Anderson Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend
Enjoy unprecedented access to winery cellars, taste yet-to-be-released wines, and purchase futures of your favorites at a special barrel tasting weekend price! Explore the area, discover new wineries, and enjoy a beautiful summer weekend in Mendocino’s Pinot country!
Participating wineries will feature previews of new wines, from Pinot Noir to Zinfandel, along with current releases. Attendees will receive a logoed glass and a wristband, which grants access to the events for both Saturday and Sunday.
Participating wineries for the 2013 inaugural event included: Balo Vineyards, Baxter Winery, Bink Wines, Brutocao Cellars, Edmeades, Elke Vineyards, Esterlina Vineyards, Foursight Wines, Goldeneye Winery, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, Handley Cellars, Harmonique Wine, Husch, Knez Winery, Lichen Estate, LuLa Cellars, Philo Ridge Vineyards, and Toulouse Vineyards.
We encourage you to taste responsibly and to book your trip with one of the transportation companies listed below. Designated drivers are welcome to attend the event, free of charge.
You are also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch with you – participating wineries will have limited food, and what better way to enjoy the scenery at one of our beautiful wineries and tasting rooms than to eat alfresco? You can pick up a prepared lunch at one of the cafes listed below.
Why a summer barrel tasting? Aren’t most held in the spring?
The majority of our wineries produce high-end Pinot Noir, and Pinot really tastes best right before bottling time. By holding a barrel tasting in the summer, attendees will be able to evaluate the wines in a nearly finished state, instead of young wines that will change dramatically during the aging process. So, when you buy futures, you know exactly what you’ll be receiving the next year!