Sniff, Swirl, and Sip
Follow the Anderson Valley wine-tasting route to Mendocino County's Navarro Coast.
State Road 128 leaves the clamor of Highway 101 behind as ithugs the Navarro River on a path to the Pacific. One of MendocinoCounty's most delightful country roads, it winds through the sunnyAnderson Valley and past several wineries (seemap) that enjoy outstanding reputations. Here are somefavorites (most are open until 4 or 5 p.m. daily).
In the heart of Anderson Valley, this tasting room overlooksimmaculate vineyards that roll into green hills. Call 707/895-3686or visit navarrowine.com.
Owned by France's Champagne Louis Roederer, this Californiahouse pours excellent sparkling wines in elegant surroundings. Call707/895-2288 or visit roedererestate.net.
The funky, hippie-esque winery applies beautifuldragon-etched labels to bottles of its award-winning wines, andowners are proud of using solar energy and other sustainablepractices in wine-making. Call 707/895-2002 or visit greenwoodridge.com.
Owned by Napa's Duckhorn Wine Company, Goldeneye's 2000 PinotNoir put Anderson Valley on the wine map for this popular varietal.Call 707/895-3202 or visit goldeneyewinery.com.
Visitors enjoy browsing the unusual collection ofinternational folk art, and tasting Gewürztraminer on thegarden patio. Call 800/733-3151 or visit handleycellars.com.
The oldest winery in the valley, its converted pony-barntasting-room pours award-winning Chardonnays. Call 800/664-8724 orvisit huschvineyards.com.
For more information, contact Anderson Valley WinegrowersAssociation, call 707/895-9463 or visit avwines.com.