The Next Napa Valley? – Anderson Valley, CA

24Mar09

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av1110234About two hours north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of Mendocino, the Anderson Valley remains an untarnished gem that is producing some most excellent wine, and sits at the center of the bio-dynamic and organic farming movement. Around here, grapes are harvested in accordance with sugar levels and lunar cycles.

The Anderson Valley is how wine country should be: low key, personable and totally relaxing. Driving down 128 West you’ll head straight up the narrow, rolling, valley floor with hilly vineyards framing your view. Traffic is non-existent and cell phone reception spotty (a sometimes-welcome rarity). For those seeking a destination that feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where the people are genuine and local, the Anderson Valley is for you. With Mendocino and the dramatic Pacific Coast only a short drive away, it’s easy to make a weekend out of this trip.

Another plus—you’ll undoubtedly leave with a greater appreciation for California Pinot Noir.

Start Planning your trip! Visit the Anderson Valley Wine Growers website for a list of area wineries, lodging and events.

Want to sample some product?  NavarroGolden Eye and Esterlina are some of our favorites.

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27 Responses to “The Next Napa Valley? – Anderson Valley, CA”

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    Indeed. You really feel like you’ve gotten away from the city when you get up to Anderson Valley. We used to stop there on the way to Mendocino, now we just stop there. Especially for the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival. It’s still a small enough community where you get a chance to actually meet and chat with the winemakers. Now, we’re actually making wine w/AV Pinot grapes – Hein and Wentzel vineyards – and this appelation definitely delivers…

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