our whole hog supper, and to see photos and recipes, click here.
Read about Zazu in "Sonoma and the "New Face of the Wine Country" in Travel + Leisure