Anderson Valley wine makes another 'Best of 2018' list, this time by Jim Gordon of Wine Enthusiast! Congrats to FEL Wines for their 2015 Anderson Valley Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir making the list! Also, to Drew Family Cellars who also made the list for their 2015 Mendocino Ridge Estate Field Selections Pinot Noir. Following all of the recent 'Best of' love we cannot wait to see how AV features in the coming year!
It’s been some time since I last visited the Anderson Valley, a bucolic sliver of coastal Mendocino County, where Pacific fogs glide through the towering California redwoods, playing cat and mouse with the rising sun.
It used to feel remote, a land of intrepid pioneers and self-sufficient individualists who were thrilled to be off the grid. The town of Boonville, in particular, cultivated a mythology of isolation, enhanced by the development in the 19th century of a local dialect, Boontling. It lives on both as artifact and tourist attraction, emphasizing the divide between locals and visitors.
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Seemingly everyone you meet in Anderson Valley can tell you a migration story that has the flavor of myth — a tale that casts their arrival in this shockingly picturesque corner of California’s Mendocino County as the climax of a great quest, or the punch line of a cosmic joke, or both. One of the best yarns, surely, is Bruce Anderson’s. In 1971, Anderson, an avowed “big hippie,” rolled out of San Francisco in a Volkswagen bus, heading, like many pilgrims of the period, back to the land. For years, Anderson had lived in the thick of San Francisco’s counterculture.
Experiencing Anderson Valley in Mendocino County is like stepping back in time. And what great timing my trip to this peaceful wine region was, just days after the announcement that Trump won the presidential election. If only I could have stayed in the bliss of Anderson Valley, which felt so insulated from the unexpected election outcome.
Heading North on the 101 from my home in Sonoma County, I admire autumn's rainbow vineyards, the smell of wet leaves in the air and the cool breeze on my face with the windows partially rolled down. My husband and I are headed to Mendocino County's most well-known appellation, Anderson Valley, to do some exploring…