With its high-quality homey fare, patio seating, and friendly service, the Cafe is the hangout for locals. The burger, topped with fresh-roasted green chiles and crisscrossed with crunchy bacon, will fortify you for the Sonoita-heavy wine list, which includes offerings from Rune Wines and Lightning Ridge Cellars. Visit on a Thursday night, and you could sip to the strumming of a wandering cowboy.
Rummage through the salon-style rooms at Heart of Gold Antiques, and you might stumble upon vintage Elvis Presley photos, brass singing bowls, a covered wagon–shaped cookie jar, or any number of other treasures. Can't find what you seek? Owner Pat Rorex, a recent transplant from Florida, will be happy to help.
Visitors approaching Lightning Ridge Cellars, in nearby Elgin, are greeted by Monte, an easygoing Great Dane named for owner Ann Roncone's best known wine: the light-bodied, plummy montepulciano. Both Roncone and her wines have Italian roots. "A lot of Italian [grapes] are warm-weather varietals, and man, they love it here," the former engineer says. She adds that Sonoita's 5,000- foot elevation can bring April frosts, so late-budding montepulciano translates well to the area—as does aglianico, which Roncone uses in an aromatic single varietal.