Anderson Valley winemakers take a ‘Dalmatian dog’ approach to their pinot noirs

"The more precise the appellation, the more prestigious and expensive the wine. Or so goes conventional wisdom in the wine trade.

Vintners in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley understand this, but not all of them are convinced that their best pinot noirs need to carry the name of a particular vineyard. “Anderson Valley” is enough to assure wine enthusiasts that a pinot noir has exceptional command and complexity, they believe."


Kosta Browne Winery Translates California’s Top Terroirs with Elegant Intensity

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Kosta Browne has cultivated a reputation for producing premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that exquisitely translate the terroir from five of the state’s acclaimed appellations: Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Sta. Rita Hills.


What To Drink Now: Toast to Dad

"Donum Estate showcases craggy, remote terrain in their Anderson Valley Pinot Noir for a textured, concentrated wine ideal to serve with dad’s favorite barbecued meats ($90, via their website). Their slightly juicier, red-fruit filled Carneros Pinot Noir ($60 at Pogo’s) is perfect for grilled salmon. 

Foggy mornings and Pacific Ocean breezes influence the long growing season of premium Pinot Noir for Anderson Valley’s Goldeneye. Ten Degrees Pinot Noir ($120), crafted from the best fruit off their four estate vineyards, layers brambly fruit, leather, and spice. Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($50) maintains rugged earthiness with a lighter, fresher palate."


Cool down with a weekend getaway in Mendocino, California

This idyllic getaway is in Mendocino County in northern California. And if such a setting isn’t convincing enough, consider the average summer high temperatures in this region reach just 60 to 70 degrees, compared with the triple digits Las Vegans can expect through the summer in the desert.


Mendocino County's Bountiful Anderson Valley

... Anderson Valley is a narrow, 20-mile river valley that runs east to west between coastal mountain ranges. It stretches from the bottom at Boonville up through Philo and then to the top at Navarro. This appellation is the heart of Mendocino County wine country, and the most well-known, with the largest concentration of grapes planted than in any of the other ten nested appellations that lie within the larger Mendocino County Appellation...


California’s AV features breathtaking natural beauty and spectacular wines

The Anderson Valley in California’s Mendocino County is a small, cool-climate region near the Pacific Ocean. It is becoming highly respected for its pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine... 

Located just north of Sonoma County in Mendocino County, Anderson Valley combines incredible wines with breath-capturing natural beauty.


America's Burgundy Appellation: Anderson Valley

In the parlance of the wine world, where landscapes are often defined in fashion-model terms—stunning, gorgeous, even jaw-dropping —no one would describe the drive from San Francisco’s airport to Boonville in Anderson Valley as a “good-looker.” 

The two-lane road provides 28 miles of hillside corkscrew turns, roller-coaster mountain climbs and descents into valleys and canyons, passing farms, sky- scraping trees and wilderness. No town; only a store or two.


Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

We highly recommend this event. It’s not just a Saturday afternoon grand tasting. This is a long weekend event with wineries offering special tastings and food on Sunday. We planned carefully and recommend that you do likewise. Reserve the Saturday event for wineries that don’t have tasting rooms or that are located outside the Anderson Valley. 

Spend Sunday exploring the local wineries. We promise this will be a delightful experience. These wineries are generally informal, interesting, and owned by true individuals with unique personalities and winemaking philosophies.


The next hot pinot noir region? Vintners turn their sights on Anderson Valley

Just over the past year, top vintners have begun turning their attention to what could be the next prime pinot region — Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley. 

The grape, with a thin skin and tight clusters, is a difficult variety to grow, and it needs a cool climate to thrive. But there are not many of those exclusive regions in the world with available land for the fruit, which makes wine noted for its lower tannins and higher acidity. 


California's Best Undiscovered Pinot Noirs -- Anderson Valley

There are only two kinds of Pinot Noir fans: those who’ve never heard of Anderson Valley Pinot, and those who love Anderson Valley Pinot... 

This region of wonderful Pinot Noirs two hours north of San Francisco – you just head through Sonoma and keep going – is very, very far, in style and style from the manicured, spa-studded luxury of Napa. These are dirt-under-the-fingernails farmers, and though I didn’t actually spy a John Deere cap, I felt sure I’d encounter one climbing off a tractor any minute...