Coastal Conquest

Coastal Conquest

Pinot Noir's groundswell across coastal California is wide and deep. And it seems far from cresting. The grape thrives amid one of the most extensive geographic spreads of any variety in the state, delivering delicious wines from Mendocino's Anderson Valley in the far north to the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County on the south central coast. Pinot's ascendancy in the Golden State is reflective of its remarkable adaptability to a diversity of sites and its ability to express the characteristics of those sites as vintners have honed their skills in cultivating the grape.

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California Pinot Noir’s Top Terroirs

California Pinot Noir’s Top Terroirs

Anderson Valley cuts 20 miles through the coastal ranges of Mendocino County just a few miles from the Pacific. It’s a remote region, where steep hillsides covered with redwoods and firs stretch up on either side of the valley. Many of the best vineyards sit on rolling terraces or ridgetops. ... Most bottlings from here lean toward a red fruit profile, and there’s a loamy edge to many of the wines.

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The Next Best Weekend Wine Tour: Mendocino

The Next Best Weekend Wine Tour: Mendocino

The Robb Report featured a weekend in Anderson Valley wine country sharing many of our incredible wine producers, culinary partners and charming accommodations that make Mendocino a not to be missed destination.

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40 Under 40 Tastemaker 2019 Sarah Cahn Bennett, 39

40 Under 40 Tastemaker 2019 Sarah Cahn Bennett, 39

Sarah Cahn Bennet, owner of Pennyroyal Farm & General Manager of Navarro Vineyards, was raised in Anderson Valley and is the daughter of Ted & Deborah Bennet, the founders of Navarro Vineyards. She has been focusing on sustainable initiatives and improving vineyard biodiversity at both properties since returning to the valley.

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American Rosé: Pink, Patriotic and Pleasing

American Rosé: Pink, Patriotic and Pleasing

With the global meteoric rise of rosé over the past few years—with consumption up about 50% in 2017, it is the fastest-growing category in America—it was only a matter of time before American winemakers would come to the party with their own homegrown juice.

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This Laid-Back Wine Region Is All About Pinot, Redwoods, and Apples

This Laid-Back Wine Region Is All About Pinot, Redwoods, and Apples

If Napa Valley and Sonoma County are where oenophiles go for a wine-filled holiday, Northern California’s Anderson Valley is where winemakers themselves go for their own escaping. It’s an under-the-radar, 15-mile stretch in Mendocino County; the western end of the valley spills onto scenic Highway 1. Here, wines are poured by the same people who pick the grapes, Michelin-caliber restaurants serve dishes of ingredients sourced from the farm up the road, and deep violet hues of the valley’s famous pinot noirs are as opaque as the heavy fog that hangs on the vineyards until late morning.

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The 13 Highest Scoring Pinot Noirs We Rated in 2018

The 13 Highest Scoring Pinot Noirs We Rated in 2018

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!

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The 52 California Wineries You Need To Visit in 2019

The 52 California Wineries You Need To Visit in 2019

Excited to see 5 Anderson Valley wineries make the SF Chronicle’s list of top 52 California wineries to visit in 2019! Congrats to Phillips Hill Winery, Drew Family Cellars, Foursight Wines, Pennyroyal Farm, and Roederer Estate for being featured!

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The ultimate Anderson Valley winery bucket list

The ultimate Anderson Valley winery bucket list

But more and more, Anderson Valley wineries are the destinations themselves, offering world-class wines and awe-inspiring vistas — and with the sorts of tranquil settings and modest prices that haven’t been seen in Napa Valley since the 1980s. No winery here requires a reservation, and many tastings are complimentary. The fact that the major artery, Highway 128, will take you to the Pacific Ocean is just a bonus.

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For Pinot Noir, Put Anderson Valley Among California’s Best

For Pinot Noir, Put Anderson Valley Among California’s Best

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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14 of the Anderson Valley's Most Delicious Wines

14 of the Anderson Valley's Most Delicious Wines

A winding, hour-long drive north from Sonoma lands you in Mendocino County, California’s wildest, most earth-friendly wine region. From its main growing area, the Anderson Valley, on up and further inland through Hopland and Ukiah, Mendocino’s 10 appellations boast the most organic, biodynamic, and certified fish-friendly vineyards in the state. ... Whether you’re sampling in the tasting rooms along the Anderson Valley’s Highway 128, or finding bottles online or in stores, there’s a Mendocino wine for you.

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This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-notch Wines

This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-notch Wines

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.

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Top Five Pinot Noir Vineyards in California’s Anderson Valley

Top Five Pinot Noir Vineyards in California’s Anderson Valley

Centuries ago, Pinot Noir earned a reputation among the winemaking monks of Burgundy for expressing terroir better than any other variety in the region. Today, wines from California’s remote Anderson Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) show that the grape does the same in their neighborhood.

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Mendocino County's Bountiful Anderson Valley

Mendocino County's Bountiful Anderson Valley

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…

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